So that's the bad stuff.
Good stuff: we had an Open House/Holiday Party at Arise this evening, and I give it a 9.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Lots of folks came, we had plenty of food, Bill brought a guitar and led kids in a sing-a-long, and we had enough prizes from the dollar store to make just about everyone happy. One sad thing: almost everyone I talked to tonight had recently lost a job or was looking desperately to find one. There won't be much under the Christmas tree for most of these kids. But tonight we were family.
MassLive. My favorite quote is Ward Two Mike Fenton saying,
“This is an issue second to none on my agenda.” I don't know yet if the work of Stop Toxic Incineration in Springfield is finished, but I know we're giving it our all. If you don't want to live in a city with air even more polluted than it already is, get yourself down to City Council Monday night and help get some of these councilors off the fence.
I've been a community organizer for a long time, and my main interest has always been the rights-- and the empowerment-- of poor people. I suppose being poor myself hasn't hurt my allegiance to the cause. But the most successful campaigns Arise has been involved in are those that affect everybody-- poor people most of all, but ultinately all of us. Ward representation is the best example. The poorest areas of Springfield were never successful in electing a city councilor under the at large system. And yet, no neighborhood was represented under the old system. Only ward representation could change that, and everyone in the city has benefited. And now, it's the ward councilors who are leading the way in protecting this community's health. Win or lose, I'm proud of them .
This weekend, WMA Jobs with Justice posted the following information on the AriseAction listserve. Check out the links.
In the latest edition of Intelligence Report, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Scott Lively lives in Springfield. Here’s an intro to him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/
Scott_Lively. Abiding Truth Ministries is at 455 State St, Springfield MA 01105; PO Box 2373.Springfield MA 01101; (413) 301-0918; and http://www.defendthefamily. com/.
Lively claims Hitler and his inner circle were gay and that homosexuals helped mastermind the Holocaust. He’s also linked to the murderous Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Bill.
informed/intelligence-report/ browse-all-issues/2005/spring/ holy-war/making-myths
informed/intelligence-report/ browse-all-issues/2009/summer/ anti-gay-propaganda
informed/intelligence-report/ browse-all-issues/2010/winter/ the-hard-liners - which ends:
“In 2008, Lively started the Redemption Gate Mission Society, a church that seeks to ‘re-Christianize’ the city of Springfield, Mass., where he lives.” The specific target is mapped at http://www.redemptiongate.org/
images/rzoverhead.jpg.Regarding Redemption Gate Mission Society: http://www.redemptiongate.org/ . Redemption Gate and its Holy Grounds Coffee House are at 455 State Street too, and (413) 250-0984 and info@RedemptionGate.org.
Take a look at who they have speak: http://www.redemptiongate.org/
Finally, don’t miss this Daily Show segment: http://www.thedailyshow.com/
Shiny moments: my younger daughter and her husband are less than a month away from having a baby. I'll be a grandmother for the second time in twenty-two years! They decided not to know the sex of the baby beforehand-- the way it used to be-- so I'm eagerly waiting to know if I have another granddaughter or my first grandson.
My first granddaughter is from my oldest daughter, and I want to take a moment to say how proud of her. She does closed captioning for the hearing-impaired, reads non-stop, and is one of the most well-informed and solidly progressive people I know. This fall, she's given it her best shot to qualify for the Boston women's roller derby team! She's always loved to skate and had a childhood dream of being on a team that apparently persisted somewhere in the back of her mind. So when she heard the team was recruiting, she became "fresh meat" and practiced twice a week with other fresh meat and with the "dames." She made the first cut but not the second, which is almost OK, because she says she's never been so sore and bruised in her life. (She got a black eye the first week of practice.) But she's made lots of new friends and will stay involved with the team.
Talk about going for your dream! She's inspired me.