*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY, 6 PM ***
First, I want to extend heartfelt gratitude to everyone who thanks the Daily Do’s team. We are so grateful to have the chance to focus for your work, amplify your voices.
I was just thinking about last week, when I placed a tub at the Phinney Center for cookies to send to Standing Rock, and person after person placed homemade or bought-with-love cookies in that tub until it was full. Every person messaged me to thank me for doing this. But listen, without them, I was just a lady with a tub. The Do’s team brings the tub, but without you we’re just ladies with a tub. You all fill it, to overflowing, every single day. Thank YOU.
OK, time to get to work!
1. News from Standing Rock is bad – construction crews are on the drill pad and the police, National Guard, and private police forces are assaulting peaceful protestors and shooting out cameras. Make no mistake – if we are at war to defend our lives and liberty, and to speak up for people of color whose voices are silenced, then Standing Rock is the front line.
Seattle is considering ending its $3 billion relationship with Wells Fargo -- owing to its funding of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We expect the first vote on this will happen tomorrow morning.
Can you join us for the rally outside City Hall tomorrow morning from 8:30-11 to show your support for the Standing Rock Sioux?
Many hundreds of people attending a City Council finance meeting is NOT normal. But we are not living in normal times, and we can't behave as if we are. If we behave normally, Trump's world will become normal.
If you really can’t make it, you can also help by following and sharing the live streaming of the event from the DefundDAPL Coalition page and using the hashtag #StartwithSeattle.
2. The feedback from our Murray/Cantwell meetup this afternoon is that their phone systems are overloaded to the point of collapse. GOOD WORK. They have asked us to switch to emails. The perk to email is that you can do it after 6 pm, and your PERSONAL stories will pack a helluva punch.
Your challenge for tonight is to write a PERSONAL story about an issue that impacts you or someone you love directly – the ACA, Sessions, DeVos, Standing Rock, Immigration, Islamophobia… These personal stories are what arm our lawmakers in the press and in negotiations. We can use them in newspapers, rallies, and letter-writing campaigns. These letters are one of our greatest weapons. Comment below with the topic that you plan to write about tonight. It doesn’t have to be poetry, and it shouldn’t be longer than a page. Speak from the heart. There’s nothing more powerful.
3. Go back to this morning’s Do’s and check out the comment thread, looking for comments that start with #LookingForMore!
Since things are moving quickly, as we get calls to action throughout the day we add them to the pinned Do's post with the hashtag #LookingForMore. Find your third Do among those kickass options!
Bonus Note from Katie the Admin: There have been a lot of posts sharing shockingly horrible memes, deplorable tweets, racist, anti-Semitic, misogynist messages. All of them have been in the vein of, “Wow, I can’t believe this is happening in our country.”
While the Admin team welcomes conversations talking about these images, asking for support, expressing our feelings about these images, and formulating counter-movements, we have to ask that nobody post the images themselves.
Images that are violent (in words or deeds), hate-filled, bigoted, or threatening basically visually assault anyone scrolling through our discussion thread, and are triggering for many of our members. They ultimately serve as a distraction and an energy-suck for our members who are here to work. The world is scary out there, no doubt, and we have to know what we’re up against – but this group doesn’t broadcast images of hate in any way, even to denounce them.
#IndivisibleWA #IndivisibleLove #NoDAPL #DefundDAPL #DailyDos
***YOUR DAILY DO'S, TUESDAY 7 AM***
Good morning! I'm Mary and I'm going to be helping out with the Daily Do's.
Are you ready? Have you had your Wheaties and your caffeine delivery system of choice? Because today's Do's are action-packed, boy howdy. There's a lot going on. It's easy to get overwhelmed, especially when you read the think pieces going around about "shock events" and BLOTUS sowing chaos as diversion. What's important--what's a distraction--where does your attention go-- we've got your back!
