Monday, November 10, 2008

October Just Posts

Nothing and everything has changed. All week we see people on the streets and there is a shared camaraderie, brazen smiles between strangers. We did it. The local taqueria, the one that usually has signs up for their specials was lit up in lights God Blessed America. Yes We Can! My father called in tears, saying that he hasn't been this happy since Nelson Mandela was elected President. My friends from France and England and Africa and Belize are over the moon. A newspaper reprinted a text message sent from a son to a mother:

Rosa Parks sat so Martin could walk,
Martin walked so Obama could run,
Obama ran so my children could fly

One of my closest friends is a teacher in Syria. You may have noticed the US launched airstrikes into their country recently and to pay us back Syria ordered American institutions closed and folks deported. My friend and her family were given 24 hours to leave their home and the country and they have no idea when they will be able to return. The day the school closed the children penned letters to Obama. She said they told her that now that he's in charge he can finally do the right thing. So they wrote him letters one day after he was elected while their school was being evacuated and asked for his help. My friend, she knows that the sentiments were right but their hopes probably too grand.

Skeptics say we need to guard against false hope, that no one man can fix everything. The rational part of me knows this but the idealistic part of me says it doesn't matter. We did this and we can do anything. We can do anything and we have to do everything. Yes we can.

The October Just Posts
Alejna with Blog Action Day
Billie with Registering the homeless to vote and Bolivia to USA: "Return Goni to justice"
Cecileaux with Thinking toward a new economy and Joe the plumber economics
Citymama with Letter to Wallie and Bunny before Election Day
Cyn at MOMocrats with National Happy Coming Out Day and No on California's Prop 8
Defiant Muse with Reprieve
Emily with How I know that I live in the South
Getting it wrong with Hippie girl days
Girlgriot with This and that one
Her Bad Mother with Angelina And Me, Our Bodies, Our Selves, Our CHILDREN'S Selves, and Sings The Tune Without The Words
Holly with Blog Action Day (After)
Jaelithe at MOMocrats with Blog Action Day: Education is the key to escaping poverty
Janelle with Wealth...
Jen with the flood pt. 4 - everything is still really bad and I am a real American
Jess with Redemption Song
Josh with Rescue package
Julie with River raft beds and other reflections
Kimberly with The ugly side of politics and people
Kyla with Joe the Plumber
Laloca with The intersection of poverty, psychiatry and the law
Lara with Gone a year and Were you bold? Did you wear red today?
LesbianDad with Oh the posts, they are coming fast and furious these days
Leslie with A perfect world and Proposition eight, proposition hate
Lia with Enriching Our Lives
Lisa Lam on CraftBoom! with Blog Action Day - Poverty. It’s helping, that’s what counts….
Maggie, dammit with Awareness, What are you contributing with all that hate and Please Help
Magpie with Healthy Eating
Mary with what women want
Mary Murtz with Reclamation
Maryam with Ethnic cleansing: Rwanda style, Rwanda and the 12 wishes and Rwanda and a colored place
Mir Kamin on BlogHer with National Mammography Day is October 17th
PunditMom with Taking our daughters to the polls
Rebecca with Trying to find the words, Donate to your local food pantry, Local food economies need local processing to thrive and Tax the rich: a rant about socialism
Social Justice Soapbox with International Day for the eradication of poverty and An apple for the teacher
Susan Wagner on BlogHer with DonorsChoose Challenge - Well, color me happy!
Suzanne Reisman on BlogHer with October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2008: The Best of the Worst Marketing
Tiny Mantras with The early voting experience
Whiskey in my sippy cup with Just say no
Wrekehavoc with Kill the poor

Just Post Readers

Don't forget to stop by Mad and Su's before you go and see what they are talking about at the other ends of the Just Post Roundtable. And thank you all for your writing this month, each of these posts are truly inspiring and it's because of you that this Roundtable exists. So if this is new to you and you want to join us please know you are welcome. All you have to do is write. Yes you can.
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Maggie, Dammit said...

My first Just Post! I'm so excited and honored and... yay. Can't wait to make the rounds on all these other posts. Thank you for this work!

Anonymous said...

thanks again for including me :-)

Mad said...

Ya, I vacillate between unbridled optimism and deep, entrenched cynicism. Like, uh, if America is bombing Syria at least they can't be using Syria as a front for the torture of innocent detainees. Now, there's a lose-lose situation if ever there was one and that kind of thing will not end overnight, of that I am sure.

PunditMom said...

As always, I am so honored to be included. Thanks!

Her Bad Mother said...

So honored, as always, but especially NOW, when it seems that our world wavers so dramatically between HOPE (such hope) and the same old forces of ick. Just posts remind me that there is ALWAYS hope.


Kyla said...

It is so exciting.

TZT said...

Yay! What an honor, and agreed, a great time to be included. Going forward, these ideas, these posts are as important as ever, if not moreso.

Susanne said...

Isn't it interesting how important this particular election seems to be for the whole world? A German blogger I read said that the US election got much more covered in German newspapers than our own national election the last time.

And we all know that one human being can change a lot. That's why we are convinced that even our writings on our small blogs can make a difference.

Thanks again to you for starting the roundtable.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for reading! Blog on!

flutter said...

amazing, as always

Em said...

Wow this is so cool and until today I didn't know it existed. I get such a buzz out of finding others who care about issues of justice. Thanks for the nomination. I look forward to exploring the other nominated blogs.

Magpie said...

Yes indeed we can.

Hey, off topic, why is your blog called "drool street"?

luckyzmom said...

This post gave me goosebumps.

Paul Newnham said...

This is a great resource to pull these posts together. I love the quote you found from the paper and really like how you say we must have hope it is something this world needs to rediscover in a big way!!