Like many, I am in turn inspired and paralyzed by what is happening in our world. Heartened by the upwelling of Spirit, Hope and Love in the face of the greatest challenge and darkest threat in my lifetime. And distressed by the potential of the destructive forces at play.
Regardless of where you fall on the political spectrum, you can’t help but be affected. I practice letting go of judgement and LISTEN to HEAR what is being shown so dramatically from all quarters of humanity. My daily contemplative practice begins each morning with “I am safe. I am protected. I am guided. I act from heart not fear. I have a right to be here. I embrace the world and hold it in glittering light. I revel in that light. I forgive everyone for everything. I forgive myself for everything. I act with power from Sacred Spirit. Let me find balance and be a beacon of harmony, light and peace for others. Amen”
So here, I will share my images gathered from my own experience and the experience of the Incomparable Zoe Kosovic, in the city of Angels, as well as images from Sacramento shared by my daughter, Emily Lalande; from Austin by my friend Barbara Austin; from Washington D.C. from my friend’s daughter, Jasmine Mauss; and lastly from Boston from my friend Alicia Hart.
Call to Action: I will include a list of resources gathered from friends in-the-know about this complicated process of expressing our collected voices. Feel free to share and participate as you feel so moved.
Here are a series of links for your reference. Special thanks to Anne Bell, Madeline Taylor and Pat Langlois for sharing these resources.
Articles of Interest:
- From The Sun Magazine: American Winter by Krista Bremer
“Once upon a time, before Donald Trump was elected president, there was a woman who lived on a cul-de-sac where an orange cone in the middle of the road reminded drivers to slow down because children played in the street. …”
- The Music of Carolyn McDade
This life, in all
its ache and beauty,
is worthy, my friend, of living
(Through the Moons of Autumn)
Were I to say how much I love this earth. . .
…I often wonder what it would be like if we dared to love this life ~ the fragile and the vulnerable, the endangered, daring to be humble before the magnitude of our beginnings, daring to lean our species into a stubborn and pliant wonder, until reverence shines in all that we do ~ until we live an economics of reverence, a theology of reverence, a politics of reverence ~ until it permeates education, development, and health care, homes and relationships, arts and agriculture ~ a reverence for life, for planetary, social, and personal wholeness.
This is our purpose now. May we do it well, with thoroughness and love.
- OnBeing.org with Krista Tippett
- “I’m done drinking the draft of despair” BY (@JOHNMETTA)Until recently, my social media stream was primarily positive. My consumption of negativity was relatively small, and limited to normal bread-and-butter American racism and misogyny. That I can handle. Now things are different. Now the negativity I swallow includes the frontal assault on everything: woman’s rights, science, the media, the arts. The attack is against everyone who’s not a white nationalist Christian and everything else those who are squatting in Our People’s House want to destroy … Looking inward, I will be focusing on things that increase my energy and strength, rather than drain them…
Love in Action An interview with JOHN LEWIS
We take in the extraordinary wisdom of Congressman John Lewis on what happened in Selma on Bloody Sunday and beyond — and how it might inform common life today. A rare look inside the civil rights leaders’ spiritual confrontation with themselves — and their intricate art of “love in action.”
How to Get Out of the Cycle of Outrage in a Trump World, Arianna Huffington, Huffington Post
“….If we live in a perpetual state of outrage, Trump wins. Because when we become depleted and exhausted, and sapped of our energy, we’re not as resourceful, creative, or effective. The goal of any true resistance is to affect outcomes, not just to vent. And the only way to affect outcomes and thrive in our lives, is to find the eye in the hurricane, and act from that place of inner strength.”
How to Build an Autocracy The Atlantic Magazine by David Frum
The preconditions are present in the U.S. today. Here’s the playbook Donald Trump could use to set the country down a path toward illiberalism.
- March 15, 2017 (****POSTCARDS****) Ides of Trump –Each of us — every protester from every march, each congress calling citizen, every boycotter, volunteer, donor, and petition signer — if each of us writes even a single postcard and we put them all in the mail on the same day, March 15th, well: you do the math.
- April 1-3 (****Conference/Lobby****) Sacramento ACLU California Conference & Lobby Day Join hundreds of likeminded activists from across the state for a powerful weekend of civic engagement and advocacy at our state’s capital. firstname.lastname@example.org
- April 15, 2017 (****RALLY****) Trump Tax Return Day March, Downtown Los Angeles, 10 AM – 4 PM, Pershing Square
Huffington Post on the Tax March
LA March Facebook page
Los Angeles (and the rest of the country) will let the White House know that we want Trump to release his taxes. Join us in a march from Pershing Square to City Hall, and demand Trump release his returns.
- SheShouldRun.org Join She Should Run and step up to inspire more women and girls to consider a future run.
- What to do about Trump? This site has one of the most comprehensive list of sites.
- dailyaction.org – sign up for a daily action, such as calling your senator about a particular issue, and you will receive a text each day about what you can do. You can also click on the link they send and they will dial your congressional leader for you.
- indivisibleguide.com – This is the ultimate manifesto for getting involved and easy things to do to make a difference. We can even get our own group started and register with them and then it will be available for others to join. You can also find a local group to join.
- womensmarch.org – The womens march website has links to a lot of difference action groups.
- Contact your Representatives https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials/
- 5 Calls (gives you five calls that you can make in five minutes. You can sign up within a minute. They send you one email a week) https://5calls.org/
- The Resistance Manual (is an open source guide to taking action on a range of issues, from incarceration to immigration) https://www.resistancemanual.org/Resistance_Manual_Home
- Checklist for Americans of Conscience (this is the result of a woman, Jen Hofmann, who felt paralyzed by the happenings of the country’s situation. She created this weekly “To Do” list…you can click on the link below for this week’s and then subscribe yourself.) You’ve got lots of ways to use your voice this week, so click here to sign up to receive weekly messages and actions in your inbox.