*** YOUR DAILY DO’S – MONDAY, 6 PM EDITION ***
1. SHOW UP: Choose an Inauguration week event to attend:
Here are a bunch in the Seattle area: http://bit.ly/2jtkItI
Know of something outside of Seattle? Post it in the comments.
If you can’t make it to a public event, can you MAKE an event?
I’m not asking you to book an arena, but can you throw together a BYOB with some friends, and choose a local charity to donate to, or make it a party-for-good? You could make goody bags for homeless women, and have everyone bring a hygiene or food item to include. You could ask everyone to bring 20 postcards and the addresses of politicians, and do your own letter-writing campaign. You could throw together a free cookie stand at the local park, bus station, or mall, and give away cookies in little baggies that say “Let’s Stick Together.” The point is to show up in your community with love, courage, and defiance. How will YOU do that?
Comment and share your ideas!
2. SHOW UP PART 2: As has been said a number of times (most recently here by our own excellent Kali: http://bit.ly/2iAKesD) we have to LITERALLY show up and LITERALLY raise our hands when our MOC’s appear in public. Unsure where to begin? There are two important steps to doing that:
1. Know when and where our MOC’s will be appearing in public. (Like and follow them on FB & Twitter, sign up for their newsletters if possible.)
2. Show up. Raise our hands. Make this a priority. Make up a dentist appointment.
Some of our MOCs are doing meetings and town halls TOMORROW. I know the times are hard for working people, but PLEASE try to get to these events! If you ARE planning to go, comment here and see who else is going. Be together at the event, and someone ASK A QUESTION!
3. GO DEEP: Martin Luther King once said, “We are not makers of history. We are made by history.” Look around this virtual room at who has shown up in this group. Who here has Presidential experience? Who here has ever started a movement? We’re lawyers, baristas, students, teachers, mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Just folks.
Never forget that MLK is a legendary figure, but he was also a pastor, a parent, just a person who was doing his best to lead a turbulent grassroots movement with many strong and divergent leaders, at a time of great uncertainty. There is much we must learn about him; we are made from him, and those who fought beside him.
And what do we REALLY know about him? So many of us know only the rote facts because that’s what was offered to us - The typical civil rights narrative starts with Rosa Parks not moving to the back of the bus, then the Montgomery Bus Boycott, the March on Washington, the “I Have a Dream” speech, and ultimately the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Tonight, let’s go deeper. What do you know about Dr. King and the civil rights struggle, beyond this often-repeated narrative? We are made by history. We must know what we’re made of.
Coming up empty? I was. So tonight after I put my kids to bed, I’m attending #PantsuitUniversity. I’m going to watch Selma (which you can watch for free on Amazon Prime), and then I’m going to watch Freedom Riders on PBS.
Another great recommendation from Nicole Richey- Who’s heard of Bayard Rustin, a man who not only fought for civil rights but also nonviolence and gay rights? There is a documentary on his life: and you can find it here: http://rustin.org/
Katie Anthony is a writer, one of the administrators of Pantsuit Washington, and heads the Daily Do's team.
Liz Bander - writer
Angela Teater- Writer