Detroit and New Orleans followers, please consider these two young men. Can you please boost these young men of excellence? We have the chance to have two black mayors who are young, willing to listen, and excellent candidates! Please BOOST!
from kumamoto, we took a bus (round and through the mountains) to minami-aso, which turned out to be… mostly paddies and dairy farms. super, super peaceful. a really nice place to get away from the big city bustle
We have general elections every year in the US. VOTE THIS YEAR.
Among other things it’s doing, the federal government is looking to devolve more power back to the
states. VOTE THIS YEAR, and help to swing your state’s government.
Off-year elections have the smallest turnouts and so they are EASY TO
SWAY by getting out there to vote.
VOTE THIS YEAR.
Off-year elections can affect Congress and they affect local and
regional offices whose policies can hold people accountable in their
bases of operations if the federal government refuses to. For 2017 we
1 US Senate seat (Alabama)
6 US House of Representatives (California 34th District, Georgia 6th
District, Kansas 4th
District, Montana At-Large
District, South Carolina 5th
District, Utah 3rd
2 State Governors (New Jersey, Virginia)
New Jersey General Assembly and Senate, Virginia House, North Carolina General Assembly (a special re-vote with the de-gerrymandered district lines!)
of mayoral and local elections that will MATTER IN COMING YEARS because city
mayors can carry a lot of influence in elections and also act as leaders
and innovators to model policies and programs (see: sanctuary cities)
After much soul-searching and lengthy discussions with smarter friends, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that what unsettles me about people punching Nazis is not that it’s wrong, exactly, because it’s not - but the thing is, it’s not our job as citizens to do that. In a functioning democracy, there should be laws against calling for genocide and promoting ideas of racial superiority, and there should be efficient courts checking whether people are following those laws or not, and there should be MPs deliberating over how well those laws are working and if more (or fewer) laws are needed, and there should be a police force ready to intervene - with fair and reasonable amount of force - against those citizens who, for one reason or another, decide to break those laws. So the debate shouldn’t be, Is it right or wrong to punch a Nazi in the face; the debate should be, Why aren’t the police arresting Nazis? - because in a democratic state governed by the rule of law, citizens shouldn’t administer justice; and if they do, well, that’s a symptom something is seriously wrong.
Reminder to those enraged and engaged in this fight: Activism cannot be your singular focus; you can burn out, you will burn out, and you will burn out F A S T. Don’t feel guilty if you start to feel overwhelmed. Don’t feel guilty if you need to turn off the news, get off social media, or stop talking about the current political climate. It’s exhausting. Take a little time every day to decompress! Do something fun, make sure you have a hobby. Read tarot cards, knit or crochet things to donate, work out, read read read, make art (god, please, make some art, that’s gonna be one of the first things to go). It’s exhausting, fighting for your rights and liberties. It’s not going to stop being exhausting. But if we quit because we can’t keep up, we’re tired, we’re overwhelmed, then they win. And we can’t let them win, because this is just the start. So take a break. A little bit, every day. Treat yourself well and then get right back into the fray. Take care of yourself while fighting for your neighbor who might not be able to.