I’m finished. That’s it. No more mourning. No more disbelief. No more trying to defend my feelings of utter discouragement in the electoral process. It’s now time to plan and act. It’s now time to find ways to reach out and not just shore up the progressive movement, but it’s time to have face-to-face conversations with our neighbors. It’s time to reach out to places we normally don’t extend our hands, much less our ears. It’s time to organize in our communities.
So for those wandering in the wilderness of despair, channel your energies. Online sites like Jezebel have begun making pleas for those upset by the outcome of the election to support groups that may find challenges under DJT’s administration.
The article suggests donating money or time or both to groups like the American Civil Liberties Union, the Anti-Defamation League, NARAL Pro Choice America, Border Angels, and Emily’s List. The comments section adds to the list. This list provides a genesis for those who want to find a way to be involved but don’t know how. If you happen to live in California, I’d encourage you run for local office. Groups like Emily’s List and Emerge California help prepare women to run for federal, state, or local office. Wellstone, named for the late Minnesota Senator Paul Wellstone, holds Camp Wellstone to train in electoral politics, public policy, and grassroots organizing. Groups like Progressive Change Campaign Committee, Demand Progress, Democracy for America, and The Leadership Conference already have structures in place for people to get involved.
There are local democratic clubs where you can join others in your community to work toward a shared vision. Recognized clubs are affiliated with the Democratic Party, but there are many clubs that use Meetups and are far more organic in nature.
Another way to be involved is to boycott products and services made by people who support causes opposite your beliefs. While DJT didn’t have a lot of the big time donors (like the usual Koch Brothers and others like them), he did have some. Not to mention that he has many business holdings himself like:
- Trump World Tower
- • Trump Tower
- • Trump Plaza
- • Trump Las Vegas
- • Mar-a-Lago (Palm Beach, FL)
- • Trump Chicago
- • Miami Beach Hotel/Trump International Beach Resort (Miami, FL)
- • Trump International Golf Club, Raffles Resort (Canouan Island, The Grenadines)
- • Trump National Golf Club, Bedminster (Bedminster, NJ)
- • Trump National Golf Club, Los Angeles (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA)
- • Trump International Golf Club (West Palm Beach, FL) ON TV:
- • Miss Universe
- • Miss USA
- • Miss Teen USA
Macy’s recently dropped DJT’s clothing line, but still sells Ivanka’s line.
Companies that are Pro DJT include:
Yuengling Brewery, Hobby Lobby, Coors, Colony Capitol (owns Bally’s Tunica, Raffle, and Fairmont Resorts), Formula One Group, NASCAR, Icahn Enterprises (including Fountainbleau Vegas), UFC (Dana White, the CEO endorsed DJT, but the company recently sold), and Las Vegas Sands (casinos owned by Sheldon Adelson).
So if you want to vote with your money, that is a common tactic employed by activists so that the money they spend isn’t eventually used to support causes in which they don’t believe.
I will be visiting Las Vegas soon. And I have long avoided DJT’s and Adelson’s properties because I am so adamantly opposed to their political beliefs. I usually stay at MGM Properties instead, but Harrah’s Group is another option. I quit shopping at Hobby Lobby and Wal Mart over 20 years ago and haven’t looked back. I follow UFC, but won’t buy tickets to their events or their pay per view events because of White’s and the Fertitta’s support for causes not my own–and for the lack of protections for their fighters. I also avoid Koch owned products as well and keep a list handy when I’m buying paper products like toilet paper and napkins.
If boycotts aren’t your thing. And joining a political group isn’t your thing. Maybe consider a community based charity group.
And if you are willing to take a bigger step into running for office, start with local commissions and school boards to learn the political ropes and organize in your local community.
Ultimately, DJT will be our president whether we use a hashtag or not. So now it’s time to take action. Protests and marches are fine to get the ball rolling–firing the warning shot over the bow that we are watching and demanding a seat at the table, but in the end we have to engage people in our communities. That’s our mission; that’s our path forward.