people of the u.s

A guide to being a vocal citizen

For people wondering how to take action post-election of a racist demagogue (pulled from Twitter and cleaned up):

Make a spreadsheet or a file for your representatives with names, addresses to their offices, phone numbers, and contact forms. Put everyone there. Make a note in your calendar app to check in on issues once a month.

Pay attention to news. If you get angry, upset, or worried, seek support from friends but ALSO shoot these reps an email, too. Be courteous but firm and blunt. It’s a numbers game. Often we remain invisible because we don’t go to events and rallies and can’t be physically present. But we can attach our names to emails, we can write letters, we can be vocal. We don’t have to be invisible.

You can do this with your national reps, state reps, and local reps. If someone reps you anywhere, note them. Open a line and revisit it. It’s hard work and slow. One email at a time. One letter at a time. One call at a time. Emails are easy these days, so splurge every few months on a stamp and send a letter if you can. Put your humanity in front of these people. Flout it. Some won’t care, but others will. Change ONE mind and results can cascade.

Rural areas are bubbles full of bigotry and now it’s newly revealed. But we white people who live here have the clout and power! We can speak up when our reps say terrible things, and do terrible things, and vote terrible ways. We can go “I am disappointed in you.” It’s work, but as we’ve seen the last six months, it’s time for us to do that work. If someone goes “who are your reps” you gotta know. If you don’t know and you’re mad about this election, it’s time to create that file and keep it with you and use it.

The time for social media rants only is over. Or, do those, but maybe pull those threads out into a paragraph and send them to your reps. And don’t ONLY email or contact when things go badly. Also reach out when things go right. Even if they voted AGAINST something. Treat them like you would want to be treated if you were wrong or mistaken. But we’ve gotta reach out and let them know we’re here.

Anyway, I know this is hard work. If you need help collecting your reps, give me a ping via DM and I’ll help you get started.


Degrassi season 3 + ableism
People Share Frightening Images In The Aftermath Of Trump's Victory
A black woman was told to sit in the back of a bus. Kindergarteners said their Hispanic classmates had to go back to Mexico.

People have approached me looking for a way to change the minds of Trump voters, but I can’t offer any magic technique. That kind of persuasion happens in person-to-person interactions and it requires a lot of honest listening on both sides. For me, the conversations that led me to change my views started because I couldn’t understand why anyone would fear me. I thought I was only doing what was right and defending those I loved.

I think the “Hamilton” cast modeled well one way to make that same connection when they appealed to Vice President-elect Mike Pence from the stage: “We, sir — we — are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us.” Afterward, the actor Brandon Victor Dixon explained, “I hope he thinks of us every time he has to deal with an issue or talk about a bill or present anything.” I’m sure Mr. Pence believes his policies are just. But now he has heard from individuals who are worried about those policies. That might open him to new conversations.

I never would have begun my own conversations without first experiencing clear and passionate outrage to what I believed from those I interacted with. Now is the time for me to pass on that outrage by clearly and unremittingly denouncing the people who used a wave of white anger to take the White House.

People are talking about a miracle. I’m hearing about a nightmare. It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us. You tell your kids, ‘Don’t be a bully.’ You tell your kids, 'Don’t be a bigot.’ You tell your kids, 'Do your homework. And be prepared.’ And then you have this outcome and you have people are putting children to bed tonight and they’re afraid of breakfast. They’re afraid of 'How do I explain this to my children?’ I have muslim friends who are texting me tonight saying, 'Should I leave the country?’ I have families of immigrants that are terrified tonight.

This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites. True. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls. But it was also something else. We’ve talked about race—we’ve talked about everything but race tonight. We’ve talked about income. We’ve talked about class. We’ve talked about region. We haven’t talked about race.

This was a white-lash. This was a white-lash against a changing country. It was a white-lash against a black president in part. And that’s the part where the pain comes.

—  Van Jones.

Geronimo, c. 1886. 

A prominent leader of the Bedonkohe Apache tribe, Geronimo led his tribe’s resistance against the white colonization of southwestern North American. He eventually surrendered after a year of fighting, in 1886. He spent the last 20 years of his life as a prisoner

Check out our short film clip on Geronimo here.

(Photo: Library of Congress)


Around The World In 80 Days: U.S. Territory, Puerto Rico

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#occupy - This is the big problem that we have with MSM corporate media. When racist/stupid clowns like Donald Trump is giving far more greater attention which gives him a platform for toxic trash from his mouth. Compare to serious candidate like Bernie Sanders who a serious vision for American isn’t giving enough attention.

Serious candidate that are running for president deserve to be treated with respect.

#feelthebern - The definition of a democratic socialist (by the standards of Bernie Sanders).

White violence is ALWAYS justified in some way, shape, or form. Violent acts by white people are always excused, always passed off or swept under the rug. White violence is even praised, honorable, and reasoned for being in the name of liberty and justice (e.g. See the History and Formation of the United States of America.)

But when oppressed groups are fed up with being oppressed, when marginalized people are tired of being marginalized, when such generalizations and stereotypes even have the weight to justify our murder or brutality, when BLACK AMERICANS lash out from the pain and frustration and confusion as to why the country they live in and were born in hates them so much, somehow the fingers pointed at those REACTING to abhorrent incidents rather than the ones that started it in the first place. Never mind police are wrongfully MURDERING people, but “violence solves nothing!” They said.

Violence solves nothing, and yet somehow to you the murders of black men, women and children at the hands of policemen are somehow called for. Violence solves nothing, yet the government rather fund trillions of dollars towards the military and war rather than our educational systems.
“Violence solves nothing”, although it is the very reason this country we call the United States Of America exists today.