Is the weather? The political climate? My own desperation for a fresh new year? The stress of the holidays? Whatever it is, I find it increasingly difficult to keep my head up out of the swamps of apathy and helplessness these days, which is less of a complaint to others and more of a note to myself. (After all, this information is only useful to me and utterly irrelevant to anyone else.) Hence why I missed posting last Sunday. I kept meaning to make it up, and then suddenly it was Thursday and I realized there was little point.
There’s so much to do to fight against Trump and company that it can get overwhelming. And there’s a lot of good information and bad information about how to fight against Trump et al floating around. I’ve decided to try and focus on the following resources in my particular fight, for both effectiveness and sanity’s sake:
- Emily Ellsworth’s tweets on how best to contact your representatives have now been expanding into a pay-what-you-want .pdf.
- You can subscribe to #FightTrump, a newsletter that will email you actionable items daily (or weekly or monthly).
- And #FightTrump’s action yesterday was to read Indivisible, a document prepared by congressional staffers to teach us how best to fight Trump going forward. It covers a question I have, which is what do you do when you’re already in a blue state?
- re:act is a weekly newsletter that emails you actionable items to take against Trump.
- flippable is a newsletter that aims to turn America blue by flipping seats in state legislatures and beyond.
- And the “We’re His Problem Now” calling sheet is always helpful.
This week, outside of the usual Kitchen Nightmares bingeing, I watched two low-budget horror films—The Good Neighbor, which managed quite a solid twist, and A Christmas Horror Story, which was well dark—and saw the long-anticipated Rogue One. Tragically, Rogue One is middling at best, considering that its best angle still contains the fact that a diverse cast is sacrificed for the benefit of white heroes. (Is that really a spoiler? I don’t think so.) There’s a great deal of potential in it (I would 100% watch a version of Rogue One entirely from Bodhi Rook’s perspective), but it’s too unwieldy. The cameos and homages are nice, I will say. I did enjoy it, I must say, but it’s a haphazard, uncautious, and bleak film. More to come later, I hope, depending on the swamp levels.