Hell of a week, huh guys? I was trying to get this out on Sunday or Monday and I let it get away from me. It just wasn’t that fun to write. It’s discouraging when there’s a new disaster seemingly every few days and then get a dozen canned responses from your Republican Senator basically saying nah.
Who I supported
I kinda hit my limit on donations this month (see my other subversive posts) so I’m taking some time off from donating money and I’m trying to focus more on the other action areas. I’m still loosely following the weekly action checklist.
Who I contacted
- My reps, to oppose Betsy DeVos (strike one), Jeff Sessions (strike two) and Neil Gorsuch (strike three). What a downer.
- My reps, regarding Steve Bannon’s role on the National Security Council. I really don’t know if this will do any good but I couldn’t not do something.
- I wrote Mitch McConnell and I told him I was disappointed by his treatment of Elizabeth Warren and that it was not too late for him to start doing the right thing (and a whole bunch of other shit I know he won’t even read).
- I also wrote Elizabeth Warren a long, weepy email and maybe told her I loved her.
What I did
- I read The Lorax with my kids and we made post cards about climate change to send to the White House. I knoooooow DJT and the Republicans will not change their position on climate change just because they get a bunch of postcards from children, but I do think it’s a very good way to include my kids in subversive shit in a way that’s age-appropriate and fun. We talked about leaving things in good shape so that other people can use them too. And I try to talk about conservation and environmentalism in a way that doesn’t terrify them.
- Across the country, there were rallies in support of Planned Parenthood and I’d planned to attend the one in Indy but honestly, it was a gorgeous day and my kids wanted to go to the park and I decided it was more important to go to the park.
What I read
- What liberals don’t get about free speech in the age of Trump. “More than anything our First Amendment exists to protect the rights of the ordinary person to criticize those in power without fear of reprisal from the state. Yet instead we debate the right of an already rich man to use his exalted platform to take away the speech rights of others.”
- The Coretta Scott King letter Elizabeth Warren wasn’t allowed to read.
- Forget #fitspo: Why real wellness is more important than ever. “We need to begin prioritizing the wellness of our minds before we hang our worth up on our bodies. Obviously, health is important (hello: we need vitamins and minerals and food to fuel us), but when we talk about “wellness” we need to decide once and for all that it applies to all avenues of existence — from the internet to our workplace to our relationships to how our hearts feel when we run for the elevator.”
- Ordinary Americans carried out inhumane acts for Trump. This one was chilling. “…a reminder that authoritarians have no trouble finding the people they need to carry out their acts of cruelty. They do not need special monsters; they can issue orders to otherwise unexceptional people who will carry them out dutifully.”
- On Being Good. From The Belle Jar blog! If you’re not following her, you really should. “It took me a long time to realize that what’s sold to children as goodness is really more like passivity. It’s obedience. It’s silence. It’s never questioning authority. It’s learning facts by rote and then regurgitating them. It’s being easily governable. Easily controlled.”
- Why people should just pause for a minute and not blindly celebrate 84 Lumber’s immigration ad. Just read it.
- To save the water, we must break the cycle of colonial trauma. “The police came to Last Child Camp in broad daylight, with armored vehicles and guns drawn, to rip our people from our land.”
- And a fun one: Pennsylvania Senator to Trump: Come after me, you shit gibbon. THIS ACTUALLY HAPPENED.
- Linguists have been discussing shit gibbon. I argue it’s not entirely about gibbons. A must-read for those who need help coming up with creative insults that aren’t ableist slurs.
Self-care. A new section I’d like to include in my weekly posts (refer to the piece on wellness linked above!). As I’ve said before, I don’t want to let myself be consumed by all the bad news, so I’m including a few special things I did for me (and my family) each week.
- I had coffee with some friends.
- I went running. (I know I know, I always go running, but I went on a bonus run Sunday with a friend and it felt like a luxury so I’m calling it self-care.)
- I went for a long walk with my family and we played in the sunshine.
Read all of my “subversive shit” posts.