Where There Used To Be In Crowd Rain….


Introductory note: Starting to get nervous not having heard a word from anyone in Jackson, it being past 8am PST now… not knowing if Ra’s alright… not knowing if Mr. Hardwick minds my addressing him presumptuously by his first name… not knowing if Antonio got back in fine fettle from that very long trip, not knowing if Skipp was just being polite with me, and thinks I’m out of my mind, or — worse — not worth his heartbeats. HEY, ANTONIO… glance at “Steps for Antonio” http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1759 before getting down with this. [Pause.] A kiss for one and all. A tall New Day for you and yours.

Introduction: Since I fell in love again (most recently)… with a new idea… with a new In Crowd, I’ve posted http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1755, http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1758, http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1759 and http://oxtogrind.org/archive/1760, all spotlighting my JAfrica thrust for Jackson. Well, those posts should be read prior to reading this silly, light entry; they’re the four previous posts. [Pause.] But do get ready. For I fully intend to upset everyone’s life. Unforgettable. Like Dinah. Like Lorraine Hansberry and Jimmy Baldwin and Eugene Bullard and Nina and all the others on whose hearts and souls I thrive on. [Pause.] People will remember what we are about to do forever. Unforgettable… like MLK and Malcolm, like what Jesus did… and all those who were never written about, the unsung, hung out to dry.

Where There Used To Be In Crowd Rain….
Dedicated to Phillip Lafayette Gibbs and James Earl Green
by One Trick Pony Ox ….moving like “God’s immaculate machine”… in love with you

http://www.bing.com/search?q=dinah+washington+what+a+difference+a+day+ makes&src=IE-SearchBox&FORM=IE11SR

Step One: Whatever it takes… I demonstrate that I’m trustworthy to Top Ten Others, starting with Antonio, Skipp, June and Andy. As per their collective recommendation. [Hey, that probably means... I get invited to visit Jackson!]

Step Two: I find out what everyone’s present primary priorities are… like obligations regarding $$$$, health and the such matters. All that matters on each and everyone’s personal agenda, with respect to the visions of one and all. [Sounds like grand fun to me.]

Step Three: Andy, Antonio, June and Skipp (now in alphabetical order) now, knowing that I’m going to serve as an asset to them personally (as per what I’ve learned in #2 above), now contact two others each… who are likely to be interested in joining THIS CORE GROUP. Now, don’t get me wrong… this is only about recruiting along unprecedented lines… bonding with A CORE GROUP… which cannot be broken up by anything resembling the horror which was COINTELPRO. Only about organizing for the purposes of doing something in solidarity that’s perfectly legal and totally nonviolent… so that we can make a real difference together. [Pause.] Which now — these days — will require that we can count on counting on one another, trusting our lives and the lives of our loved ones in the hands, minds and mouths of one another. Brother and sister, truly. NOW.


Yes, some dangers out there. Lots of rain, pain and pitifully soulless abominations ongoing.

Enter you and me.

Me, I’m nothing without you. That’s why… all this. For the Spring which can come only courtesy of you.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=the+platters+only+you&src=IE-SearchBox&FO RM=IE11SR

Step Four: We all take a break together. http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=fats+domino+darktown+strutters+bal l&FORM=VIRE1#view=detail&mid=CC44A8199ACB83B86447CC44A8199ACB83B86447

Step Five: I’ll tell you in confidence… in person. Eats, drinks and music on me.

http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=out+of+the+rain+etta+james&FORM=VI RE1

GLORY be to God for dappled things—
For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches’ wings;
Landscape plotted and pieced—fold, fallow, and plough;
And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
Praise him.

http://www.baeblemusic.com/music-video/The-White-Buffalo/Dont-You-Want -It.html

O bailan todos o no baile nadie

Update 10am PST: It’s now past NOON in Ole Miss. Nothing yet. I’m expecting something from Antonio (as promised), Skipp (as suggested) and/or June (as hoped for) today.

Update approaching NOON PST: Sent a courtesy follow-up missive to Antonio (with cc to June), hoping to stir up the creative juices, general interest in my blah blah; 2pm CT. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPCFVLgdc2Q

Update at 4:30pm PST/6:30pm CT: Antonio emailed about 2:30pm PST; upon returning home about 3:30pm I immediately called as per his request, but I haven’t received a response to the message I left yet. All this while I’m stressing about my partner being bothered by a potential phone talk… what with her migraine. But… as bad as her migraines are, and as bent out of shape as I am respecting my waiting for replies… none of that is as worrisome as the thrust of Paul Criag Roberts’ lastest post http://dissidentvoice.org/2014/07/the-world-is-doomed-by-western-insou ciance/. And, I might add (for my loved ones in Mississippi, for their kind consideration) that the legit challenges related to youngsters — their education-centered frustrations — pale when placed next to what’s looming as per Roberts’ words. He’s no slouch, that Roberts. You’ll note that he’s former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury. His pov is certainly worth discussing, even if we have to talk about it while we help youngsters to secure those necessary diplomas. It’ll be necessary that they have a world worth living in, one that’s inhabitable upon graduation. Ditto for anyone who secures low bail or a pardon. That is a very “practical” matter to discuss, what we have to do in solidarity to have a better shot at ensuring that. The national media and military issues go hand in hand with my concerns regarding all major local educational and environmental issues.

Update as of 7pmPST/9pmCT: It’s really puzzling that I haven’t heard from anyone. I also wrote to a fellow in the Bay Area today who had participated in an MXGM event in Jackson (in the Spring, as I remember), hoping to spark interest vis-à-vis my current outreach to Ole Miss. I’ve been missing being in touch with him. If he does respond, maybe I’ll have him help me light a fire, assist me in at least securing an update from June. I mention her here at this point not just because of Ra having been ill, but (also) because of the fact that my present communication frustration is paralleling my unrequited outreach which was directed to both Gideon’s Promise people and Gideon’s Army people. Someone, please, ask me about those experiences.

Update at 11:00am PST, 7/28
: People are either tied up with one thing or another, plagued by one challenge or another… but I’ve been forging ahead. Connected with June via email and Antonio via phone; must wait for their next moves. Meanwhile, I’ve reached out to the Mississippi Teacher Corps people, Brittany Stark and Andy Mullins, and I’m thinking about asking them to connect me to Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan*… if they respond today; she’s President of Tougaloo College, just outside of Jackson. Also reaching out to others in California again… thinking about blending their interests with those I’m focusing on in Ole Miss… for, ultimately, as per http://zcomm.org/zvideo/on-palestine-and-the-prison-industrial-complex  /, all is going to have to be brought together in solidarity at some point. Why not now? [Pause.] I’m perfectly willing to argue my case, open to seeing that I’m wrong on some scores, but… I’m going to need CONTACT to do so.

*I’ve already taken the initiative (around noon PST)… as per a talk with her charming Administrative Assistant Whitney.