Today is the first day of the last month of the Hebrew year, and I’ve been reflecting on this past year for some time, now. Last year was a shock, starting with the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, whom I’d honestly expected (wishful thinking, I know) to live until president Biden could pick her replacement. After everything else she’d lived through, it seemed unbelievable that she could die at such a crucial moment for all of us. And then, while most of my fellow Americans helped prevent some worse occurrence, the general election in November was still a bitter disappointment, for me, in my fellow Californians. Coming to a state where I’d always heard of the progressive and community oriented ways of thinking, of the clean air laws and the Intentional Communities nurtured in this state, I was shocked to find that this was not so. And this past November, the denial of benefits as employees to ‘gig’ worker drivers was an even more stunning blow. That, and the other ballot initiative which I’ve forgotten all but the impact, as rather similar to that first denial: these were not the caring people I’d been looking for. But then, where could they be, in a world like the one we’ve built for ourselves?
So, I look back to the words of Toni Morrison, that we need dreamers to dream of new possibilities for shaping our world, new ways of being, ways that move us toward caring for each other, toward making it possible for each and every one of us to have safe and secure shelter, enough nutritious food, clean water, and dignity of work that allows all human beings to contribute, to rest, and to move us all forward as one human race.
And I look ahead to the coming 12 months, first with a contentious recall election coming up in California, and then back to the question, ever present, of where is that community of willing workers, united in service to the good of all humanity, where I can both contribute, and be truly included, myself, as well?
To Human Kindness,
1.) What thoughts do you have about the past year, and how we can make the next 12 months better for all human beings?
Dear Readers, ideas on learning, especially multiple #LanguageLearning, on-going education and empathy-building, to #EndPoverty, #EndHomelessness, #EndMoneyBail & achieve freedom for All HumanKind?
Support our key #PublicDomainInfrastructure & for heavens sake: please #StopSmoking for CCOVID-19 (or even for good!)!:
2. #ProBono legal aid and Education,
3. #UniversalHealthCare, and
4. good #publictransport
Read, Write -one can add Stayed on Freedom’s Call via this GoodReads button: ,
the year 2021 CE = the year 12021 HE
Stayed on Freedom’s Call
(free copies at: https://archive.org/details/StayedOnF…)
includes two ‘imagination-rich’ walking tours, with songs, of Washington, DC. New interviews and research are woven into stories of old struggles shared by both the Jewish and African-American communities in the capital city.
Shared histories are explored from a new perspective of cultural parallels and parallel institution-building which brought the two communities together culturally and historically.
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