I’m so, so tired this week. Winter is wearing on me. Maybe I’m coming down with something. Everything is exhausting and frustrating.
I’ve had technical difficulties getting inventory into my new online shop that I just had no patience to deal with this week, and then felt terrible that I wasn’t working harder on it. The emotional labor required for political activism these days is taxing on it’s own but this week it has felt especially overwhelming.
I need a nap and probably a few hours just to do nothing but watch videos of baby goats in pajamas or a couple episode of Drunk History.
The one bit of good news today was that Labor Secretary nominee Andrew Puzder withdrew his name from consideration. This was one cabinet pick I had intended to fight hard against and had a post ready for tomorrow making that case with actions to take. This saves me the trouble. He was one nominee who had a good chance of not being confirmed, thanks to a pile of allegations that even Republicans couldn’t get behind. We may even have to thank Oprah a bit for this.
One of the reasons given for withdrawing was that he was “tired of the abuse”. Classic abuser and oppressor trying to claim the role of victim.
Earlier this week I was thinking that putting a lot of effort into challenging these nominations might be a waste of time and energy and the best thing to do would be to strategize how to deal with them once confirmed to the administration. At the same time, it would never feel right to not stage a very vocal opposition ,regardless of knowing how it would ultimately play out. The protests and vocal criticism against Puzder played a huge part in his decision today. It can’t ever hurt to organize and oppose anything this administration does, whether it’s cabinet nominees or executive orders. We definitely need to do both of these things – fierce resistance while planning for worst outcomes.
Here’s my song of the day…
Just a few things to do today & this weekend…
ο Unfollow all social media Donald Trump will be using. You won’t miss anything. The media will tell us whenever he whines on Twitter.
ο If you’re home today, find something to do while the Inauguration is going on. Don’t watch it. Read a book. Rage clean.Plan your garden. Have a friend over for coffee. Go for a walk. Anything. This doesn’t have as much to do with “making the ratings low”. It’s about not participating in Trump’s presidency from the very start.
ο Pay attention to the news sources covering the transition. If they’re embracing this presidency and normalizing Trump, that’s not the news source for us.
ο If you haven’t already been thinking about it, this is a good weekend to really put some thought into you action plan for resistance. How much time per week can you commit to phone calling representatives and challenging every single thing this administration does? If you feel overwhelmed by the amount of issues at hand, choose just one or a few that are the most important to you to focus your efforts on.
Are there accessible ways to help others in your community?Are you willing to put your body on the line during non-violent actions? Are you willing to be arrested? Thin
ο Plan to be a nuisance. Be ungovernable. Be tedious and persistent. Disrupt not only government but disrupt businesses tied to Trump or that you know support Trump. If you can, DISRUPT J20 . Withhold your labor.
ο If you’re attending a protest or march today or this weekend, be prepared. Know your rights. Set up a buddy system. Document police abuses. Help others. Be aware of everything going on around you. Read this guide for more tips.
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photo by Jenna Pope.
Watch a live stream here of the protest and tipi gifting here….
Yesterday, a round dance stopped traffic in Georgetown.
via Dallas Goldtooth
Video here with Chief Rueben George speaking…
via Idle No More
The banner says: “Standing in the water could get me arrested. TransCanada (Corp.) pollutes drinking water and nothing happens.”
Today ,Lakota rapper Frank Waln will be one of the artists performing in on the National Mall in DC as part of the protest. Frank said the other day on his Facebook, “Two years ago, I was inspired by people back home protesting the KeystoneXL by stopping trucks that were carrying pieces of the pipeline from crossing our rez. I was sitting in my dorm room in downtown Chicago all homesick, wishing I could be there. I did the only thing I knew how to do. I made a song. I called it “Oil 4 Blood”. It was just my way of expressing my solidarity. A small contribution from a rez kid rapper. Two years later, it’s inspiring to see us organizing on a national scale and taking that message to the Capitol Hill.
Tomorrow, I’m flying out to Washington DC to join my relatives in the Reject and Protect protest against the KeystoneXL pipeline. I’m performing on SATURDAY at 1:30pm at the Tipi camp on the National Mall. I’m going to rock this song as hard as I can for my ancestors, for my family and for our Mother Earth “
I think it’s incredible that a song written as an expression of solidarity is now an integral small part of this national protest. Way to go, Frank.