There’s no way around it: 2017 was a difficult year for those working for progressive social change. Adjusting to the onset of a Trump presidency meant facing down challenges to values we hold dear and recognizing the scope and depth of the racism, sexism, and xenophobia that have long existed in our country. If there was even the thinnest silver lining to these disturbing trends, it was seeing the robust response to them. From the Women’s March and #metoo, to the airport protests against the attempted Muslim ban and organizing to prevent cuts to our national monuments, the response to Trumpism has been plentiful. This activism and community-building in response to these deplorable actions is a force to be reckoned with. So, in 2018, we’re resolving to continue resisting.
This year I resolve to continually seek out and share the stories and the voices that often go ignored.
I will support the efforts of organizations like WBZ in Chicago which launched a podcast called “Every Other Hour.”It seeks to tell the stories of gun violence in Chicago. I will also support our local news outlets, whose work is often unsung, by continuing to subscribe and encourage our clients to advertise where possible. Finally, I will support efforts to diversify the voices in journalism, whether it is ProPublica’s effort to support local journalism or YouthRadio’s efforts to train the next generation of revolutionary media creators.