(From early December, 2016... but even more relevant today.)
You know when in middle or high school, when you were sitting in history class learning about World War II, and in between the horror and disbelief of how something like that could ever happen, the question ultimately arose, whether just in your head or as an actual class discussion: What would YOU have done?
Would you have gone along with the persecution and turn a blind eye? Or would you have stood up against the injustice and fight with every fiber of your being? Would you have even recognized the little bits of propaganda of turning against each other? Or would it have been too late? Would you have helped your Jewish, Roma, minority, disabled, gay or lesbian neighbors and friends? Or would you have just watched on in a helpless way?
How did you answer that question to yourself, way back when?
I am sure you asked it.
And did you wonder back then, like I did, and maybe you even raised your hand in class and asked your teacher about it: how could the masses go along with such a hateful message? How could so many people be convinced to turn against each other?
It used to make no sense.
But who would have thought back then when you asked it, and even just a couple of months ago, that all of a sudden we could be transported back in time, and feel bits and pieces of what they must have felt like almost 80 years ago...
But this time around we know from history, that one day, our children will ultimately ask us the same question, if they haven't already:
Mom, Dad, Aunt or Uncle, Teacher or Professor, what did YOU do to fight the injustice?
Wouldn't it be nice to be able to say:
I took action.
After a brief pause for sadness and anger, I dusted myself off, and used those emotions to fuel me to find an action I could take, every step of the way.
Let your actions define you, and find some organizations to support, causes to fight for, and let your voice be heard by your senators/congress(wo)men.
In case you need some direction, here are some options:
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314 Action is concerned that STEM education in the United States is falling further and further behind the rest of the world, that our political leaders continue to deny scientific facts and that Congress fails to fully fund scientific research so we can solve pressing environmental issues like climate change and social problems like gun violence.
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Our vision is a government that reflects the people it serves, and decision makers who genuinely and enthusiastically fight for greater opportunity and better lives for the Americans they represent. We will work for larger leadership roles for pro-choice Democratic women in our legislative bodies and executive seats so that our families can benefit from the open-minded, productive contributions that women have consistently made in office.
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