Wednesday, March 1st 2017
I wasn’t going to write about my second Town Hall Meeting in Cambridge last night, from fear of Boring the Blog. But then some cool stuff happened.
When I raised my hand to ask a clarifying question about best practices for contacting representatives, *my* State Representative – Marjorie Decker– not only called on me by name, had the panel answer the question (mixed opinion on efficacy of hand written letters vs. emails), she then said into the microphone, “And I’d like to personally thank YOU, if I may, do you mind?” I shrugged in openness and not knowing to what she was referring. Then she said, “As some of you may know Jenny is ‘Jenny the Juggler,’ and she brings a lot of joy to families in our community, and I think we really need that right now so I personally want to thank you. I’ve known you in the community from afar for a while and you’ve known me from afar so I just wanted to say that.”
So I blushed, nodded and sat down.
Towards the end I learned about a new group called CAST: Cambridge Area Stronger Together. I met engaged neighbors who were cool and welcoming.
When they started sharing how proud they were of their efforts to elect the late Hillary Clinton for president, I came up against my own difficulties in forgiving her for; 1) rigging the primary away from Bernie last year in Philly, 2) running a campaign that resulted in the election of this motherfucking SCROTUS we have now, 3) disappearing after the general election altogether (which is why I refer to her as the “late” Hillary Clinton, R.I.P.), and 4) for being a corporatist Republican-light in the first place.
BUT, just as with the current division and ineffectiveness of our Democrats in CONGRESS, we citizens are going to need to work together. I suppose I have a lot to learn from these CAST guys. (Like, HRC is actually “really progressive because she was the first presidential candidate to utter the phrase ‘LBGTQ’ in her concession speech in 2008.” I’m like, that is great, but how much does that have to do with her campaign in 2016?!)
My cast friend also referred to that tired argument that Bernie is not really a Democrat. And that really riles me. I don’t personally really care WTF PARTY you are affiliated with; I care about what VALUES you are fighting for, and the METHODS you use.
As we left the meeting I noticed several boxes of pizza leftover. So I grabbed one to distribute to any of the ubiquitous destitute around
Mental Central Square I would inevitably encounter. I had a weird feeling when we all said goodbye and I wondered if they thought I taking pizza for myself. I also had a weird feeling when I saw the three of them all walking down the street together after I thought they all said goodbye to each other in my presence. (?) So I paused instead to take in the beauty of our City Hall shining in the night.
There was actually a musician performing on the sidewalk in
Mental Central Square! He had already eaten thank you but was appreciative of my praise for trying to busk here. It did not take long to find two homeless guys flying high and hanging at the bus stop. Woo-wee were they psyched for free pizza. After being adorned by their colorful (if odiferous) praise as a certifiable angel from heaven -lol- I walked home.
So I am considering showing up for the next C.A.S.T. event; a vigil this afternoon near my old stomping grounds in the Harvard Square “pit.” I would do this both in protest to the SCROTUS Administration and in an effort to put on my big-girl panties and start getting over my own revulsion to (gag) Hillary-ites.
CAN SHE DO IT!?
(Der. Who m’I kidding. We share the same goals. And the enemy of my enemy is my friend. Right!?)