The Race Is On!

Thank you to those who endorse my campaign. If you share my values and are ready for a major shift in our education and values that we stand for in our communities, please contact me.

I’ve been inspired by local educator Debra Lambrecht of Caulbridge School:

“After 30 years of consulting with schools, I adopted a new paradigm and opened Caulbridge School. A Common Sense Education in Uncommon Times!”

You can hear last year’s interview on Take Back.

Ocean Conservation Research
Heirs to Our Oceans
Peter Coyote
Key Tea Teahouse and Kava Lounge
Learner Limbach, General Manager at Orcas Food Co-op
Joe Rouse, President of Sailing Education Adventures

Barbara McVeigh should not only be on a school board, but advising the State of California on education in my opinion. She has seen first-hand with eyes wide open the impact school has had on her and other children. With Barbara’s background as a deeply committed advocate for human rights and environmental protection, unwavering and fearless, always committed to her principles even when it isn’t the most popular to do so, she would bring a breath of committed change, for the right reasons, to the schools that are now, more than ever, so very much in need. Our children’s minds, bodies and spirits are not nurtured, nor even remotely cared for, in our current school system. It can be fixed, and engaging Barbara will help.
– April Peebler, Founder of Heirs to Our Oceans.

I confidently recommend Barbara McVeigh for the position of Member of the Board of Trustees for the Tamalpais Union High School District. Barbara is committed to education and creating a positive vision for our youth. In my years of working with Barbara at Sailing Education Adventures, I have found her totally trustworthy and incorruptible. If you want to see an honest, generous, caring person devoted to our young people, join me in supporting Barbara McVeigh for Member of the Board of Trustees. – President, Sailing Education Adventures

___________

I filed papers to run as a board candidate for the Tamalpais Union High School District. I will be on the November 6 ballot, and I ask for your vote.

There are many reasons I chose to run for this governing position and I look forward to serving the community on the highest level possible, while I ask hard questions along the way.

My campaign may be different than others. I refuse to play the political game as its been played in the past. I believe in the power of positive efforts and not downplaying my opponents. Why? If one is to be a leader, than one needs to show our youth how leadership is won and that is with integrity, honesty and vision. In addition, I plan to demonstrate authenticity and respect and not buy into marketing techniques of logos, tag lines or other levels of cheap branding. I want to keep it real. And these are the values I uphold.

If elected, I plan to ask hard questions. Though there are many reasons to celebrate our schools, we must also look at the challenges we have not only in our schools, but society at large. If we are to be the true leaders, than our schools need to also recognize the vast challenges our children are facing. I believe our schools can step up on a higher level to face these challenges on the level that they should.

Our kids are coming into very uncertain times: horrific environmental issues of ocean acidification, pollution and climate change, and also the risk of losing our very rights and constitution as we struggle to understand our values and responsibility related to freedom of speech, intellectual questioning, economic and racial equality and more, a very important topic in our very own Marin County.  These are questions and issues I plan to address during my term on the board if I am elected.

In addition, many of our students are so overworked and cope with anxiety, depression and suicide (see recent Marin IJ article). They don’t even time to step back and think for themselves. Are we serving ALL our students on a responsible level? Can we question our approach on a healthy, intellectual level without feeling threatened or angry? I believe so.

The reason I am driven by these questions is because I have reason to. I pulled my daughter out of one of our California Distinguished Elementary Schools after her first year of kindergarten because I noticed a big change in her behavior during that one year of kindergarten, one of anxiety, stress and more. I saw how much over stimulation the children were receiving and I didn’t agree with it, though I had no basis to articulate why. I mean, what do I know? And I was lead to believe it was one of the best public elementary schools around. I then homeschooled my daughter for four years with the guidance of an independent public charter school and with a small community of other like minded progressive families. It was the most beautiful, freeing experience I could imagine, filled with rich literature, nature play, art and plenty of time for her to explore her passions, imagination and dreams, AND be free of technology gadgets and media. Then I had to transfer her back to a public middle school, as my circumstances had changed. They had her tested and she scored in the top percentile . . . and this was a  California Distinguished Middle School. The girl never had more than seven hours of academics a week during her homeschooling years.

