There is no one way to begin except to start. Here, we've chosen 4 of the most important movements of our time which impact our communities, our bodies, our children, our progress. We offer 3 ways to digest the latest information on these topics (read, watch, listen) & 3 ways to take action (follow, support, act).
The "Me Too" movement spread virally in October 2017 as a hashtag used on social media to help demonstrate the widespread prevalence of sexual assault and harassment, especially in the workplace.
The phrase created by Tarana Burke was popularized by Alyssa Milano when she encouraged women to tweet it to "give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem". Since then, the phrase has been posted online millions of times, often with an accompanying personal story of sexual harassment or assault. It is believed more than 80% of women have experienced sexual assault or harassment.
In December 2012, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, and killed 20 children, six adults, and himself. Since then, there have been at least 1,607 mass shootings, with at least 1,846 people killed and 6,459 wounded. (credit: Vox)
Everytown for Gun Safety was founded & largely funded shortly thereafter by Michael Bloomberg in 2014, by combining 'Mayors Against Illegal Guns' and 'Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.'
On June 26, 2015, in a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court of the United States held that the 14th Amendment requires a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex and to recognize marriages lawfully performed in other jurisdictions. This means that marriage equality is now the law of the land in all 50 states.
One year later, On June 12, 2016, a radical, homophobic gunman carried out a mass shooting, killing 50 people and injuring 53 others at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida. This was the deadliest attack on LGBT+ people in U.S. history. Following this terrorist attack, the hashtag #LoveIsLove began trending on social media as people around the world used that hashtag to mourn those who were lost, to celebrate the courageous lives of the dead and the injured, and to demand a world in which love of all kinds is cherished rather than persecuted.
The Black Lives Matter Global Network is a chapter-based, member-led organization whose mission is to build local power and to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.
From their website:
"We are expansive. We are a collective of liberators who believe in an inclusive and spacious movement. We also believe that in order to win and bring as many people with us along the way, we must move beyond the narrow nationalism that is all too prevalent in Black communities. We must ensure we are building a movement that brings all of us to the front. We affirm the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, undocumented folks, folks with records, women, and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. Our network centers those who have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. We are working for a world where Black lives are no longer systematically targeted for demise. We affirm our humanity, our contributions to this society, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. The call for Black lives to matter is a rallying cry for ALL Black lives striving for liberation.