“Nobody in the world, nobody in history, has ever gotten their freedom by appealing to the moral sense of the people who were oppressing them.” – Assata Shakur
By Andrea Loewen
This month’s action:
Pay attention to – and get involved in – your local politics. No matter where you live, local governance makes a tangible difference in your day-to-day life. Plus, where you can try to email Trump, you can probably even get meetings with your local leaders.
It’s more than just bike paths and park regulations – our local leaders advocate for us to larger bodies. This is where sanctuary cities come from and where safe injection sites are born. Research your city’s politicians, and have a look at their policies. Let them know what matters to you.
This Month’s Reading:
WTF List (Keeping Up With the News):
What the Fuck Just Happened Today: Still the best place for daily updates on the declarations, bills, and other actions made by the Whitehouse.
The Commerce Secretary Praises Lack of Protest in a Country Where It’s Punishable by Death: Because that’s what it’s come to.
Trump Praises Philippine Leader Duterte for Extra-Judicial Killings: More praise in scary places.
Appeals Court Has Ruled Against Trump’s Travel Ban: The courts are still doing their job!
Action Inspo and Instructionals:
Let these alternate guides and examples of resistance inspire you!
What a 66 Year Old Poet Can Teach Us About Activism: An interview with Jackie Warren-Moore, fiery-sharp poet and activist.
Seven Linguist-Backed Tips for Making Protest Signs: Since you know another protest is right around the corner, here’s how you can make your sign stand out.
A Look at the #ResistLA Immigration Rally: Photos and stories from the Immigration rally in LA over May Day.
Three Lessons from Artists’ Protests of the Whitney Museum in the 1960-70s: Art and protest often go hand-in-hand. Here is some done right.
Analysis, Opinion, and Enrichment:
These will help you better understand how what’s feeding the madness and expose you to perspectives different from your own (regardless of their direct connection to Trump’s madness).
The Surprising Role of the Clergy in the Abortion Fight Before Roe v. Wade: If you’d like to shake up some stereotypes, consider that there were clergymen fighting for women’s right to abortion.
Assuming a Plan Behind the Coney Firing Would Give Trump Too Much Credit: “The question is whether this prospect can be endured. And the answer, it is now clear, is no.
Health Care: Should We All Be Freaking Out?: An interview with political scientist Dr. Andrew S. Kelly about what’s really at stake with the healthcare cuts.
Has Trump Killed Political Discourse in the Classroom?: Things may have gotten so divided that high school students can’t even debate politics anymore.
Andrea is a Vancouver-based writer, theatre producer and promoter, choreographer, and yoga instructor with a big dose of love for sci fi/fantasy, her cat, green tea, riding her bike no matter the weather, and using a robot to vacuum her floors so she doesn’t have to. She covers dance for Vancouver Presents, as well as writing for her own blog, The Receptionist and co-producing and co-hosting the podcast Life, Right? www.andrealoewen.com