November 9 Significance in U.S. Connected to Lessons of Freedom & Human Rights in Germany’s History


November 9 is a significant day in history. it will continue to hold an importance on the domestic front for some states and the collective conscience of global citizens. There are many historical lessons to learn from and current challenges to commit ourselves to organize so Never Again is a genuine promise kept around the globe.

For many Americans, November 9 2016 is too soon to discuss considering the conditions of the country. Many Americans looked in the mirror and couldn’t believe the size of the crack dominating our democracy. However, it won’t go away and we owe it rest of world to reflect on November 9 significance to state of freedom.  We must also ensure what happened elsewhere to a minority blamed for all the problems of a country can’t happen here.  Although, when we take the human rights temperature, we should be vigilant and exercise our voices for universal values and basic American beliefs.

The clock struck 5:45 p.m. and on the most important election in the recent history of the United States for America, not a single voter punched a ballot for their beliefs.  It was in those 15 minutes with each ticking moment that uneasy feeling that all was not going to be well in the world regarding our government.  There was no shattering of the glass ceilings as many hoped. The sound of cracking had more to do with glass of the past.

November 9 is a shocking anniversary of Kristallnacht when attacks happened to launch the Holocaust.  Violent attacks happened that evening, at least a hundred died, hundreds of synagogues destroyed, thousands of shops decimated and then tens of thousands arrested and sent to concentration camps.

In America, people woke up in a fog of fundamental freedom funk.  A defeating doom and gloom decline of our government rained down in our democracy.

However, it shouldn’t be a surprise at all.  The toxic talk of nicknames thrust upon most presidential office seekers sure did smother any substantive policy sharing.  Cruel campaigning centered on blaming a fact-free portrait of Others for everything wrong in our own personal and political world. Disturbing debates where a candidate openly refuses to follow democratic order but instead incessantly interrupts. The vile and violent rallies openly embracing xenophobia, homophobia and misogyny.

Rest of world is in horror at what America is capable of and has created — a genuine global BULLYpulpit.  The Bullypulpit will spew bitter brutality and sheer breadth of crap related to climate change and that’s only the beginning. Paris Agreement and state of our planet is the first common casualty.

We must repudiate the racist rhetoric and respect rights for all Americans. The warmth and wisdom of important initiatives for inherent dignity and justice illuminate the ideas for how to move forward.  The peoples I have stood shoulder-to-shoulder in solidarity with through decades of direct-action and diplomacy campaigns understand from a multi-century approach for citizen advocacy the way forward.

The US Human Rights Network pledges to the people of the U.S. “with love in our hearts transform our fear, sadness, and rage into building a stronger human rights movement and culture that protects the most vulnerable from the threat of state violence and oppression under the incoming administration.  May we reduce trauma and harm as much as possible; and at the same time, dare to dream of the world we want to live in and back those dreams up with strategies bold enough to win.

Black Lives Matter also promises, We continue to operate from a place of love…We fight for our collective liberation because we are clear that until black people are free, no one is free. We are committed to practicing empathy for one another in this struggle — but we do not and will not negotiate with racists, fascists or anyone who demands we compromise our existence….We are organizing to realize a world in which our faiths are held in esteem, our identities are respected and our families are prioritized. We deserve a world in which our children are protected, where our water is sacred, and where we are given a fair chance to decide our fates. The work will be harder, but the work is the same.

The longest term perspective that understands the systematic racism rests with indigenous peoples. Like with climate change it is where leadership can be learned and has influenced and shaped our democratic institutions since the inception of the United States of America.   The International Indian Treaty Council sums up the situation, “Today is a day of sober reckoning for Indigenous Peoples, human rights and earth defenders, and allies in the United States and around the world. It is clearly time for increased vigilance and renewed commitment to defend what is important and sacred to us. It is also time to recall that the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and all human rights are inherent and inalienable. They were given to us by the Creator. Our rights can either be violated or upheld; but they can’t be given or taken away by any election, politician or law.”

The healthy perspective reflects on survival of people in the face of genocide and suggests strategy for the future, “We will need to be unified and prepared to stand in solidarity with one another with the clarity and positivity that only our spiritual teachings and practices can provide. Our ancestors withstood far more with great courage, wisdom and integrity, always keeping true to who they were. Now is not the time for us to be discouraged, depressed or fearful. There is far too much at stake for that.”

La lucha continua. Life is a cycle. But we must guarantee the common good. On November 9, 1918, when Kaiser Wilhem II abdicated, Herr Scheidemann declared a new social-democratic republic.  Then November 9, 1923 Hitler led Beer Hall Putsch in Munch that was put down immediately and sent him and his followers to prison.  There will be many more November 9’s and with the words of wisdom above as our guidance, there should be a brighter future than the apocalyptic ambiance of 2016.

What’s most important is we can’t allow it to continue and stand in solidarity immediately against any initiatives against individuals.

“Truth and love will overcome lies and hatred,” Vaclav Havel claimed. The playwright and president understood uniting against tyranny and dictators to forge freedom and democracy.  We must ensure truth trumps lies and human rights defeats hatred for the future.

Our path forward in politics can’t be driven by fear or frustration. The redemptive road to what we are striving for — not only what America should be —  will be arduous and all-encompassing taking more than ever expected.  We must organize to our optimal abilities. The world is at stake. We aren’t defeated and devastated. We are determined and driven.  We must win for the world.

On Tuesday night, people went through process of Did I do enough leading up to the election? What do I do now? What can be my purpose in the next 1500 days?  The answers will be in our actions.

We must never forget the final words, on November 9 1840, of an early German democratic activist and eventual parliamentarian, Robert Blum, “I die for freedom.”

We gird together to galvanize for today and tomorrow. Our resilient resistance will really return state of human rights to prominence in everyday peoples daily lives.  We will rise and resist.

While some want to build walls and begin reactionary rules violating the U.S. Constitution and international human rights, we will build a massive people-centered movement rooted in righteous alternatives. The beautiful movement will be one for all to belong.

November 9 can have even new significance in our souls.  Of course, what we do today will be directly determine the condition of our democracy and human rights around the world.

Grieve than Galvanize for good government of, by and for the people.  Mourn and then mobilize movement for fundamental freedoms.  It’s about to get REAL real in our world. It’s not television it’s time to shift theories and tactics for true challenging times.