Maria Hase, mission coordinator of social action
This month I want to elevate a couple of voices. The first is that of Anna Sacks, an environmental activist who exposes excessive waste on social media in New York City. Thanks to her posts, Starbucks changed its ways. She has highlighted the voices of many in retail whose employers force them to ruin and throw away perfectly good merchandise that has gone unsold or has been returned, that they themselves would want, need, and/or be unable to afford. These stories are on TikTok under the hashtag #RetailMadeMe. Anna Sacks suggests that companies allow employees to keep these items as an added perk of their job, a form of additional compensation. You can read more at https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/aug/07/new-york-city-garbage-trash-walks-anna-sacks?CMP=oth_b-aplnews_d-1.
Other voices I would like to elevate are that of Eric Brown, a realtor, and his client Roy Thorne, a veteran, who were looking at a house with the veteran’s son when they were surrounded by armed police and handcuffed after a neighbor called 911 to report at break-in at the home. “If you see a crime, report a crime,” Thorne said. “But if you see us just living life the same way you do, just let us do that.” You can read more about the incident here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/08/06/black-realtor-michigan-police-handcuffed/.
I think it is critical for us to help elevate the voices that need to be heard. Some other ways to help can be found in the August Social Action Newsletter https://www.smore.com/5j1t0.
I also think it is important to remember what we learned in the timely book study about Finding Peace in an Anxious World; it does not hurt to revisit it. If you have not read it, it is a recommended read. I was reminded of that study recently when I came across the “Long Version of the Serenity Prayer”:
The courage to change the things I can,
And the wisdom to know the difference,Grant me the patience for the changes that take time,
Appreciation for all that I have,
Tolerance for those with different struggles,
And the strength to get up and try again,
One day at a time.