Love Saves the Day is Laughing Lotus San Francisco’s Non-Prophet Selfless Service foundation Benefitting Non-Profits locally, nationally and internationally through volunteer programs and benefit classes. 50% of proceeds from our daily 2:30 community classes and Jasmine’s Saturday 10am class goes to benefit a different monthly non-profit serving the community and world. It’s Love that make the world go round and Love that saves the Day!
This month at Laughing Lotus, we celebrate the Goddesses and Gods, deities who serve as archetypes for the values and beliefs we wish to embody; we pay tribute to luminaries such as Ganesha, the remover of obstacles and lord of new beginnings; to Saraswati, the goddess of learning and the arts; and Krishna, the embodiment of devotional love. In focusing our energy and awareness on supreme beings, we open ourselves to seeing and cultivating Divine qualities in ourselves and recognizing them in others. Sufi poet Hafiz asks, “How do I listen to others?” His answer: “As if everyone were my Master speaking to me his cherished last words.” Elsewhere, he has written, “…sweetheart, you are God in drag.” We, all of us, ARE the divine and it is through the practice of yoga that we come to fully see this truth.
In celebrating the deities and the Divine in each and every human being this month, Love Saves the Day celebrates and supports the much needed work of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The ACLU works tirelessly in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the constitution’s promise of liberty for everyone in our country.
We are living through a very atrocious time, when we may be tempted to look the other way rather than see the atrocities we are being faced with. We may be tempted to let others do the work. But rather than detach, we can move closer to the source and get involved to support social change and resist injustice.
The ACLU’s first acts were to defend the rights of detained immigrants being accused of “radical” politics and facing deportation. More well known is the ACLU’s involvement in the 1925 Scopes trial, securing attorney Clarence Darrow to defend the Tennessee history teacher accused of violating a ban on teaching evolution. From the terrible Japanese-American internment camps of World War II to Brown vs. the Board of Education, the ACLU has been there to defend civil liberties and uphold the Constitution. Most recently, it was the ACLU who came to the defense of refugees banned by Donald Trump’s cruel and incoherent executive order on immigration and Daca.
We are witnessing a surge in unconstitutional laws that threaten American values. The current administration has plans to build a massive deportation force and forcibly remove 11 million immigrants, to ban the entry of Muslims into our country, to limit the rights of women to access reproductive healthcare, and to institute aggressive surveillance and registry programs. As these unlawful actions unfold, we are vigilantly working in courts, legislatures and communities to maintain the promise of freedom, justice and equal opportunities for all.
As we move towards the midterm elections, the ACLU is doing everything in their power to protect our civil rights and civil liberties through sporting only candidates that defend and protect us ALL. Become an ACLU Voter today and vote like your rights depend on it!
VOTE TO END MASS INCARCERATION.
VOTE FOR IMMIGRANTS’ RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM.
VOTE FOR RACIAL JUSTICE.
VOTE TO EXPAND THE RIGHT TO VOTE.
VOTE FOR POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY.
VOTE FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS.
VOTE FOR NET NEUTRALITY.
VOTE FOR DISABILITY RIGHTS.
VOTE TO END SOLITARY CONFINEMENT.
VOTE FOR JUVENILE JUSTICE.
VOTE FOR THE RIGHT TO PRIVACY.
VOTE TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA.
VOTE FOR FREE SPEECH.
VOTE TO END MANDATORY MINIMUMS.
VOTE LIKE YOUR RIGHTS DEPEND ON IT.
In “If You Could Go Back”, author and activist Danny Bryck writes:
I know, I know
If you could go back you
would walk with Jesus
You would march with King
Maybe assassinate Hitler
At least hide Jews in your basement
It would all be clear to you
But people then, just like you
were baffled, had bills
to pay and children they didn’t
understand and they too
were so desperate for normalcy
they made anything normal
Even turning everything inside out
Even killing, and killing, and it’s easy
for turning the other cheek
to be looking the other way, for walking
to be talking, and they hid
in their houses
and watched it on television, when they had television,
and wrung their hands
or didn’t, and your hands
are just like theirs. Lined, permeable,
small, and you
would follow Caesar, and quote McCarthy, and Hoover, and you would want
to make Germany great again
Because you are afraid, and your
parents are sick, and your
job pays shit and where’s your
dignity? Just a little dignity and those kids sitting down in the highway,
and chaining themselves to
buildings, what’s their fucking problem? And that kid
That’s King. And this is Selma. And Berlin. And Jerusalem. And now
is when they need you to be brave.
is when we need you to go back
and forget everything you know
and give up the things you’re chained to
and make it look so easy in your
grandkids’ history books (they should still have them, kinehora)
is when it will all be clear to them.
Now is the time to stand up and support our fellow humans, to extend our hearts outward rather than retreated in fear and disgust; now is the time to support the work of the American Civil Liberties Union. To become a card-carrying member of the ACLU, please click here. To support the actions of the ACLU, please click here. And remember, Love Saves the Day!
In Love and Service,