1. I'm very upset about the current political situation in the United States. I worry deeply that we could end up in a very serious war.
  2. I worry very much for my LGBTQ friends, and for the LGBTQ community at large.
  3. I worry that we are going to lose the separation of church and state. Are we going to end up with a national religion?
  4. I worry about The Wall. Are we going to end up with a national language? Are my friends who came here from Mexico going to be deported? They're already feeling increased discrimination, and many people have been detained and deported.
  5. So I have to get involved. I cannot stand by and watch this shit show.
  6. I went to a meeting at the Muslim Educational Trust in my town, called Understanding Justice And Equality For All: Emergency Forum. I learned a bit and gained hope that we will fight for everyone's right, and that we will win. We must.
  7. I joined a FB group called Action Together Tigard. There may be an Action Together group in your town, too. We post things we find important, and are having in person meetings to discuss and share ideas and get more organized. This is not just a FB group, but rather a conduit to actual action. I'm excited to be a part of that group.
  8. We've had two meetings so far and a guest speaker from be Indivisible Oregon group. I'm learning a lot there.
  9. I grabbed a spare daypack and have put stuff in it. It's my Protest Pack, so when there's a spur of the moment march or protest or something, I can just grab it and go. I keep it in my car at all times. What's in the Protest Pack? The following:
  10. Red and green flashlight / glow stick things that clip into the pack for visibility.
  11. Granola bars, in case I'm out for a long time.
  12. Water bottle, filled.
  13. Rain poncho.
  14. Two battery packs and a phone charging cord.
  15. Selfie stick so I can film the event or problems and hold my phone well above the crowd. Not for selfies.
  16. Small waterproof, rugged digital camera, which can film much longer than my phone can. Plus two spare batteries and a 64 gig memory card in it.
    It can attach to the selfie stick, for the same purpose as above.
  17. Hard copies of The United States Constitution and the Bill Of Rights.
    Just in case.
  18. Sharpies. Extra fine, regular ol' classic Sharpies and extra wide. Ready for sign making on the spur of the moment.
    Cardboard is easy to find in trash bins behind restaurants.
  19. I also picked up some stencils in order to make better signs when time allows.
  20. I also bought some pink yarn so I can make my own Pussy Hat just to remind President Trump that he's now allowed to grab women by the pussy.
    I look good in pink, but that's beside the point. Also, I knit.
  21. Bousch & Lomb eye rinse and eye cup, to clear out my eyes if I get maced or tear gassed.
  22. A bandana to wear if / when I'm near tear gas.
  23. Hand sanitizer. Both to cleanse my hands and because it can wash off Sharpie.
  24. I went to a rally / protest this afternoon and it was peaceful. It was held in front of the Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) building in Portland. It was called the ICE Out Of Portland Rally.
    This is my friend Liz.
  25. We have kids at my school who've had parents deported. This has to stop.
  26. Immigrants make America great.