Digression/Call for Action: We just need a few Harrys–or at least four (4) in the U.S. Senate.

This year 2020, was the 100th anniversary of the passing of the U.S. 19th Constitutional Amendment giving American women the right to vote.  There needs to be a certain amount of states that ratify or basically vote to pass and process the amendement into law.  There was a crucial juncture where it looked like the 19th amendment — was not going to pass.  One of the delegates Harry Burns or Harry  T. Burn, was the youngest member of the delegation in Tennessee, at 24 years old.  Legend, history, and or the story goes he had a flower in his lapel, indicating his “no” vote until he found and read a note from his mother.  He went in and voted yes and American women got the right to vote.

After the death of RBG, I like many Americans was reeling.  There is the issue of nominating and confirming a new Justice before the election is decided.  Please note, I’m not focusing on Roe v. Wade here — it is important but it is a deal breaker for many.  My focus is to appeal to ten (10) senators, when we only need four (4), to delay the process of appointing/confirming a new Justice until after the U.S. Election in November.

And further appeal that they will do that right thing, and stand for justice — in that they will not support a nominee who will not uphold our Democracy — that they will chose someone not willing to increase Presidential term limits or change other pillars or main legal prcedent (actually Roe can be folded under here).  But my main point is — we need you to wait, we need you to confirm someone who will not fail the U.S. system no matter what your stance is on a woman’s right to choose/healthcare or health care in general i.e. Affordable Care Act/ACA aka Obamacare.

With my P.R. Lady hat on now, I do not believe this is the time for thunderbolts.  What I am posting here is basic contact information — along with talking points — to get in virtual door.  My strategy has been to thank these Senators for their service and via the talking point, invoke past bill, legislation, stands they have taken in the past.

This research was done very quickly, online and is not as comprehensive, as I would like but time is of the essence.  Due to the new U.S. postmaster’s crippling policies which are not even fully implemented and the Covid-19 Pandemic, I think either calling or emailing via the websites are the best ways to reach the staffers, most are working remotedly and in general they acknowledge on the websites, that the mail is delayed.

Any and all calls and emails could make a difference — virtual notes, just like Harry’s mother put in his pocket.  Cheat sheet below with links to websites, email forms and phone numbers–to note: one (1) Senator Tim Scott does have a toll free/in the US Phone Number out of his DC office.

Ten Senators 10/Ten senators to appeal to via the RBG slot.

 

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia

 

Website: https://www.loeffler.senate.gov/

Email form: https://www.loeffler.senate.gov/connect/email-kelly

DC Office

Phone: (202) 224-3643

Main Talking Points: Owns the Atlanta Dream/WBA Women’s Basketball Assoc. Gen X/Post Baby Boom. She never had title 9 sports/when growing up/limited opportunities to play school sports/chauvinism—and now she is proud owner of a professional women’s sports team.

Sen. Martha McSally R-Arizona

 

Official Website

https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/

Email form: https://www.mcsally.senate.gov/contact/email-martha

DC Office

202-224-2235

Main talking point: Veteran/former fighter pilot/faced sexism: Via Wikipedia: Sally was represented by the Rutherford Institute in McSally v. Rumsfeld, a successful 2001 lawsuit against the Department of Defense, challenging the military policy that required U.S. and U.K. servicewomen stationed in Saudi Arabia to wear the body-covering abaya when traveling off base in the country.[14][15] At the time of the lawsuit McSally, as a major (O-4), was the highest ranking female fighter pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Her suit alleged “the regulations required her to send the message that she believes women are subservient to men.”[16]In a “60 Minutes” interview broadcast on CBS on January 20, 2002, she described the discrimination she experienced under the policy:

“I have to sit in the back and at all times I must be escorted by a male … [who], when questioned, is supposed to claim me as his wife,” she said. “I can fly a single-seat aircraft in enemy territory, but [in Saudi Arabia] I can’t drive a vehicle.[16]

 

Sen Joni Ernst R-Iowa

 

Official Website

https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/

Email form

https://www.ernst.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/?p=contact

DC Office

Phone: (202) 224-3254

Main Talking Point: Also a former Veteran/National Guard. Tough to find much/ but she has voiced/stood/been alarmed about sexual assault in the military and rape culture. Cites via Wikipedia: On January 12, 2017, Ernst questioned Secretary of Defense nominee James Mattis on whether he would pledge to prioritize cutting wasteful spending, stopping sexual assault and retaliation in the military, and enhancing national security missions by leveraging the different abilities of “our guard and reserve forces”; Mattis committed to each. AND On March 14, after photographs of nude female soldiers were posted on Facebook, Ernst said that this “type of activity creates a culture that leads to sexual assault.”[77] During a March 28 press conference, she asked Congress to pass a law requiring people to immediately report suspected sexual assault at government facilities.”

