Murmur Number One:
Anyone drifting through the Northeastern United States on October 12-13 should float toward Connecticut’s state capital — and then a little west. The Inter-Religious Eco-Justice Network will be holding its second interfaith Climate Stewardship Conference from October 12-13 in West Hartford. Activities on the first night will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel; all-day workshops and sessions will take place at the University of St. Joseph.
Follow this link to learn more about it — and then sign up. I will be a “panelist” in one of the many work shops, which makes me sound very important. But the true heroine is Terri Eickel, who packs enough energy to caffeinate five Starbucks franchises at once and heads up IREJN. I sit on the organization’s board of directors, which means I pretend I can give her orders when, in fact, she spins me and others around while doing her light-speed cartwheels.
Terri stands behind the sign and to the left in the featured image, taken at the recent climate march in New York. She looks like the individual to the right, which is due to the amazing coincidence that Mindy is Terri’s identical twin — so if you see Terri at the conference and, yet, she looks a little bit different, it’s Mindy. Not Terri.
I thought my eyes were deceiving me. About four hundred thousand people marched in New York City on September 21st, the largest single climate change protest ever. Similar events occurred in 166 countries. Yet my local paper, the Journal Inquirer of Manchester, CT, didn’t mention it on September 22. Meanwhile, the paper had space for an all-important brief about a South African ranger arrested for poaching, a story about a small-town New Hampshire police chief slapped with a restraining order, and another story about the US Navy’s plan to restore a historic prison in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.
And then there were the two epics: One instructed us on holding back dust mite dung; the other was all about “6 simple routines for healthy hair and skin.”
But, apparently,THE JOURNAL INQUIRER (which, to be fair, is one of the few remaining snappy papers that doesn’t mainly feature fluff) saw nothing special about a historic march in New York.
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To clarify: This isn’t a criticism of major outlets like The Washington Post and The New York Times, the event made the front page. The normally somnolent Hartford Courant even awoke from its slumber and splashed it high. This is a criticism of the Journal Inquirer, specifically, which publishes under the motto: “The JI tells it like it is. Somebody has to.” It is primarily a local paper but it carries national and international news — which means it has no excuse. Facebook testimony suggests the JI was not alone: The protest yielded to all sorts of tales of bugs, beauty tips, and the omnipresent Kardashian sisters.
Think of Walter Cronkite interrupting Moon Landing footage to give us the latest news on Liz and Dick’s rocky marriage (that’s Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton: yester-year’s J-Lo and … whomever).
I was once in the business and I can hear the replies: “We’re local … we were understaffed on Sunday … we didn’t have space for it … other news outlets handled it … we’re an afternoon paper …”
Nonsense. The editors could have chased the story via the “local angle.” Send a reporter with local groups, interview them, and splash it across the page. And they could have left a “hole:” i.e., a 15-to-17 inch space for the reporter to file her story.
But, apparently, this event was deemed unworthy.
Here is some aerial footage of the non-event event: