I did another graphic thing. (Zazzle link above, or you can hit my store on Café Press.) Because it’s appalling that Elizabeth Warren was denied the chance to read Coretta Scott King’s letter about Jeff Sessions. (And while four other senators were allowed to read it later, all four are men. Grrr.)
It’s heartening to me that more and more Democrat senators are getting the intestinal fortitude to stand up and make noise about this mess. Most of them are the usual suspects who did things like the post-Pulse gun-control protests, but even the mild-mannered ones are getting in on the act, now. If only Bernie would stop acting like a) Trump has any intention of actually helping workers and b) that doing so is the biggest priority over, y’know, basic human rights, we could present a pretty united front on the left. I wish we could do more to drag the wishy-washy moderate Republicans into the light (c’mon, Susan Collins and Lindsey Graham!) but it is what it is for now. They can’t risk pissing off Trump supporters or they’ll get primaried out (though they’re also going to have to tread carefully with regard to more-moderate voters, too.) Our only hope for getting him out of office is if he somehow gets convicted of something that requires jail time, so the Congressfolk who actually do dislike him don’t have to get their hands dirty. They can just tell voters that it was the will of the courts and thereby skate on having to take responsibility for opposing him.
I think we’re still kind of in shock-and-awe territory. It’s been less than three weeks, and I suspect he’s going to be there for a while, yet. Probably time to gird our loins for the long haul, horrific as that sounds.
In the meantime, two suggestions:
-Assemble an emergency kit/go bag. If you think you may be targeted, make sure you have a way to get the heck out if you need to. Also, if you live somewhere that’s prone to natural disasters (especially a blue state), make sure you’ve prepared and planned for that. I wouldn’t at all put it past Trump to withhold FEMA and other federal disaster aid to punish misbehaving states. Make sure you have calorie- and nutrient-dense non-perishable food, plenty of water, a few changes of clothes, toiletries, a first-aid kit, a flash drive with scans of important docs and any pictures and other things you want to save, batteries, a paperback or other non-electronic way to pass time, etc. Keep one in your car and one at home.
-If you have the money, donate (and see if your employer does matching funds!) Here’s a list of places I’ve sent money to recently, if you’d like some ideas:
- International Rescue Committee
- Planned Parenthood
- Lambda Legal
- Anti-Defamation League
- Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
- Native American Rights Fund
- Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Earth Justice
- Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund
- Trevor Project
- Trans Lifeline
- Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
- American Immigration Council
- Habitat for Humanity
- Amnesty International
Plus some Standing Rock funds and a couple of individuals who are doing good work (the person who runs Medieval PoC, for instance.)
(Also, if you’d like to push some funds my way, please buy one of my books–link to the right–or shop at one of the stores linked above!)
Lastly, if you’re someone who is on the GOP’s target list–queer, PoC, PWD, etc.–you’re probably going to get overwhelmed and burned out. Take time to take care of yourself. Don’t do their dirty work for them by neglecting your health and well-being. And if you’re someone who’s NOT on the target list, or only has one or two relatively mild disadvantages, do what you can to care for the folks around you who are in more danger right now. We can survive this, but only if we work together.