 

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito R-West Virginia

https://www.capito.senate.gov/

Email form:

https://www.capito.senate.gov/contact/share-your-opinion

DC Office

202-224-6472

Main talking point: Sponsored/drafted: GAP/Gender Advance Pay/gap, legislation to help address gender/pay equity.

 

Sen. Deb Fischer R-Nebraska

Official Website

https://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/

Email form

https://www.fischer.senate.gov/public/?p=email-deb

DC office

(202) 224-6551.

Main Talking point: Tough to find much. Via Wikipedia: In June 2020, following the Supreme Court decision in Bostock v. Clayton County that “extended Civil Rights Act protections to gay, lesbian and transgender workers”, Fischer commented, “It’s important that we recognize that all Americans have equal rights under our Constitution. I’m fine with it.”[29]

 

Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska

 

https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/

Email form

https://www.murkowski.senate.gov/contact/email

DC Office

Phone: (202)-224-6665

Talking points: Supportive of abortion/access/rights. Public statement re: waiting until after the election re: RBG slot. Cross aisle efforts: Wrote/sponsored legislation on how the military handles investigates into sexual assault/part of National Defense Authorization Act and Violence v. Women Act. Joined with McCain and MCollins–voted no on the Skinny Vote/Appeal of the ACA/Obamacare.

 

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine

Official website

https://www.collins.senate.gov/

Email contact form:

https://www.collins.senate.gov/contact

DC office

Main: (202)224-2523

Talking Points: Worked/co-author Bold Infra Structure Bill/Alzheimer’s Act and Bill re: Opioid Crisis Response Act. Also Fallen Journalists Memorial Act/on the record about Freedom of the Press/1st amendment. Co Sponsor Amendment: John S McCain Human Rights Commission. Joined with McCain and Murkowski voted no on the Skinny Vote/Appeal of the ACA/Obamacare.

Sen. Angus King, I-Maine

Official Website

https://www.king.senate.gov/

Email form

https://www.king.senate.gov/contact

DC Office

Phone: (202) 224-5344

Talking points: Former Governor of Maine. Fought to save part of food assistance/nutrition program SNAP and Supports ACA and Abortion rights.

Sen. Mitt Romney, R-UT

Official website

https://www.romney.senate.gov/

Email contact form

https://www.romney.senate.gov/contact

DC Office
Phone: (202) 224-5251
Talking Points: Former Mass. Governor. Did pass Mass. Comprehensive Health Reform Law/basis for the ACA. Father was part of the anti-war movement/anti-Vietnam. Faith based doctrine/large family/children are the future. Wife Ann has MS/Chronic Auto Immune disease with no cure.

 

Tim Scott R-South Carolina

Official website

https://www.scott.senate.gov/

Email form

https://www.scott.senate.gov/contact/email-me

DC Office

Phone: (202) 224-6121
Toll Free: (855) 425-6324

Talking points: Black. Asked for hearings on police/body cameras. Opposed nomination of Ryan Bounds to the USDC, called out nominee for bigoted statements/got it sidelined and also opposed nomination of Thomas A. Farr to be a federal judge, again vocal/concerns about Voter Suppression/past affiliation with Jesse Helms. Worked on Committee/rebutted skeptics saying as a Black man, he has experienced systemic racism, traffic stops, et al.

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In memory of Ruth Bader Ginsberg–When Great Trees Fall, poem by Maya Angelou.

Heartbroken tonight to hear the news.  U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg fought to stay, she did not go quietly as Dylan Thomas once wrote, she kept trying to rally against the cancer, still carrying her work load. Posting this poem by Maya Angelou in memory of RBG.

When Great Trees Fall

By Maya Angelou

When great trees fall,
rocks on distant hills shudder,
lions hunker down
in tall grasses,
and even elephants
lumber after safety.

When great trees fall
in forests,
small things recoil into silence,
their senses
eroded beyond fear.

