This Is My Call to Action

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Call to Action

This is my call to action. The world has gotten frightening and dark. It is in these times that if we can’t find heroes in the world, we must become them. I was re-watching Wonder Woman when my purpose with my essays and tweets became crystal clear. Reports have been streaming in that the Russians used Tweets and Facebook ads starting several years ago and continuing through today and tomorrow to divide all of us and stir up disagreement. Their aim is to cause civil war, either literal or figurative. I am going to stop that. I’m just one social worker — one writer with a keyboard, a ton of debt and no savings, but by all that I hold dear I can do something. I can see, I can think, I can make connections, and I can write. I’ve been working toward this with my subconscious, with essays that have been dancing around this goal, and now it is clear to me. Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Poor White Men and Entitlement

Poor white men and de jure and de facto discrimination: Let’s talk about poor white men and entitlement. A little bit of social justice 101 for y’all today. First, let’s learn the difference between “de jure” and “de facto”. “De jure” is Latin for “of law”, a way of saying one’s rights are equal under the law. “De facto” means “of fact” or “in fact” meaning, the actual situation on the ground, regardless of what the law says. Social justice is “justice in terms of the wealth, opportunities, and privileges in a society” and deals with the attempt to get…

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Dear #MAGA: I Wish I Were Making This Up

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– – We are all in serious trouble: I wish I were lying. My life would be *so much* easier, if Donald Trump were actually a good president, actually had the needs of working and middle class Americans, native born and legal immigrant Americans, the military and veterans, and small business owners on his mind. He doesn’t. His administration doesn’t. The current GOP congress (mostly) doesn’t (there are exceptions to that rule). All those “liberal” values I fight for? Equal pay, a minimum wage increase, worker protections, expecting police officers to follow the rule of law, honoring our treaties and…

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Standing Together in the USS Lifeboat

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“We’re all on the same side. We’re all breathing.” Pardon the Game of Thrones reference, but Jon Snow (aka Aegon Targaryan the whichever) got it right. Except that in this metaphor, the undead hordes are Nazis and white supremacists, the White Walkers are the 1% and the GOP leadership, and the stately and terrifying Night King is actually Vladimir Putin, with a captive orange buffoon as his puppet. George R. R. Martin has set up a lifeboat situation in Game of Thrones and that’s really what we have here in the United States right now. The “ship” is the institution…

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30 Social Media Activism Rules for the Resistance

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Social Media Activism Can Be Fraught Hey, I get it. You’re an activist, but you have a boss, a family, neighbors, that one dude from high school, and several law enforcement agencies with access to your social media feed. Newsflash: even if you don’t realize it, that first sentence is something you should assume to be true. So. How do you #resist and stay (mostly) out of trouble? 1) Speech has consequences. Be prepared to back up what you say and be able to defend it to any or all of the above. Your online presence is creating your “brand”.…

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