October has quickly slipped away and November is upon us. Here, in America, one of my favorite holidays is Thanksgiving. I enjoy it because it’s one holiday when we count our blessings. Of course, as I think about it, it feels sacrilegious to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’ve come to think of Columbus Day as Indigenous People’s Day. And it’s hard to think of Thanksgiving without realizing I was taught that it celebrates people who survived in a new land only to take that land away from the people who were here first, Native Americans. I don’t have the power to correct anything in our past. But what I do have the power to do is to live in a way that supports good in the world today. I believe my faith calls me to do that.
The loss of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg made the last few weeks tough, not just for the women of the United States, but for all of us. Justice Ginsberg was an extremely thoughtful and intelligent presence on the Supreme Court who expanded the civil rights of women in the United States, promoted the equality of men and women, and conducted herself with grace and determination on the highest court in the land. Her legacy will live on in spite of a concerted effort to undermine her efforts. I appreciate what she has done for women and, as a woman not married to a man, I could not have independently owned a home and business if it were not for her work as a civil rights lawyer, judge, and Supreme Court justice.
Although my heart is heavy because of her passing, I have reason to hope. In just a few short weeks, we the people here in the United States have the opportunity to have our voices heard in the November 3 election. We can speak up in support of whichever party and leaders we decide is best for us individually and for our country. As a non-profit organization, we do not advocate for any particular party, so I will just say, please make the effort to vote if you’re eligible. Get out there and vote and be heard!
Tenho estado muito desanimado ultimamente, como muitos de vocês me disseram que estão. Com tudo o que está acontecendo no mundo e em meu país, os Estados Unidos, é fácil ficar desanimado.
Alguns de vocês me seguem na minha página pessoal do Facebook e noTwitter, onde posto alguns comentários políticos para familiares e amigos. Eu reconheço que algumas de minhas postagens podem ofender algumas pessoas fora desses círculos. Mas o que mais pretendo expressar em qualquer uma das postagens nas redes sociais é o meu desejo de que todos nós tratemos uns aos outros com bondade, compaixão e empatia… e clame absolutamente quando e onde for necessário.
For me, the last few months have been a hard grind. As a caregiver, I hear lots of folks asking when we’ll ever get back to normal, whatever normal is! And I’m not sure. But it would be overwhelming to focus only on what’s been challenging. So, instead, I thought I’d share just a few of the things that have brought me some amazing moments of joy since you last heard from me.
Lembra-se do início de 2020? Quem poderia imaginar onde estaríamos em julho? Com essa pandemia global, nossas vidas mudaram bastante. Embora os efeitos do COVID-19 tenham sido horríveis em todo o mundo, a taxa de infeção piorou em meu país (EUA). Sem uma liderança clara e decisiva, usando a ciência atual e garantindo que todos os cidadãos tenham acesso a equipamentos de proteção individual e testes precisos, há muito poucas chances que a taxa de infecção diminua em breve.
Estes últimos meses nos Estados Unidos onde eu moro foram extremamente estressantes para todos. A quarentena trouxe o melhor de algumas pessoas e o pior de muitas. Os incidentes de violência domésticas aumentaram significativamente, já que a maioria das pessoas foram convidadas a ficarem em casa. Não apenas milhões de pessoas perderam os empregos, mas o número de pessoas que morreram de COVID-19 em meu país ultrapassou de 100.500.
Due to the corona crisis, the near future is uncertain and we don’t know when things will get back to normal. Nevertheless, the European Kinship Meeting (EKM) is still planned for the end of August. We expect that by that time things will have gone back to normal.
It is understandable that you hesitate to register as long as it is uncertain when travel and meeting restrictions will be lifted. For that reason, we are giving you until the end of June to register at the early bird rate.
A tradução em português brasileiro estará disponível em breve!
A few days ago, the SDA Kinship leadership team met in Baltimore, Maryland, for our annual Spring Board Meeting where we spent a lot of time working on new initiatives to build a better tomorrow for our members and allies. You’ll get more details about these initiatives in the coming weeks.