For Such a Time as This?

Martin Niemoller – post WWII Concentration Camp Survivor

First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—because I was not a socialist.

Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

Today:

The Washington Post

The Power of Hamilton

(note from Tom – this was written by Rachel Elizabeth Cargle and posted on her Facebook page.   It has be reposted here (without permission) with full credit to her for her willingness to share the truth about our times.)  

You can find more from and about Rachel at https://www.facebook.com/rachelecargle

Quote from Rachel Elizabeth Cargle – “A few weeks ago I made a post about how Americans seemed to make a phenomena out of the Hamilton musical but couldn’t seem to make sense of the powerful movements for freedom that black people were calling for.

Lin-Manuel Miranda reached out to me and we worked together to find parallels between his lyrics and the current times to use as yet another tool to bring attention to realities of what is going on right here and right now.

Swipe through. Make some connections. But your “aha” moment isn’t nearly enough. Ongoing action in anti-racism looks past a passive empathetic moment. It’s taking accountability for what roles we play in this moment in history and DOING something about it in every way that you can.

Head to patreon.com/thegreatunlearn for more learning materials as well as more action tools such as templates for emails to hold your employerand local school district accountable for racial justice. @ New York, New York

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The NFL did the unthinkable: it gave Donald Trump the middle finger | The Guardian

The main resident of 1600 Pennsylvania made a big deal about Colin Kapernick when he first rattled the NFL in 2016 by taking a knee rather than standing at attention.  Many of Colin’s teammates, opposing team members, coaches, and management opposed Colin and did so in a not very polite way.  It cost him a larger portion of his career.  But he knew what was right and stuck with it – even when his teammates and former teammates didn’t and were quite rude about it.  Let’s jump into the Guardian’s article.

Then the players turned to the deep rift that has existed between players and owners ever since Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest against racism. They asked the NFL to apologize and recognize the current moment by putting out a statement with these words:  “We, the NFL, condemn racism and the systemic oppression of black people. We, the NFL admit were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all that speak out and peacefully protest. We, the NFL,

Source: The NFL did the unthinkable: it gave Donald Trump the middle finger | Sport | The Guardian

A step in the right direction?

I think so.  But it’s only a step on a long journey.

TJV

Netflix – the Oxymoronic Modern Medicine

So, there’s this Doctor in Illinois and I think every state in the United States has one.  They are all in charge of the public health system for their state.  Now someone, please correct me in the comments if I’m wrong, but I believe that inherently the Director of Public Health plays a different type of role than the Director of Public Education does.

The Director of Public Education is in charge of making sure the public school system runs as it is supposed to.   In other words, an ordinary productive day at school is a good thing.

The Director of Public Health plays more of a role in making sure that the health care system is able to take care of the sick, the wounded, the diseased in the case of a major event.  A major event like a pandemic from the Corona Virus.

So, read the doctor’s speech and then go into the living room and turn on Netflix.  It’s what the good doctor ordered.

TV

 

“….it’s really hard to feel like you’re saving the world when you’re watching Netflix on your couch but, if we do this right, nothing happens. Yes. A successful shelter in place means that you will feel like it was all for nothing. And you would be right. Because “nothing” means that nothing happened to your family and that’s what we are going for here.

Source: Chicago Doctor’s Blunt Speech About COVID-19 Hits Home Across the Country; Read Her Full Speech – NBC New York