Duty ~ By ElizaBeth Coira

Is it my duty
Obligation
Responsibility
To put on
A pretty face for you

Simply because I’m a woman

As though my life
Weren’t meant for more
Than the shadowy
Fantasies
Of others

As though my life
Weren’t my own
Beyond what a man
Would pay for

No my friends
That moment has passed
Of social sickness
Putrid illness

At least in my mind
But what’s true for you
Do you buy and consume
The old bloody ruse

How funny
How entrenched
The sins of old
Designed to confine us
And subjugate

One from another
Equal lovers
Partners make
For very poor soldiers

Converts and subjects
Free thinking
Free loving
Free wielding
Free me
Free you
For we

Are meant for more
Than such trifles
Distractions
Pawns
In a muddled
Man-made game

I’m looking forward to sharing this piece, and a couple others, TONIGHT, at the Spokane FemFest–Feminist Art Festival! Checkout this clip of our recent interview on Good Day Spokane, highlighting the event! And join us in Spokane, Washington tonight, 6 pm at the Bartlett, if you can!

Walk A While With Me Friend ~ We Can No Longer Remain Silent

Please enjoy my article for the March/April 2018 edition of the Loon Lake Times

Walk A While With Me Friend – We Can No Longer Remain Silent
Reflections from the 2018 Women’s Marches in Eastern Washington
Copyright ©2018, ElizaBeth Coira

  • Compassion. Common Sense. Humanity. Love. Equality and Equity. For All.
  • The Earth. The Water. Scientific Research. Human Rights, regardless of race, size, shape, identity, disability, affiliation, or sexual orientation.

  • Bodily Autonomy. Healthcare and Access. Family Planning, Birth Control, Reproductive Rights. For our Mothers, Daughters, Sisters, Cousins, Friends, Neighbors, Ourselves.
  • Legal Protections and Recognitions. In the Workplace, in the Home, in Public, in our Neighborhoods, Schools, and Community Streets. To Keep Us Safe from harassment, assault, rape, abduction, gunning down, and systematic economic discrimination.

  • Build Bridges Not Walls. What about the real-life humans, critically contributing to our communities and economies. They immigrated simply trying to survive and perhaps even make a better life. Their aspirations may not be so different from yours or mine. Are we comfortable with relying on them to pick our fruits, clean our offices, slaughter our meats; only to shout “Shut Up, and Get Out”? As we gorge ourselves on cheap hamburgers, pesticide-laced apples, and twisted up versions of the “American dream”. And their children who arrived at young and tender ages, sharing classrooms, sports fields, and school lunches with our children for most of their lives; shall we shout “Get Out Too,” as we show them the door, with a steel-toed boot and baton in hand?

  • Safety in Schools for our Children and Educators, from the tyranny of violent threat and chaos. Investment in Public Education Funding, for the infrastructure, supplies, teachers, and counselors guiding and shaping young minds—Our Future.
  • Legal Protections for all from military grade weapons built for rapid, automated modes of nothing more than mass destruction. How many stacks of slaughtered, innocent civilians will it take, as politicians and lobbyists watch from ivory towers and yachts, golf clubs and private jets? Our “all or nothing” public dialogue about guns must seem so pathetically simple, amusing, and profitable to them.

Above are just some of the issues that mobilized over 4.2 million Americans at Women’s Marches across the country, the weekend of January 20th – 21st, in what some are tallying to be the largest demonstration in US history. Here in eastern Washington friends and neighbors also gathered, united in protest: 6,000+ strong in Spokane, 100+ strong in Chewelah. Our neighbors and friends, families and colleagues showed up, spoke out, refusing to be silenced by the unfortunate attempts of cowardly online bullies, drive-by verbal attacks, and even familial and workplace intimidation. So many of us in eastern Washington are no longer content to look the other way when misogyny, racism, unchecked greed, and power grabs of various sorts threaten our lives and our American democracy.  Continue reading

Gift Book: Sending You My Love

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Looking for an inspirational, affordable Valentine’s gift? How about a gift book that also supports others in great need?

“Sending You My Love” features uplifting poems & photos that ponder life, purpose, & the simple idea of Love as our ever-present guide. It’d make a great gift, whenever you’d like to share some Love! And part of the profits support children, families, animals, & communities in great need around the globe– through Project COLORS International Non-Profit Aid Society.

There’s still time to order through Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, & Amazon’s various European sites today!

Learn more here: Gift Book: Sending You My Love

Thank You “SENDING YOU MY LOVE” Readers! Donations Made With Your Purchase!

MANY THANKS to all of you who have purchased and read my gift book, SENDING YOU MY LOVE – Little Thoughts on Life and Love! Your 2017 purchases have allowed me to make donations to help children in great need in both Sri Lanka and South Africa– from all of us!

Through one of my favorite international aid organizations, Project COLORS,  girls living in a Sri Lankan children’s home will have the opportunity to attend school. And children in both Sri Lankan and South African children’s homes will receive shoes and school supplies to help them start school with their best foot forward. To learn more about Project COLORS and these specific programs, please click any of the blue, linked text.

Why is this Important? We all have the power to touch this world for the better… one smile, one small act of kindness at a time. There’s no need to wait for tomorrow or the perfect situation to fulfill these calls to Love, that ring within all of our hearts. Small aid organizations like Project COLORS minimize overhead to maximize the reach of our good-will and donations. And these donations mean so much to many of our sisters, brothers, and friends in a rough spot.

My Personal Connection. I have chosen Project COLORS to receive donations due to a personal connection I have with the Founding Director, Sunyata Choyce. We are not only friends and former UN colleagues, but I also had the great honor to join her in Sri Lanka in 2013 to visit and initiate aid channeling to children’s homes in the Batticaloa area. I have witnessed first hand, over quite a few years, the direct investment commitment of this small non-profit; which relies entirely on volunteer, donor, and in-kind support to ensure money goes where it’s needed most.

How Can You Get Involved Too? To find out more about my collaboration with Project COLORS, please visit my book page: Gift Book: Sending You My Love.  To learn more about direct monetary, volunteer, or in-kind donation opportunities that make a BIG difference to those in need, visit ProjectCOLORS.com.

Are you looking for an uplifting, meaningful gift for Valentine’s Day, a birthday, or other occasion? SENDING YOU MY LOVE is available for purchase on Amazon.comAmazon CanadaAmazon GermanyAmazon UKAmazon FranceAmazon ItalyAmazon Spain, and CreateSpace.com.  Part of the profits from your book purchase will indeed go to support children and families in need through Project COLORS.

Thank you again to all who have purchased and read SENDING YOU MY LOVE – Little Thoughts on Life and Love in 2017! I am honored to be a part of your meaningful giving traditions. Here’s wishing you all the best for a life ever-filled with Love!