Don’t Look Away

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By Karen Topakian

It would be easy to look away from the frightened faces of young children ripped from their parents’ arms because it’s too painful.

It would be easy to look away from the EPA Administrator’s plans to roll back environmental protections because it’s too scary.

It would be easy to look away from the news about the thousands who died in Puerto Rico from neglect and racism after Hurricane Maria because it’s too horrific.

But don’t…look away.

As humans, when we encounter a threat to our health and safety, our animal brain gives us a choice. Flight or Fight.

I implore us to not pick flight but to fight – nonviolently, of course.

Of course, it’s uncomfortable. Of course, it’s painful. Of course, it’s horrific.

But it’s much harder for those whose lives are directly affected by these events. They can’t look away. They can’t ignore. They can’t turn the page.

If you’re not affected or immediately threatened, I implore you to stay focused. Raise your voice. Open your wallet. Call. Join. Volunteer. Sign up. Show up.

And if you are affected or immediately threatened, tell us what you need, how we can help, what we can do.

If we pick flight we may lose our chance to fight.