Actions for Everyone
Take a deep deep breath, let it out. Do that as long as it takes to calm your heart a little. We’re all in this together. It’s been a hard couple of weeks, hasn’t it? We’ll be ok, we need to focus on community, in mutual aid and in taking care of each other and ourselves. We got this, because we got us.
The Covid-19 pandemic has us all feeling completely powerless and frustrated. What can we do? It’s an invisible enemy and we’re all scared. Meanwhile, our government is taking this time to show it’s true incompetence.
Small things we can do:
Calling our Representatives about various important topics. Find your reps here.
Federal seizing of medical equipment – Hospitals have been reporting that the Federal government is seizing masks and other important supplies to fight the pandemic. Leaving them without knowledge of where these equipment is going and how to acquire the things they need to protect their healthcare workers. Demand an answer from your representatives, what is happening with the equipment, we must have transparency. You can read more about it here.
Inspector General in charge of Covid-19 Stimulus package is fired – As mentioned on our Events to Know section, General Michael Atkinson, the Inspector General who was to oversee the management of the 2 Trillion stimulus package was fired. He wasn’t told why he was terminated and received the news as a surprise. Demand transparency in this government. We are in the middle of the greatest crisis we’ve encountered in decades and Trump is out here firing folks for revenge and playing politics as if nothing is going on.
Universal Income – Covid-19 has hit Spain specially hard and as the country arrives to it’s 4th week of lockdown, the Economic Minister has said they will be planning to establish a system of universal basic income to maintain people afloat. This would be the first time this type of policy has been established in Europe for an extended frame of time, and possibly become a permanent measure. Why aren’t we doing this? The USA gave out $1,200 to some of its citizens and expects people to be able to pay the bare necessities? Who are they kidding, that doesn’t even pay rent. Canada is giving out $8,000. Spain is establishing basic income. We need to start having this conversation. Why are corporations being bailed out while the people are left to fend for themselves?
The arrival of Covid-19 has brought up the discussion of food security and establishing safe measures of food supply, especially for communities that are food deserts. I think we should take a look at our past history as a nation and re-visit Victory Gardens.
As the US entered WW I and then WW, the need to grow food in our communities became a line of defense. “These gardens were located at private homes, in public parks, vacant lots, baseball diamonds, even window boxes! Lawns were converted into vegetable gardens. Flower beds were replaced with lettuce gardens. Schools had gardens to help feed students. Various companies planted food on their grounds to help their employees.” These gardens became our now valued community gardens. As we see how the pandemic has affected our supply chains, made people panic buy and hoard food and supplies, we should try to move towards self-sufficient means of growing food for ourselves and our communities.
I believe growing food is an act of resistance and mutual aid that is beautiful, beneficial for all, needed and also act as a way of relaxation and self care. Growing a garden right now is a literal seed of hope.
Here is a guide to starting seeds indoors!
Reach out to your local community garden organizations or use the quarantine time to learn how to establish your own! Food is hope and power and resistance.
You can find more info on Victory Gardens here. This article even has what vegetables you can plant according to season and recipes you can make with them!
If you can’t grow your own, support those that do by joining a Community Supported Agriculture program or donating to local community farming efforts.
And here are some Things That Made Me Smile this past week:
This badass radical playlist
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