My family and WWII

Nazis suck.

My father was a child in one of the countries the Nazis trampled.  He doesn’t talk about it.  He still has an odd fascination with fire that shows itself with birthday cake candles.  And he’s 5’2″ because although he never went hungry, he didn’t get a lot of nutrition either.  His mother and siblings moved to the US after the war.

I found out recently that although my bonmama was Catholic (along with most of my family on both sides), her father was Jewish.  Her husband (I’m not clear if this would be my grandfather or my step-grandfather) moved to Argentina with his mistress after the war (taking all the money, and triggering Bonmama and her children’s migration), and it is thought that he was a Nazi sympathizer.  Funny what one learns when Nazis are in the news again.

My mother’s mother joined the war effort as a nurse.  At her (Catholic, military) funeral, this time period featured prominently as the most important time in her life.  She rose up the ranks in the air force to become a Captain.  When she taught me how to knit, she gifted me with the knitting needles she’d used to while away the time flying towards a battlefield.  On the way back, the needles would be put away while they tended the wounded.

She met my grandfather during the war.  He wasn’t an enlisted man.  I’m not sure why not– whether it was preference or a medical condition.  He was a counselor for the American Red Cross.  While my grandmother treated the physical consequences of war, he treated the mental and emotional consequences.

My maternal grandparents’ commitment to public service filtered down to most of their children (I guess technically my horrible Trump-loving uncle is a forest ranger).  My uncles are veterans, one aunt is a federal judge, the other is a nurse practitioner who ran a hospital system.  My mom, the professor, was elected to our local school board for several terms.

We can’t let Nazi values of hatred and fascism take hold in the US.  We need to honor the ideals of this country that fought against evil in the second WW.  It is true that our own history is full of horrors like slavery and internment and xenophobia.  But we can’t let those forces win.  We must keep fighting.  Concentration camps didn’t start killing people overnight.  Germany didn’t start out evil.  We cannot tolerate injustice.  Keep calling your representatives.  Keep protesting.  Keep recruiting people to vote and donating and encouraging campaigns.  It’s a long slog to freedom.  But the alternative is something our grandparents lived.  They fought with their lives.  We should fight with our time and money and words so that we don’t have to get to that point.

What did your family do in WWII?  How was your family changed by it?

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One reason not to consolidate bank accounts

Bank of America freezing accounts of customers suspected of not being US citizens.

When you have multiple accounts, you have access to multiple streams of money.  If the US government infiltrates one and steals your stuff, chances are that they won’t get everyplace at the same time.  There will be some warning.  So if something of yours gets seized, you’ll be able to live off of one of your other accounts while finding a lawyer (or, if we continue going the pre-WWII Germany route, getting your ducks in order to flee the country).  If, say, Bank of America is your only account, then you’re going to run up a lot of credit card debt (or worse) while waiting for things to be sorted out.  If you can get them sorted out.

Now, of course, it doesn’t have to be fascism that causes inaccessibility to one of your accounts.  Sometimes your account will get compromised by theft or there will be some kind of clerical error that freezes an account.  When DH’s debit card got spoofed and our Wells Fargo account was temporarily frozen, I was grateful to have access to a checkbook from a credit union account with money in it to pay the monthly bills.

How would you access money if your main account got frozen?

 

Spread the word! Protest Trump’s interference in Mueller investigation Thursday 5pm local time

You can find more information either here:  https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/search/

or here:  https://www.trumpisnotabovethelaw.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response/search/

The info on both pages is the same, but you may have trouble with one or the other if they are overloaded with traffic.

This is really important– if you’re in a family and one person can make it while the other watches the kids, do that.  We have to protect the Mueller investigation with a strong and immediate response.  Tell your friends.  Bring them along.  Tell them to bring their friends along.  The administration will think they can get away with it if the protests are small or non-existent.

My small town has an event scheduled– we don’t have to go into the city to protest, though the second time I clicked my town’s name it said nothing scheduled (the first time it had the original info– I think they’re updating the webpage in real time).

VOTE!!!!

US Readers who have not yet voted–

Vote today as if people’s lives depended on it.  Because they do!

