At about 11:30 p.m. on the night of the presidential election, I heard a scream that literally raised my hair. Thinking that someone was being murdered, I rushed outside and shouted into the night, “Is everyone okay?”
A few seconds later came this response from a few houses down: “Yes, we’re okay … it’s just ….”
I realized then that the sound I had heard was a visceral response to the election results coming in.
My neighbor’s scream has been ringing in my ears ever since. And I have experienced a range of emotions — panic, guilt, anger, and despair. Lately, however, I have started taking action — signing petitions, attending protests and rallies, and planning to make my way to D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington— and taking action has given me hope.
This project is another way for me — and you — to take action and find hope.
Joining in this effort are Kathryn Rogers, who brings her editorial expertise, and Anne-Charlotte Patterson, of branding and digital studio Southern Combustion Creative, who shapes the look and structure of this online publication.
I am a freelance writer and editor living in Austin, Texas. My essay “The Gift of Privacy: How Edward Snowden Changed the Way I Parent” appeared on Salon.com in July.
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