Hello friends and welcome to the end of one of the darkest weeks in American history. I know I was not the only one who spent all of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning tossing and turning in gut-wrenching agony. I know I am not the only one who found our country’s decision to elect a xenophobic, islamophobic, misogynist, racist, sex offending demagogue into the most powerful position in the world to be both horrifying and shameful. I know I was not the only one who has been so nauseated that I literally puked out of fear for the safety of our islamic, minority, immigrant, disabled, LGBTQ, and female allies. But we must remember it is always darkest before the dawn.
Thursday morning a man drove by and shouted “Grab you by the pussy!” at me. I am ashamed to say that I let that single comment bring me to tears and a full blown pity party for a few hours. Then I remembered that that is not who I am. I am a fighter. So what did I do instead? I fought back.
I have since signed over 100 petitions to protect the organizations that need to be protected at this time (Planned Parenthood, EarthJustice, NAACP, Border Angels and many more). I signed several petitions to help abolish electoral college and donated to a few key groups. I will be volunteering for some local environmental projects in the coming months and most importantly, I applied for the next Emily’s List training and began classes at She Should Run so I can be prepared to run for local office and dam up the bullshit stream.
I am ready to fight more than ever, and become the most obnoxious, strident feminist, pro-choice, pro-environment, non-xenophobic, non-piece-of-sh*t thorn in Trump’s foot. We as a young nation have collectively decided that we will have no part in his bigotry and hatred, and I am so proud to see my friends and family fighting back.
Here is what you can do to help:
1. First and foremost, be an ally
I believe the main thing we need to focus on right now, is simply being kind. While I understand that Trump is our president-elect, he is not my president and he never will be. I will not accept that bigotry and hatred have won. What I will do is try my best to ensure that everyone around me knows that I am an ally to them. After Brexit, lots of people began wearing safety pins on their shirts as a small, but noticeable sign of solidarity. It shows that you love all humans, and that you are a friend to those who are scared right now. I wore mine all week, and on Thursday an older hispanic woman’s eyes welled up as she told me “I really, like you pin”.
Additionally, if you see racism, sexism, whatever kind of discrimination, do not stand by. Say something or simply be there for the person being discriminated against. This was an excellent video for tips on how to disrupt racism:
2. SIGN, SIGN, SIGN, SIGN, SIGN!!!
There are so many important petitions out there right now that can help save us from some future catastrophes. Here and here are some great sites with lots of petitions that you can sign. If we don’t say anything, if we don’t fight this and make our agenda known, then we will never see progress.
3. Donate and sign up to volunteer for the causes that desperately need it right now…
Here are a list of causes that Donald Trump has directly threatened; these groups need your support now more than ever. I have donated to many of the ones on this list, and I will also be volunteering with Planned Parenthood, the Colorado River Alliance and Campaign Zero in the coming months.
American Civil Liberties Union
American Immigration Council
Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project of the Urban Justice Center
Black and Pink
Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Center for Reproductive Rights
Climate Science Legal Defense Fund
Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
Human Rights Campaign
Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)
LGBT Books To Prisoners
NARAL Pro-Choice America
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
NAACP Legal Defense Fund
National Abortion Federation
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
National Immigration Law Center
National Immigration Forum
National Network of Abortion Funds
National Organization for Women (NOW)
National Women’s Law Center
Native American Rights Fund
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
NextGen Climate Action
Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP)
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Reproductive Health Access Project
She Should Run
Southern Poverty Law Center
Sylvia Rivera Law Project
The Safe Passage Project
Union of Concerned Scientists
Women Organized Against Rape
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
4. …Or if you cannot afford to donate, follow them on social media
This is so easy to do (I followed them all on Twitter and Facebook in under 30 minutes). While this isn’t the biggest help, it shows your support of fundamental human rights. This is perfect for full time students who have neither the money to donate or the time to spare volunteering.
5. Write Hillary a thank you card
Anyone who knows me personally knows that I was a die hard Bernie fan, but what Hillary Clinton just went through deserves an insane amount of gratitude. Clinton has just become an idol for young girls out there looking towards a career in politics. The amount of dignity and grace she handled her concession speech with, was powerful and truly moving. She is an incredible role model, and strong woman for all of us to look up to, and I cannot thank her enough for giving us the fight of a lifetime.
Here is her address:
Post Office Box 5256
New York, NY 10185-5256