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  •  "we don't talk about some things!" (4+ / 0-)

    amazing - the irony

    Amnesty International's sole purpose is to "talk about such things," that is, truth to power and witness to injustice.

    nice tale, rev. the way she got the message to ya, subtle, somehow it seems a small-town sensibility.

    Hope is, after all, the currency of popular politics, and a coin surprisingly hard to devalue. -- Fred Anderson, Crucible of War

    by ornerydad on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 08:08:14 PM PST

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    •  Ironic, yes, but very practical (8+ / 0-)

      If you live in a small town, and hold a view of the world that you know places you in a rather small minority of your neighbors, you don't generally push it in people's faces unless something sufficiently imminent and personal makes it necessary to do so. Amnesty's work is vital and urgent, but it has no dire, immediate consequences that will significantly damage the lives of folk living in your typical Midwestern farming community. So she quietly supported them by contributing, making sure she was up on the issues, and quietly representing those issues to the community. (For instance, she was an active supporter of social justice programs through the church, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if she wrote a lot of letters to politicians to make sure they knew what she thought they needed to do. She just didn't mention Amnesty.)

      On the other hand, what I saw in that town tells me that it would be an extraordinary event if, faced with an imminent threat to the well-being of a member of the community, that person's family, friends, and neighbors, backed by the whole town, did not rally around and provide whatever support was needed to the best of their ability and the extent of their resources. When the chips are really down, being neighbors trumps political differences without any contest.

      And you're absolutely right; the way she got me the message was absolutely in line with the sensibilities of that town. Let folk know what you want or need them to know, but don't make a big deal out of it, and try not to embarrass anyone in the process.

      "Do it in the name of Heaven; you can justify it in the end..." - Dennis Lambert & Brian Potter

      by pragmaticidealist on Thu Dec 06, 2012 at 10:33:02 PM PST

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