With this love came a new understanding of the weird balances between real life and art projects, between home and exposure. I moved into a new world and happily angled the work inward, keeping more quiet. But nothing stops changing.
Finding myself staring into another fire, disoriented by the changes, these songs came out. If I again mined the circumstances of my life for these words, I tried to do it with liberation in mind for everyone. I tried to make songs that did not rely at all on who I am or who I am singing about. My fingers are crossed that when I push them out to sea they will be met with calm humane understanding. In a grab for deeper continuity, I called and asked Julie Doiron if she could join me in the recording.
This 26 year path from teenage obsession to collaborator has made me feel very fortunate. We made another record in called Lost Wisdom, more flames, more love, more turmoil. Now we get to do some more singing and playing together. In life on earth can feel insane, but in the early hours before the sun comes up, I look out and the world is blank. Everyone deserves liberation, and as the sky gets blue and loud with the day I try to remember this blank peace and I hope that it will stay with us into the wild arriving future.
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Saying no will not stop you from seeing our ads, but it may make them less relevant or more repetitive. Photo by: Rin-san Jeff Miller. The sequel to their LP. I said, Mr. This is crazy. First Guaranty Bank would not speak with us. So he had to give it up. He lost land his grandfather had farmed. He lost the land he learned to drive a tractor on.
And he lost the patch of land off Highway 90 where June and his father had opened rows and covered cane for the last time. I get up every single morning, and the first thing I see is my home. I lost the home in September of last year. They have yet to cut the grass. The fence is falling down. I got to relive that every day, relive it every single day. The sugar industry always saying we need young farmers. We need young farmers. What they should be saying is they want young white farmers. This is in active litigation, which is in the discovery phase, basically where both sides are gathering evidence — obtaining documents, interviewing witnesses, and taking depositions — and what we know is what June told us and what the bank has denied.
Tell me about this lawsuit that led to the largest civil rights settlement in history. One day, in the late s, a man named Timothy C.
This man named Alex Pires, who had been suing the U. Pires, and the pattern is that if we do get a loan, we get a lesser amount than a white. If we do get a loan, we get it late in the season. White farmers get it on time. And I told them that my experience had been that nobody is going to listen to us unless we have numbers — numbers is what they get.
But what happened was they came back with, I think, 60 or 70 names and addresses. I tried to purchase the land that has been in the family for such a long time.
The history had been something like this. Black farmers got really good at specific crops. Year after year after year, they would farm the same crops for white landowners, and they got really good at it. So it was just a matter of time before a younger black farmer would say to himself, what am I doing?
I do the same thing over and over again. The white farmer gets rich on my skill. You know, very American, very logical. The problem was that was frightening to the white farmer in the South for three reasons. One, there goes my labor and my skill. Two, here comes a new competitor.
And three, what about me? You know, what about me? What about my rights, my interests?
The story of Pigford and these claimants is that at the time, when they tried to get a loan, they would go to a U. And what happened is that ultimately, the people making the decision about giving the loan were discriminating, because, in many instances, they knew the farm landowner from whom this person was breaking away. Five people are there in line, the first four are white, the last one is black.
They fish together. They hunt together. Person number five is the black man from the black community for which there is no relationship, usually. It started out with a simple complaint on which everybody was saying the same thing, that there was this treatment by whites. And then the second common element was when they complained about it to the Office of Civil Rights, which is how the system works, their complaint never got processed. In fact, Alex tells us that when he started doing his own research into this, he found that going back to the s, the Reagan administration closed the U.
And so complaints were pouring in going back that far, but there was no office to process them. So we were interviewing one of the deputy secretaries, and I said, you know, did you guys take all those complaints when you closed the Civil Rights Office? Where are they? Where is it all? I believe you. I said, in this building? And they never denied it, ever. I think they knew that we knew that they knew we knew, and I think that made the difference.
It was one of the smoking guns, yeah.
And then when you complain, your complaint is not processed. The judge, very early on, got it. He understood the pattern. And what we would do is we would tell the black community when the hearings were, and they would all come to Washington. I mean hundreds and hundreds of them would come. So you have , , black farmers in the courtroom. And I think it bothered Judge Friedman that it had come down to this, that our judicial system was not working well, and he was going to do something about it.
And so two years after Timothy Pigford and that group of farmers first came into his office, Alex gets a call. And my requirement was that they actually give real money, not credit, not maybes, not promises. You would think I was raiding the Treasury.
Re:i lost the me in he pt 2. THE LOST SCRIPTURES AND DIVERGENT DOCTRINE The Lost Books of the Bible and Lost Doctrines of the Faith, The Long Lost. This is a book that tells how an individual can lose them self in another person. It identifies areas in the author live that caused her to have a failed relationship.
Was it perfect? No, no. I mean, a lot of these people had been experiencing generations of discrimination by these local U. Who do you think picks cotton?
White people? Black farmers were doing the farming. They were doing the actual work. So even though the government did not publicly admit wrongdoing, it ended up paying out nearly a billion dollars to nearly 16, farmers — the largest amount of money the government has ever paid to settle a discrimination case. More black farmers came forward who met the conditions of the original complaint and formed Pigford II.
And ultimately, the underlying problem of discrimination remains.