How can you start? You can start by donating to organizations like ACLU Nationwide and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law that work tirelessly to protect the marginalized and voiceless. You can start by sharing your views in constructive discourse that will challenge and push you. You will be laughed at and shouted at and harassed but you will suffer through it all in hopes of a better tomorrow. You must consciously expand your network and include media from those you disagree with. No one wins when we shut each other out. We cannot come to an agreement if we do not know what the other side wants. We must learn and listen to everyone. We must learn to work towards compromise. You can educate yourself by reading publications and following legislation via GovTrack.us. Your eyes will glaze over at the legalese but you will power through and stay awake because we cannot afford to lie down. You can join the fight. Starting from the smallest seats to the largest. Learn how our government works. Attend meetings, rallies, and protests. Join grassroots organizations. VOTE IN MIDTERM ELECTIONS. Hell, vote in every election as an informed and woken citizen. You can engage, in any way you can. A little bit every day, every month, every year. You can treat politics with the same seriousness and drive as you do with all the other ambitions you have for your life and the lives of people you care about. Call your local, state, and federal officials. Write letters, emails, tweets, FB messages. Do not give up if they don’t respond. Never stop pestering them. Hold them accountable. If you are an artist, you have an obligation to society to translate, empathize, and demonstrate the way forward. Do not discount politics because it is unpopular and unglamorous. Now is the time to make it as vital and necessary to our livelihoods as breathing and creating. Everything in art has an agenda, even when it inherently does not. (2/3)

November 10, 2016

How can you start?

You can start by donating to organizations like ACLU Nationwide and Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law that work tirelessly to protect the marginalized and voiceless.

You can start by sharing your views in constructive discourse that will challenge and push you. You will be laughed at and shouted at and harassed but you will suffer through it all in hopes of a better tomorrow. You must consciously expand your network and include media from those you disagree with. No one wins when we shut each other out. We cannot come to an agreement if we do not know what the other side wants. We must learn and listen to everyone. We must learn to work towards compromise.

You can educate yourself by reading publications and following legislation via GovTrack.us. Your eyes will glaze over at the legalese but you will power through and stay awake because we cannot afford to lie down.

You can join the fight. Starting from the smallest seats to the largest. Learn how our government works. Attend meetings, rallies, and protests. Join grassroots organizations. VOTE IN MIDTERM ELECTIONS. Hell, vote in every election as an informed and woken citizen.

You can engage, in any way you can. A little bit every day, every month, every year. You can treat politics with the same seriousness and drive as you do with all the other ambitions you have for your life and the lives of people you care about. Call your local, state, and federal officials. Write letters, emails, tweets, FB messages. Do not give up if they don’t respond. Never stop pestering them. Hold them accountable.

If you are an artist, you have an obligation to society to translate, empathize, and demonstrate the way forward. Do not discount politics because it is unpopular and unglamorous. Now is the time to make it as vital and necessary to our livelihoods as breathing and creating. Everything in art has an agenda, even when it inherently does not. (2/3) | View in Instagram ⇒

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