FIRST: the Muslim Ban. The world has reacted to Trump's Executive Order with a mixture of horror, protests, and lawsuits. Let's keep up the pressure in two key ways. Call our senators (surprise!) and advocate that they
1) #WithholdConsent. Any senator can "withhold consent," putting Senate business on pause for days at at a time. When Senate Leadership asks for 'unanimous consent' to move forward with business as usual, your Senator should say "I Object." This will dramatically slow Trump's other priorities from moving forward until he lifts the travel ban.
2) #NoJusticeNoBills. Your senator should commit to filibustering EVERY bill that comes up in the Senate until Trump's illegal, unconstitutional EO is rescinded. By filibustering, your senator can stop all of Trump's future legislative priorities. The ONLY bill that should be allowed to come to a vote is a bill ending the Muslim and refugee ban.
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SECOND: Steve Bannon. While all our best resources have been devoted to fighting the refugee and travel ban, this admitted white supremacist and neo-Nazi propagandist with no government or security experience was appointed to the National Security Council, a post usually filled by military intelligence professionals, not by controversial political appointees who want to "destroy the state" and "bring everything crashing down." Yes, that's what he has said.
(In our house, we call him Gríma Wormtongue. Your geekiness quotient may vary.)
Bannon is a terrifying appointment for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that it's a position Congress has no power over, unlike cabinet appointments. So what can we do? Delegitimize him. Call your members of Congress and tell them not to take ANY meetings with Bannon or members of his staff. The best, maybe the only, way to influence this is to make it so that the president cannot do business at all with Bannon as his mouthpiece. Let's tell our MoCs to get on board with the resistance.
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THIRD: ... Better yet, show up in person! Cantwell and Murray are having joint office hours TODAY, Tues 1/31, at 1 pm, in the 4th floor auditorium of their office building at 915 Second Ave. The Indivisible Guide tells us that showing up in person, en masse, is the single best way we have to get our representatives' ear. Show up, be polite, make yourself heard. Hey, I'm pretty sure you have some signs hanging around your house; bring those too!
Remember: they want to make you feel crazy. You are not crazy. WE GOT THIS. #Resist!
*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - MONDAY, 6 PM ***
First things first, everyone take a deep breath in…. and out…. And another deep breath in… and out… Don’t worry, I’m not trying to calm you down. I’m just reminding you that your power is intact. This breath is what you use to stand and speak, and it is still here. Breathe in: That’s your power. It is always there when you need it.
I want to take a minute tonight to recenter our team – I don’t know about you, but after this weekend I felt like I was being pulled apart by a team of seven wild horses, each of which was attached to a different body part, and each of which was trying to bolt in a different direction. I woke up this morning to write the Do’s and my first draft was 32 items long. I hear the feedback we’re getting from members, and it’s totally valid: Yes, the Do’s cover a wide breadth of issues. Yes, it feels like we’re all over the place.
Here’s some hard truth:
This group cares about an enormous variety of issues so when the administration fires a shotgun blast (National Security! Immigration! Muslims! People of Color! Women’s Reproductive Health!) and every one of us tries to dive for every pellet in the field, it’s tremendously effective in scattering our energy, making us feel panicky, and making us feel like we’re not doing enough.
I think of this group as Grand Central Station. You arrive at Grand Central, but it’s not your final destination. This is the place you come to be with fellow travelers, the place where you board the train that will take you out into the world so you can do your work. The Do’s are the board that tell you what trains are departing, where are some places you might be needed today.
Remember that Indivisible stands for progress, and this administration is impeding progress in as many spheres as it can, trying to stretch us thin - it's working. We are stretched.
The way we fight back is to focus – not necessarily as one unit, but as people within the unit. What issue gets your blood pumping? What gets you out of bed? That’s your fight. That's where you go deep. Now, of course, this group will continue to call you to show up at moments of acute need in all areas – calling about Bannon, for example, is #1 on our list tomorrow. Showing up for refugees and immigrants. Showing up at offices and town halls. We will call you to that, but we want you to find your specialty and connect with it, join an organization that specializes in it, so when an EO comes down that hits you in your heart, you are not only plugged into our community, you’re also already on the ground with people who know exactly who to call and where to show up with our signs. That’s how we make a movement out of #IndivisibleWA. That's how we pre-mobilize.
