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February 14, 2017
“There are all kinds of love in this world but never the same love twice.”
-F. Scott Fitzgerald
I celebrated an unusual Valentine’s Day on Saturday. I have long been on the board of Middle TN Jobs with Justice. They organized a gathering with TN Indivisible to lovingly welcome Andrew Puzder, nominee for Labor Secretary, to his home in Franklin. Because Mr. Puzder has a record as CEO of the company that owns Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s which can be described as anti-labor, we gave out candy hearts imprinted with the words “Stay Home Andy.”
There are all kinds of love. I began my remarks saying that my love for a worker – my husband of 47 year – motivated my work for Jobs with Justice. I am passionate about workers being able to receive a living wage while working full time in safe environments. But the romantic love I have for him is only one kind of love. At the gathering I was able to connect with many of the friends and allies from labor unions and Workers Dignity that I have made over the years supporting workers’ justice. Our love is based on the shared values of hard work, mutual empowerment, basic fairness and active citizenship.
That leads to another kind of love, love of country. Standing in the circle at the center of their town square I met many Franklin residents that I did not know, who were members of TN Indivisible. They were from both political parties and Independents who did not vote alike in this past election. Yet they all agreed that love of country required them to become more active citizens than they had been previously by joining their voice with other people. Many of them where new to this kind of public gathering to educate their neighbors and new to forming new alliances with people who did very different kinds of work than they did.
There are many kinds of love – these are only a few. May you celebrate Valentine’s Day by risking reaching out with love in some unfamiliar way.
With faith and love,