FOUR Tuesdays ago . . . I sat there, watching my computer bring me election updates, stunned.
Numb, in fact.
And, really . . . four Tuesdays later, I'm still pretty much there. (Although I am sleeping through the night now, so that's a plus.)
After giving the whole thing quite a bit of thought (and a lot of angst), I've decided that, really, the only way to deal with post-election madness and the upcoming (gulp) DJT presidency is to take ACTION.
On Tuesdays, I'm going to put together some sort of ACTION-related blog post. Sometimes, I'll pass on direct actions you might choose to take; sometimes, I'll share information; and sometimes I may even bring you something to laugh about. My aim is to provide information we can use . . . to stay informed, prepare ourselves, raise our voices, and make a difference. Because one thing is for sure . . . I can't just sit here. I need to do something!
So. Where to start? (Because there is just So Much.)
I'll begin here. . .
This morning, as I was driving to the gym, I heard this story on NPR. (I can't find the NPR story I heard, so the link from ABC news will have to do.) An off-duty police officer, who also happens to be a Muslim woman, was subjected to verbal threats by an angry man in her Brooklyn neighborhood. (The man has since been charged with menacing as a hate crime.)
This type of news story is becoming increasingly more common. It certainly seems that hate crimes are on the rise since the election (actually, since the campaign madness).*
It gets me thinking. . . What can I DO if I encounter someone being harassed? How would I take action? How could I help? I want to be prepared.
Here's a nifty little infographic that offers practical tips for helping diffuse harassment.
This short video by Films for Action also provides practical advice for what to do if you are a witness to harassment.
While I'm hoping I don't encounter this kind of situation, at least I'm feeling more prepared and ready to act.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
* Here's an interesting article about hate crimes reporting and the difficulty in obtaining meaningful, consistent data. While it certainly does seem that hate crimes are on the rise, it is difficult to state with clarity how much.