Things You Can Do (Post Election)

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"‘Cause I know the biggest crime is just to throw up your hands, say this has nothing to do with me, I just want to live as comfortably as I can. You got to look outside your eyes, you got to think outside your brain. You got to walk outside you life to where the neighborhood changes." ~Ani DiFranco

If you find yourself struggling after the recent election, and perhaps wondering what you can do to channel your energy, you’re definitely not alone. I have found myself feeling so many things this past week, and it’s honestly been quite the task to try and function normally. My mind does not feel normal. My world does not feel normal. It got me to thinking of the different ways in which we can put our energy to good use. Hopefully this inspires you. If you have any other suggestions beyond what I’ve mentioned here, please share them in the comments!

Protest there are protests happening all across the country. I strongly encourage engaging in peaceful protests if you are able to. I would love to travel downstate to participate in the protests happening in New York. I think it is amazing how many people have come together to protest trump and current events. I think its an important part of our response. It’s also our right to do so. So don’t let any late night tweeting discourage you. ;)

– the labeling of trump as the winner of the election* has acted like a green light for hateful creeps all across the country. There have been incidents of hate-fueled violence everywhere… because trump sends a message to them that this is all okay. So in our current climate, community is important. There is a campaign going on where people are wearing safety pins as a way of identifying themselves as someone who can be trusted if anyone ever finds themselves in an uncomfortable/threatening situation. I think that this is such a simple way that we can show solidarity and support for each other. trump and his hate speech are threatening to so many groups within our society and coming together is such an important action that we can take. You likely have a safety pin lying around your house, so it’s an easy way of getting involved. #SafetyPin

Donate – there are plenty of causes and organizations, which are threatened by the prospect of trump. See my recent post re: #GivingTuesday for some ideas!

“you've got your whole life to do something and that's not very long . So why don't you give me a call when you're willing to fight. For what you think is real for what you think is right” ~Ani DiFranco

– following the same idea as donating, if you have the time, volunteering is also a great idea. Find a cause that you’re passionate about and focus your attention on it. There are so many groups, which need help, you don’t have to look too far.

Subscribe – This one is another easy one. It’s super important, and I feel like its something that is overlooked right now. trump has repeatedly shown a clear hatred of the media, particularly those in the media who challenge him in any way via telling the truth (crazy thing). He has already acted out against the media twice since his win*. What is to stop him from going further? A great way to support journalists who work hard to share the truth with us, is by subscribing to their media. A few of my favorites are:

Oh and in terms of TV, I love the evening crew on MSNBC – Chris Hayes, Rachel Maddow, Lawrence O’Donnell and of course Joy Reid (who does weekends, but often is on during the week and I’m convinced sleeps @ 30 Rock)!

Boycott – Something I truly believe in, is the idea that we vote with our dollar. I remember years ago it was difficult to find that many organic options, and when you would find them, they cost a lot of money. These days, while some are still more expensive, there are far more options out there than there were only a couple of years ago. What we spend our money on sends a message. There are companies who have publicly supported trump, or which are run by trump supporters (and donors). These supporters get the money that they chuck his way from their business – from their consumers – from us. So boycotting those companies can surely send a message, especially when a large number of people joins in to do so. Some companies which have been known to support trump are:

  • New Balance
  • The Home Depot
  • Yuengling
  • Meat companies like Tyson

Speak out – there is currently a petition going around that is demanding the Electoral College vote in a way that honors the popular vote, which trump did not win. As of right now, it has nearly FOUR MILLION signatures. I strongly encourage you to sign it. We truly are #StrongerTogether

“I was born to two immigrants who knew why they were here. They were happy to pay taxes for the schools and roads, happy to be here. They took it seriously, the second job of citizenry. My mother went campaigning door to door, and holding to her hand was me. I was just a girl in a room full of women licking stamps and laughing. I remember the feeling of community brewing of democracy happening” ~Ani DiFranco

There is a lot we can do. There is a lot we should do. There is a lot we need to do. It can feel overwhelming right now – even hopeless. I think that is okay. I know that I’ve been feeling a whole boatload of different feelings this past week. That’s okay. What isn’t okay in my opinion, is complacency. If we sit back and accept things, what message does that send? I hope that this post leaves you feeling like there are ways in which you can act – we can all do something. ♥

*trump did not win the popular vote. I do not recognize him as a fair winner of the presidency. You lose. Good day sir.

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