These letters are meant to focus, strengthen and kickstart actual political action.
Find some friends and find some real face time away from the internet to help stabilize and focus you during these next four years. If you don’t find yourself a part of an established community (community center, church group, senior center, et cetera) now is the time to do so. After reading and discussing the letters, make a plan as a class or community group to take some concrete actions together, either as a whole team or in small groups.
Here are some possibilities:
1. Make some political art! Figure out how to capture your group’s points of view through theater, poetry, songs, dance, film, visual art, and share that work with your communities.
2. Volunteer in a community that is threatened by this administration, (all together, in small groups, or individually) and reflect on how that work deepened your understanding (or not) of your own personal liberties.
3. Organize a “teach-in” at your school, community center, potluck or open mic stage and invite local leaders to come speak about post-election plans of action about issues that are most important to your class/community.
4. Make a mental health plan of action for yourself, and for someone you love in your community, about how to maintain the lifestyle of a healthy activist.
5. Intergenerational communities are not easy to come by - spend a day discussing the letters with those in a senior center, teen center, or simply a community that is outside of your usual age group. Try and understand and have open discussions about intersectional injustices. The more we are aware of each other’s needs, the more we can fight for them.
6. Choose one or two issues that are particularly important to you and your community, and find organizations that are taking direct political action on these issues. Keep informed on what actions the new administration is taking on these issues, and reach out to supporting organizations to take direct political action (contacting political leaders, participating/organizing protests, etc.).