Whose Heritage??? Public symbols, Confederate statues, and the myth of the Lost Cause

This article is one of the most important recently written about the issues of the Confederate statues.  What sets this article apart is that it hits head-on the myth of the “Lost Cause” — the idea that the Civil War was not about slavery and that the South was home to genteel aristocrats.


Whose Heritage:  Public Symbols of the Confederacy

Despite the well-documented history of the Civil War, legions of Southerners still cling to the myth of the Lost Cause as a noble endeavor fought to defend the region’s honor and its ability to govern itself in the face of Northern aggression. This deeply rooted but false narrative is the result of many decades of revisionism in the lore and even textbooks of the South that sought to create a more acceptable version of the region’s past. The Confederate monuments and other symbols that dot the South are very much a part of that effort.

As a consequence of the national reflection that began in Charleston, the myths and revisionist history surrounding the Confederacy may be losing their grip in the South.

Yet, for the most part, the symbols remain.

The effort to remove them is about more than symbolism. It’s about starting a conversation about the values and beliefs shared by a community.

It’s about understanding our history as a nation.

Read the full article; pay special attention to the chart showing dates when most Confederate statues were erected.

Action items for week of August 6 – 12

Action Checklist for Americans of Conscience

Week of August 6, 2017: August Recess Edition 1 of 5

39 weeks down, 65 weeks to mid-term elections.

While Congress is in August recess, the checklist has just 7 actions per week based on subscriber priorities. The intention of this weekly document is to make clear suggestions backed by well-considered research for Americans who care about democracy and justice.

Contact information for our Congressional and State representatives is at this link.

I believe in quality, affordable healthcare for all Americans.

Action: Support bipartisan cooperation to repair ACA.

This is the next logical action after the failure of the Senate to repeal the ACA.

Visit: 5calls.org and use their excellent script for both red and blue senators.


I believe in a government led by people of integrity.

Action: Meet your Congressional representatives in person this month.

Call: Your 3 Members of Congress

Script: Hi. I’m a constituent from [town] calling to find out when [name] is holding a town hall meeting near me during August recess.

Bonus: Visit https://www.indivisibleguide.com/ for guidance on how to make the most of attending this event.


I believe in equal rights for all Americans.

Action: Advocate for equal access to housing for LGBTQ Americans.

Write: Or call your 1 representative.

Script: I am from [ZIP] and calling to ask [name] to support H.R. 1447. While it is currently legal in the US to deny housing to LGBTQ Americans, this discrimination is wrong and should be remedied. Can I count on [name] to co-sponsor this bill and stand up against housing discrimination?


I believe in a woman’s right to reproductive care.

Action: Oppose new legislation that restricts access to abortion.

Write: Or call your 2 senators.

Script: I am calling from [ZIP] to express concern about two anti-abortion bills. H.R. 7 has just passed in the House and moves to the Senate to pull all funding for legal abortion in the US. Secondly, S. 231 would modify the 14th Amendment and define life as beginning at conception. I strongly oppose both of these bills and want [name] to do the same.


I believe in creating a healthy planet for future generations.

Action: Support a bill that intends to stop Arctic drilling.

Call: Your 1 representative.

Script: Hi. I’m from [ZIP] calling to express my support for H.R. 1784. The climate crisis is fueled by petroleum and drilling in the Arctic is a step in the wrong direction. I would like [name] to support creative, sustainable energy. Can I count on [name] to co-sponsor H.R. 1874 and prevent drilling in the Arctic?

I believe in the Constitutional rights of free speech, assembly, and press.

Action: Advocate for daily press briefings.

Script: The American people want to know what is happening at the White House. We are tired of leaks, tweets, and rumors. If this president wants respect, we must see transparency in daily press briefings. Name, state.

Write: A postcard to either of the staff below:

  • Chief of Staff John Kelly 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20500
  • Atty. General Jeff Sessions 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20530-0001

Bonus: Ask your 1 rep to support H.R.3228 for bi-weekly press briefings.


I believe free, safe, and open voting is fundamental to a thriving democracy.

Action: Oppose efforts to take the ballot from your hand.

Look up: Go here and click on “Voting Rights.” Is your state considering legislation that restricts voting?

If so: Look up your state legislator.

Script: Hi. I am from [ZIP], calling to oppose efforts to restrict voting in [state]. (Mention specific legislation.) Can you tell me where [name] stands on this issue?


Acts of Gratitude

Thank Sen. Jeff Flake for acknowledging that bipartisan cooperation is a better course of action for our country. Democracy thrives with collaboration.

Address: 6840 North Oracle Road, Suite 150, Tucson, AZ 85704


Thank Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for opposing the president’s efforts to restrict immigration and diversity of skills.

Address: 130 South Main Street, 7th Floor, Greenville, SC 29601


Good news

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ACTION ALERT: Call Rob Wittman!!

ACTION NEEDED — JULY 14:  The budget currently being considered by the House of Representatives removes all federal funding for Planned Parenthood.  Call Representative Rob Wittman and tell him you are a constituent, you support Planned Parenthood, and you want Congress to fully fund Planned Parenthood.

Click here for talking points:  Planned Parenthood

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Indivisible Northumberland Meetings

Next meeting

  • Sunday, July 16
  • 3:00 PM
  • Northumberland Public Library, 7204 Northumberland Hwy, Heathsville VA

The program for the July 16 meeting features Rev. Dr. Hal White who will present and facilitate a discussion about “Effective Communication Techniques for our Polarized Environment.”

Click here for the agenda. Membership Agenda Jul 16

August Meeting

August meeting is Sunday, August 6, 3:00 PM, Northumberland Public Library.  Our guest speaker will be Dr. Frank Fletcher, a noted hydraulic geologist, author of textbooks on the subject, who will speak on water quality and water supply issues in the Northern Neck.