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.

The world is a house on fire, and it is not fine. A roundup of current events and some actions to help counteract them.

Some of the Things That Are Happening:

A woman called the police on a black kid in a convenience store. Why? She told the cops he was 'black' and 'arrogant'. So... now people aren't even pretending they have other reasons to call the police on black people who are simply living life?

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Meanwhile, a white woman reminded police that she is white in order to get out of a DUI. Luckily, that didn't work, but before we write her off as JUST ridiculous, let's remember that she thought she could do that because of systemic racism in who gets in trouble for committing crimes and who doesn't. If there was no history of white people being let off the hook, she wouldn't have said anything.

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There were a host of different protest actions taken by NFL players during the national anthem for the first games of the season. From kneeling to standing with their backs to the field to walking in from the changing rooms during the anthem, these guys are making their point.

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Speaking of the sports, when a baseball player's mother died during a baseball game, his teammate held him and comforted him. And then the commentators mocked them for being affectionate. I hope those commentators feel like big, huge turds.

ACTION ITEM: STOP with mocking men for being affectionate with each other. People need to be able to take care of one another, and physical affection is one way to do that. Everyone should have access to it and it certainly shouldn't affect your view of their masculinity.

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ACTION ITEM: Donate your spare air miles to an organization that helps reunite families who have been separated at the US Border.


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