Kermit Says: We are an Uprising of Love

 

Kermit Says… believes in the power of treating people, regardless of the color of their skin, religion, class, ability, or age, with kindness, love, and respect. We believe that we each have a responsibility to stand up against injustice, discrimination, inequality, inequity, and bullying in all of its forms. While our views may be considered liberal or far-left, we like to think we embody and uphold the Golden Rule: to treat others the way we wish to be treated. Our hope is to consistently spread messages of hope and love and encourage and empower others to do the same.

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Wellness Wednesday: Self-Care for Activists

In less than one week since the inauguration, Trump has taken action to repeal the Affordable Care Act, defund Planned Parenthood and sanctuary cities, build a wall along the US-Mexico border, and approve the controversial Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines. In the wake of one of the largest protests in recent history, Trump’s decisions serve as a complete slap in the face to the millions who protested over the weekend, and further proves that he is not a man who stands up for the people. Directly or indirectly fighting against such impending tyranny is exhausting. Maybe you live in a household or attend a school filled with Trump supporters. Maybe you demonstrated this weekend. Or maybe you just feel the weight of injustice on your shoulders because you are fully aware of what’s going on in the world. My friends, wherever you find yourselves, know that this fight, this revolution, this stand is only the beginning. It will be long and it will be dirty, so please take care of yourselves. Here are a few tips:

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Tuesday Tunesday: Songs for a Revolution

Tired feet marched on hard concrete. Colorful and condemning signs took up more space than bodies. Chants and passionate pleas for justice, freedom, and equality competed against honking cars and opposing views. These are the sounds of a revolution. It’s oftentimes unpleasant. It’s both time and energy consuming. It’s never easy, but most things that matter never are. As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, we’re currently living in a time filled with trials and tension, and this moment is the start of a revolution. When we feel downtrodden, hopeless, tired, and eager to resign, which we will, let us not lose the hope and courage necessary to keep up the good fight. Take a listen to a few of my favorite revolutionary tunes (both old and new) that will encourage you to keep marching on!

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Motivational Monday: Answer the Call

Have you ever heard of American scholar Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero’s Journey”? No? Well, follow me for a minute. Campbell suggests that we live in an ordinary world and are then called to adventure because of some sort of pressure or challenge. We then refuse the call because of fear, anxiety, uncertainty, or possible danger. That’s natural. Somewhere along this journey, however, we meet a mentor who gives us wisdom and courage to keep going. We commit and leave the familiar for unfamiliar territory where we’re tested and challenged, and yet, we succeed–despite the odds, and we return empowered and changed for the better.

 

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Kermit Says: Safely March for Justice

 

With the end of one presidential administration and the beginning of another, stress, anxiety, fear, and frustration are at an all-time political high. While some will choose to process this transition by themselves or with loved ones, others plan to take it to the streets and protest in various marches all around the world. According to a USA Today poll, “an estimated 1 million people plan to demonstrate in all 50 states and 32 countries.” This weekend’s main event, the Women’s March on Washington, is anticipating at least 200,000 individuals alone! Whether their focus is women’s rights, immigration, education, or any number of other causes, people are banding together this weekend, in particular, to march for social justice and civil rights.

 

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