10 Good Things About 2009
By Medea Benjamin
My almost annual list of ten good things about the waning year has never before
posed such a tremendous challenge. In the face of this challenge, I decided
to try a minimalist thought experiment, blocking out the many baneful events
that colored 2009, and instead seeking out the small, yet powerfully bright
notes to inspire and give us hope for the year head.
7. Michelle Obama planted the White House's first
organic vegetable garden, a garden that provided food for her own family's table
and helped to educate the nation's children about healthy eating.
9. Last year, CODEPINK launched a campaign calling
upon the FBI to add Luis Posada Carilles, a ruthless terrorist who was responsible
for downing a Cuban airplane in 1976, to the Most Wanted List and arrest him.
On April 8, he was indicted on 11 counts.
I looked around and saw the women of CODEPINK, the impassioned environmental activists in Copenhagen, the young Israeli refuseniks, Afghan parliamentarian Malalai Joya, and all our friends and allies working for peace and social justice around this country and the world, and realized that WE are the hope and change we have been waiting for.
Even after all the disappointments of this year, the items on this list and our own strength and persistence give me immense hope in the possibilities to come as we greet the New Year.
So here's a toast to our power and our passion—we have
our work cut out for us in 2010!
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