Archive for October, 2011

Tell Me Something About Buddhism – Book Signing

Posted in Culture, Gallery, Resources on October 16, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Zenju Earthlyn Marselean Manuel

“I am not into Buddhism to be a Buddhist, I’m into it to heal.”

Zenju Earthlyn Manuel is a Soto Zen Priest, Congolese drummer, a visual artist, and contributing author to several books including: Together We Are One, edited by Thich Nhat Hanh, and Dharma, Color, and Culture: New Voices in Western Buddhism. She is the subject of the new film Zenju’s Path, which premiered at the Buddhist Film Festival in Amsterdam in 2010. [Hampton Roads Publishing]

Read the complete book description here.

Manuel, who was been involved in Buddhist practice for over twenty years, after an L.A. upbringing in an African-American Christian church, intertwines throughout the book her personal experiences as one of the first African-American Zen priests. Her life in the Sangha, her teaching in prisons, and her travels around the world meeting other Buddhist practitioners enliven her answers to the most fundamental questions about Buddhist practice. She writes, “Had I not opened myself to the many teachings from the earth, such as Buddha’s wisdom, it would have been nearly impossible to survive the fires of my soul.” Included are about 20 illustrations by the author in her trademark charcoal and pencil style.


Mobile phone camera snapshot gallery.

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Book signing and reception at the Montclair Women’s Cultural Center
Oakland, CA – 10.16.2011.

Upcoming appearances

Solidarity Tent Encampment – Oakland, CA

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on October 13, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Update 10.26.2011

Proposal to “Occupy Oakland”: A Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples

by Joanne Barker on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 9:02pm

(Luz, Andrew, Andreana and I have submitted the following proposal to “Occupy Oakland.” We will keep everyone updated on its status. It is based on the statement approved by Occupy Boston.)


RESOLUTION:  Memorandum of Solidarity with Indigenous Peoples



WHEREAS, those participating in “Occupy Oakland” acknowledge that the United States of America is a colonial country, and that we are guests upon stolen indigenous land that has already been occupied for centuries, Oakland being the ancestral land of the Ohlone people; and 

WHEREAS, members of the Indigenous Peoples continued to resist the violent oppression and exploitation of the colonizers since they first arrived on this continent, and as a result have a great amount of experience that could strengthen this movement; and 

WHEREAS, after centuries of disregard for the welfare of future generations, and the consistent disrespect and exploitation of the Earth, we find ourselves on a polluted and disturbed planet, lacking the wisdom to live sustainably at peace with the community of Life; therefore be it 

RESOLVED, That we seek the involvement of indigenous peoples  in the rebuilding of a new society on their ancestral land; and 

As a signal to the national “Occupy” movement and Indigenois Peoples who have felt excluded who have felt excluded by the colonialist language used to name this movement, it shall be declared that “Occupy Oakland” aspires to “Decolonize  Oakland” with the guidance and participation of Indigenous Peoples; and


Extending an open hand of humility and friendship, we hereby invite Indigenous Peoples to join us in this popular uprising now taking place across this continent.  We wish to further the process of healing and reconciliation and implore Indigenous Peoples to share their wisdom and guidance, as they see fit, so as to help us restore true freedom and democracy and initiate a new era of peace and cooperation that will work for everyone, including the Earth and the original inhabitants of this land In Solidarity,Joanne Barker

Luz Calvo

Andreana Clay

Andrew Jolivette


Occupy”Oakland Website

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Coming Up: Film Festival SkyePicks & More!

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on October 11, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Laurence Petit-Jouvet is seeking US venues and festivals to screen her video.

Coming Up on Skyeview
Femmes en Résistance Documentary Film Festival (photos and links)
Message from documentarian Laurence PETIT-JOUVET (preview below)

I have the DVD with English subtitles for PRIVATE HOUSE screenings.

DVD Description

Women from the Malian diaspora in Montreuil, in a “filmed letter” speak to a person of their choice, real or imaginary. Women from Bamako and from Kayes in Mali draw inspiration from these letters to, in their turn, realize their “filmed letter”. They were each invited to talk about their work and take this oppotunity to say what is important for them.
The whole forms a film that overcomes the distance, and in which responding like an echo, their voices express frustration, passion, and mostly the power of these women.
Laurent PETIT-JOUVET informed the film festival audience that Montreuil, France has the largest Malian population outside of Bamako. The video is a wonderful examination of these women’s dreams, aspirations and challenges in their respective cities in Mali and France. The grass is not always greener on the other side!

Des femmes de la diaspora malienne vivant à Montreuil, s’adressent dans une “lettre filmée” à une personne de leur choix, réelle ou imaginaire. Des femmes de Bamako et de Kayes au Mali s’en inspirent ensuite librement, pour réaliser à leur tour leur “lettre filmée”. Chacune était invitée à parler de son travail, chacune a saisi l’occasion pour dire ce qui est important pour elle. L’ensemble forme un film qui enjambe les distances, fait résonner ces voix qui expriment les frustrations, les passions, la force de ces femmes.


Dear Reader,

Thank you for visiting Skyeview: A Sistah’s View of the World.  For the past month I’ve been living in Paris, France and have uploaded multiple posts. So, please, take your time, scroll through the entries, listen to the music and check out the in-depth resources.  More to come!



Off The Beaten Path: Le souper de Marocaine dans Clichy

Posted in Uncategorized on October 11, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Morrocan dining in Clichy, France

About Clichy


Moroccan cuisine is extremely diverse, thanks to Morocco‘s interaction with other cultures and nations over the centuries. Moroccan cuisine has been subject to Berber,MoorishMediterranean, and Arab influences. The cooks in the royal kitchens of Fez,MeknesMarrakeshRabat and Tetouan refined it over the centuries and created the basis for what is known as Moroccan cuisine today.

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Off The Beaten Path: Walkabout Arcueil-Cachan, France

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Travelogues on October 11, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler



About Arcueil-Cachan

L’Aqueduc Romain d’Arcueil (built 353- 361)


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Plain Talk And An Appropriate Place Of Rage

Posted in Culture, Transnat'l Feminism/Solidarity on October 11, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

As seen on another blog.

They’re Going to Laugh at You: White Women, Betrayal and the N-Word
Written by Black Artemis


Stop with the defensiveness and rationalizations for just a minute and sit with that. If you’re really ’bout it, just accept that already. Recognize that the mere ability to dig your heels in – telling us we don’t get it, defending your honor like some damsel in distress (by the way, how are you OK with pulling the most anti-feminist of anti-feminist shticks), etc. – wouldn’t exist without the racial privilege you think is somehow neatly tucked away in the folds of your gender identity. You really can’t get whiter than that.

Please read the entire blog entry here.

SkyePick: Salon Zen Trade Show – Paris, France

Posted in Culture, Dispatches, Gallery, Resources with tags , , , on October 11, 2011 by skyeviewtraveler

Annual wellness salon held in multiple cities throughout France.

Salon Zen
Tatami Confort
Cameroonian Botanticals
Rêve De Femmes Magazine

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