I am an ALLY, are you?




I was just about to write about two Endangered Birds this morning,  when this came in my email.

The Birds can wait until tomorrow,  this is much more important to me and millions of others around the world.

First let me say, that I have felt this way since the 60’s, when I lived in L.A., long before it was fashionable to do so.

It was the time of flower children, free love, inspirational speeches and thinking, yes some of it was quite radical as well, and also sadly, way too many really bad drugs.

It was more importantly, a time of a different kind of attitude toward others.

Did the Viet Nam War/Conflict have anything to do with this, probably.

We were all so very young and so very scared.

We had a common bond,  a mantra,  ” trust no one over 30.”

We were afraid of the violence that surrounded us daily and sought what we thought was a better way to be live, to be.

It was a time of gathering of minds, souls and bodies in support of one critical idea, Peace.

We desperately searched for this state of being that was seemingly just out of  our of reach.

Quite understandably, so many from a wide variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds, came to L.A.  back then in support of what was happening and it was easy to ignore stereotypes, racism and ugliness toward any who were ” different.”

It was the time of,  Hair, the musical that defined an entire generation, and was dedicated to the idea of loving everyone, we were all the same, no color,  or sexual or racial lines, we were united in our determination to stop the prejudice, the violence, the hate and most importantly the killing.

So, today when this came, it simply had to be addressed immediately.

It is who I and millions of others, who were reared up in L.A. in the 60’s,  are/were.

I am now and  will forever be,  AN ALLY.

Won’t you be as well?

And for those who keep asking, I am not a Gator Woman, it is a pseudonym used at WordPress for my Gravatar.

My name is Donna, am so happy to see you here~




36 thoughts on “I am an ALLY, are you?

      • LOL! Donna, Aquarius is somewhat of a theme song since that’s my sign, but I haven’t song it in awhile. Thanks to you, I’ll be signing it all day. My dog might have something to say to you before this day is over. 🙂

      • My roomate gave me the CD a few years ago for Christmas and we play it loudly on every road trip that we take.
        And like yours, Breanna is not impressed with us, or the CD~
        Did you go to see the play in LA at the Aquarius in 1969?
        The Event of a lifetime and never to be forgotten.

      • In 1969, I turned 18 that February. My dad died when I was 16, and my mom didn’t think I was an adult until the age of 30. LOL! Needless to say, I was pretty much trapped within the confines of Chicago and had to wait for “Hair” the movie. Music was another story. Old Towne was the place to gather and central to music then. It was known as the “hippie hang-out,” with Rush Street being the place for those who liked Go-Go boots as opposed to sandals.

        There was so much togetherness then, that when I did get older and ventured into the world of work and business, I was shocked at some of the attitudes I encountered.

      • Thank you so much for sharing that very personal memory.
        I was raised in Indiana and found the racism and bigotry there unbearable, which is why I went to L.A.
        I was sickened by all the narrow minded thinking.
        L.A. was a fresh breath of air and I loved it all.
        It was my home for over 30 years.
        Many wonderful memories.
        BTW Went to Chicago many times, loved it!

  1. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    This hits home in several ways: I can remember the PEACE time, the Vietnam war and the American sentiment; I can remember being different … I need all the ALLIES I can get …. I am different yet the same. The difference comes from others!! We ALL are ONE!!

  2. Wooly hasn’t always been an ALLY but somewhere along the winding road to maturity and wiser decisions his opinions changed. His epiphany came upon the realization that when discrimination against anyone is condoned freedom for all is endangered. The price of repudiating all institutions that prize dogma over humanity, the planet and scientific evidence was starting life anew in his 50’s. His only regret is he didn’t do it sooner.

  3. At 65 now and looking back we were so committed to changing the world. It’s worse now. What happened ? Maybe it is not us. The megabanks and megacorps with their “in their pocket” lackey politicians control everything and the right to vote is a mere illusion of democracy. We are disempowered. In my own little way I still try to make a difference. Never be the source of anyone’s misfortune and never pass up the opportunity to perform a charitable act. I think that’s true to the 60’s mantra.

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