What We Can Do Now
I have written so many drafts of this to give my two important cents that each one of us holds the right to...
As I fight with myself on what to say and how to say it because I highly value respecting each individual’s opinion, their right to it, and the awareness of not wanting to offend anyone - I remind myself that every single one of us deserves to be heard, including myself, and in the recent words of Hillary Clinton, “Never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it”.
Hate has been given hope.
We are all undergoing the human experience. Regardless of skin color, gender, sexual orientation or class - all of our voices matter, are valid, and to be respected. America was founded on the promise of equality for all, right? We have to keep that fight going.
This has been my brain cycle over the last 30 hours: Confused, disappointed, sad, motivated, repeat. With the occasional “What is happening" and "Should I go to the doctor because these headlines keep mentioning the looming scarcity of my female healthcare”.
I feel I am within what seems a large group of individuals currently experiencing the feeling their voices, worth, and values have not only been disrespected but also threatened. The concern over changes we may face is everywhere but it is and will never be my mission to pollute the internet with any more negativity or hate than it already holds. Right now, we must choose not to wallow, sit in fear, or post bitter memes about one another online - we have to take action and take care of each other. This moment in time is not only unveiling a grim reality but also showing us how much work we have yet to do individually and together as a community. This is a mere challenge for us to find ways to - get more involved, do better, keep pushing, repeat.
For ourselves and the next generation as dear Kid President says, “Grown ups. Your presence is vital today in the lives of children. Show them what love looks like.” This is the time, whether you are a parent or not, to show every single young person they are important, deserve love, and have the same human rights as any individual standing next to them. Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter and producer, published a beautiful open letter to his daughter in reaction to the new president-elect - read it here! It demonstrates how much of a bigger and stronger fight we must now make against hate. To continue to push for love, compassion, and endless inclusion for every child and individual.
So what will your first order of business be in making sure the good we have fought so hard for keeps going? How will you contribute to cultivating an inclusive, respectful, supportive community?
So far, I have become a member of the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) as well as offering to volunteer at establishments such as Planned Parenthood that value and support women’s healthcare and that right now, need every ounce of support. Strongly pro-choice myself, the fact that healthcare for women and our reproductive rights could be threatened (even taken away) very soon is deeply heartbreaking and scary. The ACLU has also pledged to take our new prez to court if he implements any of the policies he proposed that blatantly violate people’s civil liberties, including mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, punishing women for getting abortions, and changing the country’s libel laws.
Those are just 2 things I have done so far. What do you have planned? See below for what you can do to start doing your part!
Donate and Get Involved:
Serves as the leading organization for the protection of children who enter the U.S. immigration system alone and strives to ensure no such child appears in immigration court without representation. They achieve fundamental fairness through high-quality legal representation and by advancing the child’s best interests, safety, and well-being.
Has helped more than 2.4 million survivors of rape and sexual abuse since 1994. It is our nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization!
A nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally and is said to no longer receive funding once January comes around.
The nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, HRC has vowed to continue its fight for equality for all, despite the setback of the election results. The group currently represents more than 1.5 million people in the LGBTQ community, many of whom may feel threatened by a Trump-Pence White House.
The fight for our values isn't won or lost in a single election. NARAL was founded before Roe v. Wade, before legal abortion was even possible in the United States. They are an organization and as a progressive movement exist to fight for the dignity and equality of all Americans.
Millions of young people are growing up hopeless and disengaged, without the belief or the skills they need to lead in the 21st century. The Future Project works with schools to unlock the limitless potential of every young person in this country.
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life and working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. #BlackLivesMatter is a call to action and a response to the virulent anti-Black racism that permeates our society.
The It Gets Better Project's mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.
"The ACLU has pledged to take Donald Trump to court if he implements any of the policies he proposed that blatantly violate people’s civil liberties, including mass deportation of undocumented immigrants, punishing women for getting abortions, changing the country’s libel laws, and many more."
NextGen Climate acts politically to prevent climate disaster and promote prosperity for every American.
Provides suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth between the ages of 13 and 24. Given the reports that several young transgender people already taken their lives since the election results were announced, the group’s support resources are absolutely vital.
Write a love letter to Hillz and her team!
Hillary For America
P.O. Box 5256
New York, NY