When great souls die,
the air around us becomes
light, rare, sterile.
We breathe, briefly.
Our eyes, briefly,
see with
a hurtful clarity.
Our memory, suddenly sharpened,
examines,
gnaws on kind words
unsaid,
promised walks
never taken.

Great souls die and
our reality, bound to
them, takes leave of us.
Our souls,
dependent upon their
nurture,
now shrink, wizened.
Our minds, formed
and informed by their
radiance,
fall away.
We are not so much maddened
as reduced to the unutterable ignorance
of dark, cold
caves.

And when great souls die,
after a period peace blooms,
slowly and always
irregularly. Spaces fill
with a kind of
soothing electric vibration.
Our senses, restored, never
to be the same, whisper to us.
They existed. They existed.
We can be. Be and be
better. For they existed.

Sarah Ellison’s Essay on Mansfield Park — Avidly dot org/LA Review of Books.

This is an interesting essay on Mansfield Park by Austen and how it’s relevant during current times, written by Sarah Ellison — Avidly dot org/Los Angeles Review of books via Lithub. Link is below.

Interesting essay by Sarah Ellison — Austen’s relevancy on issues today.

The ironical project.

Inspired from the episode of Will & Grace, television show, where Grace and Will via artificial insemination were trying to get pregnant.  Will was going out to a club, and gave Grace a dictionary as a present, he said because he didn’t want their child to grow up thinking “ironical” was a word.  Grace had used it earlier.  But I was thinking it was a word — hence the ironical project — where I am noting down the word: “ironical” used by different authors in their books.

First saw “ironical” used in Catcher on the Rye by Salinger, here are the cites:

p. 13 [Holden] “It’s really ironical, because I’m six foot two and a half and I have gray hair.  I really do.”

p. 37 [Holden] “It was very ironical.  It really was.”   

Other citations —

From short story, “This Morning, This Evening, So Soon,” by James Baldwin via the Short Story Collection, Going to Meet the Man:

p.144 “But tonight his brief bulk is contained in a dark-blue suit and he has an ironical pearl stickpin in his blue tie.” 

If you have any other/quotes with the word ironical from a favorite book or author — please let me know!

Supporting Indie/Independant Bookstores.

Last Saturday, August 29, 2020, was indie/independent bookstore day in the U.S. These days I think every day should be indie bookstore day. This morning I could not sleep so I was up making a list of local area favorites, which are doing online orders, shipping books, open for curbside pick ups and limiting browsing for masks.

First though, a word about — Bookshop dot org – Platform for indie booksellers so they don’t have to go on Amazon.  Some indie stores have direct links to bookshop—bookshop hosts their online store fronts, etc.  Also if  you purchase from bookshop directly they will make a donation to an indie shop in their network/as part of the sale. 

General list of small independent bookstores in Massachusetts

via this link–

Alphabetical by town name, not every store but pretty comprehensive:

https://www.newpages.com/independent-bookstores/massachusetts-bookstores

Brattle Bookstore West Street Boston: Used/Rare Books

Website/URL: https://www.brattlebookshop.com/

September  2020, open limited/per their website.

Online ordering for books: Does not seem like it.

Commonwealth Books/Spring Lane off Washington Street/Boston.

Website/URB https//www.commonwealthbooks.com

September 2020 could not get website to load.

Online ordering for books: Unsure.  

BARBARA’S BOOKSTORE—South Station Boston
Train terminal. (857) 263-8737
M-F: 7am – 9pm/Sat: 9am – 7pm/Sun: 11am – 7pm

Note 1: Not sure of hours due to Pandemic.

Note 2:  Affiliate of Barbara’s Indie Books chain-let, based in Chicago.

Web/URL is the main stores in Chicago:

Online sales books, et al. via the main store/Chicago: Yes

Trident Bookstore and Café Newbury St. Boston. 

Website/URL

https://www.tridentbookscafe.com/

Retail store/café back open/limited hours.  Can make reservation online. 

Online ordering for books and gifts: Yes!

Posman Books, 127-129 Newbury St.

Note: Note sure they opened in Boston due to Pandemic—was supposed to have café/ice cream shop adjacent—No phone listed.   Small indie chain-let Atlanta, GA and NYC.

Website/URL:

https://www.posmanbooks.com/

Online Ordering/books: Does not seem like it.

More than Words (Employs Youth 16-24/nonprofit supporting Youth involved with Foster Care & Court Systems)

242 East Berkeley St., South End, Boston—also has location in Waltham.

Retail store closed due to Pandemic.

