Let the healing begin. Let us come together. Let the politics recede and the work continue anew to make these United States of America a better place for ALL to live, in liberty and justice for everyone. EVERYONE.
It’s been a tough year. It’s been a tough four years. Well that’s ok.
Sometimes life is more peaches and cream; sometimes life is easy and comfortable. But often times, life is difficult. It’s hard. It’s tough. And I’ll say it again:
A lot of the policies and attitudes and decisions that have played out with the majority in the American federal government. I’m not a fan of extremism, not a fan of rancor, failed discourse, and all related.
As we stretch and ease into the results of this year’s elections, I find solace in the continuum of democracy. I believe in that continuum. I believe in the fluidity of progress and expansion of rational, moderate thought.
“Let the math and the facts lead the way,” I heard one pundit comment. Let that be so in determining the election results.
And let that be so as the continuum progresses. Let the voices be heard. ALL voices. And then let the people decide. Let us decide what direction, what decisions, what we might realize through self-determination.
There are so many ways, so many takes, but in the end just one purpose, I think: EQUALITY.
After 400 years a society, and almost 250 years a country, let it be so: that all people are equal and should be treated as such.
These names come to mind: Tommie Smith, John Carlos, Harry Edwards, Bill Walsh, Al Davis, Phil Woolpert, Horace Stoneham, Colin Kaepernick, Steve Kerr, Kyle Shanahan, Gabe Kapler, Evander Kane,…and…
George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, Aura Rosser, Stephon Clark, Botham Jean, Philando Castille, Alton Sterling, Michelle Cusseaux, Freddie Gray, Janisha Fonville, Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, Gabriella Nevarez, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, Tanisha Anderson, to name a few. These names? Those names of African-Americans who have been killed by police officers.
Some of these words on the backs of some NBA players’ jerseys as their teams compete in the playoffs.
“Say Their Names.”
Elevate the Voices That Need To Be Heard.
Brown Lives Matter.
“Black Lives Matter.”
“BLACK LIVES MATTER.”
Let your elected officials know what you. Let them know they are accountable for making society worse for all people.
The late 19th Century saw the labor movement gain ground. As the turn of the century approached the movement spurred popular support to such degree that national, and international holidays were established to recognize and celebrate workers around the world.
During this same time more reasonable norms were established for number of working hours, and improvement of working conditions in some parts of the world as well.
This work for fair pay, safe conditions, and reasonable parameters otherwise is not complete. The movement must continue, and spread further now to more of the developing world where populations of workers still do not have basic rights and safe and reasonable conditions.
In the United States we celebrate Labor Day on the first Monday in September. In many other parts of the world they celebrate May 1 as Labor Day. Whichever the day, the cause is the same.
More than a century later, let us still Honor Labor. Not only that, let us demand safety, equity, and respect for workers everywhere.
I don’t mean to bug you, but I do mean to elevate the voices that need to be heard.
In this great American experiment, we must rely on the fundamental ideals the founders laid out in the beginning. After that initial revolution that birthed the United States of America, some eighty years later, we fought a civil war to solidify the course of our country.
We are at a similar, if not as outwardly violent, cross-roads once again. All colors. All religions, all creeds. LGBTQ or straight, ALL who strive and desire to live in peace with one another.
EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL. *ALL* people deserve, ney, HAVE these inalienable rights.
Let us not rest until this ideal is in fact, reality. Let us make it a reality. Let us say their names over and over until all peoples have justice and equal treatment across these fair and wide lands.
Take a listen to this profile of one woman’s life, striving to find her way, her own way, in this America.