Fifty-four days into this presidency, I’m finding doable ways to make a difference, while balancing paid work, the laundry, and moments of joy.
What can one person do to make a difference? Here’s nine attainable actions:
Eat out tomorrow and support immigrants. Rising Restaurants All day Wednesday, March 15, more than two dozen Twin Cities restaurants are donating a portion of their proceeds to the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, to help cover costs for the many immigrants facing deportation.
Also tomorrow, the Ides of March, mail a postcard to the White House for the Ides of Trump. Send the president a pink slip, demand his taxes, etc.
I’m writing Governor Mark Dayton asking that he veto anti-protester bills. I’d love to get lots of people to deliver Protest Postcards on a Stick, mini-protest signs to Governor’s office. We need free speech and the civil dissent, right to speak out against wrongs our government is doing.
This Friday, March 17, call Carver County Attorney’s office, 952-361-1400 to demand that charges be dropped against Louis Hunter. Louis is charged with two counts of felony riot for protesting the police killing of his cousin, Philando Castile last July. If convicted, Louis faces ten years in prison, the same sentence facing the cop who killed Philando.
Monday, March 20, Pack the Courtroom to support Louis Hunter. Noon press conference outside the Ramsey Country Courthouse; 1:30 hearing.
The ACLU launched a new Freedom Cities campaign, to disable Trump’s deportation machine, using People Power, that’s all of us who want to make a difference. The first step is meeting with local law enforcement. We need to ask our police and sheriffs not to participate in the fed’s crackdown on immigrants. Twin Citians can meet and thank local law enforcement for their resistance. Twin Cities law enforcement take stand against doing federal immigration enforcement
Buy a $10 ticket and attend 1,000 Who CAIR, a March 25th event at St. Kate’s. The Council on American Islamic Relations wants to empower 10,000 Minnesotans in the fight against bigotry and hatred. I’m excited to hear Gold Star father Khizr Khan, Rep. Ilhan Omar, Civil Rights leader Nekima Levy-Pounds and others talk about how we can stand against Islamophobia and for civil rights. Want to do more? Become a sponsor
Standing Up for Racial Justice offers many ways for white people to get involved and be an ally to people of color. SURJ-MN and other groups, like Protect Minnesota, mobilize people, helping us track what’s happening at the Legislature. We packed a committee hearing about permitless gun bills.
There’s lots to do and for me at least, lots to learn. Philando’s killing and the November election forced me to see how little I know about our country. I’m reading more about people whose life experiences differ greatly than mine.
The Latehomecomer describes one Hmong family’s life, written by award-winning Twin Cities author Kao Kalia Yang. Next up on my to-read list, Yang’s new memoir of her father, Song Poet, a National Book Award and a Minnesota Book Award.
A Good Time for the Truth, a collection of essays on race in Minnesota, remains my top book pick. Schools, civic groups, and book clubs should all read it. The title stands as anthem for our era. Read it.
This is an Uprising offers solid background and motivating ideas for how citizen activists and movements can succeed.
Green Card Voices by a Minneapolis nonprofit of the same name, gives immigrants the opportunity to tell their own stories. This book tells stories of students at Wellstone International High School in Minneapolis. I’m looking forward to June, the publication of a new Green Card Voices book of stories from students will offer from Saint Paul’s LEAP High School.
Sure, Facebook has lots of cute cats and wacky lies, but it’s also an easy way to find of what other people are thinking and doing. Check out Robert Reich’s Inequality Media, Dan Rather’s News and Guts , Shaun KIng’s Injustice Boycott, NAACP MPLS, ACLU-MN, Color of Change, Support Louis Hunter