None of Us Ashes, All of Us Flames: Let’s Organize Our Lives Around Love and Care

Flames erupt from the silhouette of a head with two faces

We may only be subordinates but we hear everything

All your closed-door conversations, we’re always listening

We sense frequencies you’d never hear or think to pay attention to

And we can tell what’s on its way here, long before the train comes through

Ezra Furman – Train Comes Through Lyrics

Canaries

Ezra Furman’s “All of Us Flames” is an anthem for we the neurodivergent, queer, disabled, and weird. This is music by and for the edges, for the canaries.

We are marginalized canaries in a social coalmine and Rawlsian barometers of society’s morality. It is deeply subversive to live proudly despite being living embodiments of our culture’s long standing ethical failings.

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Community

“All of Us Flames” is about community, identity, and unity. It’s about finding your people.

When I found the autistic community, it was like finally coming home after 23 long years at sea. Often you don’t realize how lonely and frightened you’ve been the whole time, until you find your people.

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All of Us Flames is about finding one’s tribe, learning to trust others, and seeking to heal in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges that life presents to some.

Ezra Furman: All Of Us Flames [Album Review] – The Fire Note

Call

“Temple of Broken Dreams” is a call to action for our communities.

Let's organize our lives around love and care
Let's write each other letters and call it prayer
Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere
At the temple of broken dreams

--Temple of Broken Dreams by Ezra Furman

“Let’s organize our lives around love and care.” We integrated that line into our philosophy.

Celebrate our interdependence.
Organize our lives around love and care.


Our survival is bound up together.

Pluralism is our reality.

Philosophy — Stimpunks Foundation

Furman penned the second new single “Evening Prayer” as a “rallying cry” for her fan base. “We music fans go to shows for transcendence; it’s like being called to prayer,” she says. “But as Abraham Heschel said, ‘Prayer is meaningless unless it is subversive, unless it seeks to overthrow and to ruin the pyramids of callousness, hatred, opportunism and falsehood.’ I want all our fans to become activists. We punk fans have so much energy to give to the fight against injustice, i.e. the abuse of the poor by the rich, i.e. climate change. So this is one to get you in the mood.”

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None of Us Ashes, All of Us Flames

I want there to be a book of our names
None of them missing, none quite the same
None of us ashes, all of us flames
And I want us to read it aloud

I want it to tell of our exile here
In a cruel machinery, our bodies between the gears
And our world back home just the ghost of a prayer
And I want us to read it aloud
I want us to read it aloud

And our names will be heard through prison walls
Through wet city streets and international calls
And we'll read it until this whole empire falls
And then we will continuе to read it

And the names will bе the real ones that are ours
Not the ones given us by the enemy powers
But the ones that we know in our bones and our bowels
And they'll be said out loud and repeated

Yes, I want there to be a book of our names
None of us missing, none exactly the same
None of us ashes, all of us flames
And I want us to read it aloud
I want us to read it aloud

“Book of Our Names” by Ezra Furman

Our survival is bound up together in the gutter adversity.

Furman is like the Springsteen of the LGBTQIA+ community – the authority on demented optimism from the gutter of adversity.

Ezra Furman – All Of Us Flames – Album Review – Loud And Quiet

Optimism comes with organizing. Turn up “All of Us Flames”, and build community.

A transfiguration’s coming, a turning in the song
To the brutal static order they’ve depended on so long
This train will carry gamblers, it’ll carry us midnight ramblers too
And a broken heart’s your ticket so be ready when the train comes through
A broken heart’s your ticket so be ready when the train comes through
Ahh
Ahh

“Train Comes Through” by Ezra Furman

Let’s organize our lives around love and care.

Mission

We exist for the direct support and mutual aid of neurodivergent and disabled people.

We serve our loved people so we can keep on living through the onslaught.

Creed

I center the marginalized and the different. I center edge cases, because edge cases are stress cases and design is tested at the edges. I center neurodivergent and disabled experience in service to all bodyminds.

A disembodied arm with blue skin and a self-care tattoo flashes the sign of the horns

Covenant

We pledge to act and interact in ways that contribute to an open, welcoming, diverse, inclusive, and healthy community.

Two human side silhouette positioned Face to face overlaid with various semi-transparent line connected circular (network node) shapes.

Philosophy

We steer by these acquired phrases. They are compasses and stars that align us on our mission.

Rainbow woven cloth evoking our diversity and interdependence

Interdependence

It is time to celebrate our interdependence. Interdependence acknowledges that our survival is bound up together, that we are interconnected and what you do impacts others. Interdependence is the only way out of most of the most pressing issues we face today.

The many forms of difference. Adaptive Behavior Assessment (ABAS-3), Adult ADHD Self-report Scale (ASRS-v1.1), and Behavior Rating Inventory Executive Function (BRIEF 2) forms spread across a wooden table

Edges

Our designs, our societies, and the boundaries of our compassion are tested at the edges, where the truths told are of bias, inequality, injustice, and thoughtlessness.

Let's organize our lives around love and care
Let's write each other letters and call it prayer
Let's congregate in the place that isn't anywhere
At the temple of broken dreams

But it’s the hidden and unspoken that will thunder when the train comes through

“Train Comes Through” by Ezra Furman

Published by Ryan Boren

#ActuallyAutistic retired technologist turned wannabe-sociologist. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they

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