Some good news

Dear President Trump,

Fortunately today the WP folks started calling out the cynical underpinnings of Devin N’s memo and your rousing endorsement of it. WP columnist Max Boot pointed out that the memo is really about making sure you have 34 GOP Senators willing to vote “no” should impeachment proceedings be initiated against you after the release of Mueller’s findings and the mid-term elections. I hadn’t thought about it this way – you just need 34 of them to block your impeachment. What an incredibly sobering and sickening thought. It’s actually pretty clear you’ve got at least that many; every darn day we are seeing GOP congressmen trying to sing your praises louder than the next guy. I still think the memo was unnecessary, but now you know, and we know, you have a solid posse of Republican Senators willing to line up behind you no matter what.

This is such a depressing topic that I want to shift to some good news and lift up a light that may be just a tiny pinprick right now, but has the potential to get much, much stronger. My daughter and I were talking yesterday about how very cool it is that San Francisco’s District Attorney, George Gascon, has gone back to convictions from 1975 to start the process of nullifying over 3,000 marijuana misdemeanors and examining nearly 5,000 marijuana felonies for possible re-sentencing. A friend of my daughter’s was with us and hadn’t heard about it so my daughter explained how by doing this, San Francisco is beginning to address the terrible racial bias in how drug laws have been enforced in this country. She was especially happy they are going back in time to right wrongs stemming from the inherently racist “war on drugs” and how this could and should be something other cities do too. I think the good news here is twofold. First, San Francisco’s reparative justice effort is a step in a much better direction that could help us collectively grapple with systemic racism and white privilege in concrete ways that make positive changes in people’s lives. Second, the fact that an 18 year-old young woman spontaneously brought up this issue and was able to talk about it cogently and passionately gives me tremendous hope.

May we safely find our way through the darkness.
May we happily reach out our hands to catch one another when we stumble.
May we help each other stay healthy and strong.
May we choose to be radically peaceful and loving.

Tracy Simpson

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