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***** Comments pls??? By foregoing personal housing, all entertainment, vacations... and all other personal intoxications we waste our lives and resources on in this sick, morbidly self centered society... I can provide minuscule funding, every month, to all of these pro Palestine freedom causes. If you have any additional suggestions please let me know
***** Comments pls??? By foregoing personal housing, all entertainment, vacations... and all other personal intoxications we waste our lives and resources on in this sick, morbidly self centered society... I can provide minuscule funding, every month, to all of these pro Palestine freedom causes. If you have any additional suggestions please let me know.
elf replacement beyond insurance
International Solidarity movement
Southern Poverty Law Center
Christian peace maker teams
Jewish Voice for Peace
Palestine children's relief fund PCRF
Breaking the silence
Students for Palestine
Doctors Without Borders
United Palestinian appeal
use of restroom facilities
food ( reimburse homeless food places that I use)
***** Israeli Gestapo and exterminated 127 Palestinians in less than 3 months. With impunity. They have trained 9000 United States police officers, so far, to do the same to the people of color in their cities. Merry Christmas.
***** magnificent words from Christian evangelicals: Refugees possess the image of God and, as such, are infinitely valuable to God and to us......
***** video. Canadian children welcoming Muslim children and refugees to Canada. The song and the story. Beautiful
Video. Israeli Gestapo stomp Palestinian youth, Israeli citizens of illegal settlers, stomp the youth.
Zioni Mob Boss Sheldon Adelson faces new scrutiny as documents challenge his testimony Casino magnate’s trial remarks raised more questions than they answered about Las Vegas Sands’ connection with an alleged organised crime leader in China
Americans don't want the truth. This is Colbert’s real problem: Conservatives aren’t the issue, it’s mainstream America
Video. 1917 Jewish forces with British assistance invade and take over Palestinian Tiberius killing or driving out the Christian and Muslim inhabitants.
‘NYT’ and ‘Washington Post’ run professor’s articles defending settlements without stating he is a settler
***** JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE, JVP. I would rather have money to support this group and several others, than a roof over my head, quite literally. So I am refusing the opulent subsidized housing that has become available to me.......
***** JEWISH VOICE FOR PEACE, JVP. I would rather have money to support this group and several others, than a roof over my head, quite literally. So I am refusing the opulent subsidized housing that has become available to me, I'll live in this homeless shelter until it closes and then on the streets, for the joy of having all of my meager, just above poverty level retirement funds, supporting this JVP organization and several others. Please consider supporting this organization, JVP. Some of you know that I see very few organizations or individuals worthy of the sacred name, activist. These folks continue to impress me. Thank you. James. https://actionsprout.io/BA3A31
don't tell. I'm supposed to be resting, but this is the last day before everyone leaves Washington DC on their holidays. So here I am at Farragut square on lobbyist K Street.
This last Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a draft resolution entitled “The right of the Palestinian people to self-determination”, and the result of the voting was 177 countries in favor of the Resolution.
Maybe there's just no room for human rights in Israel Those trying to delegitimize rights groups because their funds come from overseas are sending a very clear message: human and civil rights are not values that exist naturally in Israel.
A Gallup poll in February 2015 found that the percentage of Democrats sympathizing with Israel more than Palestinians had fallen 10 points, to 48%, over the previous year.......
Lillian Rosengarten’s wrenching memoir, Survival and Conscience: From the Shadows of Nazi Germany to the Jewish Boat to Gaza.
***** "Algerian women will stand with Palestinian women till removing the occupation on our beloved Palestine," she wrote. "Your magnificent glory shines far above the skies," she......
This is Normandy Beach for the Dark Side... moral and spiritual Global Armageddon:
***** must read. If we are going to survive as a human race, we’re going to do it through civil society actively working for human rights, not promoting closed policies that mimic Nazi Germany or Communist Russia.........
Idle No More tiny house builds awareness of big problem. Small home to be shipped to Big River First Nation
Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon declares war on ex-soldiers’ protest group Mr Yaalon said the army had previously attempted to investigate incidents recounted in the group's testimony 'but they turned out to be groundless'
It appears that I will not be regaining the sight in my left eye, after all. Although I began .......
