Last night my friends Harsh and Monika assembled an action pod in their living room. Many of us have been wondering what we can do to volunteer, participate and become more informed (and boost optimism). Last night we sat around together for our first monthly meeting and brainstormed a few steps to bring about change and peace. If there's anything positive to glean from our recent election, it's that there might be born a movement that's more inclusive, more intersectional, more powerful, and louder than ever before.
Moving forward we want to know what's at stake, donate, volunteer, make calls, get out of our own bubble. I've spent much of the past few months wrestling with the nagging feeling that I haven't done enough to effect the changes that I want to see in the world, and that I won't be able to do enough to stop our president from doing damage to the folks who are already hurting the most. I'm torn between wanting to get active and feeling like things are out of my hands. No surprise, I hate feeling like things are out of my hands.
Brian and I made donations to the ACLU and NIAC earlier this month (here's a list of pro-women, pro-immigrant, pro-earth, anti-bigotry organizations that need support, if you're interested), and I plan to start volunteering here in coming weeks. In the spirit of action, my resolution for the rest of the year is to better advocate for myself and others (this is a great resource).
I'd love to hear your suggestions for getting more involved and hear what you're doing. I thought the action pod was a great way to get a community started, one that will hold each other accountable, inspired and informed.
P.S. These coloring pages!
P.P.S. The Women's March on Washington's mission is one I think resonates across issues and efforts:
“We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families— recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”