Remember that metaphor about the ball, where if you try to throw it in every direction at once it doesn’t go anywhere, but if you point in one direction and throw, it travels far, fast? That’s us. Each of us.
The Do’s will continue to develop and get more structured over the next few weeks so we're making sure we are keeping our energy where it's needed. In the meantime, we’re going to offer lots of opportunities over a broad range of topics – local politics, sister districts, Standing Rock, #GoLong, #Race101 – as well as try to respond to breaking news in effective ways.
Tonight, here are your Do’s.
1. If you feel safe to do so, either pull out your march sign or make a new one and hang it in your window. Black Lives Matter, No Ban No Wall, Immigrants and Refugees Welcome, I’m with Her + the Statue of Liberty, Love Trumps Hate, whatever. Gestures of love embolden others to do the same.
2. Pick your favorite TV news outlet and ask them to stop interviewing Kellyanne Conway. This article makes the case for why having Ms. Conway on air brings no valuable information to the public: http://cnb.cx/2kl6rQq
Write them. http://www.foxnews.com/story/2010/10/14/contact-us.html
Then tweet them. For example, "@NBCNews @CNN @ABC @CBS @FoxNews Stop interviewing @KellyannePolls. She brings no clarity to president's policies and lies openly.”
At the League of Women Voters event this weekend, the legislators there were like, "Yeah, Twitter is a great tool for public shaming!" So! There you have it!
3. Stop reading about Bannon tonight. Seriously, that guy is a nightmare on roller skates, and we are going to get after that first thing tomorrow once our elected officials have interns at the phones again. But for tonight, stop, step away, this weekend was horrible and we need to take a few hours off. I’m not saying this because I’m a nice person who likes you – I’m saying this because I need to know you’ll have my back tomorrow, fired up and not burned out. If you flame out, you won’t have my back, and if I flame out I won’t have yours. So yes, I’m actually being selfish when I ask you to take a step away from the news tonight and watch something or read something or talk to someone about something other than politics. And read this: This is us:
And read this: Help is coming from the strangest of places:
WE ARE NOT ALONE.
WE ARE NOT OUTNUMBERED.
*** YOUR DAILY DO'S - MONDAY, 7 AM *** Katie Anthony
1. Make some phone calls this morning about our state's response to the EO on Immigration over the weekend:
- If you're in Seattle, call Mayor Ed Murray - 206-684-4000. Thank him for his pledge of resistance to the anti-Muslim executive order. Then tell the Mayor that Seattle PD needs to HALT violent actions against citizens protesting at airports and elsewhere. He and Chief of Police Kathleen O'Toole have a duty to protect citizens taking action to save democracy. Peaceful protest is a First Amendment right.
- If you're a King County resident, call KC Executive Dow Constantine - 206-263-9600. Thank him for reprimanding Sound Transit for shutting down service to Sea-Tac during the protests at the request of airport police. Constantine called it out and gave a press conference denouncing the exec order as both anti-democratic and very bad for business.
- If you're a Washington State resident, call Governor Jay Inslee - 360-902-4111. Thank him for his ongoing, vocal denouncement of the exec order and his commitment to resistance at the state level.
2. If you can, donate to the ACLU, the IRC, the Southern Poverty Law Center, CAIR, please do. Every little bit helps, and all are doing great work to support the highly vulnerable population targeted by this EO.
Oh, and cancel your Uber account. Uber broke the JFK airport taxi strike in response to the EO, and the CEO of Uber is a strong supporter of the administration. Here's how: http://cnet.co/2jr89uV
3. In our ongoing conversation about race, I'd like you to take a moment to consider this scenario: You are a white person, living in a largely white neighborhood in Japan. You have citizenship, as does everyone in your family. You work, support your local economy, don't break any laws, and generally mind your own business. One day, the Japanese government signs a paper saying that white Americans can no longer travel to Japan because of the terrorist threat they pose to their society.
