In the wisdom books of the Old Testament, Solomon, son of David, king in Jerusalem, says, “to everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.”
The new year is often a season of and time for reflection, resolution or revelation. This year it’s a time spent absorbing the shock of the recent election campaign, and letting it sink in. Some need to heal from it, and some may feel the need to be less passive and engage more politically. Are you feeling passive or more inclined towards grass roots action ?
I love living in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in America, and the world.
My thinking and perspective is stretched and challenged daily in the Bay Area, and Sacramento region. By listening well, I absorb many perspectives and views on life.
If I’m humble and spirit lead, I can discern the times, like Solomon, and increase in wisdom.
As I listen to understand, as opposed to listening, to be right, or to offer quick pat replies I’m learning that president-elect Trump scares many people. To many he is an unpredictable leader. They say his behavior has all the toxic tactics of emotional abuse – especially emotional abuse aimed at women – in order to put other people down. Some have said the language he uses comes straight out of the handbook of toxic masculinity.
Many fear that this misogyny and war on the hard-earned rights of women will take America backwards. A recent New York Times opinion piece, “Feminism Lost. Now What?” is a wake-up call.
One of my Bay Area friends, Karine, encourages women and men “who oppose his sick world view to keep talking among ourselves. This helps us to get out of our individual isolation and fear. Share information and ideas about the political battles that faces us. Encourage one another to take action wherever it may do some good. Mobilize and fight for the ‘better angels of our nature’ vision of America that we believe in. We all need to be part of collective resistance, grassroots mobilization, citizen journalism and civil society engagement.”
I come from a culture where marching and parades were used to defend and commemorate civil and religious liberties and privileges. In Northern Ireland marching can be celebratory, a show of triumphalism, professional, militant and highly controversial. Marching in that province was conferred on Protestants by William of Orange, the Dutch prince who became King of England, Scotland, and Ireland in the Glorious Revolution of 1688.
If you visit Northern Ireland today you can still witness an entire ‘Marching Season’ across the province, instituted to recall the victories of William III and his forces in the Battle of the Boyne.
If you feel lead to get more politically engaged, and take a stand for women’s rights in this season in America, the most important grass-roots action underway is The Women’s March on Washington. It will take place on Saturday, Jan 21, from 10-5, starting at Independence Avenue and Third Street SW. Here’s the official site for the March.
In other cities in America and around the world, sister marches are being planned as well. Click here to find out if there is a march in your area.
In the San Francisco Bay Area, we’ve got three marches. Click on the drop-down menu for “Events” and select either Oakland, San Francisco or San Jose.
This quote on Facebook made me laugh but it also struck a chord;
“May the election of Trump bring forth the fiercest, smartest, toughest generation of ass-kicking women this country could imagine.”
I haven’t met this man but I can tell he values gender justice and mutual respect.