As some of you know, when I'm not having fun here, I am a public defender who does criminal appeals. In a typical argument before an appellate court, I argue first, then the State argues, then I have the option of getting up for a few minutes to do what's called "rebuttal".
You kind of get the rhythm of it after you've done a dozen arguments, but for your first few the question of whether or not to stand up for rebuttal can be stressful.
But--when I was a baby attorney facing that dilemma--a few older attorneys I know gave me this bit of sage advice: "If you really need to stand up, you won't have to think about it." In other words, if you really need to make that final point, you're probably going to be mad enough that your butt leaves your chair of its own accord without your brain having to process it much.
I've thought about that a lot these past few months, as article after article that I read tells concerned progressives to be careful to avoid burnout. "Pick one issue and let the others go," the authors say. But how do you choose between the environment and women's rights? Between basic human dignity and health care?
Well, my conclusion is, if you really need to stand up, you won't have to think about it.
And the first thing that made me shoot out of my chair like a rocket was the travel ban.
The weekend that all happened, I was so mad that I couldn't sit still. I called all three of my representatives for several days in a row. I anxiously watched the news. I wanted to rush to the nearest airport and help, but the truth is that--even as an attorney--my skills aren't as helpful as one might think. If you happen to have already been convicted of a felony and need help then I'm your huckleberry, but immigration law is a separate beast. And without the use of my state-issued Westlaw password and other resources, it's not a beast I felt I could competently tackle at a moment's (or even a year's) notice.
So, instead, I resolved to help the attorneys who are the experts--the ACLU.
Accordingly, I emailed all of my knitter friends with an ask: HELP ME KNIT BUNNIES! As you can see, they came through most splendidly, and I am now quite pleased to offer our bunnies for sale. The bunnies are $20 each, and every single cent of that will be donated to the ACLU.
I'm happy to ship for out-of-towners ($5 ground or $8 for priority), or to personally deliver to all my friends in downtown Topeka or anywhere in Lawrence. I'm also happy to answer any other questions you have, either generally or about individual bunnies.
Not only will these wee rabbits look absolutely darling in your Easter and Spring baskets, but you'll be helping fight the good fight against cruel immigration policy and a host of other awesome things the ACLU does. Because EVERYBUNNY needs civil rights!