It appears that I will not be regaining the sight in my left eye, after all. Although I began work, and put in hours, beginning in June when it became apparent that my current insurance policy would have to be replaced by a managed care policy, the city bureaucracy totally screwed up and I am informed more recently of two things: one, the hospital is bumping me from my December surgery date, presumably because I'm poor and they figure they won't get any repercussions by doing so, and 2. The city screwed up and is dropping my insurance the end of this month, without the transitionn I've been working on to Medicare for which I am fully eligible. My major concern is driving, which I must do for Palestine, but this vehicle, although wonderful, has inherent blind spots that make it difficult to see pedestrians at intersections, and with my left eye pretty useless, that compounds the problem.
My biggest concern is those that don't have the skills to advocate for themselves. The city is filled with well-meaning social workers, but beyond helping one make phone calls, due to the person not having a phone, or having no idea who to call, there is a profound lack of ability to get any results, and even worse, to recognize that lack of ability to get results, is quite staggering. There is a profound sense in this social work community that trying to help is enough. It is a horrible thing for all concerned.
Not that it matters, but I think that this profound failing of the Social Work community is at least largely a systemic problem. Underpaid. Under supported. Poorly led. Inadequately incentivized. Infinitely too few tools provided by we uninterested, unconcerned taxpayers. Radical Republican insurgency working to further destroy what safety net exists. And a social work profession that has a horrible temptation endemic. How does one hold oneself to a high level of performance outcomes when your supervisor is not going to do so, and when your clients with few if any exceptions are in a position to even know what competent performance is, let alone to demand it? And if they did demanded, who would listen? Consequently, with few if any exceptions the social worker is exactly going to hold themselves to the profoundly low standard of being pleasant, being courteous, making phone calls, and then accepting, oh well, at least we tried....... Christian nation? My ass.
***** Why do so many Israelis hate Breaking the Silence? The organization of former Israeli soldiers is coming under attack from every direction these days — from the Israel’s president to the defense minister to the police. So what’s the deal?
The Palestinian village that refuses to give up on popular struggle Even after 11 years of struggle, the residents of Bil’in refuse to forget about the land that was taken from them
NYT, NetanYahu's Toilet, is where I am posted from early morning until mid evening with the free Palestine vehicle.
NYT, NetanYahu's Toilet, is where I am posted from early morning until mid evening with the free Palestine vehicle.
Video, Israeli invaders desecrate Palestinian mosque, under the protection of the Israeli storm troops
***** Netanyahu Calls Palestinian Self-Defense “Terrorism”. Palestinians are Categorized as “Islamic Terrorists”
Lol, as I said, it doesn't make any sense to me why I would have a roof over my head when billions do not. I can remember........
The female Fisher of Gaza. "No matter how much I have endured, and how much I will, I'm always ready for more."
Palestinian leader Ahmad Sa’adat from prison: We are struggling for democracy, liberation and justice for all
***** Regarding my plan for Solidarity, to refuse an apartment for me. Comments and dialogue thus far.
!!!! ARGH! !!!! The post said global media! What I intended......
1. !!!! ARGH! !!!! The post said global media! What I intended to say was global neediest!!!!!!!! "I have no hope in anything anymore, except in absolute lived solidarity with the global neediest and my joy is in doing so and in supporting the one in a million that seems to have found, or is showing the propensity to find, a similar path." I voice type and the post of this morning must have been between unintelligible and ridiculous with this error. If you read it with the error please consider reconsidering the post. http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/2015/12/i-need-your-help-i-about-this-week-to.html
2. Please do not have the idea that I am looking for an out, looking to escape, my plan A which is to turn down this opulent housing so that every penny can go to the few heroically fighting for Palestine, and so that I can have the joy of lived solidarity with them as much as possible which, to my understanding, is exactly and entirely the gospel as lived and taught by my primary hero, Jesus. I look up on my plan A with great joy and open arms. However, if there is a plan B that dramatically better serves humanity then I must consider that and for that I asked your input. http://jesusgodgoodetcnjay.blogspot.com/2015/12/i-need-your-help-i-about-this-week-to.html
3. Thank you to those who have responded to this morning's email already. I am very much hoping to hear from others of you. I believe that the following are most all of the exchanges that have been sparked so far:
SS: I read your post. Just mentioning that you can free up a space in the shelter for someone else to use, can be more effective, but particularly you will be able to share the space with anyone who needs it. Perhaps you will be able to offer it to a Palestinian activist, a worker with refugees, an actual refugee or family.... just because you would like it is actually not a good reason to turn it down.
