If you’re like me, you’ve probably spent the last six days saying to yourself, “Holy shit, my fellow Americans just helped make an Hefty bag full of dirty diapers the leader of the free world. The fuck do I do now?” Also if you’re like me, you’re irked by the proliferation of “What comes next?” articles and blog posts that emphasize soul-searching and accountability and solidarity but suggest few or no concrete action items.
So here’s a non-comprehensive list of steps you personally can take to help mitigate the damage a Trump presidency is likely to do to our country and its most vulnerable citizens, organized by what sort of action they each require. If you have any to add, feel free to suggest them in the comments:
- Yes, it has a snowball’s chance in Hell of succeeding, but nevertheless add your signature to this Change.org petition asking the Electoral College to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton on December 19th. For a primer on how faithless electors could change the outcome of the presidential election, click here.
- Read up on how the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is putting charitable donations to good use (the incomplete list includes obstructing efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, opposing bans against Muslim immigrants entering the United States, and protecting “Dreamers”: children of undocumented immigrants who received presidential deferred action protection), and then click here to make a one-time gift or become a monthly donor.
- Immigrant Defense Project aims to “secure fairness and justice for immigrants in the United States” by challenging a biased legal system through advocacy and impact litigation and offering legal advice to immigrants and grassroots organizations. You can donate to them here.
- This resource compiled by the Southern Poverty Law Center contains useful scripts for discussing bigotry with family and friends, at school, and in the workplace, and how to confront our individual unexamined biases. Thanksgiving is coming at us fast and furious, so read up and gird your loins before you have to sit down to dinner with your aunt and uncle who still have that window decal of Calvin peeing on Osama bin Laden.
- Direct your transgender friends and family members to the #TransLawHelp tag on Twitter. US lawyers are offering pro bono legal services related to helping transgender people change their names and gender markers, and some good Samaritans are even offering to sponsor legal fees for transgender people in need.
- Call your representatives and urge them to add their voices to the chorus of legislators already publicly opposing the appointment of alt-right darling/actual white supremacist Steve Bannon to Trump’s cabinet. Dunno who your representatives are? Go here and enter your zip code, and then call rather than email or tweet at them. I did this today. Took me less than ten minutes.
- Contact Planned Parenthood to find out what sort volunteer opportunities exist in your zip code. Planned Parenthood is the nation’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider, and in light of T-Bag’s promise to repeal Roe v. Wade, it’s gonna need some extra love.
- Join your local chapter of SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice). According to its website, SURJ is “a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice.” If there are no SURJ chapters or affiliates near you, click here for information about how you can start your own.
- The Trevor Project provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ teens. Click here for information about how you can get involved and help support queer youth.
It goes without saying that there’s plenty more to do, and there will be more still in the weeks and months to come. I’ll update this post accordingly as new resources, organizations, and opportunities come onto my radar.