Post-Election To-Do List: How to Take Action, Donate and Help

A list of resources

11.09.16
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Where are you today on the roller coaster of emotions? From excited and optimistic (yesterday) to nervous and downright scared (last night) to resolved and exhausted (late last night) to angry and sad (this morning) to numbness (right now). You want to wallow in it, right? Roll around in that sadness and anger and numbness for a while. That’s okay, of course. New York City’s never felt as silent to me as it did this morning.

But as women, we can not afford to “take a day off.” We have to show up every single day, because we’re breadwinners and caretakers and we have elderly parents and children and pets and bosses. We can not afford to give up. And for those who joke about moving to Canada, well, the joke rings hollow, doesn’t it? It is not reality.

We can not afford to be cavalier. Trump will never win the election? He did. Trump will never do away with abortion rights? Who knows. What about voter rights, the Affordable Care Act, rights for the LGBTQIA+ population, for religious minorities? How fragile it all is.

We can not afford to overlook the hatred in our own backyards, or at our own dinner tables. As Vox.com puts it, Trump’s victory is part of a “global white backlash.” That’s discomfiting, and if it makes you uncomfortable or you want to push it away, sit with that.

Some of you have asked for a rallying cry, and for a list of ways to take action. Something you can do to feel better about the world. A way to contribute.

If you want to volunteer or donate money:

The ACLU: “For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”

The American Immigration Council: “The American Immigration Council (‘Council’), established in 1987, works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration.”

Black Lives Matter: “An affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”

Emily’s List: “We ignite change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office.”

Everytown: “Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”

The Future Project: “Young people everywhere should have opportunity to discover their potential and build the skills they need to change their lives and world. We exist to make that dream a reality, and we’re starting in American high schools.”

HIAS: “HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.”

It Gets Better Project: “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”

KIND: “KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.”

The NAACP: “The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America: “NARAL was founded before Roe v. Wade, before legal abortion was even possible in the United States. We as an organization and as a progressive movement exist to fight for the dignity and equality of all Americans. We hold the line—in good times and in bad—to defend the freedoms that are enshrined in our constitution and that define what it means to be American.”

National Center for Transgender Equality: “The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.”

Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”

RAINN: “RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.”

Women’s Prison Association: “WPA works with women at all stages of criminal justice involvement. We promote alternatives to incarceration and help women living in the community to avoid arrest or incarceration by making positive changes in their lives. Inside prison and jail, we are a source of support to women and a resource to them as they plan for release. After incarceration, women come to WPA for help to build the lives they want for themselves and their families in the community.”

Write a letter thanking Hillary Clinton and her team:

Hillary For America
P.O. Box 5256
New York, NY
10185-5256

If you need mental health support:

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: 1-800-826-3632

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255

Mental Health America: 1-800-969-6642

Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

Trevor Project: 1-866-488-7386

More resources:

Ann Friedman: Finish Your Ugly-Crying. Here’s What Comes Next.

The Mary Sue: What to Do If You’re Trans and Live in America Now

Anil Dash: Forget “Why?”, It’s Time to Get to Work

Nicole Silverberg: What Can I Do Right Now?

Huffington Post: If You’re Overwhelmed by the Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now

Jezebel: A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

Bust: Anti-Muslim Hate Crimes Will Surely Increase. Here’s How to Not be a Bystander

And as always, we welcome all of your ideas.

Collage by Emily Zirimis.

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  • Lindsey

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this. <3

  • Alice

    It’s a pretty deplorable state of affairs to need to post those numbers after an election. But thanks for doing this MR because people will use them.

    • Alison

      I completely agree: deplorable and helpful.

  • Laura

    I love you Leandra and Man Repeller team: Leslie and Amelia. You inspire me and millions of women in the world to keep on fighting and not lose hope regardless of how black the future looks at the moment. Thank you for being an influential voice not only in fashion, but regarding politics, ergo people’s lives, for having the guts to stand up for all of us. x

  • Kelsey Moody

    Hear hear!!! As someone who works for a non-profit, look for the 501(c)(3) and tax ID number for tax-exempt status when making donations!

    With this list- and many others- we have the tools, now lets see the motivation. Any illusion that publicly elected officials will fix our problems is over. We need to create the world we want to see from a grassroots level. You incredible MR community- lets get to work!

  • Emily R

    You guys are awesome. Thanks for helping me lift out of my funk.

  • Krusty the Kat

    Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org/what-we-do

    “The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and
    bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our
    society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the
    SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal
    opportunity will be a reality.”

    • Alison

      Just donated! Great recommendation. I also donated to the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Here’s the link if anyone else wants to support their work: http://theyoungcenter.org/.

  • moonwalkinglady

    I’m full of despair. Thank you for the call to action.

  • Aydan

    YES! an excellent collection of resources! thanks manrepeller team!

  • xtyb

    Also, Planned Parenthood. I just went here https://secure.ppaction.org/site/Donation2?df_id=12913&12913.donation=form1&s_subsrc=3NALz1500S1N1N&s_src=Evergreen_1114_c3_PPNonDirected_taf
    and donated in Hillary’s name.

    Thank you, Leandra and all of MR for shining your light!

    • claracat

      I donated in Hillary’s name, too! Relieves a little bit of the doom-pressure on my chest.

  • Erin Strader

    As a young, professional and style-loving Republican, I am saddened that you assume that most of your followers are Clinton supporters. What is most important in this, is for us to come together and work together, so we can continue to see progress, no matter what leadership we have.

