Where do I even begin? I think I’ll just share what’s happening in my small slice of the world…

Here’s what I’m seeing: Solidarity. Pride. Vigilance. Beautiful people. The power of showing up.

Here’s what I’m doing: I’m surrounding myself with people who care about what’s happening, who are taking thoughtful actions, and who can broaden my experience and perspective.

Here’s what I’m learning: One of the most important questions I can ask myself right now is “Why now?” Why was the Women’s March on Austin my 14-year-old daughter’s first march and mine too? Sure, I’ve been an informed voter and an appalled citizen before this year, but why am I getting off the sofa now? And second…Why was every march last week–across the entire globe–deemed peaceful? I’m grateful they were safe, but we have to ask why so many police officers wore pink hats and not riot gear like they often bring to other marches. I don’t have easy answers. But I am thinking about all this, and I know reflection is critical for me and many others if we want to move forward with a broader understanding and an increased ability to advocate. Now that I know the power of showing up, I need to show up for more.

Here’s what I can’t stop thinking about:
Stop Asking What the Women’s March is “About.” “I march because I just don’t want to stay healthy, I want all women in this country to stay healthy. Especially those who, due to economic disadvantage and poor access to healthcare, are more susceptible to not being healthy. I march because a “pussy” isn’t a grabbable object… It is not something that in one breath you can desire and in the next take away safe, affordable care from. It’s a part of the human body that requires medical attention like any other part of you. It’s why you’re here, and it deserves more respect than ignorant, controlling, punishing regulation.”

To Obama With Love, and Hate, and Desperation.  “He volunteered stories of other letters: a woman in Minnesota writing about her monthly expenses, a dad writing to say that his son had befriended an illegal immigrant and that the experience had flipped his own bigotry on its head. He talked about a guy who wrote recently to say how joyful he was that the Obama administration was about to end.”

If you’re like me and struggling to find light these days, I can share that so far the only antidote to my fear and outrage has been action. And I mean more than just sharing articles on Facebook. I am new to this, but here are some organizations that are helping me speak up and show up in effective ways.

Indivisible Austin. Inspired by Indivisible: A Practical Guide For Resisting the Trump Agenda they are uniting Austin’s six congressional districts to defeat Donald Trump’s policies.

Women’s March: the next steps. 10 actions for the first 100 days.

Daily Action. Resisting extremism, one phone call at a time.

And if all else fails, spread the love and buy an early Valentine’s Day gift. May I suggest a gift/donation to one of these organizations? Fewer calories than chocolate or champagne…

Planned Parenthood
Human Rights Campaign
Sierra Club
ACLU

That’s all I got. If you have sunshine to share, I would love to hear it!

See you out there!

👊🏼Liz

 

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