A PERSONAL LETTER FROM THE FOUNDER: In the wake of Donald Trump’s election, millions of people all over the world are concerned (or downright terrified) for their future. Trump’s campaign rhetoric directly attacked a multitude of already marginalized groups, and his tone and cabinet appointments (as of the time of this writing) suggest he is unlikely to change course.
I have found that the best antidote for fear is action. When you get off the sidelines and do what you can to make a difference, you regain some measure of control of the situation; at the very least, you know you are doing your part to help. If you disapprove of Trump’s policies, then use your voice, your time, your money, or your skills to stand against those policies. Lucky for us, we still live in a country where we are allowed to voice our dissent in many different ways.
Volunteering, donating, and other charitable acts also help alleviate the sadness and disappointment you may be feeling after the election. On November 9th, I was asked to help out with a charitable event distributing food to hungry families. I showed up under a cloud of confused anger and palpable loss, reeling from the shock of Trump’s upset election. An hour later, I left feeling rejuvenated, positive, and newly hopeful. The simple act of helping someone else lifted the cloud, and the effect was immediate and powerful. I expect the results would be the same for almost anyone.
There are many reasons to take action today: do it for yourself, to soothe the wounds you may be suffering. Do it for the marginalized people who will need your support and protection in the coming years. Do it to preserve the values that define the best version of America. Just do it – you won’t regret it.
There are plenty of organizations out there that simply need your time.
- Combat racism with Showing Up For Racial Justice
- Help your community with AmeriCorps
- End police violence at Campaign Zero
- Support your Muslim family and friends at the Council on American-Islamic Relations
- Be a part of your next local election as a poll worker and encourage voters to come out
- Support the LGBTQ community at the Mazzoni Center
- Join an organization that helps immigrants and new Americans.
It’s easy to forget that taking care of yourself is just as important as going out and doing something. If you find yourself in need of someone to talk to or having suicidal thoughts, reach out to the following:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255
- Trans Lifeline: (877) -565-8860
- Trevor Project: (866)-488-7386
Donate and/or Volunteer
- Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”
- National Coalition Against Domestic Violence: Help stop domestic violence.
- RAINN: Assist the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network in combating sexual violence, aiding victims, and ensuring that perpetrators are caught.
- ACLU: Uphold the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
- Friends of the Earth: Contribute to international network of environmental groups. They’ve already vowed to fight the threat Trump poses to the environment.
- Border Angels: Advocate for immigration reform and social justice specifically regarding the U.S.-Mexico border. .
- NextGen Climate Action: Volunteer with this group that works to flight climate change through political action.
- The American Immigration Council: “The American Immigration Council (‘Council’), established in 1987, works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration.”
- Black Lives Matter: “An affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
- Emily’s List: “We ignite change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office.”
- Everytown: “Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”
- The Future Project: “Young people everywhere should have opportunity to discover their potential and build the skills they need to change their lives and world. We exist to make that dream a reality, and we’re starting in American high schools.”
- HIAS: “HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.”
- It Gets Better Project: “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”
- KIND: “KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.”
- The NAACP: “The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”
- NARAL Pro-Choice America: “NARAL was founded before Roe v. Wade, before legal abortion was even possible in the United States. We as an organization and as a progressive movement exist to fight for the dignity and equality of all Americans. We hold the line—in good times and in bad—to defend the freedoms that are enshrined in our constitution and that define what it means to be American.”
- National Center for Transgender Equality: “The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.”
- Women’s Prison Association: “WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. We promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, we are a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.”
PLEASE NOTE: Civitas does not specifically endorse any of the organizations listed above or make any claims as to their actions, effectiveness, or use of donations. The views of the listed organizations are theirs alone, and the choice of contribution is yours alone. Civitas presents these as options to promote charitable action in general. Help out in the way you feel does the most good. Thank you.