When someone shows you who they are, believe them; the first time.”
~ Maya Angelou
It’s been a week since America elected Donald Trump as our next president. He has ushered in an unprecedented level of division into politics. Donald Trump has made bigotry, xenophobia and the acceptance of sexual assault mainstream. He’s made America hate again. If Trump was being true to his values during his campaign then we can expect more of his divisive rhetoric put into policy during a Trump presidency.
Though I am saddened and quite frankly, a bit frightened by the prospect of a Trump presidency, but his election has crystallized some things for me. I am very clear on the values I hold sacred: the belief in women’s rights, LGBQ rights, Pro-earth policies and an openness to different cultures, races and religions and the right for equal treatment of these groups. Trump’s election has invigorated me to protect the values I hold dear and to try to rebuild this country.
When somebody challenges you, fight back. Be brutal, be tough.
A Trump presidency is a challenge to my values and like Mr. Trump advises in the above quote, I will fight back and I will be tough. I will, however, leave the brutality to Mr. Trump. I’ve had quite enough of brutality from his campaign.
Hillary Clinton’s often maligned campaign slogan, “Stronger Together” sounded cheesy during the election cycle but has real relevance now. We are stronger together and if all of the groups who have been maligned by Trump, and there are many, stood together, we would have a chance to thwart Trump’s policies, to subvert the effects of his actions. Who knows, maybe a Trump presidency will have an unintended consequence, maybe Trump is the spark that ignites the next great social justice movement.
If you are eager to put your values into action, please support the organizations below:
National Organization of Women is a grassroots organization dedicated to defending the equal rights of women and girls.
National Council of La Raza works to improve the lives of the Latino “through research, policy analysis, and state and national advocacy efforts.”
She Should Run works to “expand the talent pool of future elected female leaders.”
Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to native american tribes, organizations and individuals nationally.
American Civil Liberties Union “defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties that the Constitution and the laws of the United States guarantee everyone in this country.”
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People works to ensure the rights of all people and “eliminate race-based discrimination.”
Planned Parenthood provides information, advocacy and affordable reproductive health care to millions of women.
Council on American-Islamic Relations is an advocacy group that “challenges stereotypes of Islam and Muslims.”
Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.”
Lambda Legal fights for the “full recognition of rights for lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those living with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.”
Sierra Club is the “nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization.”