Hello, my dear fellow geeks. As you all know, on November 8, 2016 I had a terrible dream that Trump was elected president. Any minute now I shall awake and we will be freed of this terrifying vision. Alas, it seems I’m still asleep so today is check in day. How is everyone doing? Y’all OK? Everyone keeping up with their phone calls? Remembering to be active with local politics as well as national? Are you staying hydrated and wearing comfortable shoes?
I made a New Year’s Resolution to do 365 actions on or before New Year’s Eve 2017. Here are my rules for myself:
- An action can be a single phone call or email, although I have stopped counting signing petitions. Sometimes I count “call your reps” as a single action. Sometimes I count each call separately. I live on the edge.
- A big action, like several hours at a march or bottle feeding a kitten (which is a think I did! You have to help them poop! It’s weird!) counts for more than one action. Acts of community service and kindness count as political actions. So does making a donation.
- Sometimes I do an action a day and sometimes I crank out a lot of them at once. Whatever.
By my wacky accounting system, I’ve done 235 actions as of August 3. I have noticed that when I keep up with them my levels of anxiety and depression are better. Today I’m emailing Trump to tell him to knock it off with the hate speech, so that should be all sorted out as soon as he reads my email. You’re welcome.
The happy trick to my system is that it is MY system. Make your own! It really doesn’t matter how you get your activism in. Maybe you help old ladies across the street. Maybe you share stuff on Facebook (fact check it first, please)! Maybe you focus on educating yourself by reading about political, social, economic, or environmental issues and about our crazy political history. Find something you care about and speak out about that thing.
By the way, this previous Friday (Aug 4) we had a visit from the amazing Bonnie Burton, author of Crafting With Feminism. Be sure to check the post out!