It is easy to be decent to speechless things.
To hang houses for the purple martins
To nest in. To bed down the horses under
The great white wing of the year’s first snow.
To ensure the dog and cat are comfortable.
To set out suet for the backyard birds.
To put the poorly-shot, wounded deer down.
To nurse its orphaned fawn until its spots
Are gone. To sweep the spider into the glass
And tap it out into the grass. To blow out
The candle and save the moth from flame.
To trap the black bear and set it free.
To throw the thrashing brook trout back.
How easy it is to be decent
To things that lack the capacity of speech,
To feed and shelter whatever will never
Beg us or thank us or make us ashamed.
The Capacity of Speech by Austin Robert Smith*
Four things you can do today to take a proactive stand to end family separation:
+ Donate: Last night I compiled a short list of organizations that we can support in their work to provide legal aid, support, and services to families affected by the current administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy that’s separating families. You can find links to organizations in my Instagram story highlight called “Act Now.” Today I’m asking folks to join me in giving to RAICES. I’ll be donating $100, but I’m hoping that together we can raise $5,000 before the end of the day. Venmo money to @readtealeaves and I’ll donate all funds raised by 5:00 pm tonight (June 19, 2018).
UPDATE: As of 2:30 pm ET, we’ve met our 5k goal. Let’s double it. 10k by 5:00 pm.
UPDATE: Together we raised $15,000 in less than 24 hours (to say nothing of the many, many reported individual donations from folks who let me know they’d donated independently). I sent all funds to RAICES this morning and will continue to donate any additional money that comes in. Endless thanks to everyone who contributed, in whatever way you were able.
UPDATE: Together we raised more than $23,400 for RAICES. Enormous thanks to everyone who made that possible. All funds have now been donated. If any continue to trickle in, I will send those along, too, but as ever, please don’t hesitate to send directly to the organization yourself. (June 22, 2018).
+ Read: Misinformation abounds. Educating ourselves is imperative. Here are a few concise overviews of the issues at hand, including some of the most salient points to understand and mentions of places to direct our help:
+ Organize: A national march is being planned for June 30th by Families Belong Together. Organize in your communities. Travel to a nearby march. Spread the word any way that you can.
+ Call: We live in a democracy where elected officials are required to listen to their constituents. Call them. Make your voice heard. If you have a republican official who you fear won’t listen, all the more reason to call.
*Poem found via Stephanie Madewell