This isn’t the post I thought I was going to write today. I’ve been working on a different one — a bit of a rant about the skewed priorities of the Justice Department, choosing to enforce mass deportations but not to pursue FBI investigations against General Flynn. Not to mention the blatant interference by White House staff into Justice Department matters. Who is making these decisions, again I ask you?
But I’ve put that post aside, at least for now, because I want to pay attention to the energy I am expending and sending out into the blogosphere. As the perhaps mythical “Robert” reminded us the other day, we have to remember to breathe, and trust that others will sing; then we will sing and others will breathe. It can’t all be outrage.
Today, my breath comes from Mr. Rogers:
Who are the helpers — the individuals or communities that act against their self-interest, or outside their expected role, to try to make a situation better, or at least less awful. Here is who is helping me breathe today:
- Mayors of sanctuary cities standing up to Trump’s Executive Orders, risking potential loss of federal funds. https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/01/25/twin-cities-mayors-defy-trump-on-sanctuary-city-order
- Strangers on the New York City subway who cleaned anti-Semitic graffiti off the subway car wall. http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/commuters-remove-anti-semitic-vandalism-manhattan-train-article-1.2964639
- Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, Harris County, TX, who opting his county out of the Federal 287(g) program, under which ICE deputizes local law enforcement to transfer undocumented immigrants into the federal system. http://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/2017/02/22/189009/sheriff-gonzalez-ends-program-that-transfers-undocumented-immigrants-to-government
- The Jewish community of Victoria, TX, whose rabbi, Robert Loeb, gave the keys to Victoria’s only synagogue to Shahid Hashmi, the founder and imam of the town’s only mosque, after it had been burned to the ground by arsonists. Loeb noted that “We have probably 25 to 30 Jewish people in Victoria, and they probably have 100 Muslims. We got a lot of building for a small amount of Jews,” http://forward.com/news/361793/jews-hand-muslims-synagogue-keys-when-a-texas-mosque-burns-down/
- Muslim-American activists, Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi who spearheaded a crowdfunding campaign on February 21st, to repair vandalized gravestones in a Jewish cemetery outside of St. Louis. They met their goal to raise $20,000 within the first three hours; and have now raised over $125,000! https://www.launchgood.com/project/muslims_unite_to_repair_jewish_cemetery#/
And that’s just off the top of my head. There are helpers everywhere you look. In addition to the list I’m keeping of communities harmed, I am now keeping a list of helpers.
Have a good weekend.