downloadable graphic: the wild unknown
Well. Here we are, on the eve of Trump’s inauguration. I’ve spent the last few months waffling back and forth between ignoring the inevitable and drowning myself in articles on our post-Trump future.
To those of you who voted for Trump, who continue to feel (hope, perhaps?) that he’ll be The Best President Ever….I sincerely hope you are right. I hope that he surprises us all with measured, thoughtful, just leadership.
In the meantime, I’ll be marching. Because human rights – for all genders, races, and religions – goes far beyond politics. I believe in a future that values diversity – diversity of culture, diversity of race, diversity of thought. And this is a future worth fighting for.
When injustice becomes law, resistance becomes duty. -Thomas Jefferson
Here’s an interactive graphic of all women’s marches across the US (and Worldwide!). I’m headed to the sister march in Philadelphia tomorrow, and yes, my boys are coming with me.
Need a sign? Here’s a list of 150 possible slogans, with statements ranging from “in diversity is strength” to “Pussy Power: it’ll grab ya”.
Or just download the gorgeous Diversity is Reality sign from The Wild Unknown. (Kim, you rock.)
I like this old Intercept article, Donald Trump Will Be President. This is What We Do Next. In addition to some concrete steps, he offers a bit of hope.
5 Ways To Get Involved, a Cup of Jo article that came out after the election, is still worth a read. I especially love the point that we can use literature to help us understand the perspective of those outside of our bubble. I’d love if the book lovers among us would weigh in with recommendations. Perhaps we could work together to come up with a must-read list for cultivating empathy, understanding, and acceptance in 2017?
All The Wonder has already created the kid version. Check out their list of 35 Picture Books for Little Activists.
Lastly, a little perspective: In 2022, scientists are predicting that two stars will collide, creating a red nova (and temporarily becoming one of the brightest things in the sky). How’s that for making us all feel small?
This weekend I’ll be marching forward with my feet, into a scary, uncertain future. But when I look down into the eyes of my little guys, I’ll be sure to get way down, down to their level, where I can face them eye-to-eye. Where I can pause for a moment, and listen. Because they are our future. And now more than ever before, our children need to know – each and every one, regardless of race, gender, religion, or sexual orientation – that they are valuable. They are worthwhile. They are powerful.