December 26, 2016
I hope everyone is having holidays as peaceful and restoring as possible.
When I don’t know what to do or where to start, I make lists.
I was moved to start a list a few days after election day, when everything felt very fearful and uncertain…when it seemed like nothing was impossible in the worst possible way.
As I started reading a lot about how to oppose a political regime the likes of which we’ve never really experienced before, and also Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark, about the necessity of hope and joy in activism, I felt like we needed a way not only to voice our opposition, but to account for what we are tangibly accomplishing in response.
Not to maintain that everything is really okay, not to worry, that it’s not as bad as it seems, or just to make ourselves feel better (although it has made me feel better). But to concretely track our successes at holding injustice and authoritarianism at bay, to remember not only that progressive and human rights victories can, do, and are still happening, but how they happen. Even now.
ETA: At least twelve pretty good things have happened in the world since election day. In particular, there have been important developments for the rights of trans and intersex people and disabled workers.
(A lesson that’s already really jumping out at me just from the list so far is that your city councils are important.)
The introductory post to Reckoning of Joy is here. I’ve also been including some resources and guides for taking action, inspiration, and musical encouragement.
Let’s get to work in the new year?