Valiant Ones Transform Events – VOTE

Don’t sit on the fence.  If you, like me, stand for a multicultural USA providing economic justice and opportunity; recognize the importance of protecting the environment by changing our consumption of fossil fuels, investing in alternative energy, and preserving our wild places; see health care and education as rights for all citizens; understand a woman’s right to control her own body and to have just health care; and are opposed to perpetual war – our choice is clear and easy.

This video speaks well of why we must vote – This is the March of Our Time

However, if you’ve been seduced by the recent rhetoric of the man who changes his positions the way a model changes her shoes, check out this site – . Massachusetts citizens, who made the mistake of trusting the smooth talker, share the truth of his governorship and why the state opposes him.

I end with my utopian vision of what this country can become when all of the so-called “minorities” recognize that by uniting we become the new majority of 21st Century USA.

Grandmama’s Dream – Valiant Ones Transform Events  – VOTE!

Once, it is said, in a time when change arose unexpectedly like a rainbow on a sunny day, a storyteller named Windsong made her Grandmama’s dream come true. This is her story. Windsong was also a college professor. She worked at a large university in Pennsylvania. But every year at spring break, she returned home to First Mesa village, in the center of the universe, the Hopi Nation, to visit her Grandmama. Since she was a very little girl Windsong helped Grandmama bake. Today, she washed and peeled fruit while Grandmama’s strong hands kneaded dough.

Grandmama’s wise words guided Windsong as she grew up. “Life is like a pie. You have to take time to gather all of the right ingredients. The people you choose to be with, the actions you choose to do must be mixed with love and care to bake a good life.”

This visit Windsong was going to talk to Grandmama’s students about the history of voting and why it was important for Hopi people, as well as all Americans, to vote. Grandmama said, “So, how are you going to make voting interesting for my students?”

Windsong was quiet for a few seconds, smiled, and said, “I’ll approach it like you say Grandmama, like I’m making a pie. I’ll show them that to make America work and to make Hopiland work,we have to combine all of the ingredients in the right balance. The ingredients for voting are the right to vote, the ability to vote – being able to read and write, being registered, having good people to vote for, and then voting. Right?”

Grandmama said, “Right,” and stretched out the dough to prepare her pie.

Windsong began her presentation by saying. “The Hopi have their own leaders because the Hopi Nation is a separate nation within the United States. The Hopi Nation has sovereignty. Do you know what that means? It means the Hopi people can make decisions about how life is run in the Hopi nation. But, Hopi people are also American citizens and can vote for the state Governor and state and federal representatives who make laws that effect everyone who live in this state and this country. But, was it always this way?

“No, it wasn’t. Even though the Declaration of Independence said all men are created equal, the U.S. government was not set up to allow all men – (women weren’t even mentioned) – to vote or to participate in government. At that time only white men who owned property could vote, but not if you belonged to the Catholic or Quaker religion. So, you see, if you were not a wealthy white man, in this country you had to fight for the right to vote.

“The U.S. is a work in progress, like every country. What is important to remember is that ideals and visions only succeed if people continue to keep those ideal visions alive. We must always remember that our ancient traditions hold that all life is sacred, and that only through the daily practice of kindness, patience, generosity, humility, and courage can any government or people flourish.”

The next morning Windsong woke up and found Grandmama sitting at the table writing quickly. When she finished she said. “I had a very strange dream last night. I was sitting at a round table with a sword in the middle. The sword changed into a pen and paper. Then I was standing at the head of a long table on top of First Mesa beating a drum, chanting, ‘Valiant ones transform events, valiant ones transform events, valiant ones transform events.’  You appeared and stood next to me and began chanting with me. Then one at a time other people appeared, stood around the table, and joined in the chant. Asian-Americans, Latinos, Arab-Americans, black people, white people, and all of our different peoples. We stood around the table chanting, ‘Valiant ones transform events, valiant ones transform events, valiant ones transform events.’ Then the Corn Princess appeared, carrying a tri-colored corn cob, red, white, and blue. She walked up to each of us and touched us on top of our heads with the corn cob. We became beams of light bursting over the mesa in all directions and a double rainbow appeared over the mesa.Then I woke up.”

Windsong said, “That’s a wonderful dream Grandmama, and I have a friend named Penny Cho who can help interpret the dream.” Windsong called Penny and told her about the dream.

After a few hours, Penny called back and said, “The first letters of the phrase Valiant Ones Transform Events spells VOTE. I think the dream is about organizing all of the different groups of people in the U.S. to come together and register all the diverse communities to vote. She had a dream to empower the USA to become a rainbow nation.”

And so it came to be, that Windsong and Penny found all of the people Grandmama dreamed about and they came together to organize their communities. Aisha and Jamal Hafiz organized Arab-Americans. Socorro and Manual Hernandez coordinated Latino communities. Adam Stewart was a paraplegic and aligned the differently abled community. Javon Taylor, a black football player and Francine Bordeaux brought together black communities. Lolana Kaikala, from Hawaii, organized all of the people in the islands who can vote. Hannah Zubinsky empowered women. Amita Jaya organized the East Indian community. Adrian Hughes, coordinated Native American voter registration drives.

That year more women, diverse people, and Native Americans than in history voted. Each year, more and more positive political change evolved from the seeds of Grandmama’s dream. Women and people of color were elected to state and national offices reflecting their percentage of the USA population. The environment improved with a flourishing of alternative energy and conservation of natural resources and habitats. As jobs increased poverty declined significantly. Health care developed into a wellness promotion system available to all citizens. Prisons closed for lack of inmates. The Defense Department became the Peace Department and the USA took the lead in nuclear arms reduction, progressive guns laws, a decrease in sales of arms and the prosecution of illegal arms traffic.

On the tenth anniversary of  Grandmama’s dream, all of the community organizers finally met on First Mesa.  Grandmama, beamed in the midst of the manifestation of her dream. Once again, she had combined a variety of ingredients and spices mixed with patience and care to bake the perfect American pie.

6 Comments on “Valiant Ones Transform Events – VOTE”

  1. Thanks for another lovely story. Grandmama’s dream will come true in time. Just think of the changes we’ve seen in our lifetimes. And thanks for helping get the vote out! I voted early. Go Obama! Four more years!

  2. Thank you for this inspirational sharing. And Gramama’s acronym for V.O.T.E. is incredible. And so true!

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