First, Paulina Petersen placed a sign that said “Speak Out Against Racism. Silence is Deadly” in her front yard. Next, her garden grew with a show of flowers in support. Then, notes began to appear and Arne built a place where they could be posted.
Last Sunday, a brave young Black woman held a peaceful and inspiring gathering at Ferndale’s village green in support of Black Lives Matter. Over a hundred people attended and applauded the voices who spoke out against racism within our community and across the nation.
Next, Dennis DelBiaggio placed a sign on his property at the entrance to Ferndale. The sign displayed a dark American Flag with a blue line. This flag represents the “thin blue line” of law enforcement that keeps America from descending into darkness and chaos. Atop this sign, he placed a smaller sign which read “All Lives Matter.” This sign expresses the thought that all human lives matter regardless of race.
The following day, the town awoke to see the All Lives Matter sign missing. All that remained were its wooden supports. By the next morning, Dennis had repaired the damage. On the Fourth of July, the sign was vandalized again with the message “Cops! It’s What’s for dinner!” spray painted in red across the flag. Dennis and Susan were out cleaning off the paint this morning.
Removing or destroying an “All Lives Matter” sign or a “Black Lives Matter” sign is contrary to beliefs we hold dear in this country. Enshrined in our constitution is a right that grants each of us freedom of speech. This country was made great by encouraging and listening to different points of view as a way of defining what it means to be an American. Freedom of Speech is the first in a Bill of Rights that has made this country the special place it can be. Are there thorny issues to work out? Absolutely, but that is what public discourse under our freedom of speech allows.
The photo below of a young Black girl holding a sign explains it all.
Take Action this weekend
Over this Fourth of July weekend, please consider writing a note in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and post it at Paulina’s sign. Just like the dozens of plants and flowers that we placed at the bottom of the sign, let’s fill up the note board with positive messages to show our support.
Lastly, and this will be the more difficult part, talk to your friends and neighbors in this community about bringing an end to racism here and throughout our nation. It won’t be easy. I know. I’ve tried it, met resistance, but made some headway too. I will not give up and neither should you.
Get Out The Vote (GOTV) Postcards
Indivisible Ferndale just completed 300 postcards to voters in CA-21 in support of Rep. TJ Cox. The postcards have been mailed to the organizing campaign and will be postmarked and mailed within the district.
We are now focused on three GOTV campaigns to Flip the Senate in Colorado, Arizona and Iowa. In Colorado, we are supporting Democratic candidate John Hickenlooper. In Arizona, we are supporting Democratic candidate Mark Kelly. And in Iowa, we are supporting Democratic candidate, Theresa Greenfield and a vote by mail message.
NOTE: In the Iowa campaign, each postcard will have a label attached which says: “Experts warn the pandemic may surge this fall. Vote safely and easily: Request an absentee ballot at tinyurl.com/VoteAbsenteeIA.” We had to purchase a minimum order of 220 labels at Staples. Let’s see if we can use them all up!
If you would like to write some GOTV postcards, please send your request for one or more Senate campaigns and how many packets you would like. Each packet has 20 postcards, names/addresses and a script. I will let you know when your postcards are ready and on our front porch. Please remember to donate $10 for every packet to cover the cost of postage and printing.
Stay Safe and Strong! Together, We are Indivisible!