America, a Land of Hope and Dreams

Posted by on Jan 12, 2019 in Blog | Comments Off on America, a Land of Hope and Dreams

America, a Land of Hope and Dreams By Siegrid Raible ​It is mid-January in the year two thousand and nineteen in what we heathens call the Common Era. I’ve made my new year’s resolution – I’ve given up watching the news, CNN and MSNBC. Watching what passes for news, the ugliness perpetrated by people upon one another and the planet, is too exhausting. ​Instead I plan on channeling my energy into finding out what’s going on in my community; finding out what’s rotten in my proverbial Denmark. I plan on becoming a...

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Posted by on Oct 1, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on America

America By Siegrid Raible I have been thinking lately about my country, America, and what it means to be an American. I was born in Brooklyn, New York, sixty-six years ago. I am a first generation American who hadn’t really devoted much time to thinking about what it meant to be an American. I took it for granted that I lived in this country, “the home of the brave and land of the free.” Well, over the last two years I have given much more thought to America and what it means to be an American. I started thinking about the...

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Family Values

Posted by on Jun 20, 2018 in Blog | Comments Off on Family Values

Family Values By Siegrid Raible What does it say about a society that condones the separation of women from their children; women who are fleeing conflict and/or physical abuse at the hands of husbands or drug lords? What is the impact of that separation on children as young as four months? Where are this country’s family values? What does it say about a society which granted children brought here “illegally” by their parents an opportunity to become residents (and eventually citizens) but then six years later revokes that...

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Everybody Has a Right to Live

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Everybody Has a Right to Live By Siegrid Raible I spent the afternoon of April 19, 2018, with a couple of hundred young people at a rally in Washington Square Park sponsored by NYC Says Enough where students and others spoke to the need to putting an end to gun violence. The event was organized as part of the enough-is-enough movement to commemorate and honor the thirteen lives lost to two gun-toting students at Colorado’s Columbine High School nineteen years ago. But whether it’s one-on-one or mass shooting events or whether a...

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Our Future Leaders are Here Today

Posted by on Apr 16, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Our Future Leaders are Here Today By Siegrid Raible On March 24, 2018 I joined hundreds of thousands of fellow New Yorkers of all ages – some too young to walk, some too old to walk and the rest of us somewhere in-between – all united in an effort to deliver the following message to our elected officials: “enough is enough.” The folks who put this rally/march together were high school students who in a little more than a month managed, with help, to organize marches in hundreds of cities in America and around the world. The...

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A Valentine’s Day Like No Other

Posted by on Mar 25, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

A Valentine’s Day Like No Other By Siegrid Raible It was a strange Valentine’s Day. It was February 14, 2018 near the end of a sunny school day when fourteen students and three teachers at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, lost their lives to a young man with an automatic weapon. This weapon (a weapon similar to those issued to members in our military) whose only purpose is to kill as many people as possible in the shortest period of time is available for purchase at gun shows and gun shops throughout...

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Words Matter

Posted by on Jan 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Words Matter By Siegrid Raible On January 15, 2018 we honored the life and work of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I attended a church service both to celebrate Dr. King’s life and also to share with members of the church the deep concern we had for a fellow church member who had been detained by ICE. On the Thursday before the holiday weekend the 45th president of the United States met with members of the Senate and House of Representatives to review a bipartisan proposal to reform this nation’s immigration policy. At that...

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December, A Month of Darkness and Light

Posted by on Dec 31, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

December, A Month of Darkness and Light By Siegrid Raible It is mid-December in the seventeenth year of the twenty-first century and many of us are, or if we are not at this moment, will be, taking stock of our lives. We will spend the remaining days of the year making a mental list of what we need to do to better ourselves – our New Year Resolutions. For others there will be no resolutions. In preparing to write this essay I checked the internet to find out how many mass shootings took place in America in 2017. I found the site...

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Thanksgiving 2017

Posted by on Nov 21, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Thanksgiving 2017 By Siegrid Raible I have been struggling with what passes as news in America these days – one mass murder event after another.  We began October with one American shooting other Americans at an outdoor concert in Las Vegas, Nevada; 59 people were murdered and 546 others were wounded. We ended the month with another American driving a pick-up truck on a bike/pedestrian path in a celebrated park in New York City; over a one mile stretch eight were left for dead while twenty others were injured.  Just five days later 26...

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Hatred and Violence, Charlottesville

Posted by on Aug 27, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

Hatred and Violence Charlottesville, Virginia, USA Mid-August 2017 By Siegrid Raible I have been troubled by an unending series of disturbing events this August.  First there was the US twitter-in-chief’s twitter storm in early August. In response to a nuclear armed North Korea’s missile launches, he tweeted the US was “locked and loaded” and ready to rain “fire and fury” the likes of which the world has not yet seen on North Korea. Then there were the events that transpired over August 11-12, 2017 in...

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