We have a problem in the U.S.: 63 million people who voted for Trump, either despite or because of his record of advocating and practicing racism, sexism, xenophobia, ableism, transphobia, religious hatred, and other cruel and backward beliefs. This election made it clear how important it is for people of good will to learn the … Continue reading One way to resist Trump: become an Ally Skills Workshop teacher
Like many people, I slept badly on the night after the 2016 U.S. election. One nightmare in particular is burned into my memory: I dreamed that Rudy Giuliani, dressed in a Nazi uniform, was smiling gleefully as he explained to me that he was going to kill me with chlorine gas. Then I felt the … Continue reading Fighting American fascism depends on understanding American anti-Black racism
Today I signed the "Never Again" pledge along with hundreds of other tech workers. We pledged to take a variety of concrete actions to stop the U.S. government from using databases to target people for human rights abuses. One of those actions is "We refuse to participate in the creation of databases of identifying information … Continue reading Why tech worker resistance is crucial to preventing large-scale human rights abuses in the U.S.
I just published a guide to changing the hearts and minds of lukewarm Trump supporters over at the amazing Captain Awkward advice blog. I took what I learned from teaching the Ally Skills Workshop and turned it into a step-by-step process for changing people's minds effectively: identifying where you have the most influence, choosing who … Continue reading A post-election guide to changing hearts and minds
Several people have asked me to share the spreadsheet I mentioned in my previous post, the one I am using to track signs that the U.S. is governed by a fascist regime. Feel free to copy it and make your own modifications - it is licensed CC BY-SA 4.0 Valerie Aurora. Here is the current … Continue reading Spreadsheet of signs of fascism
It's been about 116 hours since I realized that Trump won the United States presidential election. I've spent that time having sober discussions with friends and loved ones, reading the news, reading opinion pieces, reading history, making spreadsheets, and double-checking my thought process. This morning the news broke that Trump made the first post-election announcement … Continue reading Actions I have taken to prepare for the Trump administration