How does your life change? How do you feel, getting on the train to go to work the next day, the only white face in the car, suddenly named by the government as a threat?
While my heart breaks for the refugees denied asylum and the people of color who are being profiled and criminalized for no good reason, I have to confront the fact that I am still just as safe and welcome in this society as I was last week.
Indivisible of WA, I want you all to opt into smiling at strangers today, starting a conversation or just say "good morning" to someone who does not look like you, and talk about something other than a Muslim ban or systemic racism. Connect with other human beings and demonstrate that all are welcome in the place where you are welcome Love is strong medicine, and it will be good for all of us. #IndivisibleLove #DailyDos#Race101
*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – FRIDAY, 7 AM ***
Thank you all for starting this journey with us in #Race101. I saw a lot of openness, humility, new awareness, and willingness to be vulnerable. I also saw a lot of defensive statements that demeaned and ignored the valid observations of women of color. I heard some very painful personal stories of loss and prejudice and humiliation that deserved every ounce of compassion and outrage we could muster… but that nevertheless demeaned and ignored the valid observations of women of color. I did not know what to do about those stories – meet them with compassion, or continue to focus where this group needs to focus, which is on bringing our equal respect to the voices of women of color. I messed up a lot. We all did. I had to apologize a lot. We all did.
Some of you are saying that these conversations are evidence of our weakness, that these conversations divide us. Hear me: RACISM is what divides us. The social hierarchy that supports masculinity, whiteness, heterosexuality, able bodies, binary gender identitites, physical attractiveness in the narrowest possible definition… THIS is what divides us, and I know we agree on that. But what we don’t all agree on is that our problem is not outside the door or across the aisle. It’s COMING FROM INSIDE THE HOUSE.
This group owes a huge debt of gratitude to all the people of color who took a risk and spoke up in these conversations, posted articles that they knew would challenge us, and were willing to be a part of the education and growth of this group, even though it cost them emotional labor and it wasn’t their job to do. THANK YOU. I am personally in awe of every person of color who is still willing to come to the table with us.
You have one Daily Do this morning. Read this and decide if you’re in. Not PERFECT, but in. Not DONE, but in. In to learn. In to get schooled a little, or a lot. In.
1. Indivisible WA is NOT YET Intersectional... but it wants to be.
2. We believe in the importance of acknowledging Intersectionality.
3. We believe that women of color have been let down and made to feel unwelcome and unsafe in this group and others like it. Most women of color show up for white feminists; most white feminists do not show up for women of color.
4. We believe that many of our white members are unaware of the actions that they have taken to make WOC feel unwelcome and unsafe here. We believe that many of our white members feel safe and welcome here, and do not understand why WOC don’t.
5. We do not believe that talking about race is divisive; we believe that unacknowledged racism is divisive. Whether we talk about it or not, WE ARE DIVIDED, and the line separates us by color. When you call for unity, right now, you are calling for the silence and withdrawal of WOC, which is unacceptable to this group.
6. We trust women of color to know when they have been marginalized. When a person of color tells a white person that he/she has overstepped, we will believe that person of color and apologize.
7. We believe that defensive responses by WW prioritize the feelings of WW over the dignity of WOC, and break trust.
8. Defensive responses include: Questioning the perception or credibility of the WOC, claiming to understand a WOC because of personal trauma or hardship, doubling down on the fact that you're a good person/not a racist/didn't mean to say that, refusing to acknowledge the unique burden placed on WOC as both women and POC and instead recentering the conversation on your own personal trauma or hardship, referencing your previous activism on the part of POC, saying that you’re being attacked/persecuted/shamed, etc.
