This year I decided to add a new habit.
As an archaeologist and traveller, I’m part of many communities. My feeling of community encompasses a basic recognition of our collective humanity. When our communities are jeopardized I feel we must stand up for them and work to change things.[tg_divider style=”thick”]
For many of us who are connected to the United States, the recent actions of the Executive Branch have been nothing short of appalling. These actions seek to silence, keep out, and endanger many of us directly and our communities. In short, they are inhumane.
The goal of this blog is to give you an inside look into my world as an archaeologist. This year, I will be increasingly advocating for causes and communities that I feel are jeopardized. This advocacy is grounded in a basic recognition of our collective humanity.
While my archaeological experiences have equipped me with important skills and experiences (e.g. critically analyzing information sources and building positive relations with communities around the world), there is more to learn. Fortunately, I have friends and colleagues who are brilliant organizers and vocal public advocates. I’m looking forward to learning from them.
As you know this blog is filled with a diversity of posts including behind-the-scenes looks at archaeology, travel stories and advice, productivity tips, and a strong affinity towards plants and food. Moving forward, I will also share my experiences and efforts as I make an even stronger habit out of advocacy.
If you would like to share information regarding ways in which to take direct action, organize, and help our communities, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to comment below.
*A special thank you to my amazing cohort-mate, Joelle Nivens, for providing feedback on drafts of this post.
Love this! In case you haven’t already seen this, I would check out the “Indivisible Guide”. It is geared toward jump-starting congressional lobbying and various ways of organizing. There seems to be a lot of useful knowledge, and the movement behind it seems to be gaining some traction!
Thanks for the resource Ryan! That’s great!
I know this guide. It is ROCKIN’. Very good resource. Glad to see it here. 🙂
Smiti, I hear you. I’m also interested in being more of an advocate. Here are two resources I’ve found very helpful. https://reactletter.com/ and http://tinyletter.com/awayforward. They let you know what actions you can take that would be super helpful at that very moment.
Thanks so much for the resources Tammy! These are great!