Here’s google with where to vote based on your registered address.

Vote to save democracy.  Vote to save the constitution.  Vote to save the children.  Vote to save the planet.

Vote Democrat and double check your final votes to make sure they didn’t get switched by the machine because of machine errors.

Special Thursday Activism Post: What I’m doing this weekend! (Also: Early voting has started in some states!)

So… I have to confess that although I’ve been really impressed with the postcards 4 voters things I’ve been seeing people do online, it’s really intimidated me.  I am the opposite of artistically talented.  So as much as I’d like to send postcards and NOT CALL PEOPLE (I hated being phone-banked at last election), I thought that maybe my efforts wouldn’t be good in that respect.

Then one of my friends showed me these:

And I was like… wait… I don’t have to hand draw/color in the cards?  I can just GET cards that are already decorated?  Where do I get these cards?!?!?

And she said, “Amazon sells them.”  And I was aghast.  Amazon DOES sell them!  And many other cuter options as well!   I feel so dumb.  I ordered 200 postcards and they should be coming in the mail today.   Then I went to the USPS stamps website and got 200 shell postcard stamps.  (Sadly seashell is the only option.)   I’m gonna give half of them to some undergrads to do with as they wish and I’m going to see what my little family can get done with the remaining.

(If you don’t want to do post-cards but do have a printer and some regular stamps, this looks pretty darn cool:  https://votefwd.org/ — my sister lives in one of those districts… do her a solid!)

In addition to that:

On the day early voting starts, my department head will have sent out an email to all majors with an email I drafted that encourages those registered out of state to get their absentee ballots now if not sooner, explains how, when, and where early voting happens for people registered locally, where to get information on candidates and local races, what to bring to the voting booth, and how to vote on election day.

(Academic readers– can you do something similar at your school/ in your department?)

And:

I’ve been going crazy giving money to local campaigns.  Bogart just sent this link and I gave.  November 2nd isn’t very long from now.  Presumably my political giving will die down at that point.

I’m going to hand out more campaign pins since I got another 100.

I have never done much of anything for an election before.  Like, I’ve voted, and I’ve given money to candidates here or there, but never this level.  This is my first year of registering voters.  This is my first year encouraging people to vote.  This is my first year of buying pins.  This is my first year of buying a yard sign (we have 3)!

My only hope is that if someone like me is doing something for the first time, then lots of someones like me will be doing something, and all this doing something will make a real difference in the outcome of the election.

Because I can’t stand another year of kids torn from their parents and a president getting a pass on tax fraud and constant worries about health insurance…and everything else (climate, social justice, women’s rights…).   We can’t count on a blue wave– we have to BE the blue wave.

Tell us what you’re doing!  Even if you’ve told us before!  It means so much to hear we’re not alone.

Today is the last day to register to vote before the midterms in several states

Check your voter registration status.  Lots of states have been doing purges and you may not have gotten the notification in the mail!

If you’re not registered where you think you should be:  Register to vote!

One of my students whose wife is a librarian gave me a tip– your local public library may have postage-paid voter registration forms and a mailbox to drop them in if you’re in one of the states that doesn’t allow online registration.

Let me know if you have any questions or tips in the comments!

URGENT: Call about Kavanaugh today

They sent the sham FBI report in the night (they did not even interview Dr. Ford, much less anybody else who volunteered credible information) and filed to vote on Friday, confirmation to be held Saturday.

Call your senators, no matter who your senators are, red state, blue state, on the fence.  It doesn’t matter if they’ve already made their decision.  Everyone needs to hear that this is NOT OK.  We need ACA levels of pressure on everybody in order to flip the few people who are flippable and to keep vulnerable dems from flipping.

Celeste P. has been providing action items and scripts and up-to-date information since last night:  https://twitter.com/Celeste_pewter/

5calls also has scripts, but they are more limited.

Call.  Tell your friends to call.  This is really important.

And if you can’t call, you can send a fax for free using fax zero.

Please?

I called this morning and there was still space in at least one of the regional voicemailboxes for each of my senators.  (Though I suspect these had room because both required you to press # in order to end and send your message… I suspect that people who just hang up don’t get their messages actually sent.)