9. WOC do not need to ask "nicely" for basic respect in this group. Our respect must be given without condition.
10. If you are a WW who wants to become racially conscious, you must rewire the way you think and interact with other human beings. This is VERY hard work and it takes time. You have spent your whole life living in a society that prioritizes your intentions and good heart over the real pain and indignity of WOC. It's natural that you would say, "but I didn't mean to." It is natural that when someone responds NOT with, "Oh that's ok," but rather with, "Your intentions don't matter," that you would feel uncomfortable, embarrassed, or shamed. The WOC is not responsible for your feelings. You are responsible for your feelings. The WOC has the right to tell you when you've hurt her. Go back up to #6 and then apologize.
11. Indivisible of WA is fully committed to race awareness, race consciousness, and alliance. We are not there yet. But this conversation is not going anywhere. If you are tired, me too. And I've only been talking about this for a week. Imagine if this was your life.
12. When WW try to explain why a WOC is wrong about her feelings or perceptions, we demean and belittle another human being. Imagine you meet someone whose name is spelled “Michelle.” You say, “Nice to meet you, mish-ELLE,” and she says, “Actually, it’s ‘MIKE-ell.’” Would you say, “No, it’s mish-ELLE. I’ve seen that name before. I know how it’s pronounced.” No, You would not. Because you are not an asshole. Even if you thought, “HUH, that’s not how I would pronounce that.” Even if you continued to think, “Michelle’s name is spelled weird,” you would call her MIKE-ell, because you don’t get to control another person’s name (and for that matter, SHE probably didn’t pick it either. Just like her race.) When someone tells you how to pronounce their name, you LISTEN because you don’t control their name. When someone tells you that you just stepped on their foot, you LISTEN because you don’t control their pain. When someone tells you that there is racism happening in the conversation, you LISTEN.
13. When we inevitably mess up, we will not double-down and insist that we know how WOC should feel/talk/respond/understand the world. It’s like parallel parking – no matter how good you think you are, sometimes you just mess up. When you do come in at a wacky angle because you were distracted or tired or just OFF, do you clench your teeth and keep saying, “Dammit, it’s this car in front of me! Why is its back bumper shaped like that?” Do you keep backing up even though it’s clear you’re about to crash? Or do you say, “Oh damn, I messed up,” and pull back up, and try again? When we get defensive, and someone points out a defensive behavior, we must hear that response, BELIEVE it, and take a break until we can listen again.
14. White people are responsible for their own education and race awareness. People of color are exhausted and after a week of conversations about race I can see why.
15. We are all racist and say and do racist things sometimes. We are ALSO all here because we share a vision for a better country. We are here to get better.
These 15 points are non-negotiable.
If you are in, understanding that we are all human beings and we will all make mistakes, hurt each other, get into scraps, and miss opportunities to learn, but that those opportunities will continue to present themselves as long as we continue to keep one hand on our humanity and LISTEN to each other as equals, please comment below.
If you are struggling to agree, that's SO OK! We are all on a spectrum of comfort in our awareness and ability to engage in this extremely painful and complex topic of racism in this group. Read the article below, and then sit with yourself for awhile. Then if you have questions please PM me and either I or another member of the group will talk with you confidentially and without judgment. Do not comment. Comments that are defensive or recentering will be deleted and the poster PMd by an Admin, not because we want to silence you, but because we want to have an opportunity to hear you in a private conversation.
***DAILY DO’S – THURSDAY 7AM EDITION***
A number of years ago, I read a series of books, which have recently been turned into a Netflix TV show. The title of the series-- “A Series of Unfortunate Events”—seems sadly and amazingly appropriate for the world we live in. Every day we’re slammed with a whirlwind of issues: border fences, education funding, indigenous land rights, and unqualified cabinet nominees just to name a few.
So, before we jump onto today’s conversations and calls, I think it’s worth taking a few moments to make our first #DailyDo a self-care reminder.
