Every Positive Thought

In case there was any doubt about the strength of the resistance, check out the photos from the many Women’s Marches that took place last weekend.  We marched in Providence, RI this year.  Our huddle (remember that second action – first we marched, now we huddle?!) made plans to meet up and march together and though plans and locations changed, a number of us did find each other.  I went armed with a bunch of extra pink hats, another member of our huddle came with a bag filled with hand-crocheted “blue waves” to place over our pink hats.  There was music from the amazing Extraodinary Rendition Band, fabulous signs, inspiring speakers and a human wall by the Brick by Brick project. The slide show below tells the story but I wanted to share the two messages I’m still thinking about today.

  • Every positive thought – every positive action, matters.

Thank you to the hundreds of organizers who made these marches possible. There are so many reasons to lean towards cynicism, doubt and darkness but the marches were empowering and energizing.  Whether you were there in person or in spirit they served as a reminder to continually nourish ourselves in the collective power of our outrage, vision and hope.

  • Voting is not enough.

Does voting matter?  ABSOLUTELY – we’re living with the answer to that question.  But voting is not enough. Voting is a beginning but holding elected officials accountable, speaking truth to power, caring for the least, treating others as we wish to be treated is how we live every day.

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Ideas • Information • Action

From our friends at Wall of Us – a great reminder and new weekly actions:                “A movement is much more than a march. A movement is that different space between our reality and our vision. Our liberation depends on all of us.” – Janet Mock

Two Hours a Week for 2018 elections?!  Check out One Thing You Can Do.

A reminder about the good work of All The Good We Can and their six causes with simple actions for each. Children, Disability Rights, Immigration, the LGBTQ Community, Racial & Cultural Equality, and Women’s Rights.

Artists at Work

In case you haven’t seen this. “My Brother’s Keeper.” Artist Watson Mere is an American born Artist of Haitian decent who lives in Philadelphia.

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And finally,

Beautiful poem by Brian Biltson 

Refugee.

They have no need of our help
So do not tell me
These haggard faces could belong to you or me
Should life have dealt a different hand
We need to see them for who they really are
Chancers and scroungers
Layabouts and loungers
With bombs up their sleeves
Cut-throats and thieves
They are not
Welcome here
We should make them
Go back to where they came from
They cannot
Share our food
Share our homes
Share our countries
Instead let us
Build a wall to keep them out
It is not okay to say
These are people just like us
A place should only belong to those who are born there
Do not be so stupid to think that
The world can be looked at another way
(Read it again, this time read from bottom to top)

Here’s to you, here’s to us – all in it together.