I tend to write down a list, in my notes app, of all the Wonderful things that happen to me over the week, so that when it comes to typing it all up, I don’t forget anything. It seemed so futile, however, talking about my own personal wonderful moments, when there have been so many terrible injustices going on in the world. It seems to desperately hopeless and horrifying that this could happen, yet despite this, there have been wonderful things going on in the world, acts of solidarity, in response to such atrocities. For this week then, I wanted to rally the gang and highlight the wonderful things that have been happening, across the globe, proving that love indeed trumps hate.
- The Dutch Government counteracting the ‘Global Gag Rule‘
- All of the lawyers who have gone to the airports to help those stranded because of the executive order
- This thread on what we can do here in the UK, in case you were feeling helpless
- The bloggers who are posting about these issues, raising awareness and making sure their voices are unapologetically loud. Some reading here, here and here.
- The fact that the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) have raised $24 million since the executive order, which is 7x more than what they made in the entire year of 2015.
- The companies that have said they would help those who are affected by the ban
- The women’s marches as well as those protesting against the executive order
- The fact so many people have signed this petition, so Parliment have to debate on whether Trump should be permitted a State Visit
While it may seem like it is helpless, and you may want to avoid reading the news, it is vital that we remain hopeful. A long four years lies ahead, so it is incredibly important that we do not become apathetic and that we continue to carry on the conversation, no matter how difficult. By focusing on these wonderful things by people all across the globe, we recognise that there is hope.
My horror and despair is a small price to pay for the privilege I hold, and I don’t want to ever forget that.
These ‘Wonderful Wednesdays’ you have seen scattered all over the bloggersphere have been inspired by the lovely Sally Tangle. If you want to read more then check out Jo, Michelle, Kate, Cat, Sam, El, Kerri and Carina’s blogs and let us keep this cycle of happiness and good intentions spinning!
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