Be the Inspiration.
If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader. ~John Quincy Adams
You never know when you’re someone else’s inspiration.
In 1963, a group of women protested (in the rain) in front of the Kennedy White House. They were there on behalf of Women Strike for Peace – an antinuclear organization that began when the founder got fed up and started a telephone tree to rally fellow mothers against nuclear testing. At that time, the U.S. was still conducting aboveground nuclear testing and radioactive fallout was showing up in breast milk and baby teeth. Women Strike for Peace was advocating for the testing to end.
So there they were, standing in front of the White House on a rainy morning in 1963.
A participant later admitted that, standing there in the rain, she felt “foolish, and futile”.And really, can you blame her? She was likely soaked, and freezing, and holding a sign that was getting battered by the weather. And she didn’t even have Twitter followers to complain to!
It wasn’t until years later, when she heard Dr. Benjamin Spock speak, that she learned that the “turning point for him was seeing a small group of women standing in the rain, protesting at the White House.”
“If they were so passionately committed, he thought, he should give the issue more consideration himself.”
He became one of the most high-profile anti-nuclear activists of his time.
All because he was inspired by a bunch of women holding signs in the rain.
You literally may never know how many people you inspire. You probably won’t ever know who, exactly, you inspire.
Maybe the telephone call that you make – the story that you tell – the post that you write – the march that you organize… Maybe those actions will be the inspiration for someone else to do something amazing.
So, yes. We take action to change the course of our nation’s history.
But in doing so we inspire one another, and thereby inspire the entire Resistance.
So even if you feel foolish, or futile, or like your contribution is too small to matter …
Know that even if you can’t see the evidence of it yet, you’re an indispensable part of this movement.
In fact, you’re an inspiration.
Event: Women Strike for Peace Die-In Outside of ITT Building
New York, New York April 12, 1972
So let’s get to work!
(From Michele at Small Deeds Done)
First, Let’s Start with Some Awesome Music Videos!
“Americans Resisting Overseas” present their new song “Coma Tonight” from this week’s “Art Resist” section from the music group JustFolk.
…Then Some Fun Projects!
Resistance Coloring Pages from Planned Parenthood to share with kids and adults!! When you’ve finished your masterpiece, be sure to snap a pic and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #GettingMeThrough!
The Pussyhat people have a new craftivism project! A new initiative called Welcome Blanket takes the length of President Donald Trump’s proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall and reimagines it as thousands of “welcome” blankets for refugees. The goal is to knit blankets from 2,000 miles of yarn — the projected length of the border wall — over the next three months.
Then, Some Good News for the Environment!
First, take a moment to recognize how far we’ve come.
Hawaii has become the first state to pass legislation to honor the “commitments and goals” of the Paris climate agreement. Hawaii also passed a law to document rising sea levels and set strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Let’s take a moment to thank Hawaii Governor David Ige for this leadership: Hawaii State Capitol, 415 S Beretania St, Honolulu, HI 96813
Seven states (California, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Washington and Vermont and New York) challenge the EPA over the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos.
We can check “We are Still In” for a list of states, cities, counties, higher education, businesses and investors that have signed on to the Paris Agreement. Let’s look for our own localities, companies we work for and companies where we have investments. Let’s contact them if they haven’t signed on yet. Remember: we can sign on ourselves individually too.
College and university students, staff, and faculty are joining forces to demand that their leaders develop a “unified, national academic climate initiative,” work with states and cities to lead US efforts to fight climate change, and agree on measures to bring campuses into accord with the Paris Agreement. Those of us with academic affiliations can sign an open letter.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto is leading the city toward a clean future, one which actually has a lot more in common with Paris than some WH officials might think. In fact, they’re working on transitioning to 100% renewable energy. Thank the mayor for his outstanding leadership and for standing up to our bully-in-chief.
The Office of Mayor William Peduto, 512 City County Building 414 Grant Street Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Even the Republican Governor of Massachusetts is joining the US Climate Alliance.
Bloomberg Philanthropies will donate up to $15 million to cover America’s share of the Paris agreement funding, if necessary.
… and Some Good News for the Resistance!
Protestors at the rally in Washington D.C. spelled out “Investigate Trump” on the National Mall.
Trump’s approval rating hits 34%, a new Quinnipiac poll released Wednesday finds. 40% of voters do not expect Trump to complete his four-year term.
Paul Ryan was not having a good day. “More than 100 people stood in the rain on Thursday, protesting the American Health Care Act in front of the Knoxville country club where U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan was holding a fundraiser.”
Paul was apparently just too busy to go to a town hall, so his constituents held an “Adopt-a-District town hall with Rep. Mark Pocan instead.
Darrel Issa was well and truly treed.
An “Empty-Chair” Town Hall Meeting was held in NY 24th District.
Indivisible Austin came out to the Capitol to support immigrants against SB4.
Indivisible DuPage (IL-06) also got an Adopt-a-District town hall with Rep. Jan Schakowsky standing in for the Rep Peter Roskam
Indivisible Iowa notched its first electoral victory when a group co-founder easily dispatched the incumbent to take a city council seat. So good!
A Democrat won a special election in Connecticut, flipping a local board from Republican to Democratic control.
Human Rights have gotten a boost!
A coalition of groups, including local Women’s March and Indivisible chapters, collaborated to support LGBTQIA+ youth being harassed in Minnesota.
California’s top court overturns convictions because the prosecutor excluded latinos from the jury.
New York City became the first city in the country to divest its workers’ pensions from private prisons! (To learn more about why this is so important, check out Enlace’s Prison Divestment Campaign.) As Comptroller Scott Stringer aptly observed: “Morally, the industry wants (to) turn back the clock on years of progress on criminal justice, and we can’t sit idly by and watch that happen. Divesting is simply the right thing to do — financially and morally.”
The New York State Assembly unanimously passed a bill banning child marriage, and when signed into law, it will offer the strongest protections against child marriage in the country.
Chile convicted more than 100 former intelligence agents in dictator Augusto Pinochet’s regime of human rights abuses committed. #endimpunity #venceremos
In 72 hours, the Well-Read Black Girl Writer’s Conference and Festival exceeded its Kickstarter goal—it will become a reality this September.
Even homework assignments got a little better.
How California Hopes to Undo Trump
What to do when you don’t Know What’s Next
The Library of Conbress just made over 25 million records available for free!
(Thanks to Rogan’s List, Postcards from Kate, Michelle at Small Deeds Done, Alison and Stephanie and others)