We are living in unprecedented times. And I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been able to think about much else.
Like many, at first I was absolutely devastated. I was consumed with trying to unpack what exactly happened. Where we went wrong. I put a lot of energy into being incensed and outraged and offended.
My faith was badly shaken. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever felt so demoralized.
But despite all of the darkness, fear, and tumult, today I can’t help but feel hope.
On Saturday, January 21st I marched in Portland alongside thousands of other nasty women and allies to send a message that we will not give up without a fight. That we will defend our rights and demand equal justice and opportunity for all.
We defied Trump to ignore us.
And in the days following, as each unconstitutional, unethical, and reckless executive order has been signed, I have seen something truly amazing occur: people waking up, finding their voices, and uniting.
This is Not a Moment, It’s a Movement
The recent comparisons being made to 1930s Berlin are far from hyperbolic.
George Orwell wrote 1984 as a warning to us all about how easily nationalism, fascism, and totalitarianism can infect a nation. He recognized that people “are perfectly ready for dictatorial methods, secret police, systematic falsification of history, etc. so long as they feel that it is on ‘our’ side.”
It can happen again. It is happening again. And that is why it is more important than ever to mobilize.
There is no doubt that we will face challenges, and that things are likely to get much worse before they get better. Lives will certainly be upended and destroyed, and we will face even bigger threats to our basic rights. There is still a major fight ahead.
But what gives me hope are the millions of people stepping up to the plate, fearlessly calling out injustice, assembling to make their voices heard, and taking real action to protect our freedoms.
This is the time when we define who we really are and what we stand for. This is where we show our character. And I don’t know about you, but I have never felt more proud to be American than I have in the last few days.
We are coming together, waking up, and uniting to say that we will not accept this.
So, this post is a call to arms, of sorts. To speak out. To organize. To vote. To hold our elected officials accountable. To punch nazis. To resist this administration and its unconstitutional, inhumane agenda. To assemble and protest and march. To not shrink away, but to make yourself bigger and harder to ignore. To speak up, even if your voice shakes. To call out racism and hatred and bigotry when we see it. To dig your heels in and say “No, we will not let this happen.”
These are true American values. Not bigotry, xenophobia, hatred, or fear.
So let’s not despair. If there is something the last few days has shown us, it is that we outnumber them. So let’s do what we can, while we still can.
Oh, and please please consider donating to the ACLU! Fighting to protect our civil liberties is now more important than ever.