Sometimes I’ll post good news but we have to look honestly at the stark reality, too. It’s gonna take a long time to fix what this president and administration are damaging in America. And it will not be possible to undo much of the harm done to people and the environment. While it’s important not to become overwhelmed, it’s also important to remember that THIS IS NOT NORMAL.
- The election outcome was definitely influenced by Russian interference. There is probable cause to believe that Trump or his advisors colluded with the Russians to steal the election. There’s more and more dirt coming out almost every day.
- The Trump Administration is a disaster for people and the planet. This week the LA Times is publishing a series on Our Dishonest President.
- America is in a crisis of governance. No adult is in charge. The GOP has no clue how to govern, and Trump is completely unqualified and inept.
- A social media meme went viral stating that 14 Black and Latinx girls went missing from the DC area within a 24-hour span. While the statistic was incorrect, it sparked a much-needed conversation about missing girls of color in America, and the overall lack of attention from the media and white communities.
What You Can Do Next
Call your Senators:
If your Senators are Democrats, tell them to filibuster Gorsach. Thank them if they’ve already committed to do this. If your Senators are Republicans, tell them, “If you can’t get 60 votes, the problem is your nominee not rules based on 230 years of Senate precedent.”
Sign up for Resist Bot if you haven’t yet. It lets you fax your Senators by text message.
I’m very excited about a new project I discovered this week called the Resistance School. It’s a four-session training program for tools to fight back against the Trump administration. Please sign up for these free online classes! it’s so important. You can watch on your own, or as a group. The four sessions are:
- Communicate our values in political advocacy (Session One)
- Mobilize and organize our communities (Session Two)
- Structure and build capacity for action (Session Three)
- Sustain the resistance long-term (Session Four)
If you want to make pussyhats and other craftivist projects to help raise money for charity organizations, you can do that by donating finished items to WeDNA for their shop. If you want to donate through a purchase of handmade items, this is also a good place to check out. Buyers choose for each donation to go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Planned Parenthood, or the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century:
You have to have some deeper anchoring which allows you to declare to yourself that [what is happening with the new presidency] is not normal, and that instead of taking a wait-and-see approach, it is important to take action, even in a small way, every day.
If you’re not familiar with Timothy Snyder, professor of History at Yale University, now is the time to learn about his work. I first heard of him when I read his book Bloodlands: Europe Between Hitler and Stalin, while I was studying the history of Lithuania and the Soviet Union. His newest (and very short) book provides 20 practical lessons from history to help us navigate the dangerous waters we are traversing in the United States right now. We can avoid the mistakes that led to the disasters in Europe in the 1930s and 40s, but we have to consciously and intentionally work to do so. The book On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century tells us how.
- This lecture, What Can European History Teach Us About Trump’s America?, is probably the most important thing you will watch this year.
- This is a short video interview with Professor Snyder about the new book.
- Here’s a written video if you prefer reading.
- I’ll be posting updates from this book all week on Instagram.
- Posters from Tyranny have been put up around London. I hope this happens in the USA, too!
Get ready for April’s Marches:
They’re almost here! Have you finished your green or blue hat yet? What about a brain hat? Have you made any science hats for friends?
- April 22: March for Science, Earth Day.
- April 29: The People’s Climate March.
- May 1: A Day without Immigrants.
- Find out how you can participate in Black Lives Matter events in your area. We all need to be part of this movement. None of us is free until all of us are free.
Check out my Knitters First 100 Days Resistance Agenda for more ideas. Don the Con has only been in office for about 70 days. I know, it already feels like a year.