45 for 45 by Lisa L. Leibow

#Commit to sharing my resistance via tweet-length stanzas – 140 characters max. #Resist

#Commit to the careful choice of words. #Resist

#Commit to finding truth amidst the lies. #Resist

#Commit to understanding that “alt-right” is a euphemism for white nationalist movement. #Resist

#Commit to understanding that “45” is a euphemism for the current POTUS. #Resist

#Commit to understanding that “current POTUS” is a euphemism for @realDonaldTrump. #Resist

#Commit to discerning when a euphemism disturbs me and when it comforts me. #Resist

#Commit to finding and not falling for fallacies. #Resist

#Commit to contesting the fallacy of changing the subject. #Resist

#Commit to refuting the fallacy of attacking the person instead of the argument. #Resist

#Commit to defying the power of the fallacy of “Alternate Facts” to convince me I’m crazy. #Resist

#Commit to countering the fallacy of ruling opponents “out of order.” #Resist

#Commit to ignoring 45’s blurts until fact-checked. #Resist

#Commit to ignoring 45’s tweets until spell-checked. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing hatred in all its forms. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing bigotry. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing racism. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing Anti-Semitism and Islamophobia. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing misogyny. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing homophobia. #Resist

#Commit to denouncing sexism and xenophobia. #Resist

#Commit to intolerance of prejudice. #Resist

#Commit to judging individuals based on character, words, and deeds. #Resist

#Commit to loving individuals based on character, words, and deeds. #Resist

#Commit to learning from history. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the inhumanity of slavery. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the oppression of women. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the rise of Hitler. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the internment of Japanese Americans. #Resist

#Commit to learning from World Wars, Unjust Wars, and Cold Wars. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the Hollywood blacklist. #Resist

#Commit to learning from the strength of abolitionists and suffragettes. #Resist

#Commit to fighting the fear that “we the people” are powerless to halt the rise of hate. #Resist

#Commit to being proactive instead of reactive. #Resist

#Commit to teaching students to think critically and write clearly. #Resist

#Commit to teaching students to evaluate sources and find their voices. #Resist

#Commit to freedom of expression through the arts. #Resist

#Commit to finding emotional truth in the fiction I fashion. #Resist

#Commit to approaching my writing as an exercise in empathy. #Resist

#Commit to finding surprising similarities between seemingly opposite humans. #Resist

#Commit to mind that Orwell’s 1984 & Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale
are cautionary tales, not guidebooks. #Resist

#Commit to acting as a writer of witness in prose and in poetry. #Resist

#Commit to encouraging artists to record on canvas or clay,
and musicians to compose, to sing, and to play. #Resist

#Commit to the notion:
140 characters or less is the only chance “45” might discover my commitments. #Resist

#Commit to exploring emotional truths in 80,000 word novels
instead of reducing my heart to 140 flippant characters. #Resist

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