Introducing Action Items: Things to Do to Help Resist 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:

The family of Colten Boushie is calling for a UN study on systemic racism in Canada.

Bill Cosby was found GUILTY of sexual assault! One powerful man has been held accountable!!! (But let's not get too excited that the world has changed...)

Roxanne Gay gave some excellent advice to someone burned out on all the bad news and lost in her desire to make a difference.

A Catholic Bishop on Vancouver Island returned a Catholic-owned island to the Ka:'yu:'k'h'/Che:k'tles7et'h' First Nation who it was taken from.

A man in Toronto drove a van down a busy street, killing 10 peopleHe was an incel. That is a scary combination.

Stormy Daniels may be achieving what no one else could - successfully hurting Trump's presidency.

It's not just Aboriginal people in Canada and the US who need to protest to protect their land - members of the Munduruku tribe in Brazil are fighting against a proposed dam on their territory. Land Protectors around the globe!

The actor who plays Apu on The Simpsons has decided he will no longer voice that character. (Also, I didn't realize it was the same actor who played Phoebe's sweet, nerdy boyfriend on Friends!)

North and South Korea have officially ended their war.

Action Item:

Read up on whatever Land Protectors are doing in your country or area. Learn about why, and consider whether protecting your economy's current structure is really more important than the land that we live on and the water we drink.

Recommended search terms to try: land protectors [insert your area], water protectors [insert your area], [the name of the indigenous nation/tribe whose land your live on] and then maybe add words like "protest."

After you've done this, consider one action item to support their efforts, from low stakes to high: sign a petition, call your representative to express your support, donate some money, show up at a protest, or show up to protest and stick around once the protesting isn't sexy or newsworthy. If you encounter a requested action in your research, try that one first.

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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