My jaw dropped. I realized  that we need to ask hard questions of our schools. How can a child who never spent more than seven hours of academics a week score so high in a school that spends so much money and instructs children over 35 hours a week? The questions began to grow. Is our educational system serving our children on a level it should? Can we learn from other nations who are taking lead in education with very dynamic changes? I believe we can and we can show the rest of the nation how a dynamic, smart community of people can realign values and shift to ensure our educational models and choices lead the way for the entire nation.

I earned Teacher of the Year award at a top university in China the very first year I taught and the first year out of college. I actually put myself through college, because I understood the value of a strong education. Coming from a working class family and a father who risked and nearly lost everything to stand for political honesty in 1981, I grew up learning hard politics and corrupt media and how to navigate a system that does not favor those who come with little economic support, or listens to the more humble, modest people. We’ve become a society that overvalues how much a person has rather than what they do for others.

I signed up for graduate school at Dominican UC the same day I walked out of my son’s second grade class, again with my jaw dropping, after I came face to face with the level of technology use in the classroom and how much value we put into this style of learning.  The teacher was pushing gadgets onto these young little children who were exhibiting severe anxiety because of it. Why are we doing this when all the research is pointing to the fact that screen time in early years has more negative impact than positive? When you discuss the fact the tech industry is a $60 billion industry, with a huge foothold on our public schools, perhaps its time to ask is our money being well spent on these gadgets? I asked the teacher for the reason behind the use of the gadgets. She replied, while sipping her coffee, “oh, so we can monitor their improvement and submit those statistical reports to the state which, in turns, secures funding.”

Screen Shot 2018-08-18 at 8.02.15 AMWhen did such information based learning become so valued? Is the anxiety worth these statistics? Have we lost that much trust in our teachers and administrators? What are we losing? Are our kids guinea pigs for big tech money? Great research has risen these last years about screen addiction akin to heroine addiction and other major neurological issues. Schools in France ban cell phones on campus. Finland is aggressively reducing homework as they become they educational leaders. Do all kids have to feel that university it the only answer? What kind of pressure are we putting on these kids? It’s time to ask these questions, especially as  more funding is being driven into high school “wellness centers,” a proverbial bandaid to the real issues our teens are facing.

During the homeschooling years, I also had the opportunity to create an outdoor educational program, which I did for four years with a small group of girls. The experience was powerful, as it not only enriched the children with a connection to nature and its wonder, but also allowed them to explore real science, writings by our powerful American nature writers, art and natural history of our very own community, literally in our backyards. I am currently putting together a book about these learnings and the pedagogy which I followed, which is very much in line with some of our country’s leading teachers, such as Richard Louv. In addition, I ran a nonprofit organization leading youth to discover the magic of our oceans and waterways with a sailing organization that taught them to trust themselves, leading to a high level of confidence, as well as a relationship to nature. I was blessed to see these children thrive and grow into leaders today. With our disconnect to nature, what can we do to ensure our children have a strong relationship with it.

In addition, my film projects, specifically Racing with Copepods, which went international, are made with the intention to inspire our youth and adults, to demonstrate the power of passion and connection with what really matters in the world, as we have to face, straight on, some major issues.

Finally, we have a gift in Marin County that is not recognized nor respected on the level it should. Our diversity. With three major underserved communities of our Latin, African American and Indigenous communities, we have a responsibility to show our children the value and power of unity and collaboration. I propose we integrate the value of the most essential ingredient of life – our food. And build real connections and respect for what is our life source. We are lucky to have a community with deep farming roots to help navigate a revolution of connection to what is real and authentic. What’s more, our children are disconnected from nature. They know more corporate logos than that of native botanicals in their own yards. It’s time our children connect and have a relationship with nature, understanding the responsibility of stewardship. And last, but not least, how is it possible we can live on the land of the Indigenous people of the Miwok and not give the proper respect to the people who once nurtured this land? In all curriculum, we can do a better job of learning to respect and engage with our local Indigenous tribes, providing them with bigger voices to teach us and lead us to what is right and respectful.

