The scene: // Cloudy day. Rain and 60 degree temperatures, yesterday, washed away our early snow.
Listening to: // “When the Red,Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin’ Along” by Louis Armstrong, with the chorus of “Wake up! Wake up! You sleepy-head. Get up! Get up! Get out of bed.” One of my favorite songs on my Good Morning playlist on Spotify.
Reading: // The very long autobiography of Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom. It’s absolutely fascinating and surprisingly relevant to current events. Our diversity book club will discuss it early in December.
Watching: // The news, multiple Twitter feeds, my Facebook wall (recently enhanced by new friends who are activist clergy in the St. Louis area), and this terrific Live Update page from St. Louis Public Radio. I’m by no means an insider on what’s happening in the protest community surrounding Ferguson, but if you’re only getting news from TV, then I’m in a position to enlighten.
You’ve probably guessed that what you see on TV is only the tip of the iceberg, but it’s easy to get the impression that underneath is roiling turmoil. In fact, the massive obscured part of the iceberg consists of meetings. Lots and lots of meetings. Meetings don’t make good television, but they do create opportunities for people to meet each other across all kinds of divides, work out effective peaceful strategies, and make change happen.
I learned at a meeting yesterday that change has already occurred, including a start on the problems created between police and citizens when fines are a major revenue source for a city.
- A bench warrant forgiveness program for the City of St. Louis
- Reduced revenue from traffic fines in the city of Ferguson
- The Organization for Black Struggle, an established group in the St. Louis area has raised enough funds to hire staff for the first time — a foundation that will allow them to work for change for many years to come.
Blogging about: // Our day in Bristol, England
Participating in// A Month of Favorites in December, hosted by Girlxoxo, Traveling with T, and Estella’s Revenge. This looks like a great way to end the year and to get back to my blogging after NaNoWriMo.
What are you up to this fine Sunday?