Activism at the Local Level

I have been trying to express my feelings about the current administration in writing, of course. You can find my thoughts on my website:

http://thearmchairobserver.com/

I also repost at this site for bloggers:

http://tremr.com/

But lately, with everyone in their own little bubble, in a world where the left reads what the left writes and the right reads only what the right writes (wow – say that three times fast) it seems necessary to get my body out in public so it can be counted along with other people who feel the need to protect things like human rights, peace, and climate science. I decided to try activism. I have begun to attend local community meetings and demonstrations when I can. If you find yourself feeling fearful and somewhat helpless in the face of what seems to be the demise of our democracy/republic then you might also find that picking a few demonstrations or marches or meetings might be the perfect antidote. The more numbers/bodies there are to count the bigger the statement that we refuse to go down the road of authoritarian oppression.

You can find the local group that I have been meeting with at http://cnysolidarity.org/ or look for an Indivisible group in your area or sign on with Move on.org. These meetings started out with a few founders and a few attendees in a small room (which I don’t have a picture of) and now they require more room each time they meet and lots of parking places. From the website:

The above image is the work of artist Dalia Shevin, 2016, “You belong/ Tú perteneces.”

“CNY Solidarity Coalition is a grassroots coalition of organizations and individuals committed to protecting all Central New Yorkers from the dangers of the Trump-Pence-Bannon-Ryan administration’s policies, appointees, and rhetoric.

We are dedicated to truth, justice, and democracy. We aim to protect and fight alongside People of Color, Immigrants, Refugees, LGBTQI people, the Muslim Community, the Jewish Community, Women, People with Disabilities, People with Mental Illness, the Deaf Community, Teachers, Scientists, Environmentalists, and all other marginalized and oppressed groups and entities that are likely to be targeted in these uncertain times.

The Coalition’s anchor organizations include:

 

I took some photos to document some of this activism, of the meetings and activities, although I am a terrible photographer.

Women’s March, January 21, 2017

 

Visit to Federal Building in Syracuse, NY to deliver a petition to our Senators, Chuck Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand.

Fourth Meeting of the CNY Solidarity Coalition

I recommend joining the resistance; action overcomes depression, and expression refines anger.

My favorite demonstration chant – “This is what democracy looks like!”

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