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January 17, 2017
Arc Bends Toward Justice
“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”
. . . these words were quoted by MLK Jr. from Theodore Parker, who was speaking about slavery in America before the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Convention on January 29, 1858: “I do not pretend to understand the moral universe; the arc is a long one, my eye reaches but little ways; I cannot calculate the curve and complete the figure by the experience of sight. I can divine it by conscience. And from what I see I am sure it bends towards justice.”
With Dr, King and Malcolm X long gone, Congressman John Lewis is the remaining noted witness to the era in which African-Americans gained voting rights. He is called the conscience of Capital Hill, a genuine American hero and moral leader who commands wide respect in the chamber.
During the height of the Civil Rights Movement (1963 -1966) He was arrested more than 40 times, physically attacked, and was seriously injured on “Bloody Sunday” crossing the bridge on the march from Selma to Montgomery. In spite of this, he remains an advocate of non-violence. On Meet the Press, after he said that Trump was not a legitimate president due to Russian interference to support him and discredit Hillary Clinton, and that he was not attending the inauguration. Trump attacked him and his district in his first tweet, in the second: “All talk, talk, talk, talk—no action or results. Sad.”
(Projection—attributing your shadow qualities to others.)
Women’s March on Washington: Women Rise! Women Rise!
For me, the Women's March on Washington has been a source of HOPE. It feels like the song, “Women Rise. Women Rise!” may be coming true! I for one am answering the call to go to Washington to march on the day after the Inauguration, and speak on the “Women’s Empowerment Forum” that begins when the march is over. Women who have not been activists before are going to Washington for the march or will be marching in cities--large and small, across the the United States. Women who had been to my workshop-retreat at the Feathered Pipe Ranch in Montana and had never marched or protested, emailed that they were getting together to march, some with with their grown daughters and granddaughters, and supportive men. My friend in DC, was surprised that her up-to-now non-activist daughter and friends planned to gather and march. No question that feminism is being awakened by Trump! The growing momentum to march on January 21 (386 marches and counting as I am writing this) feels like the beginning of a global women’s movement, that would lead to women getting together as an international sisterhood as happened in Beijing 1995. WOMEN is the key word, and empowered and equal womenare the key to peace and sustainability of our planet. It is up to us to fulfill the Dalai Lama’s words at the Vancouver Peace Conference-- when he said that "it will be up to Western Women to bring abut peace.”
I have been advocating a UN 5th World Conference on Women (5WCW) at the UN CSW since 2002, I thought it would happen after Ban Ki Moon and the President of the General Assembly issued a joint statement in 2012 saying it was about time and why (4WCW was Beijing 1995), but the resolution to have 5WCW died in the General Assembly. I have been feeling like a voice crying in the wilderness as I persist. I hope that this is the time that NGO-CSW-NY and UN Women get behind 5WCW in 2020.
The Women’s Movement of the 1970s changed attitudes and laws, and the lives of boomer women. Without violence, through women talking together in Consciousness-Raising groups, change came about in women and then through women. Women met in circles and shared what they were learning about patriarchy and inequality, told the truth of their own lives—about intimidation, abortions, harassments, rapes, unequal access to education, work, promotion, and about their dreams for change. Women found role models in each other, took courage in hand and spoke truth to power and brought about change. After this progress, Feminism got to be a negative word, and the wave of activism receded. We now have the potential of bringing boomer women together with millennials, not just to hand the torch on, but to have an intergenerational global women’s movement and the “millionth circle,” the women’s circle that reaches critical mass, tipping point and replaces patriarchy with equality and diversity.
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“Don’t Get Cynical”
On ABC's 60 Minutes the White House, Obama said “Don’t Get Cynical” was a White House motto—they even had a sticker with this message on it.
This led me to think about Hecate, the goddess of the crossroad, who was represented by a statue with three faces: one saw where you had come from, the other two saw down the two paths you might take. She is who you should consult with about choices: Which path to take? Which attitude to take? Who will you listen to and heed? The wise inner voice to take time for reflection can be called Hecate and the decision you make is often a soul choice. Will soul grow or be diminished? Will you heed love or listen to fear? Do what is right or go along to get along?
“Good thing our guy walks on water."
Weather in Marin County, California has been coming down in buckets. Our drought is over: we have had rain and more rain, flooded streets, full-moon tides, high winds, trees down, electrical outages. On my way to my office, my usual route was flooded, the detour took me past a church sign which read: “Good thing our guy walks on water.” The sign made me smile and think about everyday miracles. Jung coined the word “synchronicity” for such events that cannot be explained by cause and effect, feel like small or large miracles or mysteries that convey that warm fuzzy feeling that in this big universe, we somehow matter. Synchronicity says Yes! to Einstein’s question, “Is the Universe friendly?” The secret seems to be: Align yourself with Self—the archetype of meaning, which we have called God, Goddess, Tao, the Universe, All that Is. By whatever name, when ego is aligned with meaning—with heart, soul, Self—this is when we feel ourselves supported.,
Usual meaning: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Recent meaning in anticipation of a Trump presidency:
Pre-Traumatic Stress Disorder or Pre-Trump Stress Disorder.
Rx: Don’t Whine, Don’t Get Cynical, Don’t Give Up
Align with your inner wisdom and do whatever you are called to do with love, hope, perseverance, trust, and gratitude.
The Bear Cub on the Stump:
This is a personal symbol of “up from the ashes of loss and defeat", and a reminder that as on a labyrinth, there are no dead ends, just U-turns.
I tried to save the beautiful Monterey pine in front of my house, the remainder of which is the stump on which this carved wood statue of a bear cub now sits. This came about because I live within a homeowners association in which most of the land other than where our homes sit, is commons and so it legally was on commons and could be cut down if the HOA voted to do so. A neighbor who had her reasons lobbied to do this, and after over a year fighting for the tree, I lost and knew when I returned from the UNCSW meeting, it would have been cut down.
I told Gloria Steinem who was on an NGO panel about the sad state of affairs, to which she said, "Remember, Jean, you are a writer, and writers can have the last word" The result is the book: Like A Tree: How Trees, Women, and Tree People Can Save the Planet. Listen to an an audio of it that I read, with Greensleeves as musical bridges. (Click Here)
I have just launched my new website: click on Event Schedule for 2017 event information
January 21, 2017 – Washington, D.C.
The Womens March on Washington
March begins at 10am at the intersection of Independence Avenue and 3rd Street SW