10 Things You Can Do to Fight a Trump Presidency

By now, the shock of Donald Trumpís surprise win has started to settle in. If youíre one of the millions who voted against him, you may be wondering what comes next.

In the coming days, it will be all too easy to give in to feelings of hopelessness Ė after all, this is a candidate whoís pledged to ban Muslims from the country, dismantle Obamacare, overturn Roe v. Wade, renege on the United Statesí commitments to fight climate change, and undo LGBT civil rights protections.

But itís important to remember that the president doesnít act in a vacuum. While we may not have the same amount of power as lawmakers and elected officials, there are plenty of things individual people across the country can do to push back against Trumpís regressive policies. So instead of letting ourselves be overwhelmed with depression Ė letís get motivated. Here are a few ideas of actions you can take to fight back.

1. Reach Out to Vulnerable Friends and Family

One sentiment cropping up again and again on social media is the concern many people have for the most vulnerable people in their lives. I canít count the number of times in the past 24 hours that Iíve seen people post, ďIím worried about my LGBT and Muslim friends.Ē

If thereís someone in your life that you know may be scared and worried, the best thing you can do is let them know they have your support. Ask if thereís anything you can do to help. Be sensitive to their concerns and let them know youíre in their corner.

Knowing that they have allies who are willing to show up and do whatís necessary will make a world of difference to them. If youíre not sure how to be a good ally, here are a few tips that can help.

2. Speak Out Against Harassment

Reports of race, religion and gender based harassment have surged in the wake of the election, particularly against Muslims.

If you see someone in trouble, you can help. Talk to the person whoís being targeted and try to get them to a safe space. If youíre in a public place, look for a security guard or worker you can alert to whatís happening.

And, of course, if the situation seems to be truly dangerous, you may need to involve law enforcement. If you see hateful comments being posted online, push back. If they cross the line into threats, report them to the siteís owners.

3. Volunteer in Your Community

You canít solve world hunger on your own, itís true, but a few nights a week in a soup kitchen will help feed dozens of people in your community who would otherwise go without. No matter what cause you care about, you can probably find a local organization that could use your help. Organizations like Volunteer Match can help you find opportunities to help in your city.

Adopt a highway and pick up litter. Walk dogs at your local animal shelter. If your local womenís clinic has a problem with anti-choice protestors, escort patients to their appointments. Stock cans at a food pantry. Find an issue you care about and take action. By volunteering at a local level, you can directly fight Trumpís effects on your community.

4. Donate to Your Favorite Organization

Whatever concerns you have under a Trump administration, thereís probably a nonprofit out there fighting to preserve the rights you care about most. Consider supporting organizations like Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Human Rights Campaign, the Transgender Law Center, the NAACP, or one of the many other national organizations fighting for equality across the US. If youíre worried about the impact Trumpís policies will have on the environment, organizations like the Sierra Club and NRDC can use your donations to fight for change.

5. Write to Your Legislators

In this digital age, writing directly to your senators or representatives might seem obsolete, but communicating directly with your elected legislators is actually one of the most powerful tools you have in our democratic system. Remember: Government officials are paid to represent you. Listening to you and making a decision based on your feedback is literally their job description.

While you may not be able to persuade lawmakers on all issues, you can at least ensure they hear your viewpoint.

If thereís a particular law or cause you want your legislators to champion, hereís a great template to help you structure your letter for maximum impact. Remember, you can write in by mail, but elected officials also have public email addresses exactly for this purpose. You should be able to find contact information with a quick online search.

6. Start a Petition

In many ways, a petition is like writing a virtual letter to lawmakers. The difference is that you can also collect messages from thousands of others who feel the same way, which shows your target exactly how important the issue is. Starting a petition on Care2 is quick and easy. Here are a few resources to help you get started!

7. Write a Blog

Do you have a lot of thoughts about our current political situation? Itís never been easier to start a blog and set up a platform to publish and distribute your writing. There are plenty of sites that will allow you to share your writing absolutely free, like WordPress or Medium. Even Facebook has started supporting longer posts with blog-like formatting on its Notes app.

