Do It Now.
We have experienced in just a few days the gutting of women's rights and the environmental protections we hold sacred. We are witnessing a war on poverty, which will impact the health and quality of life for many who already struggle. But we're smart, we're creative, and we want to work together. The task is effing huge and feels overwhelming at times. But together, we stand a chance.
These are the societal problems it's up to us to solve:
- Race & Gender Inequality
- Voter Registration and Participation
- Veterans Lives
- Domestic Violence
- Rape Culture & Misogyny
- Support for Artists
- Food Deserts & Access to Quality Nutrition
- Public Health <Obesity, Diabetes, Cancer>
- Recycling & Conservation
We always had the power in our hands
Washington is going to burn what we love to the ground anyway, but we can raise it from the ashes and make it ours. If we want it badly enough to pay taxes for it, we can want it badly enough to put some sweat equity into it. We're the creatives who build everything anyway, they don't, they just run their mouths and sign papers. Getting involved locally to address these concerns gets us involved with our local governments and organizers too. Washington was never going to lead us through grassroots revolution.
We continue to do the work we've already been doing, being kind and decent human beings to one another. Filling everyone you have within your reach with the love and support we all need. The government doesn't fund compassion and humility, our hearts do.
Questions For Organized Vision
- What community are you connected to that will be adversely affected by the Trump Administration? You don't have to be global to make a difference, life is lived where you are.
- What material, emotional, or psychological needs can you identify within the targeted community that will be impacted?
- What of those needs can you immediately provide aid for with what you already have available to you, i.e. time, money, creativity, business structure, connections, education, trade skills, processes etc?
- Can you find other people in your community with diverse skill sets who want to collaborate towards shared goals?
- Do you have a place to meet?
- What needs can you begin addressing right away?
- What needs will require time, resources, and planning to effectively pull off?
- What parts of that long-term plan can you identify now?
- materials for construction projects
- marketing collateral for campaigns
- professional services not present within the community
- permitting and access
- full community support (does everyone want it?)
- Is your timeline flexible enough to account for unseen obstacles?
- What partners can you immediately identify to help you, i.e. business partners, npo's, artists...
Once you are a collective
- Define your goals
- Research the barriers to success
- Find creative ways to eliminate those barriers between your collective abilities & partnerships
- Don't be afraid of failing and remember this is an iterative process
Stay Loving. Stay Strong. And remember, if you have privilege, it's your responsibility to exercise it on behalf of someone who doesn't.