What’s Your Role in Social Change at 100 Seconds to Midnight?

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It is 100 seconds to midnight.

“It is 100 seconds to midnight. We are now expressing how close the world is to catastrophe in seconds – not hours, or even minutes. It is the closest to Doomsday we have ever been in the history of the Doomsday Clock. We now face a true emergency – an absolutely unacceptable state of world affairs that has eliminated any margin for error or further delay.”

Press Release—IT IS NOW 100 SECONDS TO MIDNIGHT – Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Neurodiversity is one of the most powerful ideas of our generation. We are in an era of mass behaviorism and unvarnished eugenics. We need allies in the fight for the right to live and learn differently.

Everyone needs to get aboard the solidarity against ableism train, yesterday.

We are in an era of unvarnished eugenics.

Gwen Snyder on Twitter

Our Volunteer page lists some roles in social change.

  • Weavers: I see the through-lines of connectivity between people, places, organizations, ideas, and movements.
  • Experimenters: I innovate, pioneer, and invent. I take risks and course-correct as needed.
  • Frontline Responders: I address community crises by marshaling and organizing resources, networks, and messages.
  • Visionaries: I imagine and generate our boldest possibilities, hopes and dreams, and remind us of our direction.
  • Builders: I develop, organize, and implement ideas, practices, people, and resources in service of a collective vision.
  • Caregivers: I nurture and nourish the people around me by creating and sustaining a community of care, joy, and connection.
  • Disruptors: I take uncomfortable and risky actions to shake up the status quo, to raise awareness, and to build power.
  • Healers: I recognize and tend to the generational and current traumas caused by oppressive systems, institutions, policies, and practices.
  • Storytellers: I craft and share our community stories, cultures, experiences, histories, and possibilities through art, music, media, and movement.
  • Guides: I teach, counsel, and advise, using my gifts of well-earned discernment and wisdom.
The Social Change Ecosystem Map (2020)

Our volunteer page also lists some roles we need help with.

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Joymakers

Joymakers assist in design, artwork, music creation, and other creative endeavors.

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Empaths

Empaths assist in partnerships, event hosting, and social media campaigns.

Envoys

Envoys assist in reaching out to schools, fundraising, and informing our work.

Operators

Operator assist in transcription/translation, copy-editing, data entry, and more.

What’s your role in social change?

Oh, the shadows of doubt are in many a mind
Lookin' for an answer they're never gonna find
But they'd better decide 'cause they're runnin' out of time
For these are the days of decision

Oh, the games of stalling you cannot afford
Dark is the danger that's knocking on the door
And the far-reaching rockets say you can't wait anymore
For these are the days of decision
In the face of the people who know they're gonna win
There's a strength that's greater than the power of the wind
And you can't stand around when the ice is growing thin
For these are the days of decision

I've seen your heads hiding 'neath the blanket of fear
When the paths they are plain and the choices are clear
Oh with each passing day, boys, the cost is more dear
For these are the days of decision

There's many a cross that burns in the night
And the fingers of the fire are pointing as they bite
Oh you can't let the smoke keep on blinding all your sight
For these are the days of decision

Now the mobs of anger are roamin' the streets
From the rooftops they're aimin' at the police on the beat
And in city after city you know they will repeat
For these are the days of decision

There's been warnings of fire, warnings of flood
Now there's the warning of the bullet and the blood
From the three bodies buried in the Mississippi mud
Sayin' these are the days of decision

There's a change in the wind, and a split in the road
You can do what's right or you can do what you are told
And the prize of the victory will belong to the bold
For these are the days of decision
Yes, these are the days of decision

Days of Decision by Phil Ochs

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Published by Ryan Boren

#ActuallyAutistic retired technologist turned wannabe-sociologist. Equity literate education, respectfully connected parenting, passion-based learning, indie ed-tech, neurodiversity, social model of disability, design for real life, inclusion, open web, open source. he/they

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