Back in the day, I made the acquaintance of two remarkable women, who told me within a week of each other that they had had a bag packed during the second world war, passport included, for a quick exit. This in case the US decided to collect people like they were doing in Nazi Germany. Both were recipients of the National Women’s Caucus, Lifetime Achievement Awards. One was black and one was Jewish.
At that time, I was the president of the board and the primary organizer for both the Honors Awards and the National WCA Conference, and was in close contact with both women.
They were remarkable, generous of spirit and I felt honored to know them. Over the two years as president, I got to know them better and was able to visit them both in Southern California.
Samella (Sanders Lewis) explained the abject fear she lived in at that time. I remember her expression clearly, as she quietly explained that she had only a few clothes and her passport packed in a small suitcase that she kept by her bed.
June (Wayne) told me her old brown leather suitcase was carefully packed and also next to her bed. Their descriptions stuck in my mind. And the expressions on their faces as they spoke. They were artists, of course they would remember these details. But more importantly they communicated the fear that they each had at that time. It was palpable.
I think about those suitcases sometimes now.
I too have a to-go bag packed. It was packed last year when the fire danger became high. I have added to it now as it has become, well, more than just in case of fire. Funny how I now look around the house at times and note things that would be critical to take. And where?
So how crazy will it get with the upcoming election? Let’s assume that everyone involved will do whatever they deem necessary to win.
The money behind the current administration is awesome. Sheldon Adelson, the effective “owner” of the Republican party spent over $150 million dollars on the midterm election.
That was $150 million out of $5 billion that was spent on the midterm elections. And that’s just the money. The money is just the tip of the iceberg compared to types of subterfuge we can expect from thinktanks, the mainstream media, party officials, not to mention machinations connected to the actual vote.
Then there is The Virus. Unemployment is at an all-time high, as is houselessness. Will that change as things restart? And now it’s official. We are all just expendable ‘human capital stock’. Oh, right and then there is the Climate Crisis. That is still happening. Everywhere. Because it’s Global.
Whether you vote or not, it’s gonna get ugly. The world is changing in a big way. The recent brutal killing of George Floyd makes this excruciatingly clear. Say his name !! I am so fucking tired of this. The time is now. The officer had his knee on his neck for NINE minutes!