50 days to get your vote in.
mail, walk, run, scooter, car, bike, parasail, swim, boat, bus, fly, hoverboard, taxi, uber….
find a way.
“in matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems,
for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same. “
kamala harris, in the beginning
“A patriot is not someone who condones the conduct of our country whatever it does.
It is someone who fights every day for the ideals of the country, whatever it takes.”
– Kamala Harris – The Truths We Hold: An American Journey/2019
photo credit: la times, courtesy of kamala harris
no finer way to honor this hero
“the vote is the most powerful nonviolent tool we have.”
image credit: michigan theatre, ann arbor, michigan, usa
The Bloodiest Sunday
Bloody Sunday was a cruel incident that occurred on March 7, 1965 in Selma, Alabama. Six hundred orderly protesters were ready to march to Selma on a Sunday to support the Voting Rights Movement. They were led by John Lewis, SNCC, and SCLC activists. All six hundred of them crossed the Edmund Pettus Bridge, but were blocked by Alabama State Troopers. The police commanded them to turn around, but the protesters refused. The police say ‘they had no choice’ other than to start shooting teargas into the crowd, and beating the non-violent protesters. Sadly, they hospitalized over sixty people. To this day, Lewis still has a visible scar on his forehead from Bloody Sunday. This week, I watched as you made one final trip over that bridge, in your casket, with Alabama State Troopers saluting you, and people holding you in their hearts for all you did for them. You will always be remembered as a brave and compassionate leader who truly led by example.
RIP, John Lewis, thank you for always getting in the way, and showing us how it’s done.
“you must be bold, brave, and courageous and find a way… to get in the way.”
until the election
think, read, listen, ask, talk, learn, know
make your choice
“everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made.
if you want a different result, make a different choice.”
Rue Montorgueil in Paris
“An enormous fortress of prejudices, privileges, superstitions, lies, exactions, abuses, violences, iniquities, and darkness still stands erect in this world, with its towers of hatred. It must be cast down. This monstrous mass must be made to crumble. To conquer at Austerlitz is grand; to take the Bastille is immense.”
― Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
on bastille day, all these years later, let history remind us that change is always possible.
art credit: Claude Monet, The Rue Montorgueil in Paris 1878
Congressman, Trailblazer, and Civil Rights Leader – Elijah Cummings
“my life is based on pain, passion, and purpose.”
thank you for truly living what you believed in
image credit: Baltimoremagazine.com
late night friends chatting about the current state of things.
“kakimi chertyami oni viigrali holodnuyu voinu?”
this translates roughly to:
“how the hell did these people win the cold war?”
― dave barry, big trouble
image credit: kellydbrown
President Richard M. Nixon honors John McCain at the State Department
after McCain was released by the North Vietnamese in 1973
after more than five years as a prisoner of war.
RIP Senator John McCain
a maverick in the truest sense of the word
“I’ve tried to serve our country honorably. I’ve made mistakes, but I hope my love for America will be weighed favorably against them. I’ve often observed that I am the luckiest person on Earth. I feel that way even now, as I prepare for the end of my life. I’ve loved my life, all of it. I’ve had experiences, adventures, friendships, enough for 10 satisfying lives, and I am so thankful. Like most people, I have regrets. But I would not trade a day of my life in good or bad times for the best day of anybody else’s.”
-John McCain – from a letter he left to be read upon his death
“a hero is someone who understands the responsibility that comes with his freedom.” bob dylan
image credit: washington post
“i would challenge you to a battle of wits, but i see you are unarmed.”
photo credit: gregory dukor/reuters, google images