Or some such bullshittery.
Ramona -- I'm here because you shared this at Writer Everlasting. (https://writereverlasting.substack.com/) I'll begin by admitting I was not aware that the different sections you offer in CC each had their own subscriber group. Goodness, not sure how you manage it all!
You'll never hear me ask you to do more. As a fellow writer, I'm biased, of course. This is our action. We must rely on others to help move our words beyond the audiences we are able to reach on our own. I will also admit that there are times I feel so fractured by the burning fires, the hair raising issues cropping up everywhere, all the time, that I have difficulty knowing which drum to beat hardest. Women! Race! Democracy! Environment! Health care! Obviously, they are all intertwined, and I honestly believe that if women were able to wrest control of more of the world's decision-making from men, we'd be well on our way to resolving more of the issues at hand. But, yes! YES! I appreciate the call for support and standing alongside you in solidarity.
Ramona, I feel your rage and I deal with it in myself. However, an article in the NY Times today gave me hope for the future.
“How a Year Without Roe Shifted American Views on Abortion.” It noted:
For the first time, a majority of Americans say abortion is “morally acceptable.” A majority now believes abortion laws are too strict. They are significantly more likely to identify, in the language of polls, as “pro-choice” over “pro-life,” for the first time in two decades.
And more voters than ever say they will vote only for a candidate who shares their views on abortion, with a twist: While Republicans and those identifying as “pro-life” have historically been most likely to see abortion as a litmus test, now they are less motivated by it, while Democrats and those identifying as “pro-choice” are far more so.
For the record, I love reading the highly volatile pieces. So many times they echo my thoughts. It begins with this article and similar ones - in writing here and branching out with our words on other posts and in other articles. Change my not occur in my lifetime, but maybe I can be a part of the voice that supports change for my great granddaughter.
I'm with you in this Ramona. Our words are our call to action.
Ramona, I may not always comment on what I see as essentially USA business but in this instance, I think worldwide solidarity is what women need.
I'm the mother of a woman who was raped and viciously assaulted. It has scarred her for life. Fortunately no pregnancy ensued but if it had, I would have moved heaven and earth for her to get an abortion. Let alone for the perpetrator to be emasculated.
Generally, I'm peace-loving but I am loud and proud over basic rights, be they race, health and home, educational, environmental - whatever it takes to save this world from self-immolation.
So take it as a given that even if the subjects you write about are exclusively American, I will read them because I want to learn why different Nationals across the globe think the way they do. I may not comment, but I will always read.
"We're speaking to each other and we're listening." What a beautiful, profound line. Thank you for speaking to what matters to us all, even we don't all know it, even when it feels like you're speaking into the void. Looking forward to more of what you have to say.
Thank you, Ramona. Words do matter and yours are appreciated. Thank you!