“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” —Howard Zinn
On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up grieved by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and began to fear for a democracy that is nearly two hundred and fifty years old, a democracy fought for and protected by millions in service to the American people and upheld by the trust American voters placed in their elected officials to represent the voice of their constituencies. Throughout election cycles, we’ve experienced a tipping of the balance in political power, but until recently, a somewhat predictable ebb and flow has kept bipartisan fractures in check.
It’s true that Americans have always experienced conflict and concerns both home and abroad. We are not a perfect species, and many groups, important voices, have been trampled along the way. Those voices, whether representing a working class America, a people of color rising up, once again, to fight for basic civil rights, or an army of women and their allies reframing their cry for equality, are the wake-up call.
We’re all mindful that unprecedented political and social change is happening across our nation. Our current leadership impacts not only our own great nation, but affects all nations around the world and the very health of our planet. Protecting our civil liberties is an age-old fight, and standing up for our rights and beliefs is an integral part of democracy, something that has always been important, but too often ignored especially by those by those who were less directly impacted, to our collective peril.
Actions at Scoundrel Time provides tips and strategies, ideas and encouragement both prosaic and poetic, to help readers make practical differences while engaging their creativity. Our recommendation is to choose one, two, or three areas about which you feel most passionate and pledge your focus there. And remember to take time for self-care. We’re here for the long haul.