“Pray for the dead, and fight like hell for the living.”
— Mary Harris Jones (“Mother Jones”)
First, some inspiration:
This turnout, too. (Occurring again tonight.)
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Next, work for us all to do:
Donate blood. Host or sponsor a blood drive in your area. Even if you are not in Florida, local blood banks save lives every day — and one out of every three of us will need blood at some point in our lifetime.
Tell the FDA to lift the discriminatory — and non-scientific — ban on blood donations from all men who have sex with other men, as well as from transgender women.
Support gun control legislation. AR-15s, the gun used in Saturday night’s killings at Pulse, are easier to purchase in Florida than a handgun. These assault weapons were also used to massacre elementary school children in Newtown, CT; movie-goers in Aurora, CO; holiday partiers in San Bernadino, CA; and many, many more. Another detail all of these mass shootings have in common? They all occurred after 2004 — the year the ban on assault weapons expired.
Sign this White House petition to ban the AR-15 from civilian ownership.
Challenge the religious, political, and ideological extremism that condones and legitimates violence against sexual and gender minorities. Speak up, speak out. Interrupt.
Make sure your voice is heard by the politicians who represent you. Does one of your senators or representatives oppose hate crime legislation intended to protect gender and sexual minorities? How about opposing background checks for commercial gun purchases? Write a letter or email expressing your feelings about that — or call, text, tweet.
Combat Islamophobia. Don’t let the narrative become one of Muslims vs. LGBTQ folk. Remember queer Muslims exist — and they are in mourning, too.
Attend one of the vigils being held tonight in cities nationwide; if you can. Cry, grieve, love. Hold one another.
And then get ready to fight.
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Please share any other ideas or suggestions in the comments.
Our regularly scheduled Monday .gif entertainment will resume next week.
(h/t Emotional Geographic)