*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - MONDAY, 7 AM ***
Sooooo… what did you get up to this weekend?
Nothing much? Pretty chill?
Just dismantled the patriarchy a little?
Just showed the hell up and made a righteous racket?
Just, like, participated in what they’re now calling the largest protest in American history?
That march was kick ass, and damn it if we don’t want to get out there again next weekend. It’s good to get all fired up.
Striking a match is exciting as hell – that used to be one small twig, and now it’s alive and burning. But of course, a match burns out.
Using that match to light a fire, and using that fire to cook a meal, those things take time and work. Building a good, sustaining fire is not exciting. Getting a meal simmering in the pot requires us to chop the same damn onion, again and again. But never forget, as you’re out collecting wood, as you’re standing at the sink washing your 100th potato, that this all started when you struck a match. Striking a match is exciting as hell, but that match needed to GO somewhere or it was never going to last.
So on Saturday, we struck a match, and today we start to build our fire.
This week we are going to focus on 3 key actions:
1. Increasing every person in this group’s comfort with and awareness of the need for conversations about race. We cannot do what we want to do if we continue to prioritize white feminism, and ignore and minimize racism against our sisters of color.
2. Powering up our support of free and courageous media.
3. Legislative action and organization, to keep our fire burning after we struck a righteous match on Saturday.
Welcome to the fight. Let’s go.
1. #IndivisibleU presents: #Race101: This is OUR Problem.
This one is long, but it is the most important of all our Do’s today. Do not skip it. This is our heart.
After the march, we saw a lot of posts about race that got uncomfortable and confrontational REAL quick. We noticed a lot of members of color having to explain why it matters that white women voted for Donald Trump. We saw a lot of white allies saying, “I support you,” but remaining mostly silent, unsure of how to engage in heated conversations about race. We saw a lot of members with good intentions getting defensive and minimizing the experiences of women of color.
Truth time: This group wants to be Intersectional, but right now it is NOT. We are failing to include women of color in our movement. This work is hard, but we are fake feminists without it.
The goal of this series is twofold:
- To empower all of our members to become aware of our society’s blanket preference for the white point of view, a system of oppression that is largely invisible to white people and ever-present to our members of color
- To create a conversational toolkit for everyone in our group, and especially for those who want to help but feel inexperienced or worried about “saying the wrong thing.”
A couple of ground rules for these conversations:
- Everybody says the wrong thing sometimes. Nobody is going to think you're a racist when you do. If you say something and someone responds “huh?” take a step back and take a deep breath, apologize. This is going to be uncomfortable, but hell, when a caterpillar becomes a butterfly that shit is uncomfortable too. Nevertheless, it’s time to grow.
- If you hear something that makes you go “huh?” please do say something, but remember that everyone in this group is here because we want to learn, and we are all vulnerable on this topic. Disrespectful or antagonistic dialogue is not cool. Assume good intentions of everyone here.
- If all you do is answer the questions and then walk away, you’re only doing 10% of the hard work. You have to stay and read other people’s perspectives, and respond to them (emojis of support are great if you’re unsure of the right words at first!)
OK, let’s dive in together.
ANSWER ME THIS.
When was the last time you were aware of your race?
COMMENT BELOW and let's be brave together.
This is a short one. :)
Time to step up and support a free and courageous media.
Make sure you bookmark and follow this group:
News & Guts – Dan Rather’s new group
3. I cordially invite you to join Indivisible teams nationwide as we pay an organized, synchronized visit to our elected officials this Tuesday, and every Tuesday. This week? We’re visiting Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell to express our concerns about PDJT’s cabinet picks, especially Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos.
Check out our events and JOIN US as we all do this for the very first time!
Murray Seattle: https://www.facebook.com/events/246057455805855/
Cantwell Seattle: https://www.facebook.com/events/1880158588884041/
Cantwell Everett: https://www.facebook.com/events/1930047767229520/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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