it’s 2017, i’m feeling strong, and about to get stronger.
this lightning bolt signifies, for me, that this will be the year i prepare, in community, for natural and political disasters. preparation looks different for all of us, but for me it includes:
+ make an earthquake kit; create a plan with house and neighbors.
+ take a self-defense class; exercise to feel happy and agile.
+ join an in-home screening of “Deacons for Defense.”
+ encourage all masc-of-center friends to do anti-patriarchy work.
+ research existing alternatives to calling the police, since they make things more dangerous for people of color, people with disabilities, etc. (shoutout to Oakland Power Projects for doing this work.)
+ learn basic medic skills from People’s Community Medic
+ support ongoing organizing against ICE and deportations, since the sanctuary city designation is far from impenetrable
of course there will be specific causes and struggles that pop up, and like many of y’all i will join them. but i am so serious and excited, too, about expanding my readiness repertoire.
what are you doing to get ready for the era of Trump, and the continuation of crisis-as-usual?
let me know if you want to do any of these things with me!