They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.

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I must admit that I’ve been neglecting my blog over the past couple weeks. Like many people in America, this election—and Donald Trump’s victory—has upset me to my very core. I’ve cycled through many different emotions: shock, denial, anger, sadness, fear, disgust, outrage, disappointment and more.

Since last Tuesday, I’ve focused on self-care, along with some simple but meaningful actions. I’ve contacted local representatives, signed petitions, donated money, and engaged in difficult conversations.

I’m not sure what else there is to say right now, but I want to make the following explicitly clear:

  • To my fellow women…I stand with you.
  • To LGBTQ folks…I stand with you.
  • To people of color…I stand with you.
  • To Muslims and Jewish folks…I stand with you.
  • To immigrants…I stand with you.
  • To disabled folks…I stand with you.

To anyone else who has been impacted by the victory of a dangerous, bigoted demagogue…I stand with you, today and always. We have a hell of a fight ahead of us, and I’ll be by your side the whole way.

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Make America Safe

Donald Trump and the GOP love talking about “making America safe.” (The level of fear-mongering at the RNC this week has been insane. In Trump’s delusional universe, we are basically living in The Purge.)  But honestly, I’d like to make America safe, too. Let’s make America safe! Here are a few ideas off the top of my head:

  • Ban semi-automatic rifles and enforce common sense gun control.
  • Allow transgender people to use whichever bathroom is consistent with their gender identity.
  • Hold police officers accountable for murdering black people.
  • Provide immigrants with a path to citizenship so that they are no longer living in the shadows and being taken advantage of.
  • Acknowledge that climate change is real (what’s up, science?) and that it is likely the single biggest threat to mankind – and do something about it!
  • Join other first world countries in adopting single-payer healthcare so that people don’t have to set up a GoFundMe account just so they won’t die.
  • Stop trying to defund Planned Parenthood.

Because, you know, “making America safe” should mean making it safe for everyone – not just Christian white men.