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Kathie MM

Today I received the message pasted in below from a number of different groups, and I say Hooray!

Hooray that out of divisiveness can come unity, that out of hate and violence can come love and nonviolence, that out of prejudice can come tolerance and empathy.

It may be too late for you to stand up against hatred in one of these groups today but it is never to late to stand up on your own or with others on behalf of peace and social justice.

Just look at the groups listed below that are coming together today to stand up against the violence and racism demonstrated in Charlottesville, VA, yesterday–violence and racism that are increasingly wreaking devastation on our planet.  If anti-hate/pro-peace and social justice groups such as these continue to flourish and work together, I believe they cannot fail while there is life on earth.

Here is the message:

“Stand in Solidarity with Charlottesville – Find an Event

This weekend, hate groups and domestic terrorists of all stripes went to Charlottesville, VA to push their hateful message of white supremacy, fascism, anti-Semitism, and bigotry.

When they got there they waged violence on unarmed anti-racists, killing one and injuring many others. We mourn for the life that was lost, and we will honor all those under attack by congregating against hate in our own communities.

Tonight and tomorrow, Indivisible groups, along with our friends at Women’s March, Democracy for America, Working Families Party, Resist Here, Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Mi Familia Vota, OurRevolution, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, People’s Action, Courage Campaign, Greenpeace, #AllOfUs, #Resist,, OFA, United We Dream, Win Without War, Voto Latino,, Sierra Club, Pantsuit Nation, Town Hall Project, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, iAmerica, National Immigration Law Center, #MarchForTruth, Color of Change, UltraViolet, IfNotNow, People Power, Faith in Public Life, CREDO, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Bend the Arc Jewish Action, Brand New Congress, South Asian Americans Leading Together, NARAL Pro-Choice America, RootsAction, SEIU, Hip Hop Caucus, CODEPINK, Peoples Climate Movement, T’ruah, Public Citizen, Daily Kos, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, CPD Action, Stand Up America, American Federation of Teachers, Emerge America, Jewish Voice for Peace, National Domestic Workers Alliance, Moms Rising, and others will come together in solidarity with our brave friends in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.

Attend an event in your community to show that you’re standing with Charlottesville.

Partners at Indivisible and the organizations whose logos appear on this page are providing this tool to assist activists in organizing their own events.

In partnership with:

                                                                                 Peoples Climate MovementT'ruahPublic CitizenDaily Kosthe Leadership Conference on Civil and Human RightsCPD ActionStand Up AmericaAmerican Federation of TeachersEmerge America      

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    For your own good

    by Kathie mm

    This says it all. 





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    Message from the Number 1 President of the United States

    Version of the “Betsy Ross” design of the first flag of the United States. In the public domain. Author: Devin Cook.

    by Kathie MM

    Dare you ignore him?

    He was not just the first President of this country, he was a philosopher, a psychologist, a great and highly revered historical figure.

    He has been called the “Father of the nation.”

    He refused to run for a third term.

    It’s not his birthday yet, but maybe we can honor him today by considering his message:

    “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.

    But this leads at length to a more formal and permanent despotism.

    The disorders and miseries which result gradually incline the minds of men to seek security and repose in the absolute power of an individual…

    [S]ooner or later the chief of some prevailing faction, more able or more fortunate than his competitors, turns this disposition to the purposes of his own elevation, on the ruins of public liberty.

    It [the alternate domination of one faction over another] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.

    It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.

    It opens the door to foreign influence and corruption.”

    George Washington

    You recognize the name.  What do you think about the warning? Is it still relevant over 200 years later? if so, what are the solutions?

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    Children play with an electronically-driven Gatling gun aboard USS Makin Island Oct. 9, 2010. This image or file is in the public domain. Author: Marines from Arlington, VA, United States.

    by Kathie MM

    While my younger siblings and I were growing up, my mom wrote regular letters to her mom down in Florida about our adventures, mishaps, squabbles, reconciliations, etc.

    Th letter below, written by my mom on February 6, 1948, just a few years after WWII ended, strikes  me as an odd harbinger of my later life as a peace activist. I am hoping for your comments.

    At the time Mom wrote this letter, I was 7 and my brother Teddy was 5.

    “At bath time tonight, as I collected clean clothes for the next day, I could hear Kathie and her brother playing a new game. Teddy, at one end of the tub, was America; Kathie was England at the other. A large pan was a boat that sailed back and forth carrying toys from America to the poor children in England.

     Before Teddy went to bed, Kathie wanted to train him to be a soldier.

    “Do all boys go to war?” she asked me.

    “Most of them, if there is a war, and if there’s nothing wrong with them.”

    “What do you mean?”

    “Well, if their eyes are all right and that sort of thing.”

     “Gee, Teddy, “, Kathie said, “You’re lucky! You’ll be able to go to war. You’re not blind and you haven’t got a broken leg or anything.”

     “I don’t want to go to war,” Teddy said. “With all those guns I might get killed.”

    “Oh Teddy! You don’t understand,” Kathie replied. Then she said uncertainly to me, “Right, Mummy?”

     Not understanding wars myself, my sympathies were with her brother.

     We decided to make a sailor out of Teddy, so Kathie could train him whether there was a war or not.”

     This interchange took place before television and computers, before the universalizing of violent images and ads for glorified weapons; yet there was “war,” apparently part of our everyday vocabulary, with all the deadly questions it raised.

    Yet alongside the banality of war in our childish conversations,  we played out our awareness of the “care packages” our parents sent to refugees in post-war Europe—including to Germany, which led, quite astonishingly, 20 years later, to a young German man coming to our home to thank us personally for the package we had sent to his family so long ago.

    Somehow, out of this mix. my siblings and I all became anti-war advocates,  but still,  I fear for the future.

    What did it do to our society to rear kids to take war for granted? What does it do to today’s children  to have images of weapons flooding their TVs and computers? What does it do for humanity when refugees are portrayed as enemies? What does it do for survival when the poor and people of color become the new cannon fodder, and when the fruits of the earth become sacrificed to the greed of the most unscrupulous of the rich and powerful?

     None of it seems like child’s play to me.


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