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:


Last week we learned that Einstein, outspoken humanitarian and genius, was also super xenophobic against Chinese people. Remember this next time you blame someone's prejudice on low intelligence.

Did you know that the women who play in the New York Philharmonic aren't allowed to wear pants??? Seriously. They are considering (considering!) changing this rule.

ALSO, did you know that police in New York can give away "Patromen's Benevolent Association" cards that basically say, "I'm the kid/niece/nephew/friend of a cop, so don't give me trouble for minor infractions"??? It seems painfully obvious that these shouldn't exist at all, but at least they are reducing the number given out each year. Which, naturally, the cops are upset about.

Apparently, #takedownmilliebobbybrown has been a popular hashtag amongst a certain faction of the internet for a while. They take photos, video, and tweets from her and edit them to make sure say or support racist, sexist, and otherwise horrible things. Why? Because it's funny to troll a very nice 14-year-old girl for being so nice? Thanks to this, she's left Twitter. PEOPLE.

A Canadian man was held for 8 months at the border because officials decided his immigration papers were faked.

Humanitarian UN workers have been found trading food for sex with people in countries they are meant to be helping.

Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie is amazing and smart and wonderful and here she is talking about sexism and how we won't get anywhere until men get fully on board.

In possibly the most eye-popping invocation of MLK by white people yet, Bannon claims the King would be proud of Trump and his policies.

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Updates: pipeline spills are generally on the rise in Canada, despite claims of "world class safety", Kinder Morgan has ADMITTED they did not comply with the Fisheries Act in the construction of the pipeline thus far, there is evidence of cherry-picking data to hide the cost of the Atlantic pipeline, and a new study shows that the Asian market is not interested in Alberta bitumen.

Action Items:

Send the New York Philharmonic a note to let them know that women can still look classy, play instruments, AND WEAR PANTS. Here is their Facebook. Here is their customer service email address.

If you are American: FIGHT against the separation of families at the US border! DONATE to the ACLU, Kids Need Defense, or another organization fighting against this policy and helping those caught up in it. VOLUNTEER for those very same organizations. WRITE your freaking representative. DO NOT STAND BY.

If you are Canadian: look at what we have done, and continue to do, to Aboriginal families. WRITE and CALL your representatives to let them know you support the Spirit Bear Plan to help keep families together and protect children. DONATE to the Spirit Bear Plan or other Indigenous family services.

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