Trump Won’t Make America Great Again. But We Can.
I’ll admit it. I’m terrified of a Trump presidency and what it will mean for women, minorities, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups.
However, complacency is not an option.
I’m a mom, which means I must keep calm and parent on. But I intend to do it my way, fiercely striving for the America I know we can be. I must raise a child who is kind, respectful, and accepting of others, even when the country’s biggest playground bully just proved that mockery, fear-mongering, and mistruth will take you all the way to the Oval Office.
So today I channeled my rage, hopelessness, and fear into things that matter — things to make my community better. These are small, but small things accumulate and become something mighty, something to reckon with.
Here’s what I did.
1. I wrote a letter to Hillary Clinton, and I thanked her for running a campaign that championed American values of equality, dignity, and freedom of worship and expression. She inspired me, and I’m grateful for the cracks she put in our highest glass ceiling — and gratitude is always worth sharing.
2. I purged my closet and stuffed a bag full of clothes for the Malala Fund. This is a fundraising drive to support girls’ education projects in vulnerable communities all over the globe. I truly believe real and lasting change in the world begins with education.
3. I donated a trunk full of clothing, shoes, hats, and housewares to one of my local charities, an organization that supports adults and children with disabilities.
4. I gave money. I don’t have a lot, but I’m okay with giving up some things I enjoy in order to give to organizations that help others. Today I gave to Planned Parenthood, because the health care they provide will become invaluable if Trump dismantles Obamacare, and to the ACLU, which has promised to hold Trump accountable for unconstitutional policies. There are many more organizations that need our support more than ever.
5. I sent an email to Senator-elect Kamala Harris to congratulate her on her new seat. I also said I believe in our country’s system of checks and balances, and as my representative, I expect her to be the very biggest check standing up against Trump. I intend to send similar letters to all my representatives.
Here are some other things we can do:
1. Buy local. Trump’s businesses were constructed out of cheap labor and Chinese steel, but we can do better and support jobs here. Keep money in your local economy by shopping small businesses and buying American-made products. Find a farmer’s market or food co-op. Eat at a restaurant owned by someone in your community. Get your clothes from retailers that don’t exploit labor. Buy art. Subscribe to your local newspaper.
2. Grab him by the wallet. Boycott Trump properties, restaurants, golf courses, and other Trump-owned companies. I’m still searching for a comprehensive list, but this page has a few links.
3. Be loud. Stop bigotry, harassment and assault in its tracks. Silence means complicity. Here’s a guide that shows how easy it is to stand up for what’s right.
4. Work. Volunteer for a cause you believe in.
5. Be kind to yourself. It’s impossible to smash the patriarchy if you’re broken.