Here are three things I plan to do today and tomorrow in response to Charlottesville. If you’re tired of praying, proselytizing, arguing, whatever, I encourage you to join me.
TELL YOUR LEGISLATORS: IT’S TIME TO ACT UP.
I’m making calls and sending letters to elected officials in and from New Jersey. Here’s a handy guide from the ACLU on how to make your voice heard.
LEARN ABOUT AND CONTRIBUTE TO THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER
The Southern Poverty Law Center is awesome. It speaks truth to power, fights against massive and systemic injustice, and is unafraid of being on the front lines and trenches of meaningful change. Support their work and learn more about how you can actively help.
LOOK AT HOW WE LET BIGOTRY FLOURISH…AND DO YOUR PART TO SHUT IT DOWN.
Learn about where this hatred comes from. Identify the spin that normalizes it. Refuse to allow for it. Continue to talk about, condemn, ridicule, marginalize this awfulness. Know its story, so you can tell it appropriately and for what it is.
By all means, keep the prayers and sermons coming. They have a place. But they’re the preparation; your actions are your currency in what’s next for the life of our nation. Make a move.