Scoundrel Time

Small Acts, When Multiplied

On November 9th, millions of Americans woke up grieved by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election and began to fear for our democracy. Millions of others celebrated. Without a doubt, unprecedented political and social change is afoot.

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 who were less directly impacted, to our collective peril.

When tasked to hold government officials accountable on human rights on race and gender equality, on fair and respectful treatment of people with difference and exceptionalities, when the enormity of daily events feels out of control, it’s natural for folks to want to slide away from the conversation.

Actions 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 of concern about which you feel most passionate. Then, pledge your focus there. And remember to take time out for self-care.

As President Obama said during one of his last speeches to the nation, “This is a comma, not a period.” We’re here for the long haul.

“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.”  ~Howard Zinn