TWW Roundup: Set Politics Aside
While many people will be celebrating Labor Day this weekend with barbecues and tailgate parties, tens of thousands of people have lost homes, cars, businesses and personal possessions. At least 45 have lost their lives. TWW sends its thoughts, prayers, and support to those residents of Texas, Louisiana and other Southern states who have been hit by the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.
In a time when Trump should have put politics and grandstanding aside, to give hope to the hopeless, cheer to the distraught, he instead chose to talk about the how big the crowd was who came out to see him. It’s time for real leadership, and that takes a real President.
Scientists have been warning us for years that climate change would bring about more cataclysmic weather events, such as Harvey. Trump and his cronies continue to deny the existence of global warming. In addition, we continue to allow businesses to build facilities that are unsafe and devastating in a natural disaster. The Arkema Chemical Plant is on fire, has exploded, and continues to burn spilling toxic chemicals into the air requiring a 1.5 mile radius around it to be evacuated.
Trump and his “environmental” staff can continue to deny climate change, but it won’t give back those 45 lives lost to Harvey. It is time for America to once again lead the efforts against climate change instead of taking steps back as we have under Trump.
No Racism in a Disaster
This week marked the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” Coming so close on the heels of Charlottesville, it was refreshing to see people of every color in Texas helping their neighbors by forming human chains to reach those in the flood waters, using their personal boats, canoes, and paddle boards to rescue neighbors and complete strangers alike, convoys of trucks lining the highways on their way to Texas with food and water and volunteers, and churches/places of worship and retailers opening up their stores, restaurants, and warehouses to those in need. That is what America is all about — helping each other, coming together in times of crisis, and giving back to our communities. Diversity is what makes this country great!
But Trump continues to make immigrants the scapegoat for what he perceives as wrong in this country. He continues to campaign for his wall and to take away the protections of President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Even prominent members of his own party have asked him to hold off on scrapping DACA. On Friday, Speaker Ryan stated that Trump shouldn’t terminate the program.
This week we should all stand together. United We Dream – Houston (UWD) and our Texas chapter Pantsuit Republic (PSR) have organized a fundraiser to offer direct aid to specific undocumented families who are unable to access FEMA through citizen household family members. Donate if you are able, or help spread the word. Each share on social media can help raise $35+!
Ty Starks Morgan is an attorney who has worked in the foster care system for 24 years. She is the mother of two teen sons, two dogs, three cats, and a plethora of rescued foster animals.