Turning and turning in the widening gyreThe falcon cannot hear the falconer;Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhereThe ceremony of innocence is drowned;The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
— W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming
We are no longer living in reasonable times.
We’ve seen this pattern before. Hitler didn’t just wake up one morning and start rounding up Jews. He started by vilifying immigrants, closing the borders – claiming that they were all criminals. (Sound familiar?)
This is about desensitizing the American people to the sight of human beings held – concentrated – in camps. It’s about repeating, over and over, until it becomes acceptable, that immigrants, gays, Mexicans, are “animals” – less than human. We are being groomed to accept ethnic cleansing.
Today, I call the Circle.
We are gathering, we who are prepared to give language to the unspeakable, image to the faceless, and to stand as the mothers of a nation.
When: June 30, 4:00 Central Time.
Where: We will gather around a virtual campfire, via Zoom technology. If there are enough of us locally, in the Chicago suburbs, we can gather in person too!
What: Red Thread Circle around the theme of our role as women artists, writers, and creatives in standing against the horrors of our time. When we have all been witnessed, we will share ideas for combining our strengths to affect change.