Anna of Door Sixteen and Grace of Design*Sponge both made the case yesterday for speaking up about oppression, even when it isn’t the primary topic of your blog. Although I’ve spoken about my support for gun control, usually I feel like I shouldn’t talk about my political beliefs on my DIY blog for fear of turning off readers who don’t come here for that type of discussion. But maybe I am potentially alienating people by not speaking up about all the crazy things going on in our world, and it shouldn’t be political to say that you want the senseless violence to stop. I’m not going to start getting serious every day around here, but I can’t keep quiet about the heartbreaking loss of life in this country due to guns, police violence, or both. Black Lives Matter, and we need gun control.
I know I’ve been feeling sad and helpless lately, and I imagine I’m not the only one. But I’ve been trying to keep in mind that old saying, “It’s always darkest before the dawn,” because maybe these terrible things will catalyze real change. Here’s a list of ways to get involved and take action, and if you’ve ever wanted to contact your elected representatives, here’s how to do it. I wish I could tell you that everything will be okay, but it won’t be that way without a lot of hard work by people who care. Be one of them.
Hugs from me to you.