You’ve Had a Week to Mourn. Now What?
Last week, our country elected an orange spray-painted rubber tire as leader of the free world. Since that time, there have been tears, there have been protests, and – since it’s 2016 – there have been memes. But we’re only a week in, and we’ve got four more years of white nationalist fuckery, obnoxious tweets, and racist harassment. You may already be emotionally exhausted, but it’s time to turn that raw rage into something effective. Here are four suggestions on how to keep that fire going over the next four years:
Find your local activist groups and get involved with marginalized communities.
- Contact your local mosque to see how you can volunteer your time and be supportive.
- Find a local #blacklivesmatter chapter to support
- Show up for LGBTQ communities and youth organizations
- Educate yourself on how to intervene in racist harassment.
And remember: If you’re not a member of the community you’re supporting, take a back seat. Now is not the time to think you’re an expert in activism – especially if this is your first time dipping your toe in the direct action waters. Don’t be a passionista.
Give money to organizations that are going to fight for a better future.
- American Civil Liberties Union
- The ACLU saw record-breaking donations in the wake of Trump’s election – to the tune of $7.2 million. They’re going to need every penny they can get as they have promised to resist heightened immigration policies, help preserve the rights of transgender citizens, and protect Planned Parenthood. Speaking of which…
- Planned Parenthood
- Planned Parenthood has faced an uphill battle, even with the women’s rights-friendly Obama administration at the helm. With Republican-controlled Legislative and Executive Branches, their fight just got exponentially more difficult.
- Southern Poverty Law Center
- Democratic Socialists of America
- After a surprising loss for Hillary Clinton, it will be tempting for the DNC to hedge to centrism in an attempt to win elections. If you believe in a more progressive future for the Democratic party – one that will stand up for unions, trans rights, an end to mass incarceration, and other tentpole progressive platform issues – you should be supporting a push from the left from the DSA. If you want to take it a step further, you can join a local chapter – or start your own!
Spend your money at small businesses owned by people most affected by a Trump presidency.
Christmas is coming up, so spend that money with the people who need it most. Buy gifts from Surly-Ramics, and visit your arts district to support local artists.
Buy your Diet Coke (or whatever your caffeine fix of choice is) from a local bodega instead of having it delivered from Amazon. Order takeout directly from restaurants instead of using apps like Grubhub (they take a cut of your money). Every time you buy something, stop to ask yourself: “Who is this purchase supporting?” If the answer isn’t “marginalized communities,” ask if there’s a better way to make your purchase.
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