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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Action #34: Passing Moment

This is more of a "waging peace" moment than more blatant activism, but I think it worth sharing anyway.

On Friday I was leaving Target and saw a Muslim family. I had left work (in a Jewish day school) so the way ND and I were dressed probably made it seem pretty obvious we were Jewish. This family we saw had a mother, father and two kids. The mother had a hijab -- hence my deduction they were Muslim.

Now I pass Muslim families frequently, and often feel this pull where I want to say, "Don't worry! I'm cool with you!" But there are so many things wrong with that... first, I personally find it really uncomfortable when someone figures out I'm Jewish and wants to point it out, or to make friendly by saying, "Shalom." I'm me and I happen to be Jewish, and don't necessarily want to discuss my faith or my beliefs or associations or any of that. I'm sure the same is true for them as a regular every day family that happens to be from a background that is very loaded right now.

So I considered saying nothing at all, but the truth is, we were kind of eyeing one another, and it was at least possible they were thinking, "Oh crap, here comes another Jew who thinks we're terrorists." I just wanted for our moment passing each other to be one that was calm and had good feeling.

The man was wearing a shirt that said, "Exercise? I thought you said 'extra fries.' " Aha! Personality rather than group identification! So as I passed I smiled and said,

"That's a really funny shirt."

We smiled at each other, and that was it. It probably looked like just a regular every day casual moment, but it was planned, it was deliberate, and I think I achieved a worthwhile goal.

Sometimes small talk is a real pain, but in this case I feel I accomplished a moment of peace with it.

Monday, May 08, 2017

Actions #31-33: Fund EPA

Made a donation and wrote two hard copy letters to representatives asking them to continue to fund EPA.

Actions #29-30 Earth Day

And for Actions #29-30, in honor of Earth Day, I gave two separate presentations at school to multiple grades about waste, where garbage goes, and the importance of reduce, reuse and recycle in that order.

Actions #27-28: Continued work

I'm starting to revise a little what I mean by actions. Petitions still don't count, but some repeated actions do.

For example, I told you I am now a co-leader for Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom. Actions 27 and 28 are additional meetings we've held.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Action #26: Email about Sudan

Emailed my senators about the famine in the Sudan. Apparently there is a vote this week about giving them support.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Coolest Niece Ever

My niece is hiking the PCT. I'm in awe.

Wish I could remember how to add blog list to the scroll on the side of this page but I don't remember how.

Instead

Since I didn't go to the Science March, I was able instead to attend the first Tiferet bat mitzvah! It was a wonderful event. A special tweak was that at the last minute they needed a stand-in to bring out the Torah. I've done it so many times I was able to without even feeling nervous!

Action #25: Science March... sort of

I was going to go to the Science March, bags packed and everything. Then I realized I would have to leave work earlier than originally planned for a fighting chance to arrive before Shabbat started. Unfortunately, I had to bag out, but U went instead.

Action #24: Sent money

I'm told this is a cause that will never win, but I won't give up. Sent money to Everytown USA.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Action #23: Oppose Neil Gorsuch

Followed Daily Kos directions to call Robert Menendez and ask him to filibuster appointment of Neil Gorsuch.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Changed theme

As you can see, I changed my blog theme. I'm not sure this one fits perfectly with my site, but I just love it. What do you think? Please leave comments.