On a cold Friday as afternoon prayers ended at Masjid al Kareem, members of our Quaker Meeting greeted our Muslim sisters and brothers with coffee and home made cookies outside the Islamic Center of Rhode Island. While it was freezing outside, we were warm as hands reached out in friendship and support. It was a small thing. It was a huge thing. It was yet another opportunity to lock eyes with friends we’ve not yet met. As I drove home I found myself thinking about a quote that I just love from Howard Zinn – The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory. I think the challenge, at least for me, is to greet each day with an intention – what I will do today to build the world I see in my mind’s eye? There are so many choices and so many ways to express what you wish for the world. We need them all. And, if you are having a hard time choosing see if there a mosque near you or a center that supports refugees or others who have been targeted or marginalized. Step outside your neighborhood, go with a friend or two or ten. Bring cookies. You won’t be sorry.
Information and Action
Check out this AWESOME website that offers creative progressive postcards to download for FREE! There are so many that I love but this is my current favorite in honor of our fabulous Elizabeth Warren!
Say thank you, it’s not too late!
Please join me in thanking the two Republican Senators – Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska – who voted against Betsy DeVos, creating a historic tie in the Senate. I just called to thank them for their no votes and to acknowledge the courage it took. Both staffers who answered my calls were grateful and said while they were still feeling the heat for the No votes, they’ve received lots of support as well. It’s a really big deal for Republicans to break ranks. This is an easy call to make and in addition to re-building a culture of kindness by saying thanks for a job well done, this simple gesture could be really helpful as we work on other issues down the road.
Lisa Murkowski (202)-224-6665 x 3 (for a staff person)
Susan Collins (202) 224-2523 x 0 (for a staff person)
Indivisible Guide– Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen. A practical guide for resisting the Trump agenda.
Weekly Action – A weekly dose of advocacy delivered to your inbox from Friends Committee on National Legislation – a nonpartisan Quaker lobby in the public interest.
The People’s Calendar – search for and submit events in your area (marches, town hall meetings, rallies and more) from RiseStronger.
This is so true…I can’t remember a time when hummus wasn’t in my refrigerator!
I found this article to be so powerful and so deep – I read it several times to let it sink in. I hope you’ll find a quiet moment to read it in full.
Forming a more perfect union is not just a slogan. It means reaffirming and reimagining the centrality of community in the American story. We need to make clear what we stand for as well as who we stand for and what we stand against….“I want to be me without making it difficult for you to be you.” (quoting Howard Thurman)
And finally – here’s a wonderful video for Valentine’s Day (tomorrow in case you need to remember!)
Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.