Section Three: Society

Volume II Issue II: Earth, Spirit, Society

 
Section Three: Society
 

Moral Monday

Moral Monday marches speak out against voter suppression, cuts in public education, cuts in unumployment, and other attacks. It is now 3 years with thousands of arrests” Credit: Al Drago/Raleigh News and Observer/MCTvia Getty Images.


 
 
Dancing with Liberty
by Patricia Monaghan
(Madison, Wisconsin, February 19, 2011)

My friend called to say, “I’m waiting
at the top of State,” but I was across
 
the square, so I kept walking with the crowd
past the media stands where a few angry
 
men screamed through bullhorns while
we answered the call: Show me what
 
Democracy looks like, singing back over
and over, This is what Democracy
 
looks like, the marchers slowing to let
parents with strollers cross to the Capital,
 
past the costumed onlookers, past the sax
player giving us “Solidarity Forever,”
 
past the Harley-jacketed family, past
“Queers from Chicago” with raised fists,
 
Show me what Democracy looks like—
This is what Democracy looks like—
 
but at the top of State, amid thousands
of marchers, my friend and I could not
 
find each other, so I called and told her,
“Look for the man dressed as Liberty,”
 
and cut through the crowd to stand
beside a young black man in green silk
 
and a plastic-foam Lady Liberty crown—
Show me what Democracy looks like
 
This is what Democracy looks like—
and he told me he was from Milwaukee,
 
and that his mother was a teacher,
and I told him I was from Alaska
 
and my father was in the service,
and all the while music was pounding
 
out from the Capital steps, and after
a few minutes we were dancing to
 
Michael Jackson, swaying and pumping
our arms, Show me what Democracy
 
looks like—This is what Democracy
looks like—and somehow, my friend
 
never did find me, and none of us
who are hoping for justice know
 
whether we will find it, now or soon
or never, but what the heck, my friends,
 
isn’t this what Democracy looks like:
each of us, all of us, dancing with Liberty?
 
 
Moral Monday

Moral Monday 2013 in downtown Raleigh. Credit: Al Drago/Raleigh News and Observer/MCTvia Getty Images


 
 
 

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Volume II Issue II:
 
Earth, Spirit, SocietyFull Table of ContentsCreditsEditor’s Note

Section One: Earth – Patricia MonaghanLaDonna Azziza RedmondPatricia HemmingerElyse Guttenberg
Mike CorumLyn LifshinLinda HoganShea DanielsBrenda PetersonTricia KnollElizabeth Burk
David MurphyWilda MorrisSusan M. BotichSusan DeFreitasJohn FitzpatrickJudy Brackett
Karla Linn MerrifieldJanet SmithRichard RobbinsCait JohnsonMelissa Tuckey

Section Two: Spirit – Patricia MonaghanPatricia Spears JonesLarry StapletonKaren Morris
Miriam Robbins DexterMel KenneBee SmithStarr GoodeJohn BriggsElizabeth Cunningham
Seamus CashmanBetz KingMary DixonSusan LittleFiona MarronScott Hightower
Muadhnait LoideánNané Ariadne JordanJudith Roche

Section Three: Society – Patricia MonaghanPatrick CookSiobhán DaffyJan Levine Thal
Dick Romeo MatshabaJanice D. SoderlingWes RehbergLauren CampLiam Heneghan
Susan RossWilliam DoreskiJeffrey Betcher

Closing Poem – Patricia Monaghan