I ask for your vote in the upcoming election, if you share the same values as I do. I look to support our amazing teachers, staff and students on a level they should be supported, while I gently urge all of us to take a hard look at ourselves to ask what can we all do to ensure we are a model of success and inspiration for the rest of the nation. We can be leaders.

We need big leaders in our country right now, with guts. And I believe the Tamalpais Union High School District can deliver on this leadership model and inspire the rest of our country. I look to collaborate with the other leaders on a positive level, so we can all rise together.

Thank you,

Barbara McVeigh

 

Two Dreams. Two Borders.

Dream big and always stay positive.

I’m pretty sure I met a saint in the cornfields of the Guatemalan mountains. She is the mother of Gaby and I was lucky enough to live the life of Gaby, an immigrant to the United States who has not seen her mother for 17 years.

The original intention was to meet the family of Claudia, the young 20 year old Maya Indigenous woman who was shot point blank in the head at our borders on May 23.  When I did meet the beautiful parents who live in a small Mayan mountainous community, they warmly welcomed me and allowed me to share letters from across our country, words of hope and love believing that there is a better way to solve our border issues than that of violence.

Thank you to the San Francisco Immigration Legal and Education Network, The Unitarian Church in San Antonio, Texas, the Methodist Church of San Rafael, United Airlines,  International Artists of Marin, Seahorse Restaurant in Sausalito and many individuals for their support and sponsorship of this journey.

I am currently working with Gaby Mazariegos and Rina Santizo for a presentation about Guatemala and their dreams of El Norte. I’ll share my journey of meeting some of the most beautiful people in the world – mothers, fathers, sons and daughters, farmers and more – those who carry big dreams and can teach Americans values of simplicity, kindness, generosity and community.  More to come!

Guatemala Bound, with an apology

I was devastated by the news of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez who was murdered by the US Border Control on May 23. This young 20 year Maya indigenous woman had a dream – to have an education. Why were we not there to support her with a dream?

I spent time in Guatemala 20 years ago. I also had a dream to travel the world and have an education, which had been difficult to do. My family didn’t have money and I had to scrape and fight for both of those dreams. I remember my first trip to Guatemala when I sat on the great temple of Tikal in the Peten region and marveled at the beauty of nature, culture and history and pondered how it was possible that in my schooling I had never learned about this magnificent country and indigenous history given the fact it’s just south of our border.

I returned to Guatemala a few years later and traveled by canoe down the Usamacinto River, the old Maya route, when a young military man who had first frightened me (we were in the middle of nowhere) handed me a baby bird, a gift. And as the canoe continued down the river and a deluge of rain and lightening began, I released the baby bird with a wish for freedom and peace in the world. Perhaps that is why I am being called to Quetzaltenango, the hometown of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. The iridiscent Quetzal symbolized the movement of Creation and the will of the Creator come to earth. We all need to believe in goodness, and that is my full intention for this mission.

On June 19 I fly to Guatemala to take all proceeds that we can collect to benefit the family of Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzalez. My message to the family is that there are good people in the United States who believe in better ways than killing. We want to be friends and we are horribly sorry that we have not been able to stop the violence.

I have the support of the local Guatemalan community in my county of Marin. I have been involved with many families and have done my best to support immigrant women either through work efforts, language instruction and accommodations. I personally have learned so much from this amazing community, such as the strength and beauty of generosity, kindness and loyalty. We can learn greatly through collaboration and friendship.

Please email me if you can support this mission. Given that most families in the mountains live on $1/day, all support will be great.

The donations I collect will go directly to Claudia’s mother and I will post photos on my Facebook page.

