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Protest, and a treat

It’s a weekend to protest. My daughter, of course, was at a big rally yesterday in support of the Wet’suwet’en that closed down a major street. She posted today that arresting journalists, as the RCMP did at the protest in B.C., is the work of fascists. I would like to talk to her about what real fascists are and do. The Canadian government and its police forces have made many mistakes and will make more; they’ve done bad things, no question. But fascists they are not.

I won’t say that to her, however. No point.

I went to my own protest, much milder. The transit people want to take a portion of the Don Valley Trail and use it as a parking lot for trains. I’m not kidding. As if we have green space to throw away, here in the Big Smoke. I thought there’d only be a few people at a sad little event, but there was a goodly crowd on this lovely afternoon and lots of signs and a chant: NO TRAINS IN PARKS. I chanted and signed the petition and went home. 

A few bicycle police were keeping an eye on this violent crowd, but no one was arrested. No fascists here. There’s another protest later today – a march in remembrance of people in Toronto killed by cars. I’d like to be at that one, but it’s across town, and one protest a day is enough. At least for me, though perhaps not for another member of my family.

Last night’s entertainment: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I fell into it and couldn’t turn it off, though it went on and on. Dave Chapelle made a powerful tribute to billionaire musician and entrepreneur Jay-Z: “Being black in America isn’t as easy as it looks,” he deadpanned to a huge laugh, and spoke about what it means to black Americans to see a man from a Brooklyn housing project achieve what Jay-Z has achieved. I used to hate my kids’ rap and hiphop, until I saw that it’s made by marginalized young men creating rhyme on the fly. I still don’t like it, but I appreciate its value. Great segments on Carole King and Tina Turner, whom I appreciate much more. You’ve got a friend. What’s love got to do with it? And then there was Macca, introducing the Foo Fighters. Dave Grohl was sitting with his little daughter in his lap; he seems like a nice guy. But when he plays, his face is covered with sweaty hair. 
It was a huge spectacle. How I wish we had even remotely comparable noise, star power, and entertainment value in literature. 
Here, with beauty and joy, are four men in a staircase making another kind of music. Don’t miss it; it’s stunning.
Pictures: 

Going through old photos; I’m 19. The hair! I thought I was ugly. 

My family last week – Anna and Sam, my brother Mike and Nancy, Eli and Ben. 

And then this short story, from a town with fresh snow. I love it.

And this cuts VERY close to the bone.

For me, another slice is needed: blogging.

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2 Responses to “Protest, and a treat”

  1. Theresa says:

    Isn't it sort of sad how we felt about ourselves as young women? How we couldn't see our own beauty? You look so lovely in that photograph.

  2. beth says:

    I think it's immensely sad! If only we'd known how beautiful we were, with our unlined faces and lustrous hair, our sweet lack of knowledge about how the world works … ah well. I wouldn't go back there for anything.

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