If you are like me, you are still reeling from the results of this past presidential election. It does not help that while we try to make sense of all this and try to heal, the hate and bullying continue (and seems to be increasing). But we do not have to give up. And I’m talking directly to my fellow white Christians in particular: we have to stay and we have to fight.
Call you representatives to make sure they know how you feel about decision being made/appointments that are being considered: https://www.usa.gov/elected-officials (BE RESPECTFUL!)
Here are some petitions I encourage you to sign:
Appoint Garland now (the Senate has waived their rights at this point)
Encourage the Electoral College to vote for Clinton
Here are some organizations that are worth supporting:
To support women’s health, donate to Planned Parenthood (plannedparenthood.org) or the Center for Reproductive Rights (reproductiverights.org).
If you don’t believe man-made global warming is a silly issue, give to the Natural Resources Defense Council (nrdc.org) or any of the nine other worthy environmental groups listed here.
If you don’t think refugees are a terrorist army in disguise, donate to the International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org).
You may also want to donate to the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (naacpldf.org), the Trevor Project for LGBT youth (thetrevorproject.org), or the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (maldef.org).
And to support journalism, subscribe to a newspaper, and donate to ProPublica (propublica.org).
Start NOW with the 2018 election.
It does not have to be a last minute thing to get people to register and we truly need to do our homework on our representatives. The president is just one piece of the puzzle in our government, and we have the power to control who is in the house and senate which, arguably, is more powerful than the president. So start working now to get everyone you know registered and start working now to campaign for the representatives you want to see in DC.
Most of all, be good to yourself and to others. Defend and protect targeted groups. Here is a great article on how to respond to hate speech/bullying as a witness – it directly talks about Islamophobia, but can be used for any instance of hate. If they demand a Muslim registry, join me in the lines to register with them. We must be the change we wish to see in this world. I look forward to fighting the good fight with you all. ❤