Early 2000s livejournal aside, I have always felt weird revealing my personal, non-Facebook-birthday related feelings online. With all of the surreal and hateful decisions that are being attempted in our government recently, I am trying to get over feeling like this in the chance that it makes a difference in any way. For now, I wanted to share this photo and poignant post by my seester @chreees, and I'm so grateful that she wrote it:
this is my grandfather john victor simon. among many other things, he was a niagara falls attorney before the supreme court, he served in WWII and was in the very first regiment of the US Army to liberate a concentration camp, he was a father of 12 incredible children including my mother. when his family came through Ellis Island from Lebanon, they were deemed 'Syrian' on their papers.
President Trump has signed a document banning the entry of Syrian refugees into the United States (source: @nytimes) and I can not support a man or government whose actions declare men and women like my grandfather undeserving of the opportunity to be american. I've never been more ashamed of a single human being in my lifetime than I am of our president and choose not to be silent with this discontent.