Action Building! Speaker and Film Events

 

Sept 20-22 California 2020 Vision Art Installation
It’s a weekend of visionary leaders and positive energy and we’ll be there! Artist Gina Musser takes lead in our first art installation to bring attention to The Man Behind the White Guitar film project and the musicians in the film, such as Harry Belafonte, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Winwood and others, who have powerful words of inspiration of unity and peace. We hope to release the film early next year and if you haven’t seen the trailer, check it out!

 

 

 

June 6Sausalito Yacht Club – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with Int’l Sailor and Writer Kimball Livingston. This will be a very special presentation!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Saturday, June 9, 2pm
– Launch of Redemption, How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life at Barnes and Noble in Corte Madera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


June 9 and 10
People’s Environmental News hits the Fairfax Eco Festival with Community Media Center of Marin!

 

 

 

 

 


July 7, 2pm
Nashville, TN

Screening of a Road Not Taken about President Jimmy Carter’s conservation and energy policies.

Nashville Public Library East Branch
206 Gallatin Ave.| Nashville, TN | 37206

 

Date to be determined – St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco. Racing with Copepods film screening and talk.

 

 

Film Screenings:

If you’re interested in a film screening about the ocean documentary Racing with Copepods or about Jimmy Carter’s energy and conservation initiatives, A Road Not Taken, please contact me!

 

April 18– San Francisco Yacht Club, Tiburon – film screening of Racing With Copepods, with me and Michael Stocker of Ocean Conservation Research.

April 21 Berkeley Yacht Club, Berkeley – film screening of Racing With Copepods. Peter Hayes of Pegasus will bring the boat to the docks after a day of training new crew to get kids out and sailing!

 

 

April 25 Spaulding Boat Works, Sausalito The magic of a wooden boat – that’s the back story of Racing with Copepods. Film Producer Barbara McVeigh screens her short ocean documentary, filmed right here on San Francisco Bay, featuring Dr. Sylvia Earle and narrated by Kimball Livingston.

Dr. Lance Morgan, President of Marine Conservation Institute, will join the post film conservation to share information about The Global Ocean Refuge System (GLORES) and why it’s imperative to address ocean issues today.

Magic Bear will be at the docks to inspire all!

Barbara’s great uncle Robert Keleher owned Bear Boat #65, named Magic. He inspired her to sail and to fall in love with the ocean, resulting in this film and other environmental projects. Bear boats were originally built right here in Sausalito by the Nunes Brothers, and Bear Boat #1, Merry Bear, lives at the Maritime Museum in San Francisco.

Charlie Siler, cohost of People’s Environmental News, will provide a few tunes on his guitar!

 

 

April 26 – Fairfax Library, film screening of A ROAD NOT TAKEN with me and Charlie Siler of People’s Environmental News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not Under My Watch! Offshore Drilling Proposal

I love the oceans. The oceans gave me complete freedom and the value of freedom. I will never turn my back on the oceans. Never.

Our oceans are under threat more now than ever before. As we face the hard truths of ocean acidification and the horrific plastic pollution that now saturates our vast waters, beaches and waterways, we MUST come clean with our horrific landlubber habits. From our addiction to automobiles to consumptive behaviors, now is time to tack to a new course before it’s too late and this generation views us as the most criminal pirate gang the world has ever seen. We MUST take responsibility. It’s not a question about “education,” it’s about activism and responsibility.

You’re either on board, or your not. It’s as simple as that.

Here is my article on Sailing Anarchy, describing my own passion and why I have it. And maybe it’s your passion too, a quality you didn’t even know you possessed. And if you’re not feeling it, NOW is the time to get into the groove. We can do it! Just listen to Simon and Garfunkel’s song. They’ll get you inspired! And you’ll start feeling the groovy.

It’s that easy! We can do it!

 

 

 

Comments can be made through the regulations.gov web portal. Navigate to http://www.regulations.gov and under the Search tab, in the space provided, type in Docket ID: BOEM-2017-0074 to submit comments and to view other comments already submitted. Information on using www.regulations.gov, including instructions for accessing documents, submitting comments, and viewing the docket after the close of the comment period, is available through the links under the box entitled “Are you new to this site?”

