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B'town one-community, no-hate picnic

A few weeks ago, my neighborhood had a bunch of KKK newspapers dropped in it. Very upsetting. So, a group of us in town organized a community picnic so everyone in town could reaffirm what sort of town we want the town to be.

Here's a video** from the event. You can see me attempting a bean-bag toss I designed. (I was going to make it an eclipsed sun but decided on a sunflower instead.)

(Here's a picture of just the bean bag toss, after i finished painting it. It has a black piece of tissue paper that hangs down behind it to make the hole look black, but wind has blown it up in this photo)

And here are two views of a mural whose painting I oversaw. That was the most fun: talking to all the kids, parents, and grandparents who participated in the painting.

Last but not least, a local paper's photo essay from the event. The town, like much of the rural New England, is very white, but even very-white New England is diverse if you have open eyes. My neighborhood includes people from Cambodia, Brazil, Romania, and Croatia, and the apartments nearby include families whose first languages are Chinese and Spanish. Religiously, the town is home to people of numerous Christian denominations as well as Jews, Muslims, Buddhists, agnostics, atheists, and areligious. In terms of sexual orientation and gender, my near neighbors are a lesbian couple with three teen and young-adult children, and there are several other same-sex couples in town, as well as transgender and genderfluid folks. It includes active-duty members of the armed services, civil-rights activists, people who've been in the region for generations and people who arrived in the past ten years, farmers, tradespeople, professional people, stay-at-home parents, artists, people coping with chronic illnesses and disabilities .... in other words, it's a diverse community, despite the dominantly pale faces it puts forward, and people enjoy it that way. So the KKK can go elsewhere in search of recruits or people to intimidate.

**If you have a Youtube account and feel inclined, you could give it a thumbs up--currently it's got as many negative votes as positive ones (which is to say, one each, heh).

This entry was originally posted at http://asakiyume.dreamwidth.org/860930.html. Comments are welcome at either location.


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Aug. 29th, 2017 12:07 pm (UTC)
Go, B-town! That is a most excellent mural!

I'm so sorry to hear about the KKK papers - what a nasty, nasty thing to find in a mailbox. Hope they take the hint and don't come back.

Aug. 29th, 2017 01:43 pm (UTC)
Definitely hoping so too!
Aug. 29th, 2017 03:31 pm (UTC)
That's amazing.
Aug. 29th, 2017 03:45 pm (UTC)
I was glad to be a part of it.
Aug. 29th, 2017 07:12 pm (UTC)
you're very cute :)
Aug. 29th, 2017 07:47 pm (UTC)
Heee, thanks.
Aug. 30th, 2017 09:52 am (UTC)
*hugs your entire town*
*hugs you twice*
Aug. 30th, 2017 09:54 am (UTC)
(((strong hugs)))
right back at you.
Aug. 31st, 2017 02:34 am (UTC)
A festival was a lovely idea! A visible coming together, and a bit of fun too. I feel like it's easy to lose that in activism sometimes, or hard to find it.
Aug. 31st, 2017 10:45 am (UTC)
Yeah; I know activism can't be all feel-good, but sometimes, like in this case, feeling good is the point: that we enjoy each other and each other's differences. A really really good way to be strong in that is to live it.
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