What Now?

Donald Trump is going to be President of the United States starting next year. People are scared, sad and confused. Now what do we do?

Read below for a list to get you started.

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Photo: John Griffith

Donate where you can.

If you have money to share, please share it with groups who are fighting the good fight. There are a ton of organizations who dedicate their time to fighting sexism, racism, xenophobia and climate change. Help them. Here is a pretty solid list to start with.

If you have time to share, volunteer. There are hundreds of ways you can help. Do you play in a band? Consider organizing a benefit. Are you a graphic designer? Offer your services to an organization you care about. Are you a good teacher? Volunteer for programs that will help engage and educate our kids. A few thought starters:

Get local and get loud.

Talk to your representatives. Look up your House and Senate representatives here. Voice your opinions.

Plan ahead.

A lot of things are going to be changing. This election is (reasonably) terrifying to a lot of Americans. So, while you have the opportunity, make sure you get proper healthcare. Make sure you’re thinking about how access to birth control will change. If you are trans, talk to your doctors about your hormone therapy. If you plan to change your gender on your identification, consider starting that process now.

Here’s an evolving doc of potential issues you should get ahead of.

Be an ally.

Remember that your perspective is your own. This election was upsetting to a lot of people for a lot of different reasons. The issues at hand are intersectional. Some people are feeling shockwaves of this election in more ways than others. Be mindful and do everything in your power not to be divisive. We can’t win divided.

If you see someone being harassed, you don’t have to be a bystander. This cartoon strip was intended as a guide by artist Marie-Shirine Yener for intervention in an Islamophobic incident, but can be extrapolated to any instance of harassment. If you don’t feel comfortable intervening, bring attention to the issue, notify someone else who may be able to help.

You can also offer to accompany your POC/ neighbor on their commute in light of recent harassment and threats toward people of color, LGBTQ folks, and Muslims. Fill out the form here.

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If you’d like some more ideas on how to be an ally in your day-to-day life, you can also check out this article.

Be safe.

This is scary. This is frustrating. This is upsetting. Many of us feel shocked and abandoned by our own country.

It is incredibly important to stand up for yourself. It is equally important to stand up for the rights of those around you. Be safe. Think about how to protect yourself effectively. Take a self-defense class. Buy some pepper spray.

Mind your own mental health.

When you get on a plane, they always remind you to secure your own oxygen mask before helping others. That has always rang true to me as a metaphor for well-being.

Take some downtime if you need it. Surround yourself with people you care about. Find or carve out your own safe spaces. Practice yoga. Do the little things that you need to keep yourself going.

If you are in crisis or know someone in crisis, there are hotlines that can help. Use them.

  • Adolescent Suicide Hotline
    800-621-4000
  • Domestic Violence Hotline/Child Abuse
    1-800-4-A-CHILD (800 422 4453)
  • Gay & Lesbian National Hotline
    1-888-THE-GLNH (1-888-843-4564)
  • Gay & Lesbian Trevor HelpLine Suicide Prevention
    1-800-850-8078
  • Healing Woman Foundation (Abuse)
    1-800-477-4111
  • Help Finding a Therapist
    1-800-THERAPIST (1-800-843-7274)
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline
    1-800-273-TALK
  • Suicide & Crisis Hotline
    1-800-999-9999
  • Suicide Prevention – The Trevor HelpLine
    (Specializing in gay and lesbian youth suicide prevention).
    1-800-850-8078
  • IMAlive-online crisis chat

Don’t give up. This is just the start.

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One Comment Add yours

  1. Richard Reczka says:

    Kate – This is really well done and very helpful to someone like me who is wondering what I can do to help. I plan on forwarding it to several friends and family members. Thank you very much.

    Richard

    P.S. – I think there is a typo at the end of the second sentence in “Be an ally.”  

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