So why am I always scrambling the morning of trying to find an act of service for the family to engage in, because that's what MLK Jr. Day officially is now, yes? And why is this always so difficult: Most of the events seem to be held in New Jersey, the Bronx, or the nether reaches of Brooklyn (places that seem to daunting to access during in typically frigid weather), and I never seem to be able to plan far ahead (because maybe King's birthday falls so soon after the holidays?) to create something from scratch.
So this morning, we listened to the King-related broadcast on the public radio station WNYC (I would link this, but html links don't seem to be working here anymore), and finished watching the Fonda/Parton/Tomlin vehicle 9 to 5, which we started last night. (More twisted and violent than I thought it would be, its theme is decidedly King-like: refusing to accept a sexist boss and the resultant unjust working conditions. Lara also recently wrote about it.) Then one kid of mine and I headed over to our neighborhood's local non-profit radical lefty volunteer-run bookstore to hang out and drink warm beverages. (It's been frigidly cold for the past couple of days.) Along the way, I picked up a few handfuls and deposited it in the appropriate receptacles.
Not the most ideal day, but we did what we could. Lara (read below!) pulled today off far better than I did.
|Pointed the camera at the ceiling at Bluestockings Cafe and Activist Center|
What did you do today? Give me some ideas for next year!