So. It happened.
Some are happy. Some are really, really not. Some just want to go back to their normal lives, because finally, the election is over.
Well, for some of Americans, that’s not an option.
For some of us — namely anyone who isn’t straight, white, and a man — it isn’t over for the next FOUR YEARS.
Even my family back in BC probably will stop going down for cheap gas.
(My dad was born in the Middle East. We’ve had issues crossing the border even before Trump was elected.)
So what do we do? Well, there’s actually a lot you can do.
1. Donate to organizations that are definitely going to need it.
If you can afford it, there are a lot of organizations supporting minority groups that need support right now.
Here are a few organizations that need support in the coming months.
Planned Parenthood – Trump has suggested that he wants to overturn Roe v. Wade which allows women to have abortions, and Planned Parenthood is the primary organization that provides these services. Planned Parenthood also provides other services unrelated to abortions, including breast cancer screenings and pap tests, and resources on sexual health for teens.
Center for Reproductive Rights – This organization advocates for reproductive rights from a legal standpoint.
Natural Resources Defense Council – If you’re concerned about how Trump’s plans will harm the environment, donate to this organization. They are committed to pushing or environmental laws to protect the world we live in.
International Refugee Assistance Project – Supporting IRAP will help refugees get th legal support they need, whether or not Trump supports this.
The Trevor Project – Trump is well-known for his beliefs that gay people can be converted to being straight… and Mike Pence has a history of opposing gay rights and freedoms. If you’re worried about queer people, donate to the Trevor Project. This organization provides resources to to queer people and also offers suicide prevention services.
Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund – Trump famously has made many racist comments towards Mexican people. Donate to MALDEF to help Mexican Americans get legal support.
2. Remember your privilege and support those who aren’t so privileged.
If you’re white, male, and/or straight, you may feel like you can just walk away from all this political nonsense and go back to work, play with your kids, live your life like normal. You’re right — you can.
But remember that not everyone can. There are many that fear for themselves and their family every day, and they need you.
If you want to respond to the bigotry, hatred, and harassment out there, here are some resources on how you can do that.
If you’re in New York, fill out this form and accompany your neighbours on errand runs to help them feel safe, whether they’re people of colour, queer, or Muslim. (If you’re not in NY, you could set up something similar where you are too.)
Talk to your relatives about Trump’s presidency, especially if they did vote for him. I know it sucks to have to do, but not saying anything could be just awful.
Attend rallies in support of minorities and environmental issues.
No matter what, there’s something you can do. Just Google it!
3. If you have a uterus, stock up on Plan B/emergency contraception NOW.
You may lose insurance coverage in the future, so getting it now just in case may save you in the long run.
If you’re thinking about getting an IUD too, think about doing that as soon as you can because if you lose insurance coverage, it will get expensive.
Visit the OH CRAP WHAT NOW SURVIVAL GUIDE for more information on health, including abortions.
4. Don’t lose hope.
Not even being corny here.
Seriously, this is SO important. I don’t think I can stress this enough.
If you’re part of any minority group, I know what you’re feeling. I feel it too. Tuesday night I couldn’t sleep. I felt anxious, depressed, and terrified. Hillary’s speech made me cry — not because she’s perfect, but because she pointed out that we cannot give up.
No, we don’t need to apologize or treat people that would easily take our humanity away with respect.
But we are better. We will show grace.
We keep fighting.
It’s not okay, but it will be, because we have come together.
Do you have any plans to get involved? What are you doing now that Trump is our next president? Share in the comments below.
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