This month’s cause of the month isn’t one specific cause. It’s a call to action. It’s a call to all Americans to stand up for each other, especially minorities who have recently been targeted by executive orders coming from the White House. It is a call to resist actions which violate the very core of our values, and the constitution. It’s a call to stand up, to be vocal, to participate, to protest to take action. It is a call to resist.
It is a call to resist racism.
To resist fascism.
To resist hate.
To resist intolerance.
To resist the erosion of our rights.
To resist the destruction of our environment and natural world.
To resist the administration who would see Americans turn on each other, and it’s back to the world.
How can you resist?
Contact Your Politicians.
The most important thing you can do is to contact your local, state and federal politicians. Tell them you demand they take action, demand they not stand idly by and allow the values of our nation to be eroded. Hate talking on the phone? Not sure what to say? There’s a site for that.
Protest peacefully, learn about activist trainings and participate in them. You can also take action in your own life in much smaller ways. Stand up to hateful words and acts (if you can do so safely). This is a great guide to help you learn how to deal with situations safely. Reach out to your community members, especially those in targeted groups. Sometimes the best course of action is to just be kind and let them know they are not alone, and they are welcome in your community.
Listen to those impacted the most, really listen. You may be coming from a place of privilege, and if you are a white person like me, you are. It can be hard to realize this and come to terms with it, but the best thing you can do is face this fact and start opening your mind, and you can only do that by listening. We all have biases, it’s how we deal with them that matters.
Learn to think critically, and verify what the media is telling you. Get your information from varied sources and learn how to tell when a source is qualified vs. when it is not. Learn how to spot fake news, and call it out.
Be Kind. Be United.
Kindness can go a long way. Now is not the time to isolate yourself. Reach out to your community. Reach out to those who feel most isolated. Let them know they are not alone. You, are not alone. Millions stand without across the country and around the world. We have the power to create meaningful and lasting change. It’s time to embrace that power, together.
Who can I donate to?
The ACLU has hands down been one of the most active groups, and fighting hard to protect the rights of all Americans. If you can only support one organization, make it this one. They stand for you, for your rights and will fight for you. Help make sure they have the resources they need to pursue issues in courts and beyond.
The Wilderness Society, is also fighting to keep our public wilderness free. Currently an area the size of Connecticut is going to be sold off. Support them, help protect our public lands. Donate and learn more here.
Planned Parenthood. They provide affordable health care services to those who need it most.
This is an incomplete list of the many ways you can get involved and create change. I know there are many more things you can do out there. I’m not an organizer, I don’t even consider myself an activist, I just want to help in whatever small ways I can.