These are my approaches to living my values in the world. This is not a comprehensive list of your possibilities, and should not imply that you should do all or any of these. There are lots of these lists on Internet to choose your own activism from.
No matter what else happens, whether anything else I do makes an impact, going to work every day is fighting back. I consider myself very lucky that in the balancing act between civic action and getting paid, I can feel good about going to work. I recommend thinking now about how the scales level out on that in your life. And if you have to go to work because it puts food on your table more than for the good of the world, don't feel guilty. Your household comes first.
It also doesn't mean I'm not keeping an intersectional approach in mind. These aren't discrete categories, but identities straddled by, for example, queer trans Muslims and Black women with disabilities and lesbian Dreamers. I try to hold space in my head and my words for those intersections. I also fail at this a lot, but I think I keep failing better.
I wrote a children's story appropriate for use in congregational worship, I've created more signs with custom messages, done some translation, and I'm open to other requests as they come.
You know who you are, you mothers and teachers and students and and colleagues and writers and believers and strivers. You don't know what to do, or you're afraid you're doing it wrong, or not doing enough, or spreading yourself too thin, or are otherwise floundering, curious, well-intentioned, anxious. Inasmuch as I have the time and the emotional capacity, I am trying to answer your questions, listen to your concerns, give you ideas and encouragement, teach and support you.
To Other People
Sometimes, my Muslim, queer, Black, multi-racial, Jewish, female, immigrant, disabled and otherwise marginalized friends and family seem to feel that they can talk to me and I will listen well. I continue to strive to be that person. But though I am saying this here, it's not my place to say, "I'm an ally." It is the place of my friends and family to decide whether my words and actions look like someone they can talk to. It's my job to recognize when I'm being trusted with someone's emotional needs and not screw it up. (Again, I often fail, but hopefully always fail better.)
A certain amount of what I share on Facebook falls into this category, where I use my network to share the views of people who aren't like me. Sometimes what I share is not just because I find it interesting. Sometimes it's because I want to help spread the opinions of a community other than my own.
I believe in the power of stories, the power stories have to humanize people we wanted to demonize, to change hearts and minds. I'm trying to tell my stories to people who might not have heard them, by publishing, through some public speaking, and in ordinary conversation.
Yet, I am putting this last because
a) I'm sick this weekend and it reminds me that I can't always be in the streetsWhile marching is great, it's not the only thing, or even the most important thing we can do. So I will march when I can, and do other things when I can't, and take the time for self care when I need it.
b) There are lots of people who, for medical, family, financial and other reasons, can't march often or ever
c) There are a lot of people for whom it's not safe to march
Gosh! When I put it all in one place ... I guess I'm doing a lot. So my last suggestion is:
Then get intentional, and regular, and systematic, and do it.