The photo below was taken at San Diego’s We Are One rally in support of Wisconsin’s Public Unions. We attended a rally at the County Courthouse in downtown San Diego where the estimated attendance 600-1000. And it was raining…
I’m in awe of the Wisconsin protesters. They’re determined, tough as nails, and astonishingly peaceful despite the tension created by Governor Walker’s refusal to negotiate. In Madison, it was snowing and the protesters came out stronger than ever. Crowd size was estimated at 70,000 to 100,000.
Stand Strong Wisconsin. You have awakened a sleeping giant!
Lately, I’ve been dismayed by the continued push to privatize, corporatize, de-unionize and de-humanize everything about our society and our government. But today, I learned of two newly-founded organizations that are taking a stand. The first is called US Uncut.org, whose members will be targeting corporate tax dodgers — you know, the monster corporations who caused this economic mess, were then infused with tons of money and are still getting tax breaks while hoarding their profits and not creating any jobs? Time to Uncut the tax cuts! A day of action is planned on February 26th. So far, about ten cities are participating.
The second, founded by former Senator Russ Feingold seeks to combat corporate influence in politics. Progressives United will serve as a grassroots answer to Citizens United.
Now we need to do the hard work of paying attention, showing up and demanding accountability. Power to the People!
My daughter’s birthday falls smack dab in the middle of December. In an effort to ensure her birthday is enhanced by the holiday season, not overshadowed by it, I present to you — ta daaa…The Birthday Tree!
Today I’m launching my first “Worthwhile Reads” post. Each Tuesday I’ll review and recommend children’s books, books on parenting, motherhood or other political topics. My goal is to explore and discover books that communicate values of social justice, peaceful conflict resolution, compassion, civic responsibility and critical thought.
I read this quote by Dwight D. Eisenhower for the first time today and was so moved by it, I had to post.
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron.
-Dwight D. Eisenhower, From a speech before the American Society of Newspaper Editors, April 16, 1953
34th president of US 1953-1961 (1890 – 1969)