I don’t know all of the things, but I know enough to be dangerous.
I know that tear gassing men, women and children is a violation of their human rights. I know that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights clearly states,
“it is essential, if a man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law”
I know that Article 13 of the Declaration clearly states,
“1. Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state. 2. Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.”
I know that Article 14 of the Declaration clearly states,
“1. Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution. 2. This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.”
I know that tear gassing children and babies in diapers is a violation of their human rights. I know that tear gassing women and people with disabilities is a violation of their human rights. I know that it can be scary to speak out against these things if you don’t know what to say.
Here are 3 things you can do today to speak out against what our nation is doing to women and children along the Mexican/American border.
Stop thinking someone knows more than you do. I mean I am sure someone somewhere does but that doesn’t mean you have to stay silent. Send an email to the United Nations today. Ask them to intervene on behalf of women and children along the border.
When something happens in the world, nation, your state, your city, your neighborhood and it makes you sick – SAY SOMETHING! Only you can talk about what upsets you. Post it on your favorite social media platform. Sure someone inevitably might say, “Don’t believe everything you say on the news.” And to them you can say back, “Bite me, this shit is wrong.”
It is OK to piss people off. I do it all the time. In fact, I encourage it. If you are pissing someone off you are doing something right. I give you permission to anger someone else, you know why? Because EVERY SINGLE TIME I learn something great about myself and the people around me when I make them mad.
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right, for you’ll be criticized for it anyway. You’ll be damned if you do and damned if you don’t.” -Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s Monday, raise some damn hell, Dr. Melissa Bird