April 9, 2015

Je Suis California.


“We’re standing on dry grass. We should be standing on five feet of snow.”
~ Gov. Jerry Brown

There is no “they are having a drought in California.”

There is no “there’s a drought over there.”

There is no “those people are running out of water.”

There is no any of that


Je suis California.


This is a tsunami by another name

A Sandy by another name and

A Katrina by another name

This is a bigger name than all of those names put together.


This is drought.


Je suis California.


There is no need to argue about why it happened


or freeways

or too many cars

or too many people

or poor management

or overuse

or eating too much beef

or agriculture

or it’s his fault or it’s her fault or it’s that guy’s fault.


No none of that helps.


California is on her knees

She needs us


Je suis California


When I was sick

and broken

and couldn’t eat certain foods

my husband said

I won’t eat certain foods either

In solidarity


When a friend’s sister

lost her hair to chemotherapy

my friend said

I won’t have hair either

and shaved her head

In solidarity


California is on her knees

She is broken

She needs all the mates and sisters she can find

She needs me

I won’t have 25% as much water either

In solidarity


Je suis California.


Relephant Link:

“How serious is California drought? Check out these before & after pictures, taken only 3 years apart.”


Author: Carmelene Siani

Editor: Emma Ruffin

Photo: Flickr


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