Ready to Grab Back But Don’t Know Where to Start
In a perfect world, Jeff Bezos, Brian Chesky, and Howard Shultz would be calling me right now asking for my advice on how we, as powerful CEOs, can band together to fight the latest-of-what-will-be-many horrifying acts by our new administration. Coalition Snow would be writing a matching to check to the ACLU and Planned Parenthood (among others), adding our name to the pending lawsuit, and we’d use our immense social capital to rally humans around the world.
But they aren’t calling me (obviously…), and I’m not writing a check with more than three numbers on it, and there’s only so much that me and my personal 721 Instagram followers can do. So I, like you, am left here alone to contemplate just what the f*ck is going on and what I can do about it.
I have a feeling that I’m not the only one who has been waking up each morning with that pit in your stomach. You know, that one that you have after a long night out where you might have done something naughty and you tell yourself never again... Except that I went to bed sober last night and it was the Trump administration who should be ashamed of themselves. (Let’s just start calling this the Trump Hangover.)
What we’ve seen over the past two weeks is an all out assault on human decency. From the global gag rule to the immigration ban, there will be (if there are not already) tangible, painful consequences, particularly for those individuals who don’t fit neatly into the cis-white middle/upper-class box. The injustice and suffering that people around the world will experience (not to mention all of the other living and non-living creatures) is unacceptable.
It is because of this that we feel the need to reiterate the values that we stand for here at Coalition Snow: justice, freedom, sisterhood, integrity, compassion, community, honesty, and intersectionality.
Coalition Snow is part of an inclusive global community that welcomes anyone and everyone, regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, background, ability, class, or perspective. We support one another and we will never tolerate anything less.
And let’s just be crystal clear here. This isn’t about politics. It’s not about how you voted, Republicans, Democrats, the electoral college, or the popular vote. It’s about human rights, and taking a public and fierce stand in the name of justice and equity for all. We will not be silenced, we will not “wait and see.” We will act.
So what can we do right now to protect human rights? Unfortunately, I don’t have a good answer for you. I can only suggest what you've most likely already done. CALL your locally elected officials (the petitions are not enough). Be brave and take a public stand (you have enough Facebook friends and can stand to lose a few). If you see someone being treated with anything less than dignity, speak up and stand in solidarity with them. Support businesses that have taken a public stand against these barbaric policies. Rather than reacting, ACT (because this isn't about partisan politics), and be prepared to act when you are called upon. And you can start writing checks, like we will. Coalition Snow will donate a portion of all sales to organizations fighting for human rights, and you can too here, here, and here (or pick your own).
It’s impossible to know what lies ahead, but be rest assured we will be right there with you.
Jen Gurecki, CEO, Coalition Snow
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."
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