RESISTING: WEEK TWO

The last week has had me oscillating between avoiding checking the news, debating turning off CNN notifications on my phone, and regularly checking in case anything good had happened, but in a look with one eye covered sort of way because I didn't really want to see the bad.

There was a lot of bad. The kind that you might have read about in the past and thought, "How would that even happen? How would people let it get to that point?"

Need I direct you to Exhibit A?

This is only week two.

We've seen a lot of horrible, but in light of the recent ban, I've seen a lot of good. People who normally keep quiet are speaking out, loudly. People are taking action and it's reassuring to see.

We're in this together and we aren't going to stop fighting.

Here's my list of things I'll be doing this week- four small, simple tasks that will lead to lasting impact. I'd love to have you join me.




CONTACT

Write to your senators. Call them. Do both. They have a responsibility to uphold and need to know we are holding them accountable.

Write to the White House. I sent a couple dozen postcards off and have plans to continue to do so throughout the duration of his term.

Be to the point. Be polite. Be firm. Be relentless.


MAKE YOUR MONEY COUNT

Many often want to help but lack the time. A monetary donation might be the most convenient way to create a lasting impact, and you don't have to give a lot. There are plenty of organizations that can make whatever you're able to give go to where it will most make a difference. Here's a few relating specifically to immigrants and refugees.

ACLU- "The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States."


IRAP- "The International Refugee Assistance Project organizes law students and lawyers to develop and enforce a set of legal and human rights for refugees and displaced persons."

NILC- "The National Immigrant Law Center is one of the leading organizations in the U.S. exclusively dedicated to defending and advancing the rights of low-income immigrants."

Subscribe to credible newspapers and magazines that actively provide truth and pursue justice. Washington Post and Teen Vogue, anyone?

Not spending money has a huge impact as well. Over the weekend, a wave of Uber users deleted their accounts. Lyft had pledged a significant amount of money to the ACLU. When I double checked this, I found that Uber has since pledged to donate and has spoken out against the ban.

Bottom line: Take inventory of the companies whose services you pay for. Have they spoken out? Have they taken a stand for good?

Consider your bank and the projects it funds (for instance, the Dakota Access Pipeline). Are they really in line with your values? Call them with your concerns. Move your money elsewhere.


SHOW UP

It looks like weekends are for marches now. If it's safe and feasible for you to do so, find one in your area and show up.

Check college campuses for speakers, panels, and presentations. Often, these are free and open to the public.

A mosque near me hosts an event regularly for non-Muslim people to attend and learn. There might be something similar in your area.

Choose something to go to and then go. There's so much that can be done from our homes, but there is something to be said for putting ourselves out there.

If you can't find an event this week, show up for someone who could use the extra support right now.


BREATHE

This is not going to be over soon. Taking care of yourself is the only way you will have the energy to stay in the fight.

It's okay to unplug from the news for awhile- a few hours, a few days, a week. Do what you need to do to stay healthy- physically and mentally.

Prioritize your well-being.

Put your oxygen mask on first.

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You can find last week's list of ideas here.







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