JM: Huh? Turn it down because I would like it? That is the kind of fetish that I abhor. I believe that every human being on earth has the right to a roof over their head, because that is right. But that does not mean it is my job to provide that. Some people may be called to do so, I am NOT. As I thought I was clear in my post and in other posts my role is to inspire, instruct, inform, exemplify the true activist, total, complete, lived solidarity, the only revolution, the only hope that there has ever been. I may be failing miserably. I may continue to fail miserably but it is my role to try and do so. It is the only attempt that makes sense to me it is the only attempt that makes sense to me for any of us. It is so obvious to me that it is what we should all strive to do. And it is the choice that I prefer over any and every option I can think of. It is a betrayal of that role if I let anything distract me from it, & I shall not. And I do not think it's my role alone. I think it's the role that the likes of all of the people that I idolize called us to, yet we all insist on the trillion excuses why we should not follow their call. I may fail at everything but I will not fail to try and follow the call. It's amazing to me that no one seems to understand this from my communications and my work.
SS: I only mentioned that because you are so determined to do everything for others. So accepting a good and affordable place, even if it only means that you are more effective in your work, I think is a good plan. You know, you could do it as an experiment. If you don't find yourself more effective, you can give it up after the lease (or whatever) is up.
JM: Yes, I thought of that, taking it as an experiment. But I really have much data on which to make this decision, years here in DC, a lifetime, and the last 10 years or so to an extreme degree, studying the world and the landscape and how things are. And with the outreach that this post today represents I think that by weeks end if there is any new data for me to consider I will have it by then. <3
SS: Some of us undoubtedly responded to this: If, however, I needed the apartment to support profound humanity, a true activist(s), for example, or, Syrian refugees... It's up to you to follow whatever call there may be. But I do encourage you to say yes. I also suggest that your call out asking the question is a suggestion that you feel the possibility as well. Now you have replied, so I'll see what you wrote.
JM: Lol. I am very pleased to have the opportunity of plan a. But the outreach regarding this post was if there is a better plan B then I certainly want to know that. But plan a is not something I am looking to avoid. I face it with eager and open arms.
SS: Ah! I see. I don't have a better plan B. And I'm really happy this is coming your way. I'll watch for what happens.
SS: Maybe the edge of being homeless is what drives your creativity. I don't know.
JM: Not the edge of being homeless, but the edge of living in full solidarity with the neediest. The yearning for this is always been part of me. Part of me always hated the expensive house, that a woman that came and cleaned the house for us once a week, the country clubs, adults calling me mister and me supposed to call them by their first name because they were serving us. I always hated that while of course getting great pleasure at the same time from the privilege. When your brothers and sisters don't have homes, who wants to have a home? I don't understand that. I never did. I accepted it but I didn't understand it. Now I don't understand it and I refuse to accept it.
SS: Yes. That's absurd privilege. I never had that level, and my parents came from poor so I wasn't raised that way.
JM: My dad, the most godly man I have ever known, was from poverty and he never wanted privilege for himself but he thought that was the way to love us.
FA: I love u James Mcginley :) u r one in million
JM: Well, what extremely kind words. Very kind of you sister.
( FA, who is Pakistani): There is no point to what I'm about to tell you. When I was growing up it was in one of the wealthiest towns in the world, a suburb of New York City. I remember that my older sister, who went to a private school, had a friend that I met on several occasions. Her name was Fosia (sp???) And she was from Pakistan. She was an exchange student. I remember her being one of the most amazingly lovely souls that I have ever encountered.
FA: Good people find goodness everywhere may Allah bless u with good health n give u long life world needs people like u at this time specially
JM: My personal prayer, which I don't make, would be the creator would take me home tonight. I've long been tired of this world. But I find immense joy in the futile task of trying to make it better for others. So with every breath in this life sentence that I've been given I will try to do so.
FA: I respect ur thoughts everything is going on the way it has to be its difficult to live yes ur right but never give up stay strong people are awaking
JM: I live primarily for someone in the future. Because it is clear to me we refuse to awaken today.
FA: In sha Allah
DW: If you don't have someone in mind at this time it may be best to take it until you can offer it to others in need. Is there a chance that you could lose the option?