    • doublecurl

      They assume because it’s true. Also, MR is a group of real live human people who write pieces that speak to their personal experiences walking in the world.

    • Peter

      It doesn’t take a Clinton supporter to feel despondent after yesterday’s election results.

    • Quite a few of us are not even Americans and while it may seem it is non of our business, it sadly is: cat-grabbing, people-banning narcissists are a reality in many places and feel smug right now. This is not about Democrats or Republicans at all …

    • Mariana

      I’m not even American but this will affect us all because USA has a big influence in the world. More than Pro-Clinton I was Against-Trump, but I would like to be portrayed here in MR the opinion of a Trump supporter also, so that I could try to rationalize this result.
      I don’t know if you are a Pro-Trump republican, but if you are and have the time, I would like you to provide us some of the reasons why you think USA (and the world) is better with Donald Trump as a leader. Thank you and if other Trump supporter is reading this, you are welcome as well. I know this community is going to be understanding towards you. At least, I will.

    • ValiantlyVarnished

      And as a black Muslim woman in America I am saddened angry and feel betrayed that you helped put a bigot in the White House.

    • ApocalypsoFacto

      “Come together and work together” – the way Republicans worked with Obama for 8 years? Do you not remember how they fought his administration and stymied or blocked every effort he made – including appointing a new Supreme Court justice within a reasonable time after Scalia’s death? Do you not remember the disgusting vitriol spewed at Obama and Hillary Clinton by Trump supporters – the terrible rhetoric they used to tear down not just those two people, but their ideals? I would suggest you go review those tactics because those tactics and that rhetoric is coming back around, this time aimed at YOUR party and YOUR president. Republicans have not emphasized teamwork and collaboration since Obama took office and it is too late for them to ask people to engage in it now. Not to mention incredibly hypocritical. We are now engaged in a total war of ideas, with the future of the country at stake. If you felt uncomfortable before, I guarantee you, haven’t seen anything yet. Signed, a young professional and ally who is mad as hell.

  • Alex O

    Really needed this today ❤️

  • Fezzers

    Thank you, beautiful people.

  • Kate

    Reading Man Repeller today is the only thing helping me cope. Thank you for creating this space.

  • Myeshia Carter

    Thank you so much for this. In the midst of all of the craziness and despair, this gives hope. I covered the election on my blog as well at: http://steeze365.com titled, “That’s Not LadyLike”. However, I touched on feminism and gender inequalities as well. My heart is heavy and my mind is boggled. Thank you for the solutions! <3

  • Alexia

    Start volunteering at your local refugee center! You can teach the US citizenship test, help with cooking, set up homes for newly arrived refugees, etc. The International Rescue Committee is a great organization.

  • Peter

    I live in the guaranteed blue 55 electoral votes of California, in an urban center of entrenched liberalism (I have never even met an open Trump supporter). I want to let people know that I’m angry at the choice they’ve made to vote for Trump—to put a face on the people whose rights they’ve decided are not important. It feels like I’m preaching to the choir over here on the West Coast, though. I wish I could help mobilize other angered voters who want to confront people about the impact of their choices, confront Republican lawmakers and others who deserve a taste of the discomfort that their votes and decisions bring on others.

  • Emma St.George

    Thank you!! I needed this.

  • I only have 3 sources of much appreciated insights I’d like to contribute, just in case. They are my personal favorites, but maybe someone else will find them useful, too.

    1) this is a really good self-defense course:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kapap

    2) a very wise, enlightening TV series about … outstanding political and other events:
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battlestar_Galactica_(2004_TV_series)

    3) a great book about facing violence:
    https://www.amazon.com/Facing-Violence-Unexpected-Rory-Miller/dp/1594392137/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1478782975&sr=8-1&keywords=rory+miller

  • daisy shemtov

    Dear Liandra
    I am not American but yesterday i cried
    How is it possible that American people that i love very much got it so wrong.
    I hope he will not do all the terrible things he said
    You are one in a million

  • kduck

    Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

  • Habaloo

    Amazing, thank you for posting

  • ella

    Thank you so, so much MR for giving us words we didn’t know how to express, support we were/are desperately searching for, and a light to the darkness.

  • This was amazing. Thank you to everyone on the MR team.

  • Paige Sharkey

    Another great one is the National Organization for Women and looking up your local chapter. Local NYC girls here’s ours : http://nownyc.org/get-involved/

    A lot of great event opportunities for volunteering (e.g. clinic escort) or attending larger political events.

  • Thank you so much for compiling this list of organizations. I’m donating money on behalf of family members for all gifts this year, and this is going to help me decide where to put that money. <3

  • Thank you so much, team behind Man Repeller, for creating this little corner on the internet that myself and tons of other women can call a safe zone. You’ve saved my ass and cheered me up more times than I can count. xxx

    Emma

  • Rose

    What about climate change??

  • margo
  • Coco

    Thank you sooooo much for posting this!!! I have been having severe anxiety about whether or not I will be marching and when I talk to people about it, everyone is very supportive. As someone who suffers from a fear of crowds, a march like this, even though its positive, is very scary and does not feel safe. All my friends have told me that it is okay and there are other ways to support! I really appreciate this list of some great places to donate so I can feel that I am apart of the cause even if I cannot physically be there. Much love to Man Repeller!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Julie Shelton

    If you want to take meaningful action and would like some direction, sign up for Rogan’s List. Susan Rogan is a retired librarian who sends out a list of action items every day with links and background information. Rogan’s List makes it easy to do something positive every day. http://roganslist.blogspot.com