I don’t like talking about political things too much, anymore. When people can justify taking children from their parents and putting them in internment camps, I know there is nothing I can say that will change their minds. A person needs to blind their self to science, logic, and compassion to look at what is happening and not be horrified.
A lot of people are saying things like, “We’ve survived (insert horrible event here); we’ll survive this!” or “It’s not the end of the world!” Some people are saying this as a form of self-care, because if they don’t tell themselves it will be okay then they might not be able to hang on. And that’s fine. This post is not about them.
This post is about the people who say it dismissively. The (let’s be real; predominantly white, straight, cis, male) people who write off the concerns of the “others” as being irrational because the world isn’t ending.
And that’s true.
The world isn’t ending.
That’s. The fucking. Point.
Tomorrow, I have to wake up and live in this world. My friends–my black friends, my Latinx friends, my LGBTQ friends, my Jewish friends, my Pagan/Heathen friends–have to wake up and live in this world. They have to wake up and live in a world that, currently, is actively fighting against them.
The world isn’t ending, so shouldn’t we make it a pleasant place to live? Most of us are going to survive this, so shouldn’t we try to help as many other people as possible survive it, too?
No, the world isn’t ending. But, don’t use that as an excuse not to fight. Use is as your reason to fight. Because the world isn’t ending and when we’re gone, our friends, our families, our children have to live in this world.
Let’s work to make it better for them. Let’s fight so they don’t have to.
If you’re as disgusted as I am by the state of things, there are some incredible charities you can support who are working tirelessly on some of the latest atrocities President Putz is subjecting us to. RACIES Texas is working to provide free and low-cost legal services to immigrant families who’ve been separated at the border in Texas. The ACLU is also on the frontlines, fighting against attacks on civil rights.
If you’re poor as dirt like me and can’t afford to make a flat donation, but do still need to shop for things like clothes, housewares, etc… by shopping from Amazon Smile (always start your shopping trip from smile.amazon.com), Amazon will donate a small percentage of your purchase to the charity of your choice (I have mine set to benefit ACLU SoCal, and they have many, many ACLU chapters listed, but you can select any charity you believe in from their list).
And, if you’re fashion forward, a dear friend of mine Babe Gang Patches who almost single-handedly has provided me with awesome punk/goth/feminist décor for my bags and vests is donating a portion of her “No one is illegal on stolen land” patch (currently sold out) to RACIES and a portion of her “Fuck Trump” patches to the ACLU. Support great charities, independent creators, and state your stance in no uncertain terms.
If you know of any other charities who you feel are worth promoting, or other shops donating portions of sales, let me know in the comments! I want to add them to the list.
Keep fighting. The world isn’t ending, so we need to take care of it while we still have to live on it.
I love you all.
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