How to respond?
I could talk about my emotional reaction to Trump’s election on Tuesday. But as a white, cisgendered American citizen whose queer French-American otherness is not visible or obvious and lives in a blue state whose governor has basically said “come and claim them“, let’s be honest—a detailed breakdown of my devastation isn’t helpful to the marginalized communities who have long been at more risk than me and who are even moreso now.
My heartbreak isn’t useful to anyone. Only the actions I take are.
How to respond?
Masha Gessen has rules on how to survive an autocracy. I find the call to stay outraged the most useful of all, especially as I settle back into my sustaining routines and, due to my own privilege, can hear the siren call of relaxing. Resist this impulse. This is not normal.
Find out who your representatives at every level of government are. Put their numbers in your phone, add their emails to your contact list, whatever you need to do. They are going to hear a lot from you going forward.
If you live in a state that went to Trump whose electors are not bound to the popular vote in the state, you can try contacting your electors to ask them to change their vote. (Personally, I think you’ll have much better luck asking them to vote for a different Republican option, but you do you, my friend.)
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by how to help, this Twitter thread by Joel Snape urges you to just pick one thing. There’s a lot to do but every little bit helps. A monthly donation to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or Amnesty International is a great place to start, as is donating to red state NPR affiliates. Jezebel has a list of organizations that can use your time and money in the foreseeable future to keep fighting the good fight.
Privileged folks: learn how to be a good ally. Jenny at Reading the End has a Storify teaching you how. tumblr user maeril’s guide to what to do if you witness Islamophobic harassment is more necessary than ever. The Southern Poverty Law Center has a fantastic, long guide to fighting everyday bigotry with scripts.
Emily Ellsworth on Twitter shares the most effective ways to communicate with your government representatives. In short: PICK UP THE PHONE!
If you’re concerned about your cybersecurity, The Mary Sue has a primer on Internet security.
There’s plenty more to be done going forward and I’ll include what I can in each week’s missive. Stay safe and stay outraged.