• activism,  charlottesville,  justice,  peace,  personal responsibility,  social justice

    Make a Choice

    I have been working on this piece off and on since the events in Charlottesville August 11 and 12. It is longish at 1342 words. It is not a political statement. It is my moral position on possibly the single most destructive evil in the United States: racism. When I lived in Birmingham, Alabama, I met a couple who had recently returned to the states after living abroad for several years. They had a young son about 8 years old who had been born while they were overseas. That fall, well into football season, he came home from school and asked his parents if they were for Alabama or Auburn. His…

  • activism,  equality,  feminist,  patriarchy,  womens rights

    The Resistance

    The Women’s March on Washington On Saturday, January 21st, women (and men) will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., and cities across the country (and the world) in solidarity for the rights of women, the vulnerable, and all citizens. The mission and vision of The Women’s March can be found on their website HERE. Briefly, here are the Unity Principles: We believe that Women’s Rights are Human Rights and Human Rights are Women’s Rights. We must create a society in which women – including Black women, Native women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Muslim women, lesbian queer and trans women – are free and able to care for and nurture their families,…

  • activism,  change,  politics,  wisdom

    United States of Luddites

    One Nation Gripped by Fear of Change The U.S. Election on November 8th resulted in an almost 50-50 split between Americans who voted (I don’t know which side the 90+ million eligible voters who didn’t vote would prefer since they didn’t care enough to participate in the election). The divide has some interesting demographics: country v. city educated v. uneducated men v. women whites v. everyone else old v. young In looking at the polling data, I finally decided the biggest divide was between those who long for the good old days (which never really existed) and those who long for a future filled with innovation. One side wants to cling to…

  • activism,  beauty,  feminist,  women,  womens rights

    Post-Election Meme

    a Facebook Cover photo I used a famous picture of women protesting for suffrage superimposed over a picture of a bald eagle to create this image. My own eyes have been superimposed over the eyes of the eagle. This was my post this morning on Facebook: Racism, misogyny, homophobia, and xenophobia may have won the election yesterday. But those of us who stand with love and beauty and the multiple, glorious potentialities of life will continue to fight on.   Photo credits: women suffragists & bald eagle from USA.gov

  • activism,  feminist,  health care,  women,  womens rights

    Taking aim in the war on women

    I have always been a feminist. I have never been a particularly activist feminist. This week that changed. This morning I joined the National Organization for Women. I am concerned, no, beyond concerned… I am deeply disturbed by the trend I see when it comes to women’s rights, particularly women’s health rights. It was not until 1965 that the Supreme Court ruled in Griswold v. Connecticut that it was legal to prescribe oral contraceptives to married couples. It was not until 1972 that the Supreme Court ruling in Eisenstadt v.Baird made oral contraceptives legal for single women. These two cases were decided in my lifetime. For all of my adult life I have…

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