(J20 and J21: a css on the ground snapshot)
By: Bernice Julie Shaw and Maria Zamudio
“The energy of our women of color contingent was palpable -- many individual women and their families gravitated towards our drums, banners, and our joyful chants of liberation and justice. One mother and her child picked up the megaphone and sang a song of resistance. Another group of older white women joined our delegation and asked to help carry our 75 foot “RESIST” banner with us. This is what it feels like to lead with a vision of organized-community.” -- Angela Adrar, Climate Justice Alliance ED
“You know, he only grabs pussies sometimes. Is that what really happened? Come on, you know you liked it when that happened to you! I mean, 12 women saying he did something, doesn’t mean he did, or actually meant it. I don’t believe it. I don’t believe you. Prove it to me. I don’t believe you.”
I can only imagine how Muslim, immigrant, Black, and dis/differently abled folks felt and what they feared as repercussions for the things Trump has done, said he would do, and the hatred fomented on the campaign trail and now manifesting in the mere days since his election.
For me, this ultimately wasn’t just about the election, it’s not about Trump or Clinton. Or even that I was surprised that there were people who were so vested in their own economic survival or comfort, that they were willing to put aside the well-being of whole swaths of people to get it. What’s devastating is that white supremacy, demonization, the fear and hatred of “other,” stripping of rights for more people, could now be (not just implicitly) but explicitly codified into law and exercised by two branches of the government. And more insidiously, that these views are so deeply embedded that they are threatening to create a “new normal” in American culture.
There is power in imagining and it takes imagination to build power.
From our CSS AT2016 Alum Shona Clarkson of Gulf Restoration Network
Currently donating is the best thing to do from afar. There are a few places that are "vouched for" donation sites. Links to them can be found below.
Foundation for Louisiana
Foundation for Louisiana is a trusted NGO in the state.
BOLD Louisiana is collecting donations for rural parishes that aren't getting any federal relief, and North Baton Rouge Disaster Relief is collecting funds for families in North Baton Rouge displaced by the flooding (Alton Sterling was from North Baton Rouge).
North Baton Rouge Disaster Relief
Run by woman of color and is super community focused.