This is a whole new form of clean power. From ashes to action in a matter of hours. Innocence + brokenness demanding more from those tainted by greed, compromise, corruption, + dishonesty...demanding more than complacency.
There is just so much to be sad about these days...so much to be rightly angry about. I'm feeling it seep into every pore + quiet space between thoughts. I carry it + my girls do too. I do not want them to live in a suspended state of fear or helplessness + I do not want to either. I want to convert anger into action. I want to see the rise of clean power, + I want to be a part of it.
So our art supplies become protest sign supplies + we march + shout at the sides of buildings in the biting wind. I research + attend meetings + strategize + organize. We make postcards + phone calls + my voice shakes with nerves + feelings that bubble in my throat. I want my girls to know that we are not helpless. I want to know that I am not hopeless.
For anyone who might be looking for a way or two to join the fight:
Everytown is taking action against gun violence. Let's help make it a force to match the NRA. Ask companies to shed their support of the NRA. It's working. Get ready to march. Find out how much influence your representatives are under from the NRA. Let them know how you feel. Demand action. Hold them accountable. Vote accordingly.
Much more quietly, Trump + our current Administrator of the "Environmental Protection Agency", Scott Pruitt, are in the process of repealing the Clean Power Plan which set goals for reducing the amount of carbon emissions power plants release. Two more listening sessions are coming right up + comments are open now. 350.org + the Sierra Club are working to demand clean power for all of us.
It's been a heart wrenching couple of weeks...but there are glimpses of hope there too. Let's be part of the clean power at work for change.