1. Take a deep breath and let it out slowly. Then repeat to yourself “I don’t have to solve all the problems today.” The beauty of groups like ours is that we can step in and out, we can spend one day calling every member of the education committee to keep Betsy DeVos from being confirmed and the next day we can take a bit of a breather. Heck, that’s one of the main reasons we have a Daily Dos team, to keep any one person from getting burned out and losing hope. We’ve had a number of conversations going in our group throughout the last couple of months on selfcare. If you need to commiserate or look for additional advice on how to cope with our real-life Series of Unfortunate Events, check them out. Here’s one to get you started: http://bit.ly/2k3fJQE
2. #IndvisibleU #Race 101: Microaggressions
The word microaggressions gets used a lot, but how many of you have thought about how they play out. Let’s review one example of how a microaggression can play out between two friends.
A Microaggression Play in 5 Actions
2. Call Out
3. Defensive Claim of Good Intentions/Re-centering the conversation on self
4. Blaming the Offended Person/Tone Policing/Questioning their Experience
5. Non-Apology Apology
Jen: Maria, will you bring homemade salsa to the work picnic?
Maria: Why do you assume I make salsa? Because I’m Latina?
Jen: Oh my gosh, no I didn’t mean that. I just thought some salsa would be good for the picnic.
Maria: Not all Latinas make or like salsa.
Jen: Woah, you know I’m not like that Maria. I volunteered in the Dominican Republic in college. I love Latinos. Honestly, I was just trying to put together a nice picnic and your hostility is really messing everything up. I don’t understand why you couldn’t just say something nicely.
Maria: Jen, what you said was a microaggression. You assumed that because I am Latina, I make homemade salsa. It offended me. I know you didn’t intend to say something racist, but the impact of your statement was to remind me that I am different from you, which is hurtful.
Jen: Well, I’m sorry you got offended when I asked you to bring salsa. I definitely won’t do that again next time.
OK here are your questions:
1. What do you think Maria felt when Jen asked her to bring salsa?
2. What are the consequences that Maria had to consider before she spoke up?
3. Did Maria challenge Jen "the right way"? (This is a trick question - yes, she did. Keep an eye out for our tendency to want to tell people to be nice when they're identifying offensive statements.)
4. What do you think Jen was feeling when she said, "Oh my gosh, no, I didn't mean that"?
5. What did Maria hear when Jen said, "Oh my gosh, no, I didn't mean that"?
6. What did Jen's responses to Maria say to Maria about her relationship with Jen? In other words, how did Jen's responses make Maria feel?
7. What COULD Jen have said when Maria said, "Why do you assume I make salsa? Because I'm Latina?"
Extra Credit: Is Maria going to have fun at the picnic?
Reply to this comment! Be brave! Take chances! This is where we grow!
3. #IndivisibleLove Finally, the president has been issuing a number of Executive Orders and expected to announce a few more by the end of the week. One of his first targets was Sanctuary Cities. If you live in Seattle, start your day by reaching out to Mayor Murray and the Seattle City Council for their unwavering commitment to immigrants and refugees. If you live in a Sanctuary City elsewhere in the state, reach out to your elected officials and tell them expect them to hold firm against the new administration’s threats to defund cities that place public safety above identifying immigration status. And if you live in a city that does not currently show their support for immigrants, take a moment to reach out to your mayors and city council members to ask them to keep families together.
I’ve been tagged in a number of important calls to action today, asking for a spot in the Do’s tonight, but I also promised that tonight would be a night for us to take a breath. I’m going to keep that promise.
If you’ve tagged me, please know that I heard you and I know that your fight matters. Please post a call to action tonight in the discussion board, and others who are looking for more work can find you. Tomorrow, Wendi and I will start up again – we’ll talk about the fight for the WA house, the EPA, and #Race101 will continue to challenge us and freak us out a little (or a lot, no judgment.)
But tonight, our Do’s are about giggles, gear, and gifts.
Tonight’s work on #Race101 – First, watch this clip from a Michael Che standup currently on Netflix – it is both super funny and razor-sharp.
Second, read this killer article that basically summarizes everything we’ve been talking about AND MORE:
(That's not a giggle, just an incredible resource that we should all share and bookmark and return to again and again.)
You know what? You've been working hard, talking about race, staying uncomfortable even if you want to bail. I think you’ve earned yourself a new t-shirt.
