WHAT ARE WE WILLING TO DO FOR THE RIGHT OF SANCTUARY
Hi again, from the shores of the Salish Sea. Interesting mix of things this week. First, February is Black History month and the History Channel’s online newsletter is a great place to start the experience. Even for those of us well versed in the contributions of these Americans, there’s a special resonance in realizing that in this country, Rainbow manns the wall.
And speaking of those who have made a difference, we ran across contributions Muslim Americans have made to this country and like those of African-Americans, theirs go back to the war which created America in the first place. Our democracy seems to require blood to survive and grow. Muslim Americans have “donated” more than their fair share.
I ran across several headlines this week that seem to contradict both the official attitude of my Congressional delegation, state government and city officials and the feelings of most of my neighbors from Blaine to the Columbia. These include:
We’ve essentially told the Trump administration that they are not dictating policy to us so don’t try to use the “Big Stick” of another famous Republican president. That also means we don’t take the carrot.
If our waters are dirty, we ~ those of us who live here ~ will clean them up. If we are worried about cheap labor to harvest our crops and keep the price down at the other end, the unemployed and the school kids among us will pick apples. Trump’s tax promise is NOT something you can take to the bank to finance a second mortgage or get capital to invest in a co-op. Those resources are here, not back in Washington, DC.
If we’re going to reject Trump’s vision of America, our greatest challenge now ~ but one I am absolutely confident we can together meet ~ is weaning ourselves off federal financing as much as possible.
I think we also need to prepare for Trump to push back hard. Then, the question will be, if Trump tells those of us who live here and either serve in the military or are employment by the federal government to start rounding up Muslims, will we do this like we did here in 1942 with Japanese Americans?
Or will we do, as King Christian of Denmark did when he told the occupying NAZIs that if Danish Jews were ordered to wear the stigmatizing yellow Star of David armband, he would don one himself?
Will we stand with our Muslim brothers and sisters, pray with them and, if necessary, die with them as Americans have died before, so that all those who live here can do so in peace and without fear?
Trump has billions behind his vision. We have only blood.
Have a great week, gang, and thanks for the ear. Rusty Miller
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FROM OLYA IN EUROPE
As you know from the world news situation in the East of Ukraine again has fall into destructive scenario. Germany’s Foreign Ministry called the security situation in the East Ukranie “terrible.”DW. The Foreign Ministry of Germany believe that the responsibility for ending the fighting lies on both sides of the conflict: Civilians on both sides need water, electricity and heating, not shells…”. And that was while temperature in the East dropped to -25 C/-13F.
But while all of this information you can find secondhand in the news, I’d like to share my impressions of recent meeting with a young woman living in Donetsk. This is why I love trains. The only place in the world you can meet a stranger, who will tell you her/his entire life knowing later we will never meet again.
Stereotypes. It is interesting how much they influence us. In the mainland Ukraine media, all “normal people” have fled Donetsk and the fighting in the East. (see map at three o’clock)
Well, I would consider this brave young lady above normal then. She says that she doesn’t want to leave because it is her home. Her old mother lives there too (as is the usual for this part of the world) in a nine-story highrise. Every time they hear shelling, they go down into the basement.
As this usually comes suddenly, they keep a pack with documents prepared. No time to take the phones with them. That made a few times nervous for her colleagues at work when they couldn’t reach her while they were hiding in the basement. Yes she is still working and the company still pays taxes to mainland Ukraine.
She said she’s lucky. Somehow the part of the town in which she lives never was hit too much. The local taxi drivers even call it Manhattan. Many people from other parts of city are trying to move in this vicinity.
Now they are in better situation with produce to eat. She recalled four months on only potatoes, salo and produce of local farms, like dairy. At the moment, after the addition to their markets of Belarus produce of very good quality, they feel luxurious to have actually food choice. According to her, humanitarian help from Russia was of a much poorer quality compared to Belarus one.
A few times my eyes were wet listening to her. But I was astonished by how all these shellings, fear, adversities didn’t affect her personality. Such people who stay human beings despite all odds are in a way heroes to me. We didn’t talk about politics, because I don’t care. Our views could be different, all I want is for her and hers to be safe. If that requires some compromise by government than it should be found.
You know Rusty I am not much of a fan of FaceBook and other social media as I can’t stand the hatred spread sometimes via them. That is what I really appreciated about this lady. Her speech wasn’t speech of hate, but speech of hope. So this article I would like to share, “Contributing love or hate”
Stay warm, Mishka, my cousin. See you next week.
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