Black lives, tattered

Editor-in-Chief schmoozes with civil rights activist and future Nobel Price Peace recipient Alicia Marza in Moscow

“The reason there is evil in the world is because people don’t get to tell their stories.” (Carl Jung)


I know that pictures of His Moiness online are rare, but I beg you to turn your attention instead to the goddess to the right, Alicia Marza, a co-creator of the much-maligned #Blacklivesmatter.

“You can’t imagine how it felt,” she said, “to have Bill O’Reilly flash my picture on national television declaring me a leader of a terrorist organization.(O’Reilly equated the Black Lives Matter to the Nazi Party) I’ve never even been in a fight.”

Alicia, who was invited to attend the State of the Union address in Washington just days before, (and returned two hours after this photo was taken to receive a national award for her efforts)addressed a crowd gathered to commemorate Martin Luther King day here in the land of the double entundra. She radiated grace, charm, determination and above all the non-violent ethos embodied in Dr. King’s message.

In fact, Black Lives Matter started out as “…love letter to the Black community after the death of Trayvon Martin…” posted on line.

From there it spontaneously grew into a world-wide movement with branches in 30 countries. Its non-violent mission (sorry Bill)is to end police brutality, racism, homophobia, sexism, and violence against minorities.

So why is a political post such as this on a website that is avowed a-political?


It all has to do with writing.  It was the the unsheathing of the written word, and its ability to move people, empower and impassion, that gave Black Lives Matter life.  For the same reason we have recently promoted PEN USA, which provides legal, financial, and familial support to those imprisoned around the world for exposing their political beliefs in writing, leaving themselves vulnerable to persecution and incarceration, or, in the case of Alicia Garza, harassment and intimidation from those who mistakenly think that … “They  want what we have.”

Reread the excerpt: “The reason there is evil in the world is because  people don’t get to tell their stories.”  (Carl Young)

Beginning this year, there will be a shift of emphases at the towers that are A Word with You Press.  You may already have noticed our tag-line has changed from being Publishers and Purveyors to Editors and Advocates of Fine Stories in the Digital Age. (We will remain publishers)

Over the next few weeks, we will roll out the changes you can expect to see, and of course, our contests will remain a constant. Wait and watch.

But, in the meantime, let me remind everyone, including myself, that what brings this community together is the unshakable belief that there is nothing more beautiful or powerful than a story well-told.

We are grateful that Alicia Marza has taken it upon herself to help tell the stories that desperately need to be heard.

Let’s hear from you.

with love



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    David Jenkins says:

    Let us all hope and pray that “Black Lives Matter” will continue to grow, that liberal and progressive white people will join this movement, learn the truth that any person of color in America lives not in the land of the free, but the land of semi-slavery. Learn the reasons why a person of color must always be alert to the very real dangers when moving, working and living in a white dominated society. It is not the South. It is everywhere. This is not a difficult lesson to learn and it is not difficult to stand up and be counted.
    Peace, justice and love must prevail or we are doomed.

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