I admit it. I have been wallowing in the echo chamber of my own Facebook feed since last week’s election results. The grief, anger, and shock has spread far beyond my friends in America—this level of disbelief knows no borders.
Collectively, we’ve blazed through the first four stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, and depression—in record time. And now it’s time for…
Fuck that. I’m not going there.
I do not accept a life of fear, anger, and isolation. I do not accept that small-minded lies are more powerful than thoughtful truth. I do not accept that convenient opinion is worth more than scientific proof.
I will never accept that hate, anger, and bigotry is stronger than love, compassion, and unity.
Acceptance is the enemy of action. So I reject acceptance.
Here’s what we can all do (in the next 5 minutes) instead of blindly accepting…
- Choose an organization that you support
- Sign up as a recurring donor
- Email three friends, tell them what you just did, and ask them to match your donation
Here are a few organizations you might consider:
In January, there will be a climate change denier in the White House, and his powerful henchmen will rule over Congress and the Senate.
“The president-elect has called global warming a ‘hoax’ perpetuated by the Chinese. He’s also vowed to ‘cancel’ the Paris climate agreement, the international commitment to reduce carbon emissions negotiated by the Obama administration last year, and Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which would limit emissions from power plants. He has vowed to open up federal lands to mining and fracking and to pull back on environmental regulations. He even proposed scrapping the Environmental Protection Agency…” from Mother Jones
This is not a tree-hugging issue, it’s a people issue and it hits marginalized communities first. Think clean drinking water, think air that doesn’t cause cancer, think access to green space and non-toxic food.
Here’s what NRDC does:
“NRDC works to safeguard the earth—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends. We combine the power of more than two million members and online activists with the expertise of some 500 scientists, lawyers, and policy advocates across the globe to ensure the rights of all people to the air, the water, and the wild.”
Donald Trump has said “he believes the Black Lives Matter movement has in some cases helped instigate the recent killings of police officers, and suggested he might direct his future attorney general to investigate the civil rights activist group.”
Meanwhile, the KKK is organizing a victory parade in honor of Trump’s win. Oh, and don’t forget that white people voted him into office.
So grab your white privilege and use it to back the modern civil rights movement.
Here’s what Black Lives Matter stands for:
“Black Lives Matter affirms the lives of Black queer and trans folks, disabled folks, black-undocumented folks, folks with records, women and all Black lives along the gender spectrum. It centers those that have been marginalized within Black liberation movements. It is a tactic to (re)build the Black liberation movement.”
During his campaign, Trump made it clear that he wants to wall off the U.S., deport millions of people, say a big “eff you” to refugees, and ban Muslims from entering the country… this is fear-mongering racist bullshit at its worst. If you think immigrants and refugees deserve to be defended, then support NNIRR.
“The National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (NNIRR) works to defend and expand the rights of all immigrants and refugees, regardless of immigration status. Since its founding in 1986, the organization has drawn membership from diverse immigrant communities, and actively builds alliances with social and economic justice partners around the country. As part of a global movement for social and economic justice, NNIRR is committed to human rights as essential to securing healthy, safe and peaceful lives for all.”
Even though November is American Indian Heritage Month, we didn’t hear a lot about Native American issues during the campaign—from either party. That’s probably because the Native American community continues to be one of the most underserved and ignored populations in North America. There’s no chance in hell that things will get better under a pro-pipeline, anti-environment president.
“Since 1971, the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation. NARF has successfully asserted and defended the most important rights of Indians and tribes in hundreds of major cases, and has achieved significant results in such critical areas as tribal sovereignty, treaty rights, natural resource protection, and Indian education.”
Whether you’re angry that the glass ceiling turned out to be more like reinforced concrete, or you’d prefer not to have your pussy grabbed by a sleazy old man, the AAUW might be your cause.
“Advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.
The American Association of University Women (AAUW) is the nation’s leading voice promoting equity and education for women and girls. Since our founding in 1881, AAUW members have examined and taken positions on the fundamental issues of the day — educational, social, economic, and political.”
Speaking of pussies… Trump doesn’t just want to grab it, he wants to tell you exactly what you can and can’t do with it. Planned Parenthood has been providing women with access to healthcare for 100 years, including contraception and safe abortions. Are we going to let a misogynistic “leader” end all that?
“Planned Parenthood was founded on the revolutionary idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — no ceilings, no limits. Today, Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”
I was truly looking forward to seeing what Clinton would do to address mass incarceration in America and to reform the racist mandatory minimum sentencing laws. I had hope that her policies would make a huge difference to millions of people. Instead, we’ll get to see just what Trump means when he says he’s going to reinstate “law and order”. I’m pretty sure organizations like the EJI is going to be needed now more than ever.
“The Equal Justice Initiative is committed to ending mass incarceration and excessive punishment in the United States, to challenging racial and economic injustice, and to protecting basic human rights for the most vulnerable people in American society.”
I’m gonna let the ACLU speak for themselves.
“President-elect Trump, as you assume the nation’s highest office, we urge you to reconsider and change course on certain campaign promises you have made. These include your plan to amass a deportation force to remove 11 million undocumented immigrants; ban the entry of Muslims into our country and aggressively surveil them; punish women for accessing abortion; reauthorize waterboarding and other forms of torture; and change our nation’s libel laws and restrict freedom of expression.
These proposals are not simply un-American and wrong-headed, they are unlawful and unconstitutional. They violate the First, Fourth, Fifth, Eighth, and 14th Amendments. If you do not reverse course and instead endeavor to make these campaign promises a reality, you will have to contend with the full firepower of the ACLU at every step. Our staff of litigators and activists in every state, thousands of volunteers and millions of card-carrying members and supporters are ready to fight against any encroachment on our cherished freedoms and rights.”
You know the It Gets Better Project? Well, “it” just got a whole lot worse. For kids growing up gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or just not sure in middle America, things sucked already. While Trump says he’s all for LGBTQ equality, most of his advisors and his buddies in the Republican party disagree with him.
And, let’s not forget that Trump has repeatedly suggested that fists and violence are a great way to silence people you don’t like. Trump’s election has given the green light to bullies and homophobes; kids are going to need our support. So The Trevor Project might be your organization of choice.
“The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.”
Your 2nd Amendment rights are safe now, but the 1st Amendment is on shaky ground.
No matter what you think of the media (and I have to admit I’m pretty furious at them after the pathetic excuse for journalism in this election cycle), a free democratic society cannot exist without a free press.
Trump’s treatment of journalists throughout the campaign, and his long history of threatening to sue any journalist who questions him could spell trouble ahead for our free press and our freedom of speech. So unless you want to be getting all your news from Trump TV and Breitbart next year, it’s time to support the CPJ.
“The Committee to Protect Journalists is an independent, nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide. We defend the right of journalists to report the news without fear of reprisal.”
One more thing for those of you who are angry at the political machine and for those who felt voting a third party or staying home on election day was your only option. You don’t change the system by casting a protest vote every four years. You change the system by getting involved in local politics, volunteering for a third party, or running for office your own damn self.
So stop bitching that the system is rigged and go do something about it. Today
Here are some ways to get started in politics.
That’s a few suggestions for you. If I didn’t mention your favorite organization, add it to the comments below.
♥ We love you. Now let’s get to work. Stephen & Jane
Lead image and PIN image by Noah Salzman via Wikimedia Commons.