Sometimes the atrocities and injustice in our world leave me feeling helpless and sad. Here are a few actions you can take to effect change:
- Call your senators and representative to oppose Brett Kavanaugh for US Supreme Court. Kavanaugh is 53 years old so he could be on the Court for 30 years and he has a troubling track record on many issues particularly reproductive rights and gun laws. Here is the number for the Capitol Hill switchboard (202) 224-3121 or you can use apps/websites like 5 calls, which will tell you exactly who your representative and senators are based on where you live and what to say. Here is an example of what you could say:
“Hi, my name is [name], and I am a constituent from [town/city]
I’m calling to demand Senator/Representative [name] oppose Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh’s history of advocating for positions that are outside of mainstream beliefs are deeply troubling. His position that a sitting president should be shielded from criminal and civil action makes clear that Trump is attempting to subvert checks and balances to avoid accountability for his actions.
Thank you for your time and attention.
[If leaving a voicemail]: Please leave your full street address to ensure your call is tallied.
- Read Skill in Action: Radicalizing your Yoga Practice to Create a Just World by Michelle Cassandra Johnson. This book asks readers to explore the profoundly transformational practice of yoga and to become a social change agent to create a world that is just for all. The book explores liberation for everyone while inviting readers to enact agency, whether that manifests as activism, volunteer work, or changing relationships with others and ourselves. Michelle is on a book/yoga tour across the United States over the next 2 weeks so check out her tour schedule and learn more at https://www.michellecjohnson.com/.
- Donate to Raices. There are still at least 2,500 refugee and immigrant children between the ages of 5 to 17 who are separated from their parents in the United States as part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance policy.” This policy takes children away from their parents without any intention of reuniting the families. The administration has received a court mandate to reunify these families by the end of July, but it is unlikely they will meet this deadline.
These children go through a legal hearing without legal representation. This is where Raices comes in to help, Raices is a non-profit that promotes justice by providing free and low-cost legal services to underserved immigrant children, families, and refugees in Texas. If you are able, please go to Raices website and make a donation which will help make this nightmare a little less scary for these children. https://www.raicestexas.org/donate/
Aziza North~Get Loved Up Social Justice Ambassador~
Ms. Aziza North is a Get Loved Up Yoga Instructor based in Oakland, CA. She works with individuals to cultivate a loving communication with their body which they can then use to understand their identity and purpose in the world. When she is not working with clients, you probably find her in nature with her dog, Smith. Instagram: @azizanorthernexposure