We All Have a Role to Play

Levon on his first trip to our state capital.  He spent the day with his father, working to save mother earth.
Levon on his first trip to our state capital.

Today I am an especially proud wife and mother.

Engaging in our democracy is a core value in our family.  Last night Paxton was recounting the trip he took to Albany with Dada to fight the dragons when he was four.  (Pax and Eric attended a rally to support labor in the wake of Scott Walker’s dismantling of collective bargaining in WI.)  He explained to his little brother, “so now it’s your turn.”  Pax then asked his father, “When is it Mama’s turn to go to Albany?”

He spent the day one-on-one with his father, fighting to save mother earth.
He spent the day one-on-one with his father, fighting to save mother earth.

My turn comes on Sunday.  I’m headed up to our state capital to participate in the New York Conference of Mayors‘ Winter Legislative Meeting.  Tonight I’ll attempt to explain to the boys that there are many ways to honor our democracy.  Whether voting at the ballot box, writing a check, holding a sign, attending a hearing, getting informed, or running for office—in order for our democracy to thrive, we all have a role to play.

Want to learn more about hydrofracking and how you can make a difference?  One organization that’s working hard on this issue is Riverkeeper, based right here in Ossining.  Also, the Working Families party has been out front on this.  And today’s event was organized by Frack Action.

Activists gathered on the "million dollar staircase."
Activists gathered on the “million dollar staircase.”
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