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As I write this, the U.S. is commemorating the birthday and works of the civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr. A Baptist minister and advocate of peaceful protests, he drove a generation of positive change toward the betterment of all.

He was assassinated on April 4, 1968 while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee.

Thinking of Dr. King’s legacy and how it has affected my life led me into the rabbit hole that is my mind, and reminded me of others who have fought for civil rights. Each of them has impacted me in some way, mostly indirectly, but I’m grateful for their work none-the-less.

 

Mohandas Gandhi led the march toward India’s independence from Britain. He was arguably the originator of large-scale nonviolent civil disobedience, a primary tactic of civil rights protests since his time. He campaigned for women’s rights, easing poverty, and ending the caste known as untouchables, among his other causes.

He was assassinated on January 30, 1948 on his way to a prayer meeting.

The first openly gay person to be elected in California, Harvey Milk became the face of the LGTBQ movement in the state and beyond. As a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, he spearheaded the passage of a stringent gay rights ordinance for the city. He also advocated for better child-care facilities, free public transportation, and a civilian commission to oversee police.

He was assassinated, along with San Francisco Mayor George Moscone, at City Hall on November 27, 1978.

In a world where children, minorities, and women often have no voice, Malala Yousafzai has shown us all what confident grace can really look like. An advocate for universal education and women’s rights, she began a blog about her life under the Taliban when she was a pre-teen.

On October 9, 2012 at the age of 15 she was on her school bus when it was boarded by gunmen. She was shot in the head. Miraculously she survived, and spurred on an international movement for her causes, in addition to becoming the youngest ever Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

All of these people have peacefully campaigned for civil rights issues. They have led by example, maintained positive messages, and promoted the best ideals humanity has to offer. And they all were shot.

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In my thirty-seven years of participating in the United States democratic process, I have been satisfied with some results and disappointed with others. Never have I been sick-to-my-stomach-afraid. Until now.crowd-of-purple-minions

Afraid for my LGBTQ friends.

Afraid for my friends of color.

Afraid for all of us women.

Afraid for our veterans.

Afraid for our seniors.

Afraid for us non-Christians.

Afraid for the homeless, and the mentally ill, and the disadvantaged, and the drought stricken parts of the planet where climate change is doing its worst damage because it snowed in New York so it’s all really just a liberal hoax.

Afraid the majority made a terrible mistake.

I know there are those among my circles of family and friends that don’t understand why I feel this way. They are convinced the right choice was made. They see a savvy business entrepreneur where I see a vacuous conman. They see a return to “traditional values,” where I see a regression in human rights. They see a bright future led by a charismatic leader, where I see Germany in the 1930’s. They see me being a liberal stooge who has bought into the rhetoric of a stronger tomorrow together, and I see them buying into the hateful conspiracy theories force fed them by the liars at False News. Neither side seems to be able to see the middle ground.

I was hoping for the universe of Star Trek, but instead we’re getting the Hunger Games. All the people who literally died to help gain equal rights for women, minorities, and the LGBTQ community are spinning in their graves right now.

I’m sorry if you’re one of the people who can’t see why what just happened here is scary as shit. I’m sorry facts mean nothing anymore, why screaming a lie at the top of your voice over and over again carries more meaning than the truth brought out over years and millions of dollars worth of investigations. I’m sorry hate and fear and anger seems to have won out over love and hopefulness and kindness.

My husband has said this is just the death throw of the extreme conservative right, kicking and screaming on their way out the door. He may be right, but I’m looking at 50 years of civil progress that could be undone in the next few years by those kicks and screams – as people who believe in gay conversion therapy, that women should be punished for having an abortion but the guy who was also involved goes on his way unharmed, that God wrote the Constitution, are now in charge. If you’re a white, Christian male, you’ll be fine. But I wanted EVERYBODY to be fine, and this year’s election results leave little hope of that.

So I’m going to be afraid and angry for a while. I’m going to hug all my friends and family who may be threatened by the Trumpocalypse, and cry a little to wash all the anxiety chemicals away.

But I won’t just lie down and take it. I’m a writer, and words have power. And this Crone will be using her power for good. It’s even more important now that we stick together and voice our beliefs and fight for what we think is right. It is not the time for violence, but it is the time for action. I will write, I will vote, I will stand in peaceful protest – whatever I can do to make my beliefs known and to support those of like mind. I invite you to join me, however you can.

And to those who think you have “won” and put us liberals in our place:

  • Be careful what you wish for…
  • Never piss off a Witch…

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