Election Connection: 15 Weeks: Civil Rights Icon, John R. Lewis (1940-2020)

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“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.”

John Lewis, Twitter, 2018
John R. Lewis, House of Representatives. Public Domain. (c)2020
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Election Reflection – 21 DAYS TIL MIDTERMS

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VOTE!

Vote Save America – check your registration. People are being purged and voters, especially minorities and Democratic voters are being suppressed. If Republicans had a message and could take the responsibility of governing, they wouldn’t need to cheat by suppressing legal voters from making their choices.

In Georgia, the Republican running against Stacey Abrams is also the Secretary of State of the state of Georgia, and is the one who validates the security and legitimacy of the election, including certifying the election. Currently, there are 53,000 voter registrations that are being held up. 70% of them are African-American voters.

Georgia Lawsuit is Latest…
The Supreme Court just ruled, merely a few weeks ahead of this year’s election that the North Dakota law requiring street addresses (rather than post office boxes) is legal and upheld. This disenfranchises many Native Americans voters, a voting group that primarily goes for the Democratic party. Living on reservations and on rural routes, the post office does not assign street addresses. This is significant.

Native Americans Decry Supreme Court Ruling on Voter ID in ND

Indiana is trying to purge voters in the weeks before this midterm election.

Federal Judge Blocks Indiana…

Again, I ask, what are Republican politicians afraid of?

We are still at risk from Russian election interference. Nothing has been fortified since the 2016 election that has been proved to have been compromised.

I’m worried.

You should be also.

Check your registration, drive your friends to the polls, and VOTE!

First Week of Summer Vacation

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First week of summer vacation.

We are disorganized, cluttered, unmotivated and all the bad things that come along with a summer with no direction for now.

Next week starts summer school for two of the kids, which will give child #2 some alone time and Mommy some quiet time either at the library or the coffee shop for an hour or so on the two days that I don’t have Mass.

This summer, we have 4-6 weeks of summer school, one week each of ‘camp’ and one week of vacation Bible school for the younger two.

I don’t think I mentioned it here, but about four weeks ago, my mother in law (who is 80) was hit by a car. It was, and remains very serious and she has already had multiple surgeries for her multiple broken bones and scrapes. She is doing very well, much better than anyone expected, but we know what a tough person she is, so we are grateful for her health up until this point.

We are trying to sort out some money to see if we can visit her this summer. She is still hospitalized. She is also having another surgery next week.

I’ll include the link here to our Go Fund Me page. We are grateful for any reblogs and prayers as well as those that can afford to help us monetarily.

Go Fund Me

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Tomorrow is the first ‘activity’ for the kids. The library is having a food program hosted by the local supermarket. I was able to sign both of them up early. We’re trying to set up a summer schedule for the two younger ones. Child #2 takes things very literally and likes to know what’s going on as well as being very organized. Child #3 can get more than a little rambunctious, and I think a little schedule on notecards will help her calm down a bit.

For me, I love calendars and schedules (I wonder where my son gets it from) so it’s nice to be able to have an answer when asked what are we doing tomorrow.

Some of our plans on a weekly basis are movie and popcorn day, bake bread, bake cookies, library time, walks outside if it’s not too humid (I have a lot of trouble in the sun, so my husband might be in charge of the outdoor activities), plus cleaning out closets and toy bins and getting rid of things that we don’t need.

We are typically very cluttered and that doesn’t even include the collections that we each have, and it’s time to downsize and simplify. Ha! I’ll let you know how it’s going. 😉

In addition to all of the family goings-on (which consist of too much TV time), I’ve had a resurgence of political feels. The Voting Rights Act, DOMA, Proposition 8, Sen. Wendy Davis of Texas. My Tumblr dash went absolutely crazy in all the best ways.

For my summer, I am going to try and keep my sanity as my main goal. I have three books to read and probably review. I have a fan fiction that I need to get back to, and some new Supernatural writings that I want to begin plus a few homework pieces for my memoir workshop that begins again in September, although we’re meeting for lunch in August.

I will probably try to reconnect with some friends in the next few weeks, most notably my college roommate who is more free in the summer than the rest of the year.

And then we’ll see what the fall brings as I try to keep my head above water.