What happened?Donald Trump didn’t get much of anything accomplished in his first 100 days of president, but the resistance has been strong! Here’s a great article about what the resistance has accomplished: Trump accomplished nothing in his first 100 days, but Democrats have been kicking ass.
Yesterday (April 22) was the March for Science and scientists and others around the world marched to protect society from ignorance. Just as in the Women’s March, knitting and crochet were superstars at this march!
You can wear a lot of the same hats next week at the People’s ClimCheck out more in the March for Science Knitting & Crafting Group on FB or check hashtag #projectthinkingcap on any social media. There are a lot of cool variations of my Resist hat in the Ravelry projects, too. The full alphabet is charted in Knitting as a Political Act.
What you can do nextLearn more about totalitarianism and authoritarianism. We’ll be reading about Russia and the USSR in the Our Knitting Roots book club staring on May 1, and our project for June will be an Orenburg lace scarf/stole (you choice of width). It may not seem like Our Knitting Roots have much to do with fighting totalitarianism, but consider this quote from Why Arendt Matters: Revisiting “The Origins of Totalitarianism” by Roger Berkowitz
The modern condition of rootlessness is a foundational experience of totalitarianism; totalitarian movements succeed when they offer rootless people what they most crave: an ideologically consistent world aiming at grand narratives that give meaning to their lives. By consistently repeating a few key ideas, a manipulative leader provides a sense of rootedness grounded upon a coherent fiction that is “consistent, comprehensible, and predictable.In addition, read:
- Timothy Snyder’s On Tyranny: 20 Lessons from the 20th Century
- Amy Siskind’s weekly authoritarian checklist of things that are changing
- Hannah Arendt’s 1951 book, The Origins of Totalitarianism
- HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency
- HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
- HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
- HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
- HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
- HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
- HR 785 National Right to Work (this one ends unions)
- HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
- HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Ah Beep Beep Walkin’ down the street Ungawa. Black power. Destroy. White boy. I said it. I meant it. I’m here to represent it. Soul sister number 9, Sock it to me one more time.I still struggle with having white privilege and not doing all I can to oppose the systemic racism in our society. Many people confuse racism with prejudice. Prejudice is a personal attitude toward a person of a different ethnic background. Systemic racism is “about the way racism is built into every level of our society. While few people today consider themselves racist, racism itself persists in our schools, offices, court system, police departments, and elsewhere.” I made and wear this hat to support my sisters and cousins. Let’s all work together to make a better world.