Category Archives: Activism

Wendell Berry

Because this man can say it all in just a few words:

We’ve been talked out of love, mercy, kindness. We’ve got to take those things back.

For any family members or friends who might be “on the fence” about contacting their Senator about Sen Jeff Sessions’ nomination for the Attorney General — He said in May 2000, disabilities protections for students with disabilities was a reason U.S. public schools were failing.

“We have created a complex system of federal regulations and laws that have created lawsuit after lawsuit, special treatment for certain children, and that are a big factor in accelerating the decline in civility and discipline in classrooms all over America. I say that very sincerely,” Sessions said.

As Michael’s mom, I have fought for 20 years for people to respect the dignity of all people. When he was diagnosed I was asked “What’s wrong with him, is he retarded or something.” That stuck in my head and turned me into an advocate and activist. We have left churches because of bullying and belittling.

I ask my family and friends to stand with me and call your Senator to oppose Jeff Sessions. He will not be good for families with special needs.

 

Read about it:

http://www.snopes.com/jeff-sessions-slammed-protections-for-disabled-students/

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In Indiana you can call:

Senator Joe Donnelly (202)224-4814; (812)284-2027

Senator Todd Young (202)224-5623; (317) 226-6700

IN District 6 — Rep Luke Messer (202)225-3021; (317)421-0704

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What I’m reading: Hidden Figures, The Father Brown Mysteries, The Snow Child

What I’m listening to: Harry Potter #2 (yes, again)

What I’m watching: Timeless, The Return of the King

What I’m smelling: toothpaste, coffee with almond milk cream

What I’m pondering: a world in which my son wonders if it is “Safe to have autism.”  seriously , no joke, he’s wondering.

In my house: a new infinity scarf in a lovely dark grey wool that seems like it will never be done, good German chocolate, and chocolate covered almonds back in rotation. A new bed.

Life

@SenToddYoung — Let’s be so pro-life that we include feeding, sheltering, healthcare, and education for all children.

oil :: fracking

Keep it in the ground and keep our water pure, our crust stable, and our future bright #frackingfriday

pen, paper, stamp

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Yesterday Hannah and I sat together in the living room writing out our weekly postcards. I’ve decided to use mine to educate my representatives about the nature, challenges, and blessings of parenting an adult with autism.

I realize I can’t appeal to their sense of fairness. They don’t live our lives. They don’t face our struggles. Nor do they share our joy. Nor do they share our fierce determination to protect the one we love.

This first card introduced them to my family and why the ACA has ben a life saver for us. Literally a life saver.

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In Indiana you can call:

Senator Joe Donnelly (202)224-4814

Senator Todd Young (202)224-5623

IN District 6 — Rep Luke Messer (202)225-3021

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What I’m reading: Essentialism (by G McKeown), Freedom of Information Act paperwork

What I’m listening to: Harry Potter #1 (yes, again)

What I’m watching: Timeless, The Two Towers

What I’m smelling: mud, wet puppy, and African violets

What I’m pondering: relationships, truth, honesty, respect

In my house: a new infinity scarf in a lovely dark grey wool still taking shape, good German chocolate, and chocolate covered almonds back in rotation.

Women’s Rally

Why I march . . . “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

I march because I love myself, my sisters, my mother, my aunts, and my daughter . . . and all my “Sisters” around the globe

I march because I love our Planet Earth . . . all her waters, all her mountains, all her woods, all her plains.

I march because all people deserve respect and dignity . . . all people.

I march because to be silent is to be complicit.  I march because that is too high a price to pay.
img_3342img_3345img_3366img_3368img_3392img_3393January 21, 2017 :: Downtown Louisville, KY

plans: doing something

duckling

You know that feeling you get when you’ve done everything you can and you must simply float along waiting for the next step? Yeah, that’s me this week. I’ve made my calls for the week and I’m resting up.

I’m sorry to say, but not shocked, that only one of my elected representatives voted in a manner that helps our family this week. Senator Joe Donnelly voted to keep the ACA in place. He has my gratitude, my respect, and my support. Senator Todd Young’s office was aggressive and borderline rude on the phone. Representative Luke Messer’s office was quite pleasant, but ultimately he chose to toe the party line.

So while I wait to find out how badly this will hurt us (along with an estimated 18 million people) the first year, I’m doing some more planning. Not garden and budget type planning, but more activism planning.

  •  I joined a local activism group so I can stay informed.
  • I’m attending a prayer vigil instead of partaking in any inauguration event.  This is being held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Jeffersonville.  Taize service and a meal with others — just what I need to keep me from grief and anger.
  • I’m marching in a Women’s March on Saturday the 21st.
  • I’m signing up for a charity 5K every month starting in April.
  • I’m reading books that are outside my comfort zone.
  • I’ve put making calls and writing letters into my calendar so that I don’t lose heart and give up.
  • I’m practicing radical self-care so that I have the strength to survive the next 4 years.
  • I signed up for text alerts with daily action steps:  228466

In Indiana you can call:

Senator Joe Donnelly (202)224-4814

Senator Todd Young (202)224-5623

IN District 6 — Rep Luke Messer (202)225-3021

 

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What I’m reading:  Clouds of Witness (by D Sayers).  Essentialism (by G McKeown),

What I’m listening to:  Watership Down (by R Adams, audiobook)

What I’m watching:  Timeless, The Fellowship of the Rings

What I’m smelling:  Ayurveda Herb shampoo bar, peppermint soap

What I’m pondering: New mattresses, heavens there are tons of good options now.

In my house:  a new infinity scarf in a lovely dark grey wool taking shape, tuna salad and lightly salted chips, a startling lack of chocolate, and detox tea.