Slow Burn

fullsizerenderAnother day, another egregious attack on human rights and decency….

Today we’re focusing on setting priorities and not burning out. As my spouse said to me the other day – and I’m sure many of you have had similar conversations – “how are we going to survive four years of this?”

There are two questions here: how will we as individuals get through the next four years, especially if this careening rollercoaster cart continues to jump the track? But even more pressing, how will the country survive?

The answer, of course, is by doing what we’ve been doing for the past week. We call our members of Congress, we join Facebook groups with other local activists (and we show up for meetings and actions), we donate to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood and all of the other amazing groups doing amazing work, we stay vigilant, we protest and march.

Show me what democracy looks like? This is what democracy looks like!

But if you, like me, get a squidgy feeling when you’re away from social media and the news for too long, because you’re afraid you’re going to miss the latest development, you might also be wondering, how am I going to maintain the energy and drive to do this for four freaking years?

I’ve found some great guidance from Jen Hofmann’s weekly action checklist. Before you even jump into more activism, Jen has you figure out what your top three issues are (I know, only three!) and then determine what kind of actions you will take. You are directed to talk about your issues and action plan with friends and family. And then you set up time in your schedule to do the action.

We do this so we don’t burn out. Instead it’s the slow burn, as Jen calls it. It’s been really helpful for me to focus on my priorities and organize without getting overwhelmed. (Well, for the most part, at least.)

More on my top three priorities and actions soon. But let’s talk – how are you taking care of yourself during this hectic time?

 

#Resistance Link Roundup 1

Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. -Aldous Huxley

Take Action:

I just came across this resources via Crunk Feminist Collective – the Resistance Manual is a project by StayWoke and is a fantastic resource for getting educated on a number of pressing rights and justice issues at national and state levels, as well as ways to take action. This looks to be an essential tool in the days ahead.

Resistance Superstars:

Hats off to the National Park Service for going rogue after several agencies were ordered by Trump to stop tweeting.  Not only did the Badlands account start tweeting out climate change facts (the tweets have since been deleted but you can find them here), brave NSP employees started an alternate National Parks twitter account as private citizens). And they were soon joined by more brave souls.

Follow these, too:

This is what resistance looks like!

Have Hope:

A friend shared this piece (Why Trump’s Inauguration is Not the Beginning of an Era – but the End) and while I’m not smart enough in the fields of economics and history to evaluate every claim, it gave me hope that what we’re seeing now might indeed be the last gasp of an outdated and reactionary power structure.

Look for an upcoming post about fake news and “alternative facts.” (Spoiler alert: “alternative facts” aren’t a thing.)

Resistance is Not Futile

img_5099So lots is going on, guys! The coronation – ahem, inauguration was Friday and then we all marched! Well, maybe not all of us marched, but a whole heck of us marched. Including yours truly.

I keep waiting for things to slow down for a bit so I have time to compose a thoughtful, considered post about the ways of the world, but that’s not happening. As a writer and librarian (and lover of facts, just like it says on my banner), I can’t stay quiet. And the world isn’t offering me time to be eloquent and write infrequent, elegant posts.

Instead I’m going to post often – and since the blog goes out automatically to Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr (which I’m not entire sure I know what that is but maybe 2017 is when I figure it out), I’m going to consolidate efforts here on the blog and post shorter, more frequent pieces – as well as news items and links and pretty much anything else I feel warrants attention.

Because let’s face it – we are living in WEIRD times. And so much is happening! So fasten your seatbelt and let’s join the resistance!