November 9, 2016 /// 11:00 am
Even as the blow bloodies my soul, I search for refuge in denial. Our country has spoken.
I have spent the last few days in mourning. Adorned in black clothing, I walk these streets with a heavy heart. My body is drained of all explanation as tears stream in waves of salty blue. This is more than a loss. It is a tragedy. Amongst hundreds of beautifully assorted faces, I see despair, and I wonder why? Why am I here if not to suffer? He said the sun will come out in the morning, but it’s been raining for days. I am losing hope. What is the point?
After several spontaneous bursts of sorrow, I have come to one conclusion. To fight.
Though grief has stricken, our fire remains. In the midst of heartache, we must remember our beauty in all its forms. We are a nation of resilience. Now is the time to prove it.
I know you are scared. Our streets reek of peril and you have every right to be upset. So be sad. Be bitter. Be enraged. These are your rights. Know them well as they are now at risk.
In the wake of rebellion, I want to offer you my love, my apologies, my condolences, and my advice. We will get through this, but we must also be cautious.
The following is not meant to incite fear. Though my intentions are to calm and prepare those who feel unsafe, this is not a complete list. These are merely suggestions. We do not know what is in store, so I encourage you to do your research. Equipped yourself with the necessary tools for survival. Above all else, be safe and help out where you can.
Know your rights. Assemble peacefully in public spaces. Be conscious of obstructing traffic. Record encounters at will. Know you have the right to deny searches by police without warrants (if contraband is not visible). If you are tear gassed, do not rub your eyes and seek medical attention immediately.
If you have time, dress appropriately (comfortable clothing and shoes), pack water, first aid kits, rain ponchos, pen and paper for badge numbers and whatever else you think can be of help. Feel free to pack extra for your fellow radicals. We are in this together.
And remember. When given the freedom to speak, scream until your lungs run bloody. This is your fight. Take it.
I urge you to be alert. Whether you choose to unveil or not, please be careful. If scrutinized or harassed, do your best to remove yourself from the situation, avoid confrontation, and call the police.
Look out for organizations that cater specifically to your rights. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is just one of your many supporters.
For those who want to help, volunteer here to protect Muslim civil liberties.
You are loved.
A list of additional organizations created to help you can be found here.
Never forget we are a country of immigrants. To act otherwise is blatantly hypocritical.
You are welcome here always and forever.
For Trans People
Now more than ever, your objective is comfort and safety. If you feel threatened in any way, contact the police. If you are feeling depressed and/or suicidal, please contact the Trans Lifeline: 1-877- 565-8860.
Remember you are loved, you are respected, and you are worthy.
I know you may feel like you are about to be stripped of everything you have worked for, but do not give up hope. We are going to fight for you. If, however, you are feeling down, please contact The Trevor Project: 866-488-7386. If you are concerned about your well-being, check out the Mazzoni Center. If you want to contribute, think about volunteering.
We are here for you. Always.
Men telling us what to do and when to do it runs in the blood of this nation. We have been through this before and we will fight through it again. If assaulted, consider contacting Women Organized Against Rape (WOAR) : 215-985-3333, Women Helping Women: 513-977-5541 /// Crisis: 513-381-5610, or RAINN : 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Never forget your strength.
Vote with Your Dollar
What you put your money into can make all the difference. Consider donating to the following:
Planned Parenthood: For 100 years they have been committed to aiding women in their rights to reproductive health, but they also provide numerous services dedicated to informing the public on health as a whole.
Everytown for Gun Safety: Gun violence is an epidemic. We may not be able to repeal the 2nd amendment, but we can work to restrict accessibility to make the streets safer for our children.
The ACLU: Defend, protect, and preserve your civil liberties.
Earth Justice: “Because the earth needs a good lawyer”. With misconstrued beliefs about climate change running rampant, we must take control of our own destiny. This is for our children’s future.
