This weekend brought white supremacist marches, Nazi salutes, counter-protests and vehicular murder to Charlottesville, Virginia. You probably joined everyone from Orrin Hatch to Justin Trudeau in condemning it.
You’re against racism. Good for you.
You posted your outrage on Facebook. A bunch of people who agree with you and are also against hate and murder liked what you wrote. Very nice.
You got upset when President Trump failed to denounce the KKK, Nazis, and white supremacists by name, decrying violence “on many sides” (although other White House spokespeople later did). Congratulations on being upset.
Still, what can you do other than tear your hair and rend your garments? Pour into the streets? Punch a Nazi?
You can take the pro bono pledge:
I offer my services pro bono to any group fighting hatred and intolerance.
I am a freelance editor and writer. If you are writing an op-ed or building a site to organize resistance, I offer my services to you for free. True, I’m pretty busy on my own work right now and already functioning as a volunteer CEO to a nonprofit, but this is important. I will contribute my time and talent until I’m overwhelmed. Just contact me here and ask for my help — use the words pro-bono pledge in your request.
Are you a social media expert? Take the pro bono pledge.
Do you build Web sites? Take the pro bono pledge.
Are you a carpenter? An Uber driver? A videographer? A lawyer? A mental health therapist? Take the pro bono pledge.
You probably don’t have the time or financial resources to quit your job and become full-time anti-hate activist or lobbyist. But you can help the people who do. If they had a ready supply of support and help from experts, maybe they could get more done, more quickly and effectively.
The least you can do is post on Facebook. This is a little more than that. And it might actually accomplish something.
If you take the pro bono pledge, post a link to it right here. I look forward to seeing your name.