If you're like me (and I know I am), Trump's America fills you with foreboding and dread. I am appalled that anyone - much less the amount of people that did - would support and vote for him. But what can I do? What can we do?
First, I think we need to educate people in just what is bothering us about this new President. Many of the people that did vote for him did not do so because they support his opinion of women, Muslims, etc.
So, one of the things I will be doing is passing on articles that speak to the things that disturb me the most.
For instance, Zephyr Teachout's excellent article in the February 13th issue of The Nation: Donald Trump Will Violate the Constitution on Day One
Second, I also want to pass on organizations where we can increase OUR influence by joining together with others with similar concerns.
The aforementioned issue of The Nation has highlighted several different organizations to consider.
Frances Fox Piven's suggestions
Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything
Color of Change: A racial justice organization working to make America a more humane and less hostile place for black people
United We Dream: A youth-led organization that advocates on behalf of immigrant young people and their families, regardless of their immigration status.
350.org: Currently building a grassroots climate movement to keep carbon in the ground and hold governments accountable for cutting emissions.
National Day Laborer Organizing Network: Working to expand the civil, labor, and human rights of people working as day laborers.
Margaret Atwood's suggestions
What Art Under Trump?
PEN: A worldwide association of poets, editors, and novelists that promotes the freedom to write, with local chapters across the United States.
City of Asylum: A Pittsburgh-based organization that provides sanctuary to endangered writers from around the world.
Alexia Foundation : An institution that funds and champions social-justice photojournalism.
Girls Write Now: A New York City-based group that pairs high-school girls with professional women writers for a yearlong mentorship program.
Benjamin Barber's suggestions
In the Age of Donald Trump, the Resistance Will Be Localized
The Global Parliament of Mayors: An international body of mayors dedicated to working together to address global challenges.
Local Progress: A nationwide network of hundreds of local officials committed to advancing progressive public policy
Cities for Action: A coalition of cities dedicated to supporting immigrants and inclusive immigration policies
David Cole's suggestions
Donald Trump vs. the First Amendment
ACLU: For almost 100 years, the ACLU has defended our civil rights and liberties.
CCR: The Center for Constitutional Rights protects civil and human rights.
NAACP: Its Legal Defense Fund leads the right for racial justice.
Planned Parenthood: The organization has provided health care and education to women for over 100 years.
Zephyr Teachout's suggestions
Donald Trump Will Violate the Constitution on Day One
Public Citizen: An organization that seeks to reduce corporate influence on government and hold government officials accountable for misdeeds.
Rootstrikers: An online organizing project that targets banks, corporations, super PACs, and other entities that buy political influence.
MayDay.us: A grassroots movement to fight corruption by electing reformers to all levels of government.
Michael Massing's suggestions
How to Do Journalism in Trump’s America
Committee to Protect Journalists: CPJ safeguards press freedoms around the world, and as Meryl Streep noted, "We're going to need them going forward."
Center for Investigative Reporting: CIR's journalists hold the power to account.
Center for Public Integrity: Winner of a Pulitzer Prize in 2014, CPI uses investigative journalism to expose corruption, abuses of power, and betrayals of the public trust.
In conclusion, I want to wish us all the best in the next few years. I do hope it will not be as bad as I think and imagine.
To Trump supporters: I am open to discussion. Please explain to me why you thought he was the better choice. I implore you to hold him to the same standard as you would to ANY holder of the office.
To those who voted but not for Trump: Please join me in working to keep his abuses in check.
To those who did not vote AT ALL: I am more disgusted with you than ANY other American. You are the reason we are in this mess.
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