Comments can also be made by mail, in an envelope labeled “Comments for the 2019-2024 Draft Proposed National Oil and Gas Leasing Program” and mailed (or hand delivered) to Ms. Kelly Hammerle, Chief, National Oil and Gas Leasing Program Development and Coordination Branch, Leasing Division, Office of Strategic Resources, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (VAM-LD), 45600 Woodland Road, Sterling, VA 20166-9216, telephone (703) 787-1613. Written comments may also be hand delivered at a public meeting to the BOEM official in charge.  

 

Mon, Jan 8, 6pm – Book Passage, San Francisco

Left Coast Writers®: Barbara McVeigh – Redemption (San Francisco)

Monday, January 8, 2018 – 6:00pm

“My father is a federal criminal. My father is a hero,” Barbara McVeigh writes in her memoir Redemption: How Ronald Reagan Nearly Ruined My Life.

Reagan fired her father for a union strike in 1981, leading him and 11,500 other families into years of strife. Just eleven years old, she lost her dream to become an oceanographer, and her beloved guitar lessons, as her family struggled emotionally and financially for years. She blamed her father for “following his ego,” as her grandfather had termed it, and not placing family first. Reagan’s heroic public image soared as America was told how he combated the alleged threats of communism, nuclear war and the Soviet Empire. Thirty years later, Barbara marries and then takes up sailing at her late great uncle’s urging, himself a passionate and accomplished sailor, who had been her best friend, where she finds an unexpected connection to the ocean and freedom of the complexities of the modern world.

When hard, bitter truths emerge about the ocean’s health and her fourteen-year marriage, Barbara packs her bags and leaves the illusory “good life.” She takes the helm of not one, but two film projects, one with the world’s paramount oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, and the other with renowned Brazilian guitarist Jose Neto. She does this with no experience and virtually no money, to reclaim her childhood dreams and, in a desperate effort, to remind the world of the awe, beauty, and truth we must always stand for. During her projects she confronts the dark shadows of Reagan’s energy, labor, health, media, and environmental policies, revealing horrific truths about America’s so-called “Hero of the Republican Party.” She discovers that her father was NOT the federal criminal Reagan accused him of being. Instead, her father is a hero today.

Barbara shares her very personal and painful family story of three generations and her search for truth that led her to China, Cuba, the Balkans, across Europe, and ultimately back to her own home, the San Francisco Bay. There she discovers herself, and what it means to be free in America today as our world faces political, social and environmental threats unlike any before. Barbara has a new dream and sees now that the spirits are guiding her, just as they had been, all along.

Barbara McVeigh is a writer, educator, filmmaker, radio host and environmentalist. She’s the mother of two children and lives in Northern California. Her one mission: to advocate respect for the natural world as we face political, social and environmental threats unlike ever before.

LOCATION: 

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

Meet Jenny

Meet Jenny. Jenny has no legs Jenny is very old and lives most of her days on the streets of San Francisco. She is not a ghost but ghosts pass her everyday on the streets of San Francisco. They are the walking dead.

I stopped to talk to Jenny today and she looked up at me. What is your name she asked, until the muscle in her neck gave out and she had to put her head down.

“Barbara,” I said.

Oh, I had a daughter named Barbara she said before dozing off again. I touched her bony back, which was easy to do, as her bones stuck out in places where I didn’t know bones could stick out.

I walked the streets of San Francisco today after my radio interview on FCC Radio about Ronald Reagan who put Jenny and 9 other million people out on the streets and 40 million in poverty with his trickle down economics. Trump is doing the same again today. Reagan is the Hero of the Republican Party . . . hero of a criminal corporate gang. There is no other way to put it.

Tents were in places all over the city. This was once a city I loved. I don’t recognize this city any more and I could feel what seemed like a disease in the air – the worst kind. Apathy. It’s a mental illness. Maybe it spread after Reagan released the mentally ill from hospitals onto the streets infecting us all?

