3, 2, 1.....AGITATE!
Staying outraged and engaged can be a struggle during political coups, especially when there is more than one Real Housewife city airing on Bravo. So we've decided to compile this guide on how to casually be an effective activist. It's easier than throwing a dinner party for those college friends you should've ditched years ago....promise!
Step 1: Register to vote
This is a no-brainer, right? Well, you'd be surprised at how many of those pussy hat wearing protesters are protesting the outcome of an election that they did not participate in. How many times do we have to be told that elections have consequences? You don't have to love the candidate you are voting for, nor will there EVER be a candidate who is going to align with you on every single ideology that you hold dear. But it is all of our responsibility to ensure that society progresses for the better and a mentally unhinged monster does not rise to power on our watch and in this, we fucking failed big time. So register and please make sure that your loved ones do the same: https://www.vote.org
Step 2: Donate and support those who are already fighting
I've heard it more times than I care to remember, but it goes something like this (and over brunch, mind you): "Trump is like, so gross. What can we do? Oh, I think we should start a non-profit. We can ask Stevanie who works in PR. Totally, I am thinking we can target gay rights and trans kids, and like, Black Lives, oh and the Puerto Ricans in my neighborhood could use some help too. What about K-Whore, should we get her involved too?"
Yeah, no. I applaud any inkling of wanting to start something to help other people, but the fact of the matter is that there are many organizations set up that are already successfully and effectively providing resources to protect civil liberties. Below is an incomplete list of organizations worth checking out.
- American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), good for protecting individual rights and suing the fuck outta Trump. https://www.aclu.org
- Center for Reproductive Rights (CRR), good for advancing reproductive freedom and kicking old white men outta your uterus. https://www.reproductiverights.org/
- Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), good for advancing rights for Muslim Americans and fighting against the unconstitutional Muslim ban. https://www.cair.com
- International Rescue Committee (IRC), good for providing help to refugees when other assholes won't. https://www.rescue.org
- National Center for Transgender Equality, good for leading in social justice advocacy for the transgender population and reminding Caitlyn Jenner that the GOP are not her friends. http://www.transequality.org/
- Planned Parenthood, good for providing much needed health services of all kinds to woman globally. https://www.plannedparenthood.org
Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), good for civil rights advancement and holding racist assholes accountable for their bullshit. https://www.splcenter.org
Welcoming America, good for upholding the American Dream by fortifying communities to be inclusive of all immigrants and residents. https://www.welcomingamerica.org
Step 3: Roll up those sleeves and slay
Now that you've successfully completed steps 1 and 2, the third step is the most fun, though could initially seem the most daunting. Truth be told, scheduling a daily call to your senator is easy and takes no time at all. Throwing parties where you and your friends write postcards to the spineless vermin known as Mitch and Paul is catharsis like none other. The level of engagement one chooses to participate in is a personal decision, but by all means, ENGAGE. It is important that we all do our part to uphold the American values of inclusiveness and justice under this abnormal and illegitimate president. Below are just a few links to organizations and movements that demand action
- The Amplifier Foundation partners with advocacy organizations to create visual campaigns with artists to raise awareness. Free downloadable protest art is available on the site. http://theamplifierfoundation.org
- Daily Action sends you a daily text with a specific action item, providing a script on their site and connects you directly to your representatives. https://dailyaction.org
- Indivisible provides you with a practical guide by former Congressional staffers on the best way to make your voice heard by Congress. https://www.indivisibleguide.com
- Swing Left easily identifies the closest swing district to you and provides actionable opportunities to progress liberal values and win elections. https://swingleft.org
- Women's March successfully orchestrated the largest protest in American history and continues to be a resource for civil disobedience and organizing the resistance. https://www.womensmarch.com