Sunday, November 20, 2016

Family Plan for a Trump presidency

First draft of the plan we created for moving forward after the election:

1.     Accept that we don’t live in a democracy.
Don’t be surprised when a racist, misogynistic plutocrat enacts policies that benefit a tiny minority at the top. It’s how the system was designed. Being outraged all the time is exhausting. Save the outrage for things that are actually surprising.

2.     Try to change the government anyway.
  • Support progressive candidates through donations, by making phone calls and/or by knocking on doors
  • Set up ongoing donations to groups challenging unjust government policies, such as the ACLU
  • If possible, volunteer for groups challenging unjust government policies
  • Make more phone calls to senators and representatives
  • Participate in protests
  • Volunteer for the local Democratic committee
3.     Support people who may be directly affected by new government policies.
  • Set up ongoing donations to organizations that will be directly affected, such as Planned Parenthood
  • If possible, volunteer for organizations that will be directly affected
  • Give directly to those in need
  • Check in with our kids about what they are experiencing
  • Make our support for affected groups clear and visible
4.     Build community
  • Get to know neighbors better
  • Engage with people who are different about differences and common ground
  • Increase patronage of local businesses
5.     Take the high road
  • Be aware of our privileges and how we use them
  • Don’t label ourselves allies, safe, or non-racist; there is always room for improvement
  • Support people who support our goals, even if we disagree with how they are doing it
  • Focus on facts; avoid insults and sensationalism

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Ethiopia Travel Warning

The U.S. Department of State is now asking U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia:

"The U.S. Department of State warns U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to Ethiopia due to ongoing unrest that has led to hundreds of deaths, thousands of arrests, as well as injuries and extensive property damage, especially in Amhara and Oromia States. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide consular services in many parts of the country is limited by the current security situation. "The Government of Ethiopia declared a State of Emergency effective October 8, 2016. An October 15 decree states that individuals may be arrested without a court order for activities they may otherwise consider routine, such as communication, consumption of media, attending gatherings, engaging with certain foreign governments or organizations, and violating curfews. The decree prohibits U.S. and other foreign diplomats from traveling farther than 40 kilometers outside of Addis Ababa without prior approval from the Government of Ethiopia, which severely affects the U.S. Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens. The full text of the decree implementing the State of Emergency is available on the U.S. Embassy’s website.
"Internet, cellular data, and phone services have been periodically restricted or shut down throughout the country, impeding the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. You should have alternate communication plans in place, and let your family and friends know this may be an issue while you are in Ethiopia. See the information below on how to register with the U.S. Embassy to receive security messages.
"Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings, continuously assess your surroundings, and evaluate your personal level of safety. Remember that the government may use force and live fire in response to demonstrations, and that even gatherings intended to be peaceful can be met with a violent response or turn violent without warning. U.S. citizens in Ethiopia should monitor their security situation and have contingency plans in place in case you need to depart suddenly."