It’s raining. That seems appropriate for a week that started with the most deadly mass shooting in US history and looks to be ending with no shift in the GOP attitude on sane gun control laws.
That’s not all, though. We’ve seen the US vote against a resolution by the UN Human Rights Council to condemn countries that impose the death penalty for being LGBTQIA, blasphemy, adultery, and atheism. The president called out the American citizens of Puerto Rico for jacking up the US budget when he’s cost the US upwards of $71 million for golf outings since he took office. Let’s not forget that the US House of Representatives passed the ban on abortions past 20 weeks, proving once again that they only care about people’s lives when they are in utero.
All it all, it’s hard as hell to have hope right now, but it’s not impossible. There are good people, doing good work in our country. We are at a critical point in US history. Make the choice to be one. If you need some inspiration, here you go:
- Write your Representative and Senators about gun control, tell them that enough is enough. It’s time for them to prove they care more about their constituents’ lives than they do about pleasing the NRA;
- Tell the White House and Department of State that you care about what happens to LGBTQIA people both at home and abroad and that the US’ “no” vote means the US is now complicit in the torture and murder of every LGBTQIA person at home and abroad;
- Donate to the Puerto Rico relief effort via the Hispanic Federation, The Red Cross, or one of the other organizations listed in this Time Magazine article The San Juan Mayor Asked for More Aid for Puerto Rico. Here’s How You Can Help; or
- Donate to Planned Parenthood or sign up to go to a clinic defense.