FCC FREE Radio – December 17. Please join us!


PLEASE SHARE!

Lilycat of FCC Free Radio in San Francisco is interviewing me December 17. I promise the discussion will be educational, lively and inspiring. I look forward to talking about Reagan’s policies which mirror Trump’s today and how these policies have nearly taken down an entire planet in these last 30 years.

Reagan is the Hero of the Republican Party . . . be reminded. I aim to prove how Trump is right in one regard. . . fake media has been dominating the airwaves for over 30 years. Thank you, Trump, for bringing this to our attention!

My father stood up to Reagan in the 1981 union strike when we lost almost everything . . . so, I like to say my dad stood up to the worst president of the United States. I’ve got some heritage to uphold : ) Please support me while I voice some strong opinions about neoliberal policies, politics, energy, media, military, consumerism, masculinity and more . . . I’m sure I’ll be pushing buttons and I’ve never done this before! GULP! But I’m ready. This isn’t political for me. . . this is personal and I call it family business . . and it goes deep for me, over 35 years deep.

This book also encompasses how I dropped my entire life about four years ago, leaving my comfortable home with my husband and my two kids, to pursue two take back dreams that I lost as a child under Reagan . . . which is resulting in two first time films projects, one that is completed and available online with the world’s greatest oceanographer, Dr. Sylvia Earle, in Racing With Copepods (www.racingwithcopepods.com) and my new film, to be released next spring about the great Brazilian Guitarist Jose Neto, The Man Behind the White Guitar (www.themanbehindthewhiteguitar.com). The film includes Harry Belafonte, Steve Winwood and other international musicians, and it’s supported by Marin County foundations. This film aims to showcase the power of freedom, integrity and honesty through a musical story of an immigrant in the United States.

My new dream? Convert the Reagan Museum into a Global Climate Center and Political/Media/Big Business Propaganda Educational Center. It’s time Reagan, the Hero of the Republican Party, comes clean and I am more than happy to serve as the proverbial housecleaner. In fact, I view it as my patriotic duty.

December 17, 12-2pm – http://www.leftcoastwriters.com/left-coast-writers-live-barbara-mcveigh/

January 8 – Book Signing/Reading, Book Passage at the Ferry Building in San Francisco

Be a patron!

“There are no excuses,” the great Mark O’Brien said to me from his breathing capsule. He had been a victim of polio for more than fifty years. Yet, despite a major physical handicap, he did not stop pursuing a life of richness, including poetry, journalism and compassion.

Screen Shot 2017-11-17 at 11.48.33 AM

 

I interviewed Mark right after his film Breathing Lessons received an Academy Award and that interview really changed the way I look at life. His words were correct – you can pretend to create any excuse in life not to do something, but the excuses  don’t exist. There is no excuse not to do what you want in life.

I’ve got some big ideas and I’m looking to share them on a positive level. And I’ve got a track record of creating something out of nothing. . .

I’ve discovered my strength is creating projects and teams . . . allowing other to step into something they never thought they could do and then support them doing it. I love watching people surprise themselves with resilience that even they themselves didn’t know they had.

But, I need support. My work, as I view it, is that which our government and schools have failed. I’m a people’s advocate and want to cultivate positive change at a time we need it.

My Patreon site is my first effort to cultivate a community of caring people who support the work I’m pushing for many. And until big funders come through, I need support of individuals who believe in what I believe.

Please support me.

Thank you.

DSCN9991.JPG

Action in Marin County!

How do you begin to describe these last two weeks in California?

Final_CarterFirst off, I’d like to start positive. We had an amazing one week celebration for President Jimmy Carter, paying tribute to his 93rd birthday. On October 1, the proper day of his birthday and also the final day of the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love,  a small group of us watched Antenna Theater fly a plane in the sky writing a big heart. And from our view from Tiburon, the heart was shaped right around the sun, a perfect symbol and salute to the Father of the Solar Age for our 39th President. A huge thank you to College of Marin, Community Media Center of Marin and Marin Artists Network. The week topped off on October 8 with a fundraiser for Puerto Rico and Mexico. Lavay Smith and Her Red Hot Skillet Lickers and Freddy Clark and Wobbly World got us swinging and dancing to great music and spirit.

