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:

This is an inspirational protest move: an Afghan man was being deported from Sweden, and one student stopped it, just by refusing to sit down. She bought a ticket for that flight and refused to take her seat, preventing the airplane from taking off, until he was removed from the flight. It's a great reminder of the power of individual action.

This New York Times piece on Carrie Gracie's fight for equal pay at the BBC is a fantastic dive into the gender pay gap, and the incredible amount of work (and privilege) needed to be able to fight back.

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It's just funny: Amazon's facial recognition mistook 28 U.S. politicians for people wanted for crimes. I mean... was it a mistake?

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Universities have long been the perfect place to get away with committing sexual assault, since they avoid reporting them to protect their "reputations". Well, good news! A new study shows that reported sexual assault numbers don't hurt a university's reputation. SO START REPORTING THEM, YOU STUPID UNIVERSITIES.

Action Item: Send this report to everyone in charge at your university. They are supposed to respect scientific research, so I'm sure they will accept it immediately.

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BEST NEWS EVER: The NRA is in peril of financial bankruptcy! I want to sing and dance "ding dong the witch is dead!", but it's not quite dead yet. People are sending thoughts and prayers, though. (Honestly, I think even that is a little risky. You never know when they might suddenly become effective.)

The joyous news is thanks to the fact that New York State is pushing insurance companies and banks to cut ties with the NRA, which has cost it "tens of millions" of dollars in the past year.

Action Item: DO NOT donate them any money. Instead, buy a Hold Your Fire t-shirt. It's a fundraiser for gun control launched by a teen girl whose dad was a teacher killed in a school shooting. Also, let New York Governor Andrew Cuomo know that he is doing the right thing!!!

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This is an awesome roundtable discussion with three Indigenous artists about the emotional cost of cultural appropriation. A great quote: “I want to know why I’m just hearing about cultural appropriation now, at the end of four years at an arts institution.”

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A good news story: Vancouver International Airport and the Musqueam Band whose land it is on struck a deal a year ago called the Sustainability and Friendship Agreement. It included profit-sharing, a scholarship program for Indigenous youth, and the eradication of an invasive species from Sea Island (where it is located). It's reported to be a great success for both sides.


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