On Martin Luther King day I wrote to many of you announcing my intention to fast on Inauguration Day. A gratifying number of you joined me.
It now seems like a long time ago, given the dizzying acting-out by the new occupant of the White House.
Many of you have asked me, "Now what do we do?" Here are some suggestions (not a complete list):
1) call and email your Senators and Congressional representatives. This does make a difference. If you are in a district where your representatives are doing the right thing, let them know you support them (applause for Sen. Gillibrand and Cong. J. Nadler). If you disagree with them politely let them know why they will not have your vote in the next election.
2) March and attend rallies. As Trump made clear this week, he thinks that size matters. Showing up is important.
3) Sign petitions. MoveOn.org has many options for signing, as do others.
4) Volunteer and donate. Some organizations worth supporting ( in no special order): International Rescue Committee, HIAS, Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Shoulder to Shoulder (anti-Islamophobia), ADL, your local synagogue, church, mosque, Seminary, etc.
5) Jen Hofmann is a blogger who’s created a weekly Action Checklist - subscribe at http://jenniferhofmann.com/home/weekly-action-checklist-democrats-independents-republicans-conscience/
It includes issue updates and specific actions (petitions to sign, lawmakers to call, tips for community organizing).
6) The 65 http://thesixtyfive.org/home also issues a weekly call to action, and maintains an archive of phone scripts on various issues.
7) Maintain your own networks. Solidarity is import. Encourage and support your colleagues. Be sure to "have each other's back."
8) Pray, sing, do yoga, exercise, and otherwise care for yourselves. We're going to be in this for the long haul.
9) Be kind and LOVE one another. Love the stranger. Love the immigrant. LOVE your family. Love your fellow Americans. LOVE your family some more.
10) There is a rally today in NY at Battery Park. From there you can see the Statue of Liberty. On her base is Emma Lazarus' poem, which I excerpt to end this letter:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"