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Action List for the (Un)Faithful
“People say that if you find water rising up to your ankle, that’s the time to do something about it, not when it’s around your neck.” Chinua Achebe
The 2016 election was a shock to many, including most humanists. In the immediate wake of Donald Trump’s victory, millions vented their opinions and emotions online, on TV and radio, in newspapers and at dinner tables around the country: grief, anger, fear and blame, uncountable post-mortems. People protested. Yet while so many had something to say about how or why it happened, few at first offered concrete ideas on what the average citizen could do to help. All that energy without outlet led to frustration.
So, with our chapter’s discussion group coming up on the schedule, we at End of the Line Humanists started to research and compile a working list of actions that humanists or humanist groups could take to make a difference. Little by little as this stunning new reality set in, voices in the media, government, entertainment and elsewhere also made more practical suggestions.
Following is an overview of the best of these calls to action.
While few of us can do all these things, all of us can do a few of them to protect our country and change it for the better. The forces on the right – corporations, Wall Street, fundamentalist religions, etc. – have been patiently, quietly working their plans for years. Those plans are coming to full fruition. Let’s not let them have that harvest.