This is an Etsy shop in Seattle that makes BLM shirts, and donates 100% of profits to BLM.
Anyone else planning to attend the BLM march on March 4? I am!
3. #IndivisibleLove #StandWithStandingRock
We have in our midst someone who is heading to Standing Rock this weekend to bring supplies and pack out garbage. We asked what we can do besides send cash, and the answer came back loud and clear:
Standing Rock wants cookies. They have been cold, scared, and out there alone for months. They deserve a treat, something sweet, something that feels like love and pleasure and life and home. They deserve some damn cookies, and a few words of encouragement to let them know we have their backs. Can we meet that need? Um, YES.
Tonight, cue up your favorite music, bust out the measuring cups or the roll of Pillsbury dough from the fridge door (no judgment y’all, I don’t bake often or well), and make some cookies.
Take the opportunity to enjoy the process of making (or selecting) something with love, to send into the world and comfort someone you’ve never met. That’s community. That’s Indivisible.
Here’s how we coordinate delivery:
- If you can collect cookies from your neighborhood and bring them to an address in Shoreline by Thursday (TOMORROW) at 4 PM, comment on this post with your neighborhood.
- If you can bake or acquire some cookies and a note of love and encouragement for Standing Rock, comment to the person who has said they will be collecting in your area, or closest to your area. PM each other. Set it up. Make it happen.
They have asked for cookies. The fact that they’re asking for such simple pleasures should stir us. Make some time. This is a choice YOU can make TONIGHT that will nourish the bodies and spirits of the people we’ve been trying to help.
*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – WEDNESDAY, 7 AM ***
Our Do’s today combine our support of Standing Rock with our continuing development of Intersectionality, and our support of our media to be fearless in the face of the bully-in-chief. Tonight we’re going to take a little break with Do’s that are more fun, so give it all you’ve got this morning! Let’s go!
Standing Rock needs us. Our Sioux brothers and sisters continue to fight on the front lines of this battle – against big oil, against PDJT’s conflicts of interest and attempts to silence the media, against the destruction of our Earth. We cannot abandon them.
1. Social media helped put Standing Rock on the map… today we are talking about Oscar noms. It’s time we stood up again.
Yesterday, PDJT flat-out ignored a question from a reporter: "Mr. Trump, any comment to the Standing Rock community and the protesters out there?"
Flat. Out. Ignored.
Silence is compliance. Clear your throats, people.
Today, let’s meet PDJT in his favorite place, and tweet that question back to him. And then let’s tell everyone we know to tweet it to him. Let’s tweet to news stations and news-celebs and politicians and EVERYONE.
I’ve already tweeted a bunch – you can find me at @yokatykatikate. Copy and paste, retweet, whatever. Let’s do this.
2. Do you have $10 in your bank account? Can you imagine a better use for that $10 than defending our planet’s ability to sustain our lives? I can’t.
Do it, share it, tag people, email them, text them. I am serious, if it’s not the 11th hour, it’s the 10th and a quarter. I know you care. So let’s all stop being worried that people will see you caring about something and let’s care out loud here, where it will actually do some good.
(Sample email in comments.)
3. #IndivisibleU #Race101 #ThisIsOrProblem
On Monday we talked about awareness of our society’s total compliance with whiteness as “normal,” and valuable. On Tuesday, we talked about colorblindness and our first experiences with race.
At this point, we should all up on the foundational principles that: a) racism exists; b) the omnipresence of racism is invisible to the majority of white people; c) the omnipresence of racism is a daily stressor to the majority of people of color; d) “colorblindness” is just another way of saying, “I’m uncomfortable talking about race,” which supports the system as it exists today. We all agree on that? OK. Next.
Let’s start building our conversational toolkit. #1: Microaggressions. PART ONE… Identifying Microaggressions.
What are microaggressions? They are “indirect, subtle, or unintentional acts of discrimination against members of a marginalized group. “
Microaggressions are NOT RARE. We see them a lot. Or rather, many of us DON’T see them a lot, but they are all around us. Yes, YOU have done many, many microaggressions.
