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#1BillionRising: This Is Supposed To Be A Post About Art


This is supposed to be a post about art. I have declared, in my mind, that Wednesday is art day around here. It helps me stay on track. Sometimes my plans fail. Actually most of the time my plans fail because life happens. Someone gets sick, our well stops pumping water, the dog gets out of the fence and decides to chase some deer into the next county. These are all things that have happened recently. These are the excuses I pull out of the air to justify why I haven’t been as productive lately. Luckily, this time I have a better excuse. We have been getting ready for  V day ( a global movement to end violence against women).

Mermaid collage by Lillian Connelly
Mermaids: #1BillionRising

I did finish a painting this week, but I cannot get a clear picture of it. I may or may not have dumped too much glitter into my soft gel medium in the attempt to create something resembling a jellyfish. Mostly it looks like a sparkle-fest which I guess is OK too. A bunch of sparkly mermaids dancing with hearts and flowers seems fitting for the event we will be attending tomorrow. I have created a symbol of women rising. Women filled with love, joy and hope. They may be a little blurry here, but the women they represent in real life are clear and sharp and brilliant.

art collage mermaids
#1Billion Rising: 12×12 mixed media collage on canvas.

Tomorrow we will be attending a 1 Billion Rising event. It’s an event to bring awareness to the worldwide violence that happens against women every single day. There will be dancing and marching and T-shirts. People will come together and create a revolution of change by standing together in solidarity. The cultural acceptance of violence against women must be changed and stopped. I am taking my daughter because this is her future. Right now one out of three women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. If you have a mother and a daughter and a sister, which one of you will it be? This is unacceptable and not something I want my daughter to endure or to face. I stand up for her and for my mother, my sister, and my friends. I will dance with hope. I will pray that my energy and determination contributes to this movement. That a new consciousness will be born. That women will be treated as all human beings should be treated. That human rights be recognized and embraced for ALL people.

mermaid painting #1BillionRising

This is what the website says:

On V-Day’s 15th Anniversary, 14 February 2013, we are inviting ONE BILLION women and those who love them to WALK OUT, DANCE, RISE UP, and DEMAND an end to this violence. ONE BILLION RISING will move the earth, activating women and men across every country. V-Day wants the world to see our collective strength, our numbers, our solidarity across borders.

This is what the rising is about, taken directly from :

A global strike

An invitation to dance

A call to men and women to refuse to participate in the status quo until rape and rape culture ends

An act of solidarity, demonstrating to women the commonality of their struggles and their power in numbers

A refusal to accept violence against women and girls as a given

A new time and a new way of being

Do you want to join an event? You can go here to type in your zip code and find the one nearest you. There is a map showing all of the events scheduled to take place. It is pretty impressive. Join A Rising!

I will be taking pictures tomorrow and posting them on my Facebook page and Twitter. I hope that you will be doing the same, or if you cannot attend an event support the people who are by being a witness to their efforts and by sharing their experiences with your friends and family. This is important if you believe in equality and in human rights. Make sure you are a part of it: Strike! Dance! Rise!

Follow the movement:

One Billion Rising On Facebook

One Billion Rising On Twitter


How To Contact Politicians Like A Boss


I’ve been talking about writing letters to politicians for ages. I mean years, people. I never seem to get around to it. I get busy with laundry, diapers, groceries, cooking and all that “taking care of the place we live” stuff that goes on around here. I mean, I have been wanting things to change, but I haven’t put much effort into changing anything. Not really. I complain and discuss with friends, family and strangers. I vote. I read the news magazines and listen to news podcasts. I am pretty informed, but I am also pretty lazy about being a citizen.

I started wondering about what was holding me back from engaging more. That’s when I realized that every time I thought about writing a letter or making a phone call I would put it off because I didn’t have time to go searching around for addresses and phone numbers. Finally, today, I decided to just do it. Get the numbers. Get the addresses. Get the Twitter handles. Get the email addresses. You know what? It was so easy it makes me feel ashamed I didn’t do it sooner. I just Googled “how to contact a politician” and it took me less than 30 seconds to get my hands on the information I needed.

I want to make this world a better place for my daughter.

So, I am going to share some links with you today. I know how busy all of you are out there. Maybe looking up contact information has been holding you back from getting your voice heard too. Want to tell the President to make Twinkie the national dessert? You can create a petition (someone else did). Want to ask your House and Senate Representatives to vote for something or to not vote for something? You can write them a letter or call their office. Why let everyone else make these decisions for you? Call your politician every day and be the squeaky wheel. Maybe your cause will finally get the oil it deserves!

Here goes.

How To Contact Politicians:

Contact the President or Vice President:

Contact a U.S. Senator:

Contact a U.S. Representative:

Contact Your State Governor:

Tweet your Representative (under construction as the put in the 2013 members):

Contact a Government Agency:

Sign a Petition or Create One!

I’ve also read that the letters that get the most attention are the hand written ones. So, get off your computers, get out your old fashion pens and stationary paper and write a beautiful letter that stands out. It’s got to be more productive than sharing Facebook memes. Put your time and energy into something that might actually make a difference.

Have you ever written or called a politician? What was it like? Did you feel empowered? Were you disappointed? Let me know what happened. Share your experience!


Election Day (At Last…….)

Election Day is finally here. As you are reading this I am probably standing in line waiting to vote. I know early voting has been going on for probably close to forever, but I waited until today to vote because that’s the way procrastinators do it best. I have to exercise my power to put things off to the last possible moment as often as possible. I mean, it is almost like a super power. Have you voted yet? Are you standing in line waiting to vote right now? If not, stop reading right now and go get in line to vote! Voting is important. I’m not making this up.

Still, I am so glad election day is here at last. I don’t know if I could take another “I love Romney so much I wish I could marry him” Facebook post from my cousin. I swear he posted a pro Romney something every thirty seconds for the last two months. I think he must have been sleep-walk-meme-searching in his sleep most nights. Then there are the million messages I have received from the President and the First Lady. Seriously, do not sign up for political emails unless you only want to see political emails. Twenty five a day may actually be an underestimation. If those emails were printed on paper we’d deforest our planet along with a few others in about thirty seconds flat.

Yesterday I received five phone calls reminding me to vote and two asking me to vote for Heather Wilson. I also got a stack of shiny political mail. The almost cardboard kind with goofy pictures and miserable statistics. I’m not sure why I got so much attention the day before election day. I guess there must be focus groups and researchers that have determined that people like me are undecided…still…with less than 24 hours to go before the big day. I can’t believe there are still people who are undecided because I have been decided for weeks and weeks and – I should have voted sooner – weeks ago. I am wondering if the tense in this piece is all off because I am trying to write in the future and in the past at the same time. I really wish I had paid more attention to grammar in English class.

Jennifer Delaney For District judge

We do have quite a bit of excitement surrounding the election this year. We have a good friend running for judge right here in New Mexico and our brother-in-law is running for State Assembly in California. It’s been a long, exciting election, but I am glad it is almost over. It’s been fun! I want them both to win and I want my presidential candidate to win and I want to eat popcorn and scream at the TV with my husband and congratulate people who have worked so hard to win. Win! Win! WIn! It’s pretty exciting and I feel all nervous just thinking about it. I hope I get to cheer and be happy and high-five people all night long. Either way, in just a few hours it will all be over and we will get back to our somewhat normal lives.

Besides, tomorrow we can start planning the next election…you know some people already are. Why not be one of them?