sovay: (Viktor & Mordecai)
We are in the shower. I am very angry. [livejournal.com profile] derspatchel thoughtfully passes me the soap.

"I can't believe there are still Jews supporting Trump. Israel is not a sufficient excuse. Do we have any Jewish Republicans in the Massachusetts Senate? There must be a local chapter of AIPAC or something. I should call them up. 'Hello! Did you vote for Trump? If so, congratulations! This trash fire is partly your fault! Are you doing everything in your power to oppose his ban on Muslims and refugees? If you aren't, if you had any relatives who died in the Holocaust, I hope they haunt you. Seriously, Great-Aunt Malke, I hope she sits on the end of your bed every night—'"

"A blessing on your head—mazel tov, mazel tov—"

"Yes! And she looks like some kind of giant white-faced accordion1 and she keeps singing from Fiddler on the Roof and you're shouting, 'Stop it, fuck off, it's not the same!' and she's just like 'Anatevka, Anatevka'!"

1. I saw a stage production once in San Francisco with really good puppets.
sovay: (Viktor & Mordecai)
In a moment I have long been waiting for, Governor Charlie Baker just said something negative about one of Trump's decisions:

Massachusetts is a global community. We all benefit from the shared experiences of our partners from around the world. Our education, health care, business and public sector institutions rely on these relationships to deliver on their missions every single day.

The federal government’s recent decision puts this at risk, and I believe focusing on countries' predominant religions will not make the country safer as terrorists have showed they intend to strike from across the world. The confusion for families is real. The unexpected disruption for law-abiding people is real. And the lack of guidance associated with such an abrupt and overwhelming decision is hugely problematic for all involved.

Thankfully, the federal courts will have an opportunity to straighten this out and it is my hope they do so, and do so quickly to clarify the status of those affected so that people who have done nothing but follow the rules can rest assured that they will be able to go on with their lives.

Bravo, Governor! Maybe that "Speak Up, Charlie!" sign I saw at Copley Square this afternoon had some sympathetic effect. I still want to replace you with an artichoke, but it's nice to know that between now and that day you may actually demonstrate a sense of ethics and act on it. Now how about that sanctuary state?

(I attended the protest with [livejournal.com profile] gaudior, [livejournal.com profile] nineweaving, and Fox, who continues to be the best activist baby; on arriving we ran into [livejournal.com profile] sigerson and [livejournal.com profile] stealthmuffin with their respective spouses and children and we bounced off [livejournal.com profile] farwing on our way out and otherwise I did not see any of the friends I knew were present, which is the way of public assemblies. We could not hear anything the various speakers were saying from the steps of Trinity Church, but the crowd seemed to think they were doing a good job of it. I counted six signs carried by descendants of Holocaust survivors and two carried in memory of relatives who did not survive. I lost count of the number of signs carried by people identifying as immigrants, but the signs carried in support of immigrants and refugees ran the gamut from the personal to the philosophical. I wish I had gotten close enough to the guy in the pride flag tallis to tell him how awesome it was. I was fortunately able to compliment the woman carrying a hand-painted canvas of "No Hate, No Fear, Refugees Are Welcome Here." At the moment my top sign of the afternoon is a run-off between "Well obviously I'm against the ban" and a shiny gold piece of mylar on a stick: it had googly eyes and was cut into a shape that managed to recall simultaneously Trump's hair and a poop emoji. I got a couple of pictures using Gaudior's camera and my two favorites are these.)

I am glad to read, too, of the Boston judges who got a seven-day restraining order put on Trump's executive order. "Restraining order" and "Trump" sound great in the same sentence.
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