Additional organizations can be found here. This is your opportunity to contribute to our fight. If you have some sock money laying around, feel free to donate. You can protest in more ways than one.
Black Lives Matter: Being Pro-Black does not mean you are Anti-White. Celebrate the beauty that is black excellence by getting involved. All lives cannot matter until Black Lives Matter.
Showing up for Racial Justice (SURJ): “SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability.” White people are as much a part of this fight as the rest of us. Get involved and mobilize for what is right.
Campaign Zero: As we all know, police violence is out of control. Join a cause where we combat it and build a better community.
If Your Inspiration is Fleeting
Caitlin Stasey: Long before this campaign started, Caitlin catered to the inquisitive mind as she fiercely promoted intersectional feminism and our fundamental rights. As of late, she has been consistently updating her followers on how to remain conscious of the consequences of this election.
Emma Mercury: As a creator of the Messy Heads, Em continues to grace our youth with her progressive outlooks. Whether it is through environmental awareness or unwavering activism, this is somebody that will undoubtedly stand with you in a fight for justice. Keep an eye out for her.
sensitiveblackperson: As co-creator of the Art Hoe Collective (a movement dedicated to providing a creative space for people of color), this gem is the definition of progression. If that isn’t enough, join me in a moment of silence as we stand in awe of their bio “consumed by fire, engulfed with rage”. Tell me that isn’t exactly how you feel.
humansofny: If you haven’t heard of it yet, this might be the only bandwagon you want to join. Though it began in New York City, this account is dedicated to telling the stories of people all over the world. In other words, it’s your holy grail for restoring your faith in humanity.
Man Repeller’s Post Election To-Do List
The Mary Sue’s If You’re Trans and Live in America
The Medium’s It’s Time to Get to Work
Everyday Feminism’s 20 Resources to Help Post-Election
Everyday Feminism’s Resources to help White people understand
Arden Rose’s Thoughts on the Election
Meghan Huge’s Its Okay to Be Sad
Allie Marie Evan’s I Still Believe
Buzzfeed’s You’re Not Alone
Self-Love is Survival
Meditate. Take five, ten, thirty minutes to find peace and quiet. Remember, you do not have to cross your legs and mumble “ommmmbbb” to find tranquility. Try laying flat, arms at your side, and listen to calming music. Focus and let your mind do the rest.
Be with your loved ones. Sometimes being alone just isn’t enough. Spread love and gratitude (you’ll thank me later).
Make the ugly feelings pretty. Whether its through writing, painting, or collaging. Make your anxiety into an artform.
Sleep. We all love it, so why not? Your body is made to have its highs and lows, so odds are if you get a good nights sleep, you are likely to wake up feeling refreshed.
Do something you love. Last night I went to my first poetry slam and for a few hours, I completely forgot about the tragedy. That’s what love can do. Embrace it.
For students: Go to your school’s main office or student center and find out about counseling. Most (if not all) universities and public schools should have either guidance counselors or school psychologists on hand. These people are there for you, use them. It’s free.
For more, check out how these women cope.
Speak Up And Educate Yourself
Contact your representatives: Try sending physical mail so they are forced to open it. Annoy these people to no end. Let them know you are not happy and you won’t be for the next four years.
Go out and protest; it is a fundamental right. Not only are you making your anger known, but you are also catering to yourself. Being amongst thousands of people fighting for equality is one of the most beautifully cathartic things you will ever do. These people are your backbone.
I know you are tired, but we still have some work to do. The midterm elections determine an essential part of our government, so if you thought your hands were tied, here’s a knife.
For those who do not have easy access to WIFI or are in a tight bind, check out public libraries. They have free WIFI and access to endless resources. Use them.
Despite our doubts, the man does has a plan. Take some time to get acquainted with it so you are better equipped for the future.
National Suicide Prevention: 1-800-273-8255
24 Crisis Call Center : 1-775-784-8090
I know you are scared. Know that I am scared too. But also know, together we can fight this.
We will persevere.