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December 21, 2016

Pantsuit Nation book: divisions and the audacity to hope

The pantsuit has become the Democratic candidate's unofficial symbol. David Maris/Univision

It was Tuesday evening when I first became aware of the buzz surrounding Maine native Libby Chamberlain's announcement that she intends to publish a book based on the collaborative contributions of the nearly 4-million member strong secret Facebook group, Pantsuit Nation, founded by Chamberlain during the 2016 election campaign.

This morning I Googled Pantsuit Nation, clicked on the news tab, and was stunned to find how widespread backlash over the book announcement had spread overnight.

The listing of articles with inflammatory titles proclaimed: "Pantsuit Nation members revolt after operator cashes in with book deal" - "The [secret] Pantsuit Nation Facebook Group Is Being Turned Into a Book" - (As published) "DELETE YOUR ACCOUNT Pantsuit Nation Is the Worst: Why a Book of Uplifting Facebook Posts Won't Heal America" - "Pantsuit Nation Is A Sham" - "Revolt in Pantsuit Nation!"

I don't need to copy and paste quotes from articles that you can, and should, read for yourselves to be able to state that, clearly the divide that engulfed our nation throughout the election campaign — infecting even those who rallied together in support of one another — rages on.

Personally, I sincerely hope that Chamberlain will take the time to read these post-book-announcement articles too, and not just those supporting her endeavor.

If Chamberlain can push past the admitted pain and disappointment evoked by the onslaught of negative commentary, noting relevant points from the articles and taking sufficient time to evaluate the merits — both pro and con — perhaps we can hold onto the hope that the end product will ultimately serve the greater good.

November 26, 2016

URGENT: Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Requests Our Help

BREAKING: Army Corps of Engineers shutting down DAPL protest camp due to concerns for public safety

"We ask that everyone who can appeal to President Obama and the Army Corps of Engineers to consider the future of our people and rescind all permits, and deny the easement to cross the Missouri River just north of our Reservation and straight through our treaty lands." -Standing Rock Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II

Now the Standing Rock Chairman is asking for what I read between the lines what was going to happen.
But the problem is they are not following the paper trail; or the looming January 1 deadline.

Sept 30th DAPL meeting with SRST