*** YOUR DAILY DO’S - TUESDAY, 7 AM *** Katie Anthony
Happy Tuesday everybody! Let’s check in with Standing Rock, shall we?
1. Here’s what’s going on. Read this:
2. Now, consider what that article said about how the movement was supported (or not supported) by mainstream media, and by the American public.
Near as I can see it, there were two main failures by the American media and public: first, we failed to recognize the long, long history of trespass on indigenous lands, and how that might inform our trespass on this indigenous movement which was uniquely spiritual and deserving of our respect; then, when told that we were trespassing on an indigenous movement, that the movement would continue to belong to the indigenous people and be governed by their values and beliefs, we ghosted. When faced with the choice of standing behind indigenous leaders and amplifying their voices or giving up, we (we = the media and general public) walked away.
I know that many of us in this group sent encouragement, supplies, and donations to the people of Standing Rock. I’m not trying to diminish your contribution. But our individual gestures don’t change the fact that our banks still have a horse in this game, our media still isn’t covering it, and #StandingRock isn’t trending on Twitter anymore. We need to own our share of responsibility in that.
So it feels like everywhere we look there’s a guy with his hand up telling us, “Nope, you can’t do anything about the banks. Nope, you can’t do anything about the politicians. Nope, you can’t do anything about society. Well, I guess we better give this one up.” Raise your hand if you feel that way every time you read about a problem that is too big for one person to solve. Comment on this post if you’ve felt that way. Look around and see how many of us have felt that way.
I’d like to invite you instead to watch this video of an Eritrean woman born deaf-blind, who faced that hand saying, “Nope, you can’t surf. Nope, you can’t go to an Ivy League. Nope, you can’t hug the mother f-ing President,” and said to that hand, “Get the hell out of my way.” Faced with obstacles that would naturally nurture helplessness, instead she says that the experience has made her “a great problem-solver.”
3. So let’s #ChannelHaben and problem-solve the shit out of this today. Here’s your homework: Start with a problem you CAN’T solve, and then flip it around to a problem that you CAN solve. Here are a few things I came up with:
I can’t pull the plug on the banks… but I CAN make sure that my personal money isn’t held by DAPL-funding institutions, and start trying to learn which companies I use often bank with Wells Fargo or Citi, two of the major banks funding the pipeline.
I can’t change the conversation on social media… but I CAN do my part to seek out other Tweets and Facebook posts that promote Standing Rock, and like and share them.
I can’t stop the construction… but I CAN learn more about protecting fresh water, and talk about it with my friends. http://on.natgeo.com/1CheVZu
OK, y’all. Time to problem-solve. Share what you’ve got!
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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