I'm glad it's here, though I'm sad it's needed here. Sad, but not really surprised. The racists and xenophobes have been heating up like tea in a microwave, Trump is just the spoonful of sugar* that makes it all go PLOOSH! And people get burned.
If I can be the shelter from one difficult situation for one immigrant, black, Muslim, LGBTQ person or woman, it will be worth it. I think of this as an obligation incurred by my unasked-for but undeniable privilege as a white, male, American-born person of no obvious religious affiliation. Equally important to the desire to do this is to have a plan of how to act in the moment. This article goes into detail and you should read it all. But the outline is:
- Be aware of how your companions feel about "getting involved." If someone tries to deter you, it may create a worse problem than you already face.
- Be aware if you are with others who increase the "attack surface", e.g., children.
- Be sure the apparent target actually wants help. You will have to read the situation carefully.
- Be able to respond, to whatever limit you know you are capable and willing. For example, are able to, and willing to, oppose a violent physical attack?
- Plan to employ deescalation of the situation, first and foremost. Here's a good basic guide to that principle:
Until President Pumpkin is exiled to whatever St. Helena will have him, I will be wearing a safety pin.
* - warning: do NOT try heating tea in a microwave and then adding sugar, unless you like first- and second-degree burns from scalding. The water is superheated in spots, and the sugar crystals result in the instant formation of steam that propels hotter-than-boiling teas in all directions.