IMG_0775

The celebrations were in his spirit of honesty, giving, sharing as we also highlighted his visionary energy and conservation efforts. No doubt, Carter is one of our greatest American leaders ever, walking the talk his whole life and resisting the nasty game many political leaders have played these last 35 years in favor of big business and their own political gain.

Our film screening A Road Not Taken was well received at the Showcase Theater and the two Swiss Filmmakers, Christina Hemauer and Roman Keller, had great things to share during the screening. Michael Stocker, Executive Director of Ocean Conservation Research, shared valuable history about a time in recent American politics that MUST to be addressed today, so we can glean what happened when an honest American leader worked so hard to inspire the American people to follow a good path rather than follow their fears. Click here for full panel discussion.

Screen Shot 2017-10-15 at 8.44.45 AM

Fake news isn’t new. We’ve been living it for 35 years since the Reagan election, and it’s been a Republican Party agenda pretty much ever since.

“To be independent of energy is the moral equivalent of war.” And, he said “we are beginning to value people for how much they have instead of what they do for others.”

Wasn’t he right?

For myself, I am going to honor Carter by taking a stand for his values. Join me, in creating a movement where a person’s wealth does not bear a reflection on their moral character or intelligence. Time to stop that nonsense. It’s time to value those who often put their own personal interest to the side in order to uplift others. It’s time to build respect for such people while we reset a new culture in this country. The time is now.

The 20 or so fires that ignited just north of us on the eve of the final Carter celebrations certainly gave me an ill feeling, as the fires also followed Governor Brown’s announcement that  California is a sanctuary state. There is incredible grave irony how vast, separate fires erupted so strangely in a key agricultural just north of the Carter celebrations. Coincidence? As I’ve said before, truth is stranger than fiction these days. Time to question everything. And my heart goes out to our northern neighbors, communities in which I once lived too. Some friends have lost their homes and more. We will be there for them, as we rebuild and recreate. That’s our duty now.

Back to immigration issues – Trump’s team plays dirty with people, calling some of the most vulnerable people in our communities criminals and more. Clearly Trump and his Republican Team have forgotten that America’s Reagan, the Hero of the Republican Party, waged war in Central America in the 1980s. In fact, the very Guatemalan President that Reagan supported has been charged and convicted of GENOCIDE. Why is it that our country never talks about this betrayal to the most kind people of Central America? How can we justify not helping our local Guatemalan people when we financed war against the most gentle and deeply spiritual indigenous people of Guatemala? Sadly, that is what happened in the 1980s. Many of these immigrants come to this country to work and feed their families and they do so quietly. It’s time we stand by them. They are not immigrants. They are war refugees who have worked hard in our country, and proved their value and kindness. We could learn from them.

And why is that Americans can go to Guatemala and buy property and live there without question? In fact, Americans have been buying cheap property in Mexico and many other Latin American countries for the last 30 years, taking advantage of their healthcare and dental systems and more. This does not seem right to me.

It’s time our country becomes responsible and respectful toward other countries. I want to be proud of my country.

And I’ll raise my hand before I kneel and say “I am NOT proud of my country right now.” My country has become horrific and my grandfather, who left his family voluntarily and  fought in WW2, because he felt it was the right thing to do, is rolling in his grave right now.

One thing my own good father taught me when he striked against the federal government in 1981, against the Hero of the Republican Party, when we lost almost everything, is ALWAYS stand for what you believe in . . . always.

Your set of values are the ONE thing in this mortal world that truly belongs to you that no one can take away, unless you lose them yourself. Then, tell me what you’re left with?

Be kind, generous and serve one another instead of your own self interest. Such values make you a rebel in America today. If we hold strong, we’ll all be angels.