On the eve of Thanksgiving, I have a few stories to share . . .
Fight Back California and We did!
Remember the California 7 Project that Karen has discussed throughout this year? This project was conceived as a way to regain seats in the House. These seats were in Republican held congressional districts in southern California where Hillary Clinton had won by 10 points or more during the 2016 presidential election. Indivisible Ferndale became involved when we began writing postcards to voters in a number of these districts encouraging them to vote for the Democratic candidates. As of today, SIX of those districts have turned from red to BLUE! View a brief video here to see the SIX new Democratic Members of Congress!
Everyone has a story to share
On Valentine’s Day of this year, seventeen lives were ended by gun violence at a high school in Broward County, Florida.
The young woman on the left is Emma Gonzalez, a senior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School where this massacre took place. She made her voice heard at a gun control rally a week later. Her fellow students organized the “March for Our Lives” a month later with sister marches throughout our country.
Now another youthful voice has come forward. This voice belongs to Jeremy Ornstein, 18, who was part of a sit-in protest in front of Nancy Pelosi’s D.C. office last week. Jeremy and his fellow students were protesting the inaction of our government in regards to climate change. But as you will hear, Jeremy had another story to tell. View a brief video of Jeremy’s impassioned plea here.
We are the Fire Brigade
Lastly, a story from Joan Baez which she read at every stop along her Farewell Tour this year. This story begins as reminder of how quickly lives can change as a result of wildfires and how each of us must become members of the Fire Brigade: “Now is the time to be our brothers and sisters’ keeper. Now is the time to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Now is the time to love.” As was true with Jeremy’s story, Joan had another story to tell. Read Joan’s story here.
Thanks goes out to Stuart Altschuler (Jeremy’s story) and Susan Diehl-McCarthy (Joan’s story) who shared these stories with me and asked if I would share them with all of you.
Together, We are the Fire Brigade and Indivisible Ferndale.