Step Two to Taking Action

 

Alright, so you’ve got your non-biased news sources and you’re keeping up with things- nice! Now it’s time for step two: homework.

I know, you already have a busy life, and you’ve just upped your news intake on top of that. The thing is, you won’t be able to make effective or meaningful actions until you fully understand the situation.

First, the basics.

  • Here’s a nice civics brush up.
  • These gamified civics lessons are aimed at students, but look like fun for any age. Bonus- they’re an initiative of retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.
  • And here’s a handy post of our own about how the local Democratic party works.

Next, you might be wondering how this happened.

While we’re at it, we need to understand how to be better allies, too. Don’t forget the kids.

Putting a few of these books on reserve at the library is a great way to go. Get reading!

Missed step one? Read it here.

Ready for step three? Read it here.

Take action:

Step One to Taking Action

Since the election, everyone is talking about taking action and asking you to act, too.*

Let’s take a step back- maybe you’re not sure where to start or are feeling overwhelmed?

The world feels a bit topsy-turvy in the worst sort of way right now. And then on top of it, many people are telling you to call this person and sign this petition and donate here. It can be easy to get stuck at inaction from feeling overwhelmed.

Whatever your level of political activism has been, it’s time to take it up two notches. Our best chance to protect the rights and freedoms we have fought for over the last generations is to make your voice heard. If we all do a little, it will add up to a lot. You can do it. You must.

“emma reading the newspaper” by Diego Sevilla Ruiz on flickr. Used under Creative Commons license https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

The first step to sorting through everything is to get informed.

You need to be up to speed on what’s happening in order to decide what actions to take. One of the challenges is that the media is often biased, both to the right and to the left.

Here are the least biased news sources: https://mediabiasfactcheck.com/cent…

Along with the neutral sites, try adding in a few sites that lean slightly left and some that lean slightly right to get a sense of the whole picture.

Avoid sites that are extremely biased or flat out false. Here’s some tips for spotting fake news: https://www.facebook.com/OnTheMedia…

Here are some known fake news sites to avoid: http://www.snopes.com/2016/01/14/fa…

That’s step one. Pay attention, watch your sources.  Stay tuned for step two.

*For why you should take action, see here and here.

Take action:

Womxn’s Marches – Bellingham, Seattle, DC


We’re getting a lot of questions about the Women’s Marches.  Here are links to information for marches in Bellingham, Seattle and DC.

Womxn’s March on Washington – Bellingham

Event Information
Website
Facebook page
Facebook event

 

Womxn’s March – Washington State – Seattle

Event Information
Website
Facebook group
Facebook event

Transportation
Our bus is full, and there are at least three buses departing from Bellingham for the march.  I will update this as I get new information.  If you don’t have a ticket and you want one, watch the Pantsuit Bellingham Facebook feed and then bus event closely, I have seen several posts selling tickets in the past couple of days.

If you purchased a bus ticket through Pantsuit Bellingham and Bellair Charters, your bus departure information:
Sunset Square Kmart parking lot at 7a.m. on 21 January 2017.
Join the Facebook Event for some pre-march pep-talking and organizing.

If you have a ticket for a bus chartered by Whatcom Democratic Women’s Club, event details can be found here:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/womens-march-charter-bus-round-trip-bellingham-tickets-30571121046

 

Women’s March on Washington – D.C.

Event Information
Website
Facebook page

 

 

Sunday 20131218 – Vigils for America

Electoral College votes tomorrow.

Action:
Attend the candlelight vigil downtown this evening.  Bring a friend.  Yes, it will be cold and maybe snowy.  Yes, you are busy.  Read on to see why it is so important that you make the time to attend this vigil.

Goal:
Show support for Electors who choose to vote their conscience instead of voting for Trump.

Event Details:
Meet at 4:30 at the Federal Building downtown (104 W Magnolia).

We will have posters available with a suggested small donation to cover the cost of printing.  Bundle up, bring warm beverages and homemade signs, and be ready to:

  • Please be respectful. Now is the time to come together and put party identities aside for our shared purpose. Americans must join together in order to stop Trump.
  • Be somber. We want Electors to feel supported to vote their conscience. We must show America the opposite of Trump: somber and unified rather than loud and divisive.
  • Be kind

Document the event with photo and video.  Share everywhere, tagged with #vigilsforamerica.

Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1050701485056193 

Background:
This is part of nation wide movement demanding that the Electoral College Electors vote their conscience and keep Trump from getting the 270 votes he needs to become elected. Your voice, your presence, and your support make a difference.

From PSB founder Elizabeth Hartsoch:

“I am in whitefish Montana today, visiting family for the holiday. Since I can’t be at the vigil Arlené and Rachael and others are working hard to put together, I tried to find one here. But none is scheduled here because the white supremacists have threatened the lives and children of local human rights organizers.

If you have any opportunity to go to the vigil today, or the state house tomorrow, or Pramila Jayapal’s anti-hate event, GET YOURSELF THERE and yell twice as loud for the people silenced by hate.”

On the eve of the Electoral vote we will make our voices heard! 

 

Take action:

Preparing to Talk Turkey on Thanksgiving

If you are feeling anxious about seeing relatives on Thursday, you are not alone.  How will you navigate difficult conversations about the election without flat-out arguing?  Is it possible to have a civil discussion about what just happened?

Showing Up for Racial Justice has put together a great resource to help you feel more confident and prepared to handle tough talks during the holiday.  They even have a hotline where you can call or text and get coaching on the spot.

ACTION: Download this toolkit now and plan some ways you can engage your family in a productive and calm conversation about