Rafeef Ziadah. As powerful and moving as ever in NYC.
#FreePalestine “Allow me to speak my Arab tongue

before they occupy my language as well.

Allow me to speak my mother tongue

before they colonise her memory as well.

I am an Arab woman of color.

and we come in all shades of anger.

All my grandfather ever wanted to do

was wake up at dawn and watch my grandmather kneel and pray

in a village hidden between Jaffa and Haifa

my mother was born under an olive tree

on a soil they say is no longer mine

but I will cross their barriers, their check points

their damn apartheid walls and return to my homeland.” (at Nuyorican Poets Cafe)