Action Items: Things to Do to Help Fight Evil And Save the World

Action Items are notes from the "Let's Save the World" committee meetings in my head. A collection of some news items and articles that may fire up a desire for action, and then at least one suggested action item to follow up. It won't be comprehensive of every single thing in the world and all the ways to fix it, but it will be something, and something is better than nothing.

Some of the Things That Are Happening:

A teen open-fired in a Texas high school, possibly because a girl turned down his romantic advances. Instead of controlling who can get a gun, Texas authorities are considering adding airport-style security and mental health screening - to schools. So to be clear, they want to make it harder to get into SCHOOL not to buy a gun.

The Palestinian border has seen 64 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces, as well as air strikes.

Since people can't seem to figure out, there is now a robot that can tell you if your script is gender-balanced or not. Maybe we can make it mandatory for the next five years in Hollywood.

In three isolated events in India, girls were raped and set on fire. There are tensions growing among religious communities and protests for the girls.

A couple of weeks ago, I made Childish Gambino's "This is America" my singalong feature for the week. After that, I read this piece asking who the intended audience of that song really is, as well as a few others, and regretted my choice. Not because the song, and video, aren't incredible. They are. But at the very least, they should be given a bit more thoughtful treatment than just "let's learn the lyrics and sing along."

Progress around the world! Pakistan has passed a transgender rights law, giving citizens the right to choose their gender on official identification.

After a time where black people were arrested for taking naps and going to an Airbnb, the men who were arrested for going to Starbucks have settled their case for only $1 each, provided the city donates $200,000 to a young entrepreneurs program. It is incredible, generous, forward-thinking, and shouldn't have to happen for us to think of these men as good citizens.

Oh, and also two Indigenous teens in Colorado had police called on them because they were acting "strange", and by that, apparently, we mean that they were wearing dark clothes and trying not to draw attention to themselves.

Here is an important piece about the #metoo experiences of fat women and why they are being left out of the movement.

Action Item:

Pay attention to your biases. Reflect on the current news and take note of any moment when you think "they shouldn't be doing that" or "those people seem shifty/dangerous/like they're breaking the law" about a bunch of people who are black or Indigenous. Ask yourself point-blank what about this situation seems wrong, and why you think there is a problem.

Honestly ask yourself, would you think there was a problem if they were white?

PS: Follow my Resistance Roundup series at Loose Lips Magazine for more actions that are focused directly on the madness happening in America.

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