A few weeks ago, in Bukavu in the Congo, a compound of buildings of sheer opportunity opened, what you can truly call PORTALS with no footnotes necessary, built with the mere investment of 1,000,000 dollars ~ nothing really, small change for what it established, in the face of complete disregard for the beauty & potential of a whole country of women & disrespect for the deep well of that cradle of life from we have ALL grown, every last living molecule of us ~ a base, built in part by the Congolese women themselves, labor they were also PAID FOR, a base for learning the tools of power for the women of this country, everything from martial arts & self defense, computer skills, literacy, therapy for trauma, nutrition, childcare . . .& in meeting these simple human needs, the garden for an army of women was planted there . .
Talk about an Inner Garden.
I want to live in this Garden.
But we are, we are, we are, we all are.
In this time where we are ALL going to the very foundations of what we know is true, we are finding the truth. As I write this, right now, at this very moment, it is rumored that in Libya, Gaddafi has fled overnight, protestors setting fire to key government buildings, the pressure of integrity just too great . . & the flow is continuing, hard work but then so is breathing, if you think too hard about it.
What is this compound of love in the Congo called? THE CITY OF JOY and yes, we know this city, WE HAVE KNOW THIS CITY FOREVER, since we first opened our tiny little eyes, even before my loves & I am meeting you there, right now, in my bed typing away, drinking my coffee, listening to the snowplows.
"When City of Joy officially opened Friday, hundreds of women, most of them rape victims, thumped on drums and sang at the top of their lungs. They wore black T-shirts that read, “Stop the rape of our most precious resource.” It seemed that the army of women Ms. Ensler envisioned was mustering in front of her eyes. Some even danced with the shovels and cement-encrusted trowels that they used to build the City of Joy."