Website/URL:

Online ordering for Books/vintage clothes/gifts: Yes!

Frugal Books, 57 Warren St. Roxbury (Black-owned/family run)

Website URL   https://frugalbookstore.net/

Online ordering/books: Yes!

Note: Since Pandemic/overwhelmed with skyrocketing orders/have request for patience/re: delays with orders.

Calamus Books (Gay bookstore), 92 South St. Boston

Storefront closed but per Facebook they are still selling via Amazon and ebay.

I AM Books/Bookstore & Center, North End, Boston.

North St. storefront closing Sept. 2020 &

Going online only for now

Online ordering for books and gifts: Yes!

PaperCuts Jamaica Plain (Woman-owned)

Website/URL

https://www.papercutsjp.com/

September 2020 Open/limited hours/orders and curbside pick up.

Online Sales—Not direct but via bookshop dot org

Brookline Booksmith, Harvard St., Coolidge Corner Brookline

Website/URL:

https://www.brooklinebooksmith.com/

Phone orders/curbside pickup: Yes see FAQ on website.

Online ordering: Books, gifts, etc: Yes!

The Children’s Bookshop, Brookline Village

Phone Orders and Curbside pickup: Yes

Online Sales: No

Note: Also have a Go Fund me to help with mortgage/payroll, etc.

URL/Website

Cambridge—Harvard Square

The Harvard Bookstore, Mass. Ave.

Note: Also have large volume of online orders/expect delays.

URL/website:  https://www.harvard.com/

Phone orders/curbside pickup: Yes

Online orders for books/gifts: Yes.

Raven Used Books—Church St.

Note: Currently open/face masks required

Website/URL:  http://www.ravencambridge.com/

Phone orders/curbside pick up: Unsure.

Online orders for books: Does not seem like it.

Cambridge—Central Square
Rodney’s Bookstore — used/rare books —  Mass. Ave.

Website/URL:  https://www.rodneysbookstore.com/

Online ordering for books: Yes via Abe books/other Amazon platforms.

Cambridge—Porter Square

Porter Square Books, White St./Porter Square Shopping Ctr./Plaza

Website/URL: https://www.portersquarebooks.com/

Note: Store open/masks required.

Phone orders/curbside pickup: Yes

Online ordering for books: Yes!

Cambridge/Other

Bryn Mawr Bookstore/used books

Per the website re-opening to public with masks, et al. 9/10/20

Online books order: Yes via site/Abe books div. of Amazon

Somerville, MA

All She Wrote Books (Woman owned)

451 Artisan Way/Assembly Row

Note: “A feminist bookstore elevating female, queer, and non-binary authored books to readers.” 

Website/URL

www.allshewrotebooks.com

Via the Website—Appointments can be booked to browse retail store.

Curbside pickup: Yes

Online Book orders: Yes!

The Lost Bookshelf

191 Highland Ave/At the Armory—retail location closed.

Website/URL

http://www.thelostbookshelf.com/

Online Orders: Yes – also will do mail orders if you want to pay by check.

Waltham, MA

More than Words Waltham 56 Felton St./see Boston listing.

North Shore

Copper Dog Books, Beverly, MA (Women-owned)

URL/Web:

https://bookshop.org/shop/Copperdogbooks

Online books orders: Yes via bookshop dot org

The Bookstore of Gloucester (Woman-owned)

61 Main St., Gloucester

Website/URL

http://thebookstoreofgloucester.com

Note: Open for browsing/limited with masks et al.

Phone orders: Yes – Curbside pickup & also will deliver or mail out books.

Wicked Good Bookstore (Woman-owned)

215 Essex St., Salem

Website/URL

https://www.wickedgoodbookstore.com/

Note: Reopened to public in June/also has good fund me campaign.

Online book orders: Yes via bookshop dot org

South Shore—

Storybook Cove
2053 Washington St., Hanover, MA 02339
Website/URL
http://www.storybookcove.com

Phone orders: Yes

Online orders: Yes

The Paperback Junction (Woman owned)
669 Washington St., South Easton

Website/URL/Note could not get  site to load–
http://www.thepaperbackjunction.com

Bookstore’s Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Paperback-Junction-182158088654417/

Note: Per Facebook Page update–Phone Orders/curbside pickup: Yes

Online book orders: Does not seem like it.

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