What Now?

Today, I am home, exhausted from activities related to the Women’s  March on Washington. My pink hat lays in front of the television-likely to never be worn again. 

The hat is symbolic of an event where women spent money and time to make a statement about many issues facing us in America.  Our President is creating us as a nation who is xenophobic, homophobic, mysoginistic, racist and self interested just like he is. And while the March was a statement that is all it will be unless we the marchers continue to spend our time and money combating the forces that support the positions of our current administration.

I admit, I feel a little hopeless,  a little discouraged and rudderless because I don’t have a next move, a next step. I don’t have a big community of kind, generous women- and even if I did -what should, would, could we do?

I personally must seek and execute a plan to fight against an America that I have never known in my adult life. Yes, I am fearful- one would be foolish not to be-and hopefully that fear will propel me into action. But what?

Over the next few days, perhaps weeks I will be seeking the what. I hope you will join me.

I will share my specific plan of action and the subject area in which I choose to take a stand. I know this: I cannot  fight all the issues on all the fronts, so I must pick one or two. During this process I will look within to find what troubles me most and work in that specific area.  I also know that my work may not be on a national platform, but more on a local level.

As I write these words,  I know I must work on voter education and registration-,because that’s what got us here. When I know what my specific actions will be, I will share them with you. In the meantime, I am still wearing my pink hat.

Brianna S. Clark

 

 

 

12 THINGS YOU CAN DO FOR THE HOMELESS

This evening, instead of money, Brad needed blankets. He asked me to bring him blankets or sheets.  I walked home wondering which blanket I could give him.  As I entered the building where I live, two men behind me said “We saw you talking to Brad.”

I turned and said, “He needs blankets.” 

One of the men, his name is Ben, said that he had given Brad two blankets a few nights before. Brad unfortunately, in his child-like manner, left the blankets on the steps leading to the big bronze door where he sleeps. Some one took them.

Tonight the temperture dropped and Brad was shivering.  Ben and Dave- his friend -came to my apartment where I gathered high-thread count sheets for Brad. They took the sheets back to Brad. I hope he is sleeping warmer tonight.

A few months ago I wrote about Brad and how many people who live in Mt. Vernon try to support him. Perhaps, you have a “Brad” in your community.  If you are feeling powerless in the face of homelessness here are 12 things that you can do to impact homelessness.

  1. Give food to the homeless.
  2. Give money to the homeless.
  3. Volunteer in a homeless shelter.
  4. Donate to a homeless shelter.
  5. Advocate for the homeless by writing your Mayor, County Executive or City council.
  6. Provide warm clothes or blankets.
  7. Buy one of the newspapers that help the homeless, in Washington D.C. that news paper is called Street Sense.
  8. Create jobs.
  9. Contact local help.
  10. Call emergency services.
  11. Educate yourself about the homeless.
  12. Raise money for the homeless.

When Brad is not sleeping on the steps of  the clinic in our neighborhood he sits on a bench  across the street.

#endhomelessness

Brianna S. Clark