Ever since November 8, 2016, Tuesdays have made me wince. Evil things seem to happen on Tuesdays. 9/11 was a Tuesday. The ’89 quake happened on a Tuesday. Tuesday is named after the god of war; in Japanese it’s associated with fire; the Greeks and Spanish regard it as unlucky; the Thais—
Okay, I’m getting ridiculous. But the fact of the matter is, every Tuesday since November 8th I’ve felt that surely I ought to be Doing Something.
So here it is—with its own category tab, even:
Takeback Tuesday: moving forward in the new era
I’ll try and post every Tuesday about something I’m doing to maintain the energy of the Women’s March, some donation or telephone call that may counter the acts I anticipate will be coming out of Washington, DC. (And yes, again: I hope I’m wrong; I fear I’m not.) And I’ll urge you to join me, in the support and the commitment of energies.
One major victim of the past year has been balanced information. We’ve all gaped as we watched the truth manipulated, tainted, and run over with heavy machinery. Call it fake news, post-truth, “alternative facts” (dear God) or just plain lies, the only way to resuscitate this poor dying creature known as Truth is the application of balanced and fair reporting, through balanced media outlets and sites such as Fact-check.org.
So, which journalists get up in the face of power? The names of the New York Times and the Washington Post came up again and again in the past election cycle, because their journalists don’t stop digging. I’ve long been a subscriber to the San Francisco Chronicle, and I added the Guardian last year for its US and international coverage, but this week I’m adding the Times. Yes, these are all on the liberal side, but they deal with facts, not the alternative, and perhaps a trace of the left is reason enough to give them our subscription dollars.
So, friends, I recommend to you The New York Times, a thorn in the side of the powerful. Subscription as donation, and as political stand, and with a dose of entertainment to boot.
What about you? Where do you donate your subscription dollars?
But what can I do? A guide to being indivisible, by former Congressional staffers.
Six rules for survival: 1. Believe the autocrat; 2. Do not be taken in by small signs of normality; 3. Institutions will not save you; 4. Be outraged; 5. Don’t make compromises; 6. Remember the future.
Make your dollar speak: Rage against hate.