Currently in Los Angeles— May 4th, 2022

The weather, currently.

A marine layer morning, than warm and sunny

I found it a bit difficult to get out of bed this morning. Last night Politico leaked that the Supreme Court was getting ready to overturn Roe vs. Wade, which would effectively ban safe, legal abortions in much of the country.

What kind of severe weather will deter people from traveling over 1,000 miles to find a provider? And what kind of landscape will be left to the future generations forced to exist in this world? Sorry to be so grim, but the overcast mornings aren’t doing anything to help my mood.

Wednesday will bring us another morning of marine layer, though we should get lots of sunshine in the afternoon with highs round 84°F. Treasure that light because fog will gather again in the evening, Temperatures after sunset will mostly float around the mid 60’s, and we’ll eventually hit a low around 57°F. —Renée Reizman

What you need to know, currently.

A draft decision of the U.S. Supreme Court, leaked by Politico, indicates that the Supreme Court could strike down the historic Roe v. Wade case later this year — the 1973 ruling that established a constitutional right to abortion in the United States.

Today we published an Op-Ed by Ashley Fairbanks— an Anishinaabe artist, writer, organizer, and digital strategist. In response to the leak, she wrote a road map on how to embrace an ecosystem of change-making, beyond just doomscrolling and telling people to vote.

Fairbanks wrote about how to plug into existing work,

“This is where we have to start. As close to us as possible. Let me give you a plan. Invite a few of your trusted friends to dinner. Maybe a potluck. Have a real conversation about your fears right now. Talk through different scenarios. Figure out your strengths and weaknesses as a group, and where you’re interested in plugging in. Make real plans.”

This methodology can be applied to what ever issue you're passionate about whether that's reproductive justice, climate, or another cause.

Here is Fairbanks’ big advice:

  1. Look for existing information. Google is your friend. People that are doing abortion protection work are already overextended. Don’t rely on them to give you personal advice.
  2. Show up and plug in to existing work.
  3. Do what people ask of you. If you’re new to movement work, try and listen more than you talk, keep your head down, and learn. Offer skills you have, but also realize that you taking out the trash allows someone to do work that only they can do.
  4. Don’t waste your time and energy critiquing people if you disagree with their tactics. Find your lane and do your thing.

Read the full story: Beyond Doomscrolling and into Action.