Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Real Thanksgiving??? � The Man Of Steel

While it is wonderful on this day to give thanks for our blessings, I hope we are past the point of perpetuating myths about the history of it.The Real Thanksgiving? makes it clear, Native Americans have nothing to be thankful for in this history. More than a few people have suggested we replace "thanksgiving" with a National Day of Atonement.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Southern Poverty Law Center : Stand Strong Against Hate


Southern Poverty Law Center : Stand Strong Against Hate - from their website:
We've just witnessed an historic moment in our nation's history — the election of our first African-American president.

But it's clear that racism remains a serious problem.

In recent weeks, there have been hundreds of racial incidents linked to the election of Barack Obama.

In New York, a black teen was attacked with a bat on election night by four white men who shouted "Obama." In Los Angeles, swastikas and racial slurs were painted on cars, sidewalks and houses. In Idaho, schoolchildren on buses chanted "assassinate Obama."

In addition, hate groups report that membership is surging. We've identified 888 organized hate groups — white supremacists, neo-Nazis, anti-immigrant extremists, anti-gay groups and others — represented by the dots on the map.

Is there hate in your state?

As the ranks of hate swell, people of goodwill must stand up and be counted.

Add yourself to our map as a voice for tolerance. Join people across the nation who are standing strong against the hate, racism, and intolerance infecting our communities, schools and political debate.

At the Southern Poverty Law Center, we track and expose the activities of hate groups in the United States and use innovative legal strategies to put them out of business.

Thank you for standing strong against hate.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

I should feel in better shape!

Since I started back lifting weights at the YMCA in Woburn, I've lifted a total of 2,191,590 pounds. Go me! ;-)

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team

Change.gov: The Obama-Biden Transition Team

SPLCenter.org: Hate Groups Map

I love the Southern Poverty Law Center. The work they do is so vital. They publish Teaching Tolerance, to help us raise a generation of children who don't hate. But they also work to actively eliminate hate groups. They just won a big court case against the Klan in Kentucky.

They also keep a close watch on the status of hate groups in our country. This Hate Groups Map is astounding. There were over 888 active hate groups in the U.S. last year. Check out your state to see how many groups are at work where you live.

Lonely Fortune Writer

This is just silly fun, but it is fun! The Lonely Fortune Writer is on the Healthy Choice website. Another gift from Skirt.com!

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Southern Poverty Law Center

I added the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch blog to my list of blogs I dig today. It isn't one of the more uplifting blogs I read, but with Barack Obama's election, I know too many folks who think we've come further than we actually have. This blog is a sobering reminder of just how "alive and well" racism is in this country today.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

{Sigh}

So this afternoon I was *trying* to change Evan's diaper, and he was having no part of it. We got to putting his pants back on, and he was determined not to have them back on. He even said it "hurt"...a common tactic. But he got really riled up, and I was frustrated. And we both got loud I guess, when I know from hubby's advice I should have gone silent...it does calm him down. SO then Kevin comes in and while putting his shoes on, Evan says to him, "Daddy, Evan no like Mommy!".

Now, I know this is just a 2 year old's reaction to not getting his way, and I know he loves me. But it had been a long day and I just *bawled*. Daddy and Evan are grocery shopping now, hopefully Evan will like Mommy again when they get home. ;-)

MoveOn.org Political Action: Democracy in Action

People are sharing photos and thoughts about what President-elect Obama's victory means to them at MoveOn.org's Hope Wall

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Join the Impact - Protest Prop 8 on November 15th!

Join the Impact - Protest Prop 8 on November 15th!

On this site, you can find where *your* nearest protest will be, all across the country!

Keith Olbermann's Prop 8 Special Comment: It's "About The Human Heart" (VIDEO)



Keith Olbermann stated, quite eloquently, why people who voted for Prop. 8, or any other measure to prohibit gay people from marrying the people they love, should be ashamed of themselves. You can see his comments in the video above, or click here to read them.

I would like to propose that those of us who stand on the sidelines, and don't speak up again this, are equally shameful. As a friend told me recently, just like those who kept African Americans from their God-given rights, someday we shall look back on this time, and be ashamed.

Co-op America's National Green Pages™ - the Nation's Only Directory of Screened and Approved Green Businesses

I got an email today from Co-op America about their National Green Pages™ - the nation's only directory of screened and approved green businesses. With the holidays coming, it is a great resource for protecting the planet while shopping for friends and family!

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Alternative Alphabet for Big & Little People



I am always looking for websites, toys, posters and books and other resources to help me raise my kids with the kind of cultural awareness I want them to have as citizens of this great nation. I don't want their only reality to be the privileged, white, straight, Christian example that we are for them. I know I find these things way more than I offer them to anyone who might visit this site. So here's my contribution for today. I found it as Syracuse Cultural Workers. Evan has learned his alphabet in part to it, and knows several of the words on it already! (We have the poster, but the kids are mostly learning from the place mats at the moment).

