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Activism gave way to holiday preparations this week, for me and probably for many of you.
Last week I asked what activism you’ll focus on, once we get past the post-election grief and the holiday busy-ness. This week’s activism questions are about anger: Are you still angry about the election and/or the news from President-elect Trump’s transition process? Is that anger pushing you to act, or pushing you to withdraw?
I’m still angry, in part because I get a twice-a-day dose of anger-inducing news when researching Mixed Nuts and Campus Question. I’ve avoided Twitter and news site comments, but the top stories at Memeorandum push my anger buttons … every morning and again every afternoon.
Part of me wants to withdraw, to stop diving into the news dumpster twice a day, to write about fluff or even stop writing altogether and focus on my 3D art. That has its own frustrations, but at least those are problems I can work on … while it feels as if there’s nothing useful I can do about the Trumpocalypse.
But another part of me knows that if I and other progressive activists give up, the Trumpocalypse becomes inevitable. So I keep diving into that news dumpster, twice a day, staying angry but also informed as I try to sort out how I can best contribute to stopping or at least minimizing the Trumpocalypse.
Some of our most important activism over the next four years will be local and opportunistic, such as emulating the wonderful shoppers and employees who rallied around the hijab-wearing woman in an Albuquerque shop. Those shoppers and employees made a real difference for that woman and for others who saw it happen. They said – with actions and not merely words – “We will stand together against harassment and bullying.”
Sadly, we’re all likely to find opportunities for that kind of personal, difference-making activism over the coming months and years. But “local and opportunistic” acts of resistance will not be enough to change our national dialogue and our politics.
In addition to that, we’ll need organization and focus of the sort LI Mike contributes through Neighbors in Support of Immigrants. And we’ll need that kind of organization and focus both locally and nationwide.
So, again, are you still angry about the election and/or the news from President-elect Trump’s transition process? Is that anger pushing you to act, or pushing you to withdraw?
And what will you do about it?
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