The Philadelphia Orchestra with the Albany Pro Musica chorus and four international soloists kept my heart on fire and my eyes well watered at SPAC last night with Mozart’s Requiem. Wow. And thank you.
Just received a letter worth passing on, given that the US has made many of the world’s refugee problems worse: by our history of throttling democracy and supporting dictators in Central America who have ruined the lives of their people; by our share in global warming that has destroyed the ability of many areas to support themselves; and by our resort to arms especially, recently, in the Middle East.
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Please join me in doing everything/anything you can to fight against this latest effort to destroy our fundamental American values. Yes, we have US Senators and Congressmen who will fight hard to ensure this does not happen, but I’m sure they would be grateful for a call of support from their constituents.
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Co-Chair, Capital Region Refugee Roundtable
|BREAKING: Trump Administration Considers Slashing Refugee Admissions to Zero
News just broke on Politico that the Administration is considering shutting down the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program.
According to the report, for the first time since the program was established in 1980, we would close our doors to refugees. Officials are proposing to allow ZERO refugees into the United States of America. This would amount to a functional shut down of this vital program for refugees and eliminate our historic role as a humanitarian leader in the world.
This is a defining moment in our country’s history. How can we turn our back on the world’s most vulnerable people—refugees who cannot go home? How can we toss aside the fundamental values that built this country from the ground up? Right now there are thousands of refugees in the U.S. waiting for their family members to join them. Will we keep these families separated forever?
Right now, TODAY, is the time to stand with USCRI and mount a robust opposition to this proposal. We are asking you to amplify our message to the Administration to change course and continue this time-tested humanitarian program.
How can you help?
It is critical that we join together and make our voices heard.
P.S. USCRI’s official statement may be seen here.
He will be missed by many and I certainly am one of the many who will miss him. I knew Shamshad as a lovely, sweet, gentle and yet very strong and effective man. I don’t remember exactly when we met but many years ago he invited me to speak at the Mosque and he often came to the Law School whenever there was a program that touched the interests or needs of the Islamic community. It was always a pleasure to see him. We have lost a fine man. Like so many others, I will treasure his memory.
While the Administration in Washington cuts staff at EPA, it’s a good time to reassess efforts to save the climate that makes our life possible.
When we moved to Albany forty years ago people told us winters were hard here. Snow was heavy and stayed. Our yard had two feet of snow piled on it continuously for most of the winter. That hasn’t happened now for decades. Instead we get much more violent storms. I’ve had to console my secretary and others in the office when their towns were largely swept away. That wasn’t the pattern when we first came either. Global warming is right under our noses and our feet. And it’s already changing our lives.
It no longer makes sense to wait and see. People who’ve been studying this for decades are clearly right. The climate is changing, causing damage and will only get worse. Equally clear, we’re a major cause. Whatever else may contribute to the problem, we know the carbon humans produce, and the impact of carbon, methane and other greenhouse gasses, enough to identify the quantity of carbon in the atmosphere and the warming effects on the ground. All the measurement and data are just about confirmation and refinement so that we can model the speed.
Speed – it’s happening fast. The earth reinforces the trend. As the atmosphere warms, we lose glaciers that reflect heat back and we lose forests that absorb heat.
So what does it mean to deny the obvious? For powerful people who should know better, it means they’re lying and pursuing personal gain at everyone else’s expense. Conservatives, and their religious supporters, used to judge candidates by how they treat their families. That never made much sense to me – treating one’s family well can mean treating everyone else selfishly. Our children and grandchildren will be seriously affected by climate change. Maybe the rich and powerful figure they can provide a golf course for all their children and grandchildren. But as the world boils, they too will reap the whirlwind. It’s hard to believe their selfishness toward their own families.
I know I’ve described before my conversation with a very successful engineer whose home is only eight feet above sea level. But I want to drive home how interconnected we are in dealing with climate change. Everybody for himself doesn’t work. This engineer wouldn’t move to higher ground because the city wouldn’t function if the water rose that eight feet. The infrastructure would flood. The roads would be under water. They’d have to move again. Coming upstate where land and homes are hundreds of feet above sea level wouldn’t help. I’d seen the pain Irene and Sandy caused on high upstate ground so I knew that wouldn’t solve the problems of global warming, or from the violent the storms fed by a warming climate. But an eight foot sea rise would make coastal cities unusable, and the refugees from those floods would overwhelm the rest of us, overwhelm us the way Sutter’s Mill in California was overwhelmed after the discovery of gold was announced – Sutter never had a chance to protect his property.
In other words, we’re all in this together, and the best way to care for our own is to care for each other before it’s too late, to slow and stop the warming of the climate. We each have a role – voting for people who won’t just talk about but actually help us deal with the problem; and do our part in smaller ways, in our purchases and daily practices.
 https://blog.ucsusa.org/andrew-rosenberg/the-epa-cant-stop-polluters-when-the-trump-administration-cuts-enforcement-staff (Union of Concerned Scientists, September 13, 2018).
Stumbled on a case study of conspiracy theorists who claimed Ginsburg had died, Jon Levitan and Andrew Hamm, Case study on the Ginsburg conspiracy theories in action, SCOTUSblog (Mar. 15, 2019, 11:37 AM). Have a good laugh and then a good cry. The story is funny so long as you forget how sad and dangerous these fabricators are. Need I add that the study of these conspiracy theories was conducted by SCOTUSblog, a well respected source for news on the Court.
Walter Dellinger, former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, in a piece that deserves a lot more circulation, provides the strongest and clearest statement of the Mueller Report, saying:
“The report lays out in detail specific acts of obstruction by the president, as well as the extensive evidence that backs up those claims. More than 900 former federal prosecutors (including Republicans and Democrats) have publicly declared that, if anyone else had committed those same acts, they would be under indictment.” He argues that “we should have been shouting from the rooftops: ‘The president is failing to defend democracy from attack’; ‘The president’s campaign welcomed and encouraged Russia’s efforts to change our election results’; ‘The president obstructed justice’; and ‘The president daily undermined the rule of law.’”
It’s well worth reading and passing on:
Another dangerous step in the rise of the wrong wing led by Trashmouth in the White House described at http://www.iconnectblog.com/2019/04/bolsonaros-unconstitutional-support-for-the-brazilian-civil-military-dictatorship-of-1964-1985/.