"Religion's never mentioned here", of course.
"You know them by their eyes," and hold your tongue.
"One side's as bad as the other," never worse.
Christ, it's near time that some small leak was sprung
In the great dykes the Dutchman made
To dam the dangerous tide that followed Seamus.
Yet for all this art and sedentary trade
I am incapable. The famous
Northern reticence, the tight gag of place
And times: yes, yes. Of the "wee six" I sing
Where to be saved you only must save face
And whatever you say, you say nothing.
Smoke-signals are loud-mouthed compared with us:
Manoeuvrings to find out name and school,
Subtle discrimination by addresses
With hardly an exception to the rule
That Norman, Ken and Sidney signalled Prod
And Seamus (call me Sean) was sure-fire Pape.
O land of password, handgrip, wink and nod,
Of open minds as open as a trap,
Where tongues lie coiled, as under flames lie wicks,
Where half of us, as in a wooden horse
Were cabin'd and confined like wily Greeks,
Besieged within the siege, whispering morse.
‘Whatever You Say, Say Nothing’ by Seamus Heaney
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[“I don’t know about everybody in ACT UP. I can’t say that they did. What I knew was that the people that I knew that were working on care, and treatment, and research had that access … I was disappointed with some of the answers I would get from people, like We can’t fix everybody’s life … A majority of the people that I looked up to because I thought the work they did was critical were not really that much into doing work related to access to care and treatment in disenfranchised communities … I felt that I was hitting my head against the wall.”
Perhaps I was just doing my job as an AIDS historian, perhaps I somehow wanted Moisés to feel better, perhaps I was again advocating for him to see and recognize the women in ACT UP. So, at this point in the conversation, I brought up all the enormous work that the Women’s Caucus, and women with HIV, did in ACT UP. I reminded him that they ran a successful four-year campaign to allow women and poor people access to benefits and experimental drugs and studies, the very thing he was saying ACT UP didn’t do. And he did acknowledge that. I wanted him to recognize my identification arena as just as authentically ACT UP as any other.
“It was a significant campaign,” he acknowledged, “and it was driven by women in ACT UP. You see, if it weren’t for the women that got involved and then pushed their issues through—because you remember, you had to push your issue through. It was not You come and everybody understands. There were a lot of heated discussions about women issues, about people of color issues. But again, it had to be driven by those people affected. If it were left to the hands of those that had the power within the organization … Do you understand what I mean?”
As someone coming from the feminist and lesbian movements, I totally understood. Democracy requires participation, even if the people who are already demeaned or excluded have to do most of the work to get the conversation elevated. The burden is on those of us who are not heard, and that is on top of the consequences of not being heard. It sucks, and you have to be hard-core to fight it, but if women and people of color and other disenfranchised people don’t fight for it, it will not happen. Women have to fight and insist and strategize and organize for our issues. It has always been that way, and in America, it has always been that way for people of color, too. This is what politics is, and this is what coalition politics in American social movements has always been: marginalized people have to be smart and organized and tough.”]
Let The Record Show: A Political History of ACT UP, New York, 1987-1993, by Sarah Schulman
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