Monday, Jan 30, 2017
You Can't Do Everything—But You Have To Do SOMETHING
That's our theme for today, troops. Huge shout out to all of you who held it DOWN at airports across the country all weekend. What a beautiful sight those crowds were—such righteous fury, and also such joy and love. Thank you all! I wasn't there, and yes, I had major activist FOMO. I was at a birthday party for a dear friend's daughter, having drinks with friends and watching the kids play, and I told my husband "Ahhh, I really want to go to SFO right now!" And he was like: "You're enjoying yourself, you're with friends and family. This is a LONG HAUL. You don't have to do everything." And he was right. (So me and several others just checked Twitter compulsively and shared every update we could ;)
Point is: This may well be the New Normal. The Protest Lifestyle. We cannot be at every protest, we cannot make every call on every issue. The key is to step back, take stock of your life and schedule, and decide: What can you commit to? Where can you make room? Where do those phonecalls fit in, what protests and demos can you attend? For those of you who've been at this for years, you may have developed activist habits and modes of self-care. For those who are new, there may be some whiplash. But really, what we're experiencing is so unprecedented, that even the most hardened protest vets are losing their shit. That's what they want. And we have to be smart, strong + SUSTAINED.
On that note: Tomorrow we'll almost certainly learn the SCOTUS nom. DeVos and Sessions hearing will happen. The Muslim Ban will continue to play out. We have to resist Herr Bannon. We have to follow which GOPs are developing some moral fortitude, and watch which Dems are willing to get loud. This will be a BIG week. Take deep breaths, and be ready.
The rapid response to the airport protests in indicative of the real nationwide commitment to resisting this totalitarian takeover attempt—the fact that we saw THAT many people, in THAT many cities, showing up w/ almost NO advance notice...that's huge. That's hope. That's also a reminder of what we're in for, and what's required of us—ESPECIALLY those of us with the class/race/citizenship/ability privilege to do so.
So! With all that said, give yourself a hug, and here we go...
*NOTE: PHONE LINES ARE TOUGH TODAY BECAUSE EVERYONE IS CALLING! That's a GOOD thing, but if lines are busy: SEND FAXES!!! Really, that is STILL A THING!*
1. 3. Call your MoCs to protest the fact that a literal white supremacist jabba-the-hut-looking, darth-vader-idolizing mofo is now controlling national security. CALL THEM.
"Hi, my name is _____ and my zip code is _____ and I am calling because I cannot believe it is possible that Steve Bannon, an unvetted white nationalist media provocateur who cites Darth Vader and Satan as examples of powerful figures has been given this much power. How can Sen/Rep let this happen to America? What is Sen/Rep______ doing to stop this?"
2. If you want to make more calls, instead of reinventing the wheel, today I direct you to https://5calls.org/ for your call-making pleasure. Excellent resource!
3. I wrote this on Saturday in response to the Muslim Ban. Please read, share, and consider taking some of these actions.
THANK YOU! LET'S (KEEP) DO(ING) THIS!