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Protesting America

In the wake of SHITHOLE’S recent remarks about Canada, their trade policies and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in general, Canadians have taken to boycotting all things American, from shopping at Walmart to travelling to the States for vacation.

Speaking from an American’s point of view, I don’t blame them at all.  Although more difficult for me, since I live in America, I’ve decided to protest America in my own way.  Not only for the reasons stated above, but also for what is happening to the immigrant families that reach our border and then are torn apart.  Until America is restored to the country I once knew, I’m done advertising it.

By “advertising” I’m mainly talking about the Americana T-shirts I own.  And I own a lot of them.  Every year I purchase a new “Made In USA” T-shirt.  I have about twenty of these shirts.  Some have embroidered fireworks on them, one says “America The Beautiful” on it.  I really love these shirts and I practically live in them all summer.  I’ve always been proud to wear them.  Not this summer.  And not any time after that either until things change for the better of humankind in America.

Unlike Canadians, I’m not going to be able to give up everything American.  When shopping locally, that’s all we have.  Choices are limited.  Luckily when I shop at America’s SuperStore Walmart I can purchase plenty of things made in China and  Korea!  Unfortunately, they do not sell Canadian chocolate.  Which is way better than any American chocolate I’ve ever had.

Don’t get me wrong.  I still love America.  But promoting it right now would be like FDR promoting America after signing Executive Order 9066.  Considering the lives of human beings in both instances, it’s just wrong.  No matter what country you’re from.

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Want your voice heard concerning what is happening at the American border?

Write to Phebe Novakovic. She’s CEO of General Dynamics, which has a lucrative contract w/ Office of Refugee Resettlement, the dept. enforcing Trump’s policy of detaining children away from their parents. Her email address, from a public source, is pnovakovic@generaldynamics.com.

 

Feel helpless but want to help?  These organizations could use it.

Support Kids at the Border

Chip in to eight critical groups working to protect kids separated from their families by ICE:

We Belong Together – women for common sense immigration policies

https://www.webelongtogether.org/

United We Dream – the largest immigrant youth-led network in the country

https://unitedwedream.org/

Womens Refugee Commission – advocating for the rights and protection of women, children, and youth fleeing violence and persecution

https://www.womensrefugeecommission.org/

ACLU – fighting attacks through the legal system

http://www.aclu.org

Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) – protecting unaccompanied children who enter the US immigration system alone to ensure that no child appears in court without an attorney.

https://supportkind.org/

Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project – providing asylum seekers with legal aid and community support across the country

https://asap.urbanjustice.org/

Human Rights First – helping refugees obtain asylum in the U.S.

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/

La Union del Pueblo Entero – founded by Cesar Chavez and Dolores Huerta, a community union that works in the Rio Grande Valley from the grassroots up

https://lupenet.org/

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I'm a writer. I'm also a wife and a parent who works too much and lives too little. In addition to writing I also love to read, listen to music, travel, cook, I enjoy looking for bargains at flea markets or thrift stores, Christmas, football and of course writing! How did I come up with the title of my blog? Two things: 1. I live in New England (duh) and 2. Canadian singer Alan Frew once arrogantly told me to "get a New England life"--again--DUH! I already HAVE one!