Day of the Girl-US Action Team Discusses Ways to Take Action After the Presidential Election
While it might seem like all hope is lost, it is more important now than ever that we use our energy to make a difference.
Despite the fact that a lot of us may not have had the opportunity to vote because we are not yet eighteen, it is still crucial that we play our role as young activists and do everything we can to impact the world around us. Do not let the result of the presidential election silence you or tell you that your thoughts are not meaningful. Right now, more than ever, it is crucial that we raise our voices and create some concrete action, no matter your age or your distance from Washington.
The following links are different ways that you can help to take action after the election. We’ve accumulated all types of various resources, such as how to contact your local politicians and how to create a safe space that celebrates diversity. We hope that these are of use to you, and as always, if you need someone to talk to, Day of the Girl is always here.
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- Look up who your Congresspeople are here. Write them letters, call their offices, do whatever you can to get their attention. This piece from Jezebel outlines good strategies for lobbying Congresspeople.
Financial support for important organizations
The National Network of Abortion Funds works to remove financial and logistical barriers to abortion access. Some of them work with clinics to help pay for your abortion. Some of them offer support such as transportation, childcare, translation, doula services, and somewhere to stay if you have to travel to get your abortion. Look up your local abortion fund and give what you can.
- Other important organizations for this time include (but are not limited to) the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the National Resources Defense Council, the Dakota Access Pipeline Donation Fund, the Young Center for Immigrant Children's Rights, Cosecha, and the International Refugee Assistance Project. If you have any other organizations you think we should include, comment below!
Take on fake news
Make sure everything you’re sharing comes from a legitimate news source, and if people you know are sharing fake news, let them know. Here are some tips on spotting fake news sites.
Identify news sources that you can trust
Search for sources that are mostly fact and less commentary. Also, subscribe to your local paper.
Challenge mainstream media to not normalize Trump’s presidency and hold him accountable by speaking out when they fall into place. You can also sign petitions, like this one.
Share your own commentary
Write op-eds in your local paper, write pieces for our blog, write pieces that you can submit to all sorts of places!
Attend political gatherings
Maybe even host one yourself! If you are planning on hosting one, you can post about it on our database here.
Fight back against ignorance by engaging with people
Identify your strengths, and then utilize them
What are you good at? How can you use that to make the world a better place and resist Trump’s regime?
Create sanctuary spaces for people with undocumented status
Ensure that any acts you do as an ally are both wanted and logical
Sometimes allies will do things that they think will help a vulnerable group, but actually do nothing or even make things worse. Make sure that any action you are taking is in the best interest of vulnerable people. As an example, check out the article that The Establishment released on how people’s pledges to sign up for a Trump Muslim registry is not necessarily great allyship.
For more information on the ways that you can be involved, follow these links!