JM: I would lose the option. And I do not see any time to waste. Not a second. I know of organizations that are fighting with their very lives for Palestinians and money to their work would serve better than keeping a speculative option like this open.
NA: I agree with DW, take it until you see what u can do with it.
JH: My selfish rationalization is people might less respect the opinions of a homeless person. People might more respect the opinions of someone who demonstrates ability to care for therself. But I don't know.
JM: JH, thank you. I think you are exactly right, about people. But I have no hope in people. I live for, all of my hope, my only hope, is in the one in a million that is either out of the matrix, or potential for getting out of the matrix. The true, or latent activists. The one in a million, and not only would they not be put off, they would get it, they too are living, or leaning toward living full solidarity with the neediest, not charity, solidarity.
DN: You may have addressed this but, would you be able to / allowed invite others (say refugees etc that have been vetted) to live in / use this apartment / space also - if so then this could be the beginning of something like what I remember you had with Thomas years ago
Also no shame or harm in giving yourself access to a basic necessity -
Imho, it's you that are able to do the most good, not the meger ss funds - use some of them to take care of your vessel and continue to do good in the world - $ is $ - actions are actions - your actions / ability to continue actions should always trump $ matters
All that said, it would not surprise or disappoint me if you turn down this seemingly great opportunity - please just use your best judgement.
JM: You are always so kind.
Yes, it is my effort, it is our efforts, which are the only thing that has the potential to redeem the world. Not money. But I have a responsibility to use the money that I cannot avoid receiving to maximum benefit. If by moving out onto the street it was something like certain death, or certain massive impairment, that would be something I would have to look at. Does it mean greatly increased risks of all bodily sorts? Of course. But not sufficient to sway my decision. And increased risk to my well being is way off set by the current extra-judicial murders by America / Israel at a rate now of two children per day, murdered, shot with exploding bullets, executed by settlers and the Israeli Gestapo, with total impunity, totally no consequence, 1 - 2 children per day now. That way over balances any concern about my physical well being of a speculative nature.
AL: If it is subsidized you would not be able to have guests for long periods, so helping refugees by letting them stay at your place is out.
The best argument that I hear for taking the place is the "base of operations" model. You could use it as a meeting and planning place for a small group of people who are as committed as you are.
JM: I know almost none in the area, or in the country for that matter, that are radically committed. That is the entire problem. Charity? Yes. Solidarity, no way. It too was my understanding that because the housing is subsidized I could have no long-term guests, but the manager of this particular property told me explicitly otherwise. That does not mean he is correct.
AL: If the manager is cooperative you could find ways around the rules. They're the main ones checking in (at least that's how it works up here in Frederick). Worst case you'd lose the subsidy.
JM: Thanks for the advice. I have also been advised that immigrants are under terrible scrutiny and that someone that looks like me could be a detriment to any of them that got close to me such as housing. I am totally clueless what if anything anyone can provide to refugees. I wish I knew where to become better informed, less totally ignorant.
AL: I guess taking in a refugee would be difficult. Is there anyone you encounter during your daily routine who deserves and could benefit from having a roof over their head?
JM: I believe that the term, human rights, is correctly understood as that which is right. It is right that every human being have a roof over their head. But that does not mean that that is the fight that I am to fight, and it is not. Mine is to live in what I believe is the only revolution that has been ever possible, and exactly and precisely the revolution which Jesus intended to set in motion, and never did. That revolution is the revolution of lived solidarity with the global neediest, which is exactly what he did and exactly what he taught and exactly what we have refused to do. So I understand that it is my role to live that as absolutely as I can, and with any resources at my disposal to support the one in a million that is doing the same. Undoubtedly there are a few in the DC area that are doing the same but I have absolutely no visibility to them, and hence my outreach of earlier today. I am constantly on the lookout and I will continue to constantly be on the lookout. But as of now I don't see them. If I did that decision would be made by now and I would accept the property. Outside of DC I do see people that are standing fairly heroically for the people in Palestine and I envision that instead of taking the property I will devote all of what income I have to their work.
AL: Okay. I'm sorry I don't have other ideas. If I think of any I will let you know. My thoughts are with you and best of luck in making your decision.
JM: Barring any further information it is an easy decision. And it is a decision with which I am very happy. But if there is an even better decision then I wish to know that before it is too late.