Today Will Be Difficult

Believe me, you will have feelings of anger, sadness, and despair. You may think the mountain we are about to climb towards racial, social, economic, and environmental justice is too high and may want to turn back. I know the anxiety facing my own heart when I think of the difficulties we face due to the next four years, but I’m asking you from the pit of my heart: do not give up.

This is a bump in the road. A rather large one, yes, but nothing more or less. I still go into fits of rage when I think of how our country could take one step forward and two large steps backwards with this election, but I know if we all hold true to our beliefs and what we know this country truly stands for one where we treat each other equally, with compassion and love, we will eventually gain those faltered steps back and march forward towards the progress we know our country is destined for.

There is no easy path to this success. It requires us, for lack of a better word, to get off our asses and get to work. Maintaining an eye on legislation being voted on in your local community, state legislature, and in Washington is essential. Stay educated, contact your elected officials, not by letter or email, but by phone, because believe it or not they fear those phone calls more than anything. I’ve learned this from person experience. We have more power in this government than we give ourselves. 

99 of you have decided to take a stand a ignore the inauguration with dozens of elected officials who feel that same fire within to keep fighting. That’s just the beginning.

Download the app Countable to learn about bills going through Congress. This app will keep you informed about what is the chaos of Congress, and don’t be afraid to call your congressperson or senator to let them know how you feel about it.

Stay organized. Join a group nearby you working within the Indivisible Organization, a grassroots organization with groups formed by people like you who want to enact change.

Absolutely want to resist Trump and don’t know where to start? Read this beautifully created manual by activists like Deray and myself to know what to do.

You are not alone in this dark time. And while they may be dark now, I know we can rid the skies of the clouds blocking out the garish sun and once again make this country one where we can all feel safe and understood. We are a compassionate and empathetic society underneath all the garbage currently floating around in this country. I think it’s about time we all picked up a broom and got to work to clean it up. What do you say?

– RA

Why Am I Angry?

People ask me why I’m so angry and all I can to do is wave my arms around me in regards to what’s going on in this country, the world, and to humanity and STILL some people don’t understand where it’s all coming from. The solutions to the problems I’m angry about are difficult to find but the problems are very much evident and blantantly going on right in front of our faces. 

We face a narcissistic, literally idiotic man coming into the highest office of government in the United States who consistently gets upset when people say mean things about him and who devolves into a child when things aren’t going his way. His idiotic tweeting has done more damage to everything the office of the presidency represents in the two months it’s been since he was “elected” than in the entire eight years that even George W. Bush did to the office. You can’t trust a single thing out of his mouth, even when the facts proving him wrong are right there in plain sight. 

We face a Congress which is in the process of destroying our social safety net. The Affordable Care Act? Gutted. Social security, Medicare, and Medicaid? Those are on the chopping block within the next six months. Do you hear any outcry? No, because the news cycles are focuses on the completely asinine things Trump is either saying or doing. 

Speaking of Trump, his cabinet is full of some of the most racist, inexperienced, homophobic, and misogynistic selfish individuals I’ve ever seen in my life. You want a basket of deplorables? Just look at Trump’s cabinet. It’s a disgrace to our country and it’s a disgrace to what our country stands for. 

Selfishness is beginning to reign supreme around the world. Whether it be Brexit, Russia’a human rights violations, Trump’s “election”, along with the myriad of countries clinging to their guns and autocratic leaders rather than helping those around them. 

How can we live in a world where people care less for their neighbor than they do for themselves? The answer is simple: the well off are becoming more well off while those at the bottom are getting worse or that group is expanding. We need a change to the way this world is beginning to accept basically an international oligarchy. 

Stand up, stand your ground, and fight back. 

Reach out to your Senators and Represenative. Find out what their contact information is at http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

I’m sick of sitting back, seeing everyone yelling on social media, and implementing ways to bring about change. Get involved! Join rallies, call your representatives, and whatever you do, don’t give up. 

Join https://www.indivisibleguide.com/, the founding organization to take on Donald Trump and all the wrong doing going on right now in this country. It will be a tough two and four years, but don’t let that toughness beat you down. Get out there, knock on doors, join groups with likeminded beliefs, and build the mightiest wall you possibly can to block these despicable policies.  

And make Donald Trump and his cronies pay for it. 

– RA