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Sat Nov 10, 2018, 10:44 PM

Rep. John Lewis's Book One.

Just attended a One Book, One San Diego Civil Rights activism panel discussion based on Rep. John Lewis's book. We're kind of new here, my 3 sisters and I swooping in to care for our ailing elderly parents and burying them one year apart. It's been 2 years since our mom's passing and 3 since my dad's death. My sisters and I decided it was time to look past our mourning and figure out how to get involved in this new place. And we weren't disappointed with the meeting! Don't know where it will lead but tonight was magical.

Black, Latino and white feminists swooping in on us with overwhelming love and welcome that I cannot describe. The most important thing to me is that these women stressed were our children. Too funny though, was one elderly white dude among all the men who introduced themselves, busted thru the throng of women saying, "I'm just an old white man and not a woman. I was a Freedom Rider back in my day and I want to thank you for coming."

My Gawd, we're still reeling with so many issues touched upon but the most important take-away for me is that the group was multi-generational focusing on our children. A young Latino activist who is an attorney said to us sisters, "I don't want our black and brown youths making it in spite of our education and judicial system." One AA woman said, "We're all about the kids. We don't care what color you are." Then called on a girl a distance away from us, saying, "Jane," not her name and a white youth, "come over here and tell them what we're about."

I'm getting weepy right now because our schedules for the next month are filled and of all the activism I've been involved in, in life, this was special because community and children came first. I'll stop now because I'm so humbled by their welcome and hate being gushy.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 10:46 PM

1. Darling, be gushy. THis is soooooo beautiful and hopeful to hear about!

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #1)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 10:55 PM

3. Fierywoman, I told a white female activist just 2 weeks ago that

I'm done with hope and I'm so glad that it is renewed in my heart just a little. That bit is overwhelming. Just keeping my fingers crossed that now more than any other time in history that it is and remain so.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Reply #3)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 11:01 PM

5. "...and remain so" : so be it. And there's nothing wrong with being a skeptical bitch!

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Response to fierywoman (Reply #5)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 11:32 PM

6. Ha! Thanks. Here's to emotional yet skeptical bitches.

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Response to Kind of Blue (Original post)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 10:51 PM

2. Wonderful to hear!

Our love and thanks to them, and to you.

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Response to elleng (Reply #2)

Sat Nov 10, 2018, 10:56 PM

4. Thanks, elleng. It was all of them because I'm a skeptical bitch.

And they knew it.

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