Hi there - my name is Justine Haemmerli, and welcome to Make it Right. I created this website, our Facebook group, and our Instagram and Twitter handles as a way of coping with my own grief following the 2016 election. It is my hope that these platforms will be useful and meaningful resources for folks trying to figure out what to do in the wake of Trump's win.
Like many of you, I spent November 9th wandering through the rain feeling soggy and hollow, like a character in a badly written novel with hit-you-over-the-head symbolism. I huddled together with friends and colleagues, discussing ways we could muddle through this together and protect the lives and values we love. I heard their yearning for a clear starting place: something that would bring order to the chaos. Something to create a sense of togetherness in this apocalyptic present. Something that makes it feel like a path forward exists.
For better or worse, my coping mechanism with grief is to stare into space despondently for about three hours, and then think, "OK - so now what? How do I make good out of this horror?" My grief has always taught me that life is short and uncertain, and that nothing, event the greatest pain, is a forever place - and so with the little bit of time we have, how can we do the most good? After losing both of my parents by the age of 24, I took my sadness and turned it into my company, Pedalogical, which helps good people do great things through work and volunteering. For years I have listened and worked with folks who seek to make the world better than they found it, and I have long wondered how to more effectively connect those who need help, those who are doing the work on the ground, and those who want to contribute. Never have I heard, seen, and felt this more strongly than now. And so it was from this place that I sought to find a way out of the morass on November 9th, and created Make it Right.
Right now, we need a space where we can have honest conversations so we can become better; we need to hold mirrors up to each others' problematic habits, as well as our brave and wonderful moves; we need those in the know to bring those who are new into the fold, and help people who have hitherto felt on the outside, or "not political enough" to get involved, feel they have a place in the work. We need a way to hear the requests of the people we seek to support, so we can meet their true needs, and not the ones we imagine they must have. It is my hope that Make it Right PHL serves these purposes, and is a safe, meaningful space that makes taking action easier, and helps us come together in these divisive times.