Still I Rise – Poem by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread me in


the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

Dirty crude oil eh? Tell WA officials we don’t want any of it ~Sierra Club

Tacoma WA Refinery

Earlier this year, a corporation called Par Pacific purchased US Oil in Tacoma, one of Washington state’s five refineries. Their plan is to expand the facility to accept more crude oil by tanker, rail, and possibly tar sands from the Trans Mountain pipeline. Tar sands are one of the dirtiest sources of oil on the planet. When they spill into water they are nearly impossible to clean up.

Thankfully we’ve got a chance to push back. The Department of Ecology is currently hosting an open public comment period to renew the refinery’s 401 water quality permit, which includes plans to protect us and our water sources from dirty oil. If enough of us submit comments to the Department of Ecology, they’ll have to push back on Par Pacific’s dirty plans. 

Thanks for all you do,
Victoria Leistman, Sierra Club
Organizing Representative