Actions for Everyone
The President came to Milwaukee on Wednesday for a Town Hall, and it got me thinking, with a platform like the Presidency, not only do you get the highest level of decision making powers – see “17 executive orders in the first afternoon in office” – but you also get to shape the kind of discussion happening in the country. Centrism just isn’t cutting it folks, and honestly it’s a shame to see such an opportunity to expand the spectrum of dialogue go to waste. Anyway, here are some things that are more in your control than the Biden Administration.
Help Texas: It’s been in the news so much lately. Between Ted Cruz being the worst, #Texit, and that pro-Trump governor who is currently lying and saying the emergency in Texas is being caused by solar energy, it has been bad down there but now it’s worse. The storms that have been crossing the nation, hit Texas hard and the Texas power grid (why does it have its own power grid) these storms have knocked out power for days.
It is urgent that we support community driven efforts to help Texans get clean water and warm places to stay. Here are some Venmo’s that you can send money to:
There are several other ways to help listed here.
Plan Your Garden: Did you know you can start dreaming of your garden, NOW? Even though it’s very, very much still Winter it’s not too early to order seeds and plan future food! I always look to Seed Savers first, but there are many organic heirloom companies you can visit.
As you’re planning, which I do on 8.5 x 11 paper with a pencil, make sure you’re thinking of companion planning, https://www.farmersalmanac.com/companion-planting-guide. Companion planting helps to make sure your plants and your soil stay healthy. While you’re planning, listen to Erykah Badu’s, “Green Eyes.”
Do Primary Elections: It’s happening. There IS a world post the presidential election and the time is nigh. Wisconsin just saw its first primary election of the new administration, so this is just a reminder that there will be a Spring election. Have you moved since November? Re-register. Can you request an absentee ballot for the rest of 2021? Do it.
Also, can we all take a page from the Stacey Abrams book by supporting and promoting all the organizing of people doing GOTV work around Spring elections – in a lot of ways, these more local elections will affect you much more directly than the presidential ones. Also, start thinking about who you want to see running for elected positions in two years and/or four years and start supporting them now!