In the aftermath of Charlottesville, I'm not going to lie.... I gave in to despair. I curled up inside of hit hoping to get warm again. And while I was there I realized something: there are no heroes coming to save us. You might think that's something we all learn as children--in fact that might be the exact moment childhood ends--but this was a visceral reminder of that. A booster shot of cold practicality.
As some of you are probably aware, Donald Trump will be holding a campaign-style rally in Phoenix, AZ on Tuesday August 22. The rumor is that he's using this platform to pardon convicted felon and former sheriff Joe Arpaio. After the events in Charlottesville, VA last week tensions are high, emotions are roiling, and people are going to get out and DO whatever they can to fight fascism. So let's talk a bit about what you can do to make your protest experience as safe as possible for yourself and others.
The Nazis carrying torches and confederate flags don't speak for me. Nor do the politicians crying out for unity when they not only benefited from but directly incited division. We may share skin pigmentation or citizenship, but they do not speak for me. We are none of us equal until we are ALL equal. We are one race: human. Our diversity is a strength, a feature not a bug.
Yesterday I joined Brian Abernethy of Journey Frog Audio to do a Skype chat with Red Sofa Literary Agency. We discussed networking for authors and creatives. I cannot stress enough how important networking is to a writer's career. I thought I would post the outline of that chat here. This outline covers more than we were able to get to during the actual half-hour chat.