In this time when an 8 year old boy ended up in the hospital because he defended his 4 year old sister from young teens hurling mulch and racist taunts at her, my list of who and what I am grateful for is very much different this Thanksgiving day. I do recognize the value of taking personal stock and appreciating the positives in my life, but we are in a seriously troubled time. Hate crimes surged in the immediate aftermath of the election. Safety nets we the people have paid for - Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid - are in danger. Cabinet post picks demonstrate our already fragile environment is a target. And then there is the on going horror of peaceful protest by Native Americans met with the ugly and unjustified militarized police action. With so much now in danger, giving thanks for my good fortune seems at best inappropriate. Instead, today I focus on the world I want to live in, an inclusive world where we the people can all give thanks for our inalienable rights. To that end, my list to give thanks for is very short. Today I celebrate both Southern Poverty Law Center and the American Civil Liberties Union.