Note the definition above, and particularly this part: “UNINTENTIONAL acts of discrimination.” How many times have we seen someone get challenged in this group for unintentionally saying something that was discriminatory, and that person responded immediately with “That wasn’t what I meant!” I have said exactly that, so many times.
When the office coffee pot is empty and someone says, “Alice, would you mind?” Even though Paul, Todd, Jeremy, and Mike are all closer? Microaggression.
When you ask someone “what” they are, or “where” they’re from? Microaggression.
When you pay someone a compliment by being like, “You’re not what I expected you’d be like.” Microaggression.
Need some more examples? http://bzfd.it/2krFZB2
Comment in this thread with a microaggression that you have experienced, witnessed, or performed. How did the offended person respond? Did anyone call out the aggressor? How did the aggressor respond?
- Wendy Lindquist
**DAILY DO'S - TUESDAY 6PM EDITION***
There is so much going on right now that it's easy to feel lost or overwhelmed (I know I am). But even as I frantically scroll through posts and news articles about this policy distaster and that stupid comment, I take joy in the little humerous wins. Besides today's empowering tweets from Badlands National Park, I got a good laugh when Merriam-Webster dictionary posted the definition of "fact." https://t.co/gCKRZZm23c
1. Since we all need a good, soothing laugh, share your favorite examples of activism through humor.
2. The Women's March on Seattle was a beautiful event, but unfortunately it seems to have had a negative effect on some shops and restaurants along the march route. This is especially true in the International District, where many businesses lost pre-Lunar New Year profits. Help ease this financial burden we put on the community by shopping or eating out this week in the ID, especially at smaller establishments. There's even a Lunar New Year event you can attend:
3. And last an easy one. Follow Science Communications Lab for solid, reliable information on science news. I have a feeling we're gonna need it: https://www.facebook.com/sciencecommunicationlab/
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***DAILY DO’S – TUESDAY 7AM EDITION***
Yesterday Katie Anthony started off the conversation about race by asking you to share the last time you were aware of your race. My day job forces me to think about race and my privilege as a white American just about every day. That being said, I still have so much to learn and unlearn. I regularly stumble as I try overcome the false-politeness that race was something best unmentioned and ignored.
In some ways, it was especially easy for me to ignore race. The part of rural Oregon where I spent my early childhood was far from diverse and I rarely encountered people who looked different than me. My conservative parents still tell the story about the first time I saw a black man. I was not quite a year old and he was a waiter at a Mexican restaurant. I screamed when I first saw him, and did not let up even as he patiently served my parents. Embarrassed, my parents ate quickly and left the man a very large tip. But other than this and a handful of stories about my mom’s college roommate who was a member of the Blackfeet tribe, race almost never came up…at least not directly. Race for us was coded, talked about in ways that I’m only now able to start pulling apart. We were “colorblind.”
1. #IndivisibleU presents #Race101: Colorblind
Start the day by reading Jon Greenberg’s “7 Reasons Why ‘Colorblindness’ Contributes to Racism Instead of Solves It” (http://bit.ly/1D8q9wz). Bonus, check out the articles he links at the bottom of the article. They focus on what white people can do to confront their own biases.
Then, it’s time to be brave again and start talking about your experiences with race. Share your earliest memories about race in the comments below.
All week we’re calling out free and courageous new sources. As the president puts pressure on domestic new agencies, we may need to look to outside sources for thoughtful preporting. Bookmark or follow the BBC at http://www.bbc.com/news or https://www.facebook.com/bbcnews/.
3. Today is the day our state Senate Natural Resources Committee hears the bill on Cherry Point Aquatic Reserve. For details on the bill and why it’s important to preserve this special part of Puget Sound check out the page put together by our Pantsuit friends up in Bellingham: http://bit.ly/2kmaJrk. Then call your senator and share why you think they should keep Cherry Point free from development.
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
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