This is really lovely, Mari. I have no living mom or grandma, nor am I a mom, and I can feel left out at this time of year. But something about what you wrote made me feel included in your experience . . . Thank you for your sharing your heart.
thanks, Mari. I would also add -- please don't smoke, and when someone reminds you that you shouldn't be smoking on Tumamoc, don't be a jerk and say "I didn't see any sign." It's right there when you walk in, the desert DOES burn, and those of us breathing deeply as we climb the blessed hill prefer that our air be unpolluted.
Looks like too many concerned citizens showed up, so the hearing and debate on this bill has been postponed until next week. http://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2013/03/20/…
I'm a registered Independent, and I voted Green this time. Kelly is a far-right extremist who doesn't seem very bright and doesn't understand the separation of church and state, while Barber is a conservative Blue Dog who supports further militarization of the border, including the use of drones, which is exactly the wrong response. I don't see much difference between the two mainstream parties, and I want other choices. Voting third-party is the best way to make that statement, and it looks like other folks agree.
This event is not endorsed by OccupyTucson. We agreed at the General Assembly last night that this is counter to our already agreed-upon declaration (reached by consensus) that we oppose sexism, racism, and homophobia. I have no idea what statement the organizers of this event hope to make, but it doesn't seem like much of a "protest" to me. As one man said at a meeting yesterday, "We are not Hooters."
The two Democrats and the two Republicans CHOSE the Independent member, per the legislation passed by the voters of this state. This is just another example of the powers-that-be ignoring the will of the voters, just as they're doing with the medical marijuana initiative. AZ has a strong process so that legislators should NOT be able to override us; we voted for this construction of the commission because we didn't trust the politicians to be fair in the redistricting process, and they are once again showing us why they cannot be trusted. AZ always seems to have plenty of money to spend on attorneys and lawsuits and no money for education or health care. Shame!
@magnum I have a job, I pay taxes, I don't get any government assistance, and that is true of many others who are part of OccupyTucson. We go to work, then we spend time at the park, listening and talking with each other, educating each other, and taking care of each other. We're not perfect, and we have our internal disagreements, but we all know that the government and the financial system are broken, and it is up to us to say "enough!" You probably agree with us more than you think. I warmly invite you to come to the park and meet some of us. We are your neighbors.
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