Throughout history in the United States there have been many movements in an effort to better the lives of all human beings. We have had the woman’s suffrage movement for voting rights for women; the women’s movement which still continues today to gain true equal treatment and pay for women in the workplace; the Civil Rights movement, which unfortunately continues today due to the efforts of bigoted – racists – xenophobes who want to take us back to the 1800’s, to gain complete equality under the law of the US Constitution and the US Declaration of Independence for all African Americans; the LGBTQ movement which also continues today to ensure equal rights under the law for those who identify as LGBTQ of which I am one; the Farm Workers movement to ensure better working conditions and pay for those migrant workers and our citizens who have labored in our fields forever; there have multiple youth movements over the years most notably with the nomination and election of Barrack Obama as the first African American president in our nation’s history in 2008 and then his reelection in 2012.
2016 found a different kind of movement – men’s, women’s and yes youth taking hold in America. Yet, it really was not that new as it had been taking place since the 1800s or before. The horrible anti-race movement had reared it’s ugly head because of one individual, who unfortunately in my opinion won the Republican nomination and eventually the presidency.
In 2018 and specifically 2020 the United States needs a stronger much different type of youth movement. The voting age in the US is 18 which in most states you can begin running for public office at the age of 18. The youth between the ages of 18 and 30 in the US must begin running for school boards, city councils and yes even state legislatures when they reach the available age. you see our country has one huge problem and that called the lack of TERM LIMITS in the House and Senate. Because we have individuals that have been in office for 30, 40, even 50 years who refuse to see the country for what we are. We are a country made up of descendants of immigrants who built our country. We are country of poor individuals who yes, may need help but not a lifelong handout – we must work harder at getting these folks the tools they need to get off the welfare rolls.
We are a country where as the Declaration of Independence states “All men (I insert individuals) are created equally . . .” and we must act as such. We have got to move past the hatred, the mistreatment of individuals based on the color of their skin, ethnicity, country of origin, sexual identification, age etc. In order to do that we need a new youth movement in every nook and cranny of this country to step up and say this is not how we run a country. Let’s get our heads out of our asses and do what is best for ALL CITIZENS of our country!!
This is what is in My Rattled Cage today!!
What a great word for the prompt. As a recovery alcoholic and cocaine addict I look back and see many great and horrible memories of all my antics and yet none of them are truly indelible.
What is and will always be indelible to me is how transformational, faith affirming and life changing my experience was during the St. Cecilia Catholic Church and Mission Concepcion ACTS Retreat that I attended 11/30/17-12/3/2017. The speakers who shared about Adoration, Community, Theology and Service were extremely powerful. The activities that we participated in were very faith affirming. But for me, the most indelible memory for me is that I left my alcoholism and cocaine addiction at the Alter of the Tabernacle along with some health issues that I have also been struggling with.
Since the retreat my faith, which has always been strong but has a times wavered, has just been increased tenfold, my wanting to increase service to not only my church St. Cecilia Catholic but my parish as well. The greatest thing to come out of attending the retreat is that since the retreat I have no desire nor the crippling obsession for alcohol or cocaine. Along with this several of those physical health concerns regarding my lower back etc. have pretty much disappeared!!
God is good all the time!! All the time, God is good!!!
This is what is hanging out in “My Rattled Cage”!
What a great prompt. When I think of eco a couple of things come to mind – the worlds eco system which is under attack so to speak by global warming and climate change that according to the current occupant of the White House in the United States and pretty much most Republican lawmakers is a hoax. Take a look at our crazy weather patterns across the globe in 2017 and now the beginning of 2018. We have seen several devastating hurricanes, flooding, fires that are fueled by the weather after they begin, and now for the third or fourth year we are record low temperatures, record snowfall which is also causing record flooding in areas of the country that has never seen the likes of ever especially not 30 years ago.
I also think of global food markets and the imports from China and other countries that are wreaking havoc on producers of many crops, and products here in the United States which in turn wreaks havoc on the consumer due to adulterated products like honey, garlic that is peeled by prisoners in China and then shipped to the U.S. and more which in turn has an effect on the U.S. economy and the economies of our citizens.
A new documentary series popped up on my Netflix. It is called “Rotten” https://www.netflix.com/title/80146284.
It is very eye opening to say the least. The first 6 episodes are as follows:
1 – Lawyers, Guns and Honey which details the practice of adulterating honey and how the majority of honey sold in the United States is imported from China and other countries.
2 – The Peanut Problem, which details the food allergies to peanuts and other food allergies and how it affects the everyday consumer and peanut growers in the U.S.
3 – Garlic Breath details how cooking shows turned the humble garlic bulb into a multi-billion dollar crop. But a lawsuit raises troubling questions about top suppliers – mainly China.
4 – Big Bird, details the ruthlessly efficient world of chicken production pits vulnerable growers against each other and leaves them open to vicious acts of sabotage.
5 – Milk Money details how changing diets and dramatic price swings have put dairy farmers on the ropes and fueled a surge in lucrative but controversial raw milk sales.
6 – Cod is Dead details as the global fish supply dwindles, the industry faces crises on all sides – including crooked moguls, dubious imports and divisive regulations.
This docuseries travels deep into the heart of the food supply chain to reveal unsavory truths and expose hidden forces that shape what we eat.
NETFLIX.COM. I have enjoyed the series.
This is what has Rattled my Cage!!
If you have had a problem with alcoholism or cocaine addiction or know someone that has had one or both – every family has at least one and some have multiples, you know that the most passionate individual in their lives is their spouse or life partner. I can tell you that my husband of almost 17 years Cruz, we are not legally married because we do not believe in gay marriage because of our faith – but we do believe in civil unions to protect ourselves under the law, has been the most passionate and compassionate individuals throughout my many years of struggles with alcoholism and cocaine addiction. Sometimes to the point of being a passionate enabler which was of no help!
I am so truly BLESSED and PROUD to call him mine and that I get to wake up with him every day for the rest of my life!!!
This is what has Rattled My Cage!!!
Very proud and happy to state that today is a TRUE 30 Days of being CLEAN AND SOBER after a very rough 2016 and 2017 regarding my deep depression, bipolar affectation, alcoholism and addiction to cocaine!!
This is what has Rattled My Cage!!
This post is part of #JusJotJan – 1/5/2018.
This time of year is so bittersweet because over the next few months we remember the loss of 6 of our fur babies and all of the wonderful memories we have of Tippy (1/4/2016), Buddy (1/22/2016), Fluffy (2/4/2016), Minnie – Doodle (4/22/2016), Patty (5/27/2016) and our old man Stitchy (12/26/2016).
But now we are make continuous memories with our current pack of 7 of in the order they came in the house Missy , Crissy, Little Bitty (our granddaughter from Missy and Buddy/Stitchy), Sadie, Stitchy Jr. (named in honor of our Stitchy), and Tippy (named in honor of our Tippy). Sadie and Stichy are brother and sister and just turned 9 months old, we rescued them from being abandoned on July 1, 2017. Tippy is a little over a year old and she decided I was her human on July 7, 2017.
This is what has Rattled My Cage regarding memories!!