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Jesse Jackson's tears


Here is what Jesse Jackson had to say about his tears on election night.

"Well, on the one hand, I saw President Barack Obama standing there looking so majestic. And I knew that people in the villages of Kenya and Haiti, and mansions and palaces in Europe and China, were all watching this young African-American male assume the leadership to take our nation out of a pit to a higher place.

"And then, I thought of who was not there,'' Jackson said on NPR News' Tell Me More. "As mentioned, Medgar Evers, the husband of Sister Myrlie. ...So the martyrs and murdered whose blood made last night possible. I could not help think that this was their night.

"And if I had one wish: if Medgar, or if Dr. King could have just been there for a second in time, would have made my heart rejoice. And so it was kind of duo-fold - his ascension into leadership and the price that was paid to get him there."

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

All things are possible | San Francisco Bay View

It seemed only appropriate, given how excited I am by the election of Barack Obama, and how great his acceptance speech, All things are possible was, to post it here.

MinnPost - A transformational man for a transformational moment

MinnPost - A transformational man for a transformational moment

President Barack Obama

Election day was quite exciting. We took both of our children with us to the polls. On the way there, was stopped at a house where Evan always noticed the Obama lawn sign when on walks with Daddy. We took pictures of both Evan and Amelie next to the sign. Evan pointed to Obama's name and said, "Look, baby!" (Baby is still his name for Amelie ;-).

Once at the polls, I went in first and then Daddy to Evan into the booth with him, so later on in life, he could say he was with his daddy when he voted for our first African American president (and for one of the best presidents ever, as we know Barack Obama is going to be).

Watching election coverage was maddening. You know watching that things can change dramatically (case in point, we had President Bush the last four years, not President Kerry as was thought early on on election night 4 years ago). But seeing big numbers in the beginning for McCain, and seeing the in progress numbers for him was unsettling.

I actually fell asleep at the very end for a few moments, thank goodness my mom called so I didn't miss Obama's speech. I also tuned in in time to see Jesse Jackson crying, and to hear Martin Luther King's daughter speak about what this election meant to her, and what it would have meant to her father.

And then, John McCain gave what I thought was a very gracious concession speech. I am sure that now he will go back to being the senator that I had the respect for that I did before all of this election ugliness. And I believe him when he says he will work with President Obama (man that sounds good, doesn't it?). I heard that Bush made a statement saying what a great night this was for Obama, his family, friends, and supporters. How pathetic that he could not admit, as McCain did, what a great night this was for AMERICA.

Barack Obama's acceptance speech was so presidential. He pointed out that the great things have not been done yet, just that his being elected gives us the opportunity for them to happen. He pointed out that *everyone* has to work hard to make them happen. He committed to working with *everyone*, (assuming everyone will allow him to, that's up to Republicans).

It was a great night for the country. However, it was a horrible night for gay rights. I am horrified at all the states that outlawed the right of gay folks to marry the people they love - the people they have committed to for a lifetime. And I forget which state, but one state voted to outlaw adoption for unmarried people. It is certain this was to keep gay folks from adopting. When the hell are folks going to get over who other people love and instead affirm love and loving families? There are plenty of straight marriages that are freakin' messed up and harming the children that are living in those homes.

Last night was a great night, for the most part. But as Obama pointed out, we still have a long way to go.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Ann Landers and Proposition 8 - Los Angeles Times

I grew up reading Ann Landers over breakfast in the morning. Well, after the comics and if I got up on time. ;-) So it was with nostalgia and affection that I read Ann Landers and Proposition 8 - Los Angeles Times, written by her daughter. If I could send this to all the folks who were fans of hers, who think outlawing gay marriage is a good idea, maybe they would change their minds.

McCain's disdain for our rights | SocialistWorker.org

I hate to talk about abortion. I hate to think about abortion. It is a horrible thing, that we should all be dedicated to putting an end to. But not by simply talking away a woman's right to choose. And here is just one more example of how we (who are paying attention) can see McCain's disdain for our rights , and truly, for our *lives*.

Good Books for Good Kids: The Earth is Our Mother : Eco Child’s Play

Here is a book list, Good Books for Good Kids: The Earth is Our Mother from Eco Child's Play. With so many great books out there, why choose books that are *just* fun, when they can be fun and enriching at the same time?

Monday, November 03, 2008

Holly Near

I just read a wonderful Interview about Obama with Holly Near. These are the kinds of singers I want my children to grow up hearing - socially aware activists working for peace and justice. Like Emma's Revolution, and Sweet Honey in the Rock. Folks who inspire my kids to love, and work for love, peace and justice.

Obama, baby!

So we have yet to get video of Evan expressing his choice for president, but it's the same as these brilliant babies:

Voting Tomorrow

It is poignant to remember that women have only had the right to vote for 88 years.