January 14 was the anniversary of my return as a resident to Canada. The year went slowly, but well. I'm on my feet and moving forward.
I got settled in a nice apartment by the summer and in a regular job by November. I am on a satisfactory career trajectory in that I am head teacher in a new, progressive school with university-aged students, and editing novels on the side. I have resumed some of my friendships and activities. I've been seeing family. I enjoyed a proper Christmas season and recreational relief. I have even enjoyed trying new things, such as a game of curling, cooking new dishes, hanging flower baskets, teaching in different programs, different restaurants, hiking and biking paths, sung new songs and gone to shows.
I also took on new political projects as an activist: a peace petition, coordination of a commemorative meeting and the start of this "just peace" blog.
Today I attended our information picket at the site of a meeting of UN member foreign ministers with the US Secretary of State to discuss North Korea. Peace was not on the table, it turned out, as the participants pledged more sanctions against the people of North Korea. It and the media coverage were disappointing. It was very one-sided and deceptive, lapping up the US spin and aims of thwarting communist North Korea and trying to control reunification. After inviting civil society organizations, they locked out an international women's group. There was hardly any reportage on opposition and concerns about this high-level international meeting. They ignored the historical context of the status of the Korean war, and the responsibilities of all parties, especially that of the US. As co-host, the Canadian government completely kowtowed to the US. It has taken on an aggressive military stance, in general, since last summer. Far from assuaging fears about the situation, the meeting managed to enhance the danger. My group did what we could by presenting and sharing a statement, writing to the government ahead of the meeting, petitioning for a non-military solution and showing a banner while speaking on this vital issue. The reception for this brief action was pretty good, considering it was a noon time action downtown.
I had wanted to write more reflections on this anniversary entry to my blog, but I am feeling a little fatigue. More reflections another evening.