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Thu Jun 28, 2018, 02:50 PM

Fight Like Grandma

I'm not sure, but I don't think I've ever felt this way before. The first time I was old enough to vote, the teenaged me watched Bush and the SCOTUS silence my voice (my vote). I was upset, but things were so close that I wasn't sure of an outright theft. I thought, next time.....we'll make the margins even bigger. I've seen people gunned down in the streets by law enforcement, captured on film no less, all to have no charges filed. I thought, we'll vote their asses out next time and get a DA that sides with the people. Today, my home city has it's first black female mayor. She ran on social justice and police reform.

But today......I am shaken. Utterly and completely. My humanity and the humanity of my fellows should never be up for referendum. A woman's autonomy over her body should not be up for referendum. It's ridiculous to say, "this was decided last November". What, exactly, was decided last November?

If you are saying that women are going to go back to the alley......that my gay friends are no longer going to be able to marry the loves of their lives......that my 3 beautiful sons and goddess of a daughter will be second class citizens........our friends may not be able to worship (or not) in peace.........that you are going to continue to separate children from their families...........that we are going to go back to your messed up old and out dated definition of family......of love.......!?!

This is not acceptable. I'm not sure how to make this clear. You see, our laws and rules only work when a critical mass of the populace believes that they are fair and evenly enforced. I'm not talking about violence, at least not on behalf of the citizens. History shows us that law enforcement traditionally goes that route. I'm talking about civil disobedience.....ALL THE TIME. Like, welcome to the 60's, all the time. Well, at least dolt did MAGA. He brought us back to the 60's.

Even my grandmother (I call her Momo) was talking about marching this morning when I called her. She was not sad or even hurt. She was ready! I'm trying to be like her.

My grandmother has survived so much. More than she will ever share with me. If she can look to the future, having already waded through so much, so can I.

Like my grandmother, we too will persevere. Get mad, but get activated. Organize and connect. Step outside of the virtual world and into the real. Talk to people and find out what's going on in your local area. The Kochs started off by targeting school boards and city councils. Let's meet them there. Education is our bailiwick. Don't give an inch, ANYWHERE. Fight! We're on the side of right, not them. Fight for your friends! Fight for your kids! Fight for your ancestors! Fight for those that have already given so much! Fight because it's your damned turn! Woman up, man up, person up and fight! Like Momo, Fight!

In peace and love......fight on.

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Response to spicysista (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 07:21 PM

1. This grandma carries a sign that says "I can't believe I still have to protest this sh*t"

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Response to Hekate (Reply #1)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 07:30 PM

2. That's one of the topics ......

Of my earlier conversation with Momo. She said, with a bit to relish, that anything worth fighting for requires maintenance. Sometimes you need a little tweak here and there. Other times, it's a complete renovation. She seems prepared for some serious marching. We're just coming off some serious victories in my home state, so she's still fired up.
Her old signs from the mayoral campaign won't do. I'm sure she's going to come up with something pretty snazzy and current.

Thanks for being and staying in the fight. My generation owes you our best efforts.

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Response to spicysista (Reply #2)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 09:52 PM

3. My husband has to write my signs because I can't write really big...

He had 22 years practice writing on chalkboards. They are legible, but not what you'd call decorative, being black Magic Marker on white cardboard.

My new one, that he has yet to do is: NOT IN MY NAME, YOU EVIL BASTARDS! Which conveys my sentiments pretty well. I have cried so much over the past several weeks. I've had so much insomnia.

Someone posted a quote from John Lewis on not being overwhelmed by despair, but working onward into the future, knowing someday someone will benefit, even if you don't live to see it happen.

It gave me a lump in my throat. I have to search DU and see if I can find it so I can add it to my notebook.

Thanks for your reply, Spicysista.

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Response to Hekate (Reply #3)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 10:06 PM

4. I think this is the link to that awesome thread, Hekate.


For things to have swung so far, this quickly.....I can't help but have hope that positive change is rapidly approaching. It may get darker yet, but that's always the case before the morning light.

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Response to spicysista (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 28, 2018, 10:08 PM

5. Thank you so much.

I feel we are in a very dark time.

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