Syndic No. 17
Syndic Literary Journal

Resistance! Bill Berkowitz

Resistance!  ∼ Bill Berkowitz

 

Why We Shouldn’t, Can’t, And Won’t Give In, Or Give Up!

 

Paul Robeson didn’t give up. Ida Tarbel didn’t give up. The Lincoln Brigade volunteers didn’t give up. Malcolm X didn’t give up. Walt Whitman didn’t give up. Martin Luther King Jr., didn’t give up. Fanny Lou Hamer didn’t give up. Pete Seeger didn’t give up. Muhammad Ali didn’t give up. Cesar Chavez didn’t give up. Sitting Bull didn’t give up. Rachel Carson didn’t give up. Sojourner Truth didn’t give up. Emma Goldman didn’t give up. Rosa Parks didn’t give up. Ray Charles, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye, didn’t give up. Jesse Owens didn’t give up. Jack Johnson didn’t give up. Nina Simone didn’t give up. Studs Terkel didn’t give up. John Coltrane didn’t give up. Frederick Douglass didn’t give up. Philip Vera Cruz didn’t give up. Fred Korematsu didn’t give up. Althea Gibson didn’t give up. Geronimo didn’t give up. Billie Holiday didn’t give up. I.F. Stone didn’t give up. Fred Hampton and Mark Clark didn’t give up. Travis Lafferty didn’t give up. Mother Jones didn’t give up. Miles Davis didn’t give up. The Hollywood Ten didn’t give up. Lincoln Steffins didn’t give up. Howard Zinn didn’t give up. Cochise didn’t give up. Roberto Clemente didn’t give up. 326 Japanese American internees, who refused to be drafted into the U.S. Army from internment camps until the government restored their constitutional rights, didn’t give up. The Guerrilla Girls didn’t give up. George Seldes didn’t give up. Tom Hayden didn’t give up. Sacco and Vanzetti didn’t give up. Thurgood Marshall didn’t give up. Medger Evers didn’t give up. Lenny Bruce didn’t give up. Abbie Hoffman didn’t give up. Shirley Chisolm didn’t give up. Goodman, Chaney and Schwerner didn’t give up. Robert Mapplethorpe didn’t give up. Paul Wellstone didn’t give up. Bruce Connor didn’t give up. John Brown didn’t give up. Harvey Milk didn’t give up. Langston Hughes didn’t give up. James Baldwin didn’t give up. Ronnie Gilbert didn’t give up. Upton Sinclair didn’t give up. Joe Hill didn’t give up. The Freedom Riders didn’t give up. Crazy Horse didn’t give up. Abel Meeropol didn’t give up. Woody Guthrie didn’t give up. The Haymarket Martyrs didn’t give up. The Scottsboro Boys didn’t give up. William Kunstler didn’t give up. Richard Pryor didn’t give up. Jackie Robinson didn’t give up. Leadbelly didn’t give up. Harriet Tubman didn’t give up. Bayard Rustin didn’t give up. Odetta didn’t give up. Utah Phillips didn’t give up. Coretta Scott King didn’t give up. George Carlin didn’t give up. Maida Springer‐Kemp didn’t give up. Yip Harburg didn’t give up. Eugene V. Debs didn’t give up. Wayne Barrett didn’t give up.

People fighting for social justice and civil rights by organizing in their communities, walking picket lines, striking, marching, getting arrested, running for office didn’t give up. We shouldn’t, can’t and won’t give in or give up!  – January 2017

 

 

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