No matter where you choose to host your writings, be sure to share them on social media with your friends and family to let people know what youíre up to.

Bonus tip: A†blog is a great place to share your petitions and talk about the other efforts youíre taking to fight back.

8. Get Involved in Local Politics

As easy as it is to look at Donald Trump and think ďI could be a better president than this guy,Ē running for national office is not an easy task. Fortunately, getting involved at a local level is much easier. Wherever you live, itís likely thereís a city council or other local government body with public meetings you can sit in on. Get to know the issues that are affecting your community, and give public comments on your thoughts when you have the chance. You have a greater ability to affect change in your community than you may realize.

If youíre really serious about local government, look into local offices that youíd like to get involved in and consider running in the next election. There are also plenty of civil service jobs available that donít involve running for office if youíd rather avoid the spotlight.

9. Attend a Protest

While no amount of protest is going to undo election night, joining rallies against Trump is a great way to make a public stand against bigotry and hate.

There have already been demonstrations in cities across the U.S., including New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Portland, Los Angeles, Oakland, Seattle and Washington D.C. Check to see if there are any upcoming marches in your city! If not, consider organizing one.

There are also a number of people planning to protest Trumpís inauguration in January, and you can join.

10. Treat Yourself

And finally, remember: You canít protect others if you donít take care of yourself. So many of us have been left feeling drained of energy and emotional resources by the events of recent days. Do something nice for yourself to help yourself through this difficult time, whether itís going out to your favorite restaurant or just letting yourself sleep in late this weekend. Give yourself the time and space you need to heal Ė there will still be plenty to fight for when youíre done.

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281 comments

Rhonda B
Rhonda B4 months ago

tyfs

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Sarah H
Sarah Hill4 months ago

I think everyone was surprised that he won, even his supporters. But we need to give him a chance to prove himself.

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Glennis W
Glennis W4 months ago

Imbecile Thump really frightens me and I am in OZ, he is also scaring a lot of Countries, only have to watch how the Stock Markets change, ours has been up and down like a yo-yo when he opens his big mouth like he does. Pity the next 4 years Thank you for caring and sharing

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Angie P
Angie P4 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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S J
S J5 months ago

thank you for the info

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NitaNoMail L
Nita L5 months ago

Thank you for this info to save us from Drumf

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Marie W
Marie W5 months ago

Thank you for sharing.

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JT Smith
JT Smith5 months ago

Ever since November 8, we are left with a man the media keep incorrectly calling Trump the “President-Elect” (there will be no President-Elect until and unless a majority of the Electors select one when they meet on December 19), a man who lost the election by well over two million votes (a fact that is only very infrequently even mentioned in the media). Please read these articles: "Hamilton v. Trump: The Case That Could Save America" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-s-mcelvaine/hamilton-v-trump-the-case_b_13310142.html] and "32 Nonpartisan, Non-Ideological Reasons The Electoral College Must Reject Trump (And these are only based on what has happened since November 8th)" [http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/32-nonpartisan-non-ideological-reasons-the-electoral_us_583ef1bbe4b048862d73fd3b]; and share them far and wide.

Trump must be stopped before he does become President-elect, let alone President!

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Lynn Squance
Lynn S5 months ago

Something I remember from my childhood:
A boy rides down the street and stops in front of a brownstone. He drops his bike on the sidewalk and then puts a piece of gum in his mouth, dropping the wrapper on the sidewalk. Superman drops down and says: Tommy, you should not leave your bicycle on the sidewalk where other people will trip over it. And that wrapper goes in the trash.
Tommy: But Superman, it is only one bike and one wrapper!
Superman: What if everybody did it because you did it?
At that point, there was a big pile of wrappers and bicycles, thousands! Tommy was almost buried in them.
Tommy: I understand Superman.
At that, Tommy picked up his bike and the wrapper.

Moral: It only takes one to start something. If everyone does their part, the cumulative effect is astounding.

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Joy T.
Joy T5 months ago

Thank you for all the great links, Neil L.!!! Very greatly appreciated!

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