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:

It's pow-wow season! You know what that means: settlers trying to take inappropriate photos of Indigenous people in their regalia. Here is an open letter from one Indigenous woman to the woman who didn't listen when she said, "no."

ACTION ITEM: If you want to take a picture of ANYONE (but especially an Indigenous person in regalia), first look and listen for hints of whether it's an appropriate action, THEN ask permission, and THEN respect their answer! If you notice someone else taking inappropriate photos, say, "Hey, I don't think we're supposed to take photos of this right now."


A congressman named Jim Jordan used to be an assistant coach at Ohio State University, where the team doctor was sexually assaulting the players. When it came out that Jordan knew about the assaults at the time, instead of expressing regret that he hadn't acted differently at the time, he accused the victims of lying.

ACTION ITEM: Study up on what to do if someone ever discloses a sexual assault to you. Here is a guide for what to do if a friend or loved one shares what happened to them and you aren't their boss. Ask your company about their reporting, investigation, and disclosure procedures. If your workplace doesn't have a policy and procedure in place, help make one. Hey look, here's a template.


The CEO of feminist apparel company Feminist Apparel (creative naming) has been discovered to be a sexual abuser. This wouldn't necessarily be the end of the world - if the stories are true, he was a dude who did things he thought dudes did (dance up on girls at a club without their consent and target the really drunk girl to make out with at parties), until he finally woke up and learned that this is not okay. Then he started a feminist clothing company to help fight against his old ways. Personally, I think that's a bit misguided and also kind of cool. Except that he tried to erase that story from his company's history, and then when it came out and his employees (mostly female) got upset, he pretended he was going to step down and then locked them out of their email accounts and fired them without severance.

ACTION ITEM: If you like to shop for snarky feminist stuff online, check out this list of feminist shops created by (gasp!) women! (Your call if you want to support Lena Dunham's shop, which is included in this list.)


Here is an incredibly frustrating video of a man harassing a young woman for wearing a Puerto Rico shirt while she asks a cop for help and he ignores her.

ACTION ITEM: This is sort of a "right place at the right time" thing, but maybe if you notice something like this, step in. If you don't feel safe talking to the harasser, but there is a cop around, ask them why they aren't helping. Practice in your mind what you might say. Maybe, "Hey, this looks like an unsafe situation and I'm worried, can you do something?"


Pregnant women held in detention in the United States were abused, shackled around their bellies, and not offered health care as they miscarried. Seriously.

ACTION ITEM: Send this news story to anyone you know who is both pro life and supports Trump.

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