Monday, June 27, 2011

Delta airlines - employees still have anti nursing attitudes

Re posted - statement from Local Fairbanks, Alaskan mom ( a friend of mine) about her experience on a recent Delta Airlines flight.  

Re-posted here so I can pass the word along for those not in the local FB group. Delta has apparently been deleting comments on their facebook page about this issue. 

On Delta flight DL223 from Amsterdam to Seattle a male flight attendant approached me and asked me in a rude manner to cover up or go to the bathroom when nursing my two year old son. When I tried to inform him of the law he cut me of. He even tried to tell me that it was the federal law to cover up. 

The supervising flight attendant was nice enough and positive about nursing but still emphasized covering up.
On this long flight that i was on with two small children i felt trapped and decided to use a blanket. But I am not going to put up with this humiliating kind of treatment.

We have rights and there are laws. I am organizing a nurse in on Wednesday, 6/29 at 4.30pm at the delta counter at Fairbanks International Airport. I invite everybody to join. Even if you don't nurse come for support. 
I am also reaching out to mothers in other cities. Go to the delta counter in your town on Wednesday and remind them of our rights!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

I seek religion...

Sometimes i seek religion. I don't mean that i seek a NEW religion as the one I lay claim to I like just fine. It speaks to me. It Connects with me. it jives. It gives me the answers to my most important questions or at least is open in a way I can get on board with. My personal brand of religion has several deep roots in quakerism and unitatrian universilim. The core concepts, the things that are make or break for me are the same. Well, the vocabulary may be different but the ideas are the same.

I find comfort in the traditional 'some one talks, we sing, we do call and responce' format of the unitarian universalists. Even if it's lay lead I LIKE that Probably a left over from my (liberal) methodist background. The silent meeting of quakers has a place and i DO enjoy it but with so many of my little ones underfoot and no time in the near future i will be little one free that just wont work. I can't meditate on spirituality/god/goddess/devine with someone pulling at my skirt asking for gold fish crackers every 5 seconds.

What i  am seeking in religion is... structure? I don't like the word but it's the only one i can find to fit what i search for. There are plenty of people who practice a structured paganism. Many i don't agree with and even the ones i do I just cant find the right group. Not yet, maybe at some point I will. But what i want is more. Something now. Faith is lived everyday. I can live my faith myself. but i don't want to. I want to live it with others. I want to have a 'group' one with general shared beliefs but more then that general shared CUSTOMS. I miss having joint Things To Do. I crave the Tradition.

Quakers call to me in this way. Although i have to get over some of the vocabulary issues and translate it into "molly-ease'" sometimes. but... its not perfect. I like the traditions of conservative quakers, of catholics, of shakers, of mennonites, but I like the liberalism of socialism, of unitarian universalists, of wicca. I don't seek someone to tell me what to believe, what to have faith in. I seek people to share my faith with. I don't want to be lead, or to be the leader. I simply wish for a few souls who lean a bit crooked as well to join me on the journey.