If you marched in Washington D.C. this past weekend, or any of the countless other women’s marches, you should be immensely proud of yourself. You stood up for women and human rights in the face of an administration that is bent on dismantling many of those civil liberties we all hold dear. But we can’t let our momentum die out after one incredibly successful day. Here are a few ways for you to continue working to create change and stand up against the Trump administration:
Many charities dedicated to helping those who are most at risk under the Trump administration (women, immigrants, LGBTQ individuals) also suffer from lack of human resources. If you can, it would be worthwhile to spend some time volunteering at a place like Planned Parenthood. If you’d rather get involved with places more directly related to the Friends Academy community, Cooking for the Homeless or the Glen Cove Boys & Girls Club are great ways to volunteer your time for low-income families.
If you are in a position to do so, many charities and organizations like Planned Parenthood and the ACLU are in desperate need of funds, Planned Parenthood especially. With a government that wants to cut funding to organizations like these, they are in desperate need of funds in order to continue providing services. You could combine volunteering and donating by hosting a bake sale, or a 5K run, or even a supplies drive for some charities, in order to help relieve the burden these organizations are now feeling.
Write Letters to your Representatives in Congress
The Amnesty Int’l Student Club just hosted a letter writing campaign in support of the Syrian refugees, but you can write letters on any issue that matters to you, whether they're reproductive rights, climate change, education, foreign policy, etc. When enough people write letters, the people in Congress might start to pay attention.
Educate Yourself & Others
In an administration that likes “alternative facts”, you have a responsibility to educate yourself on the issues at stake. Read from multiple news sources. Find reliable journalists- don’t only read media with a liberal or conservative stance. The more you read, the better informed you will be.
With that education comes a responsibility to educate others. Talk to people about the issues, and get them interested too. The more people who are aware of what is at stake, the better the chance we have of enacting real change.
Stand up for Others
If you see someone, anyone, getting bullied or harassed, tell the perpetrator(s) to knock it off. We should not allow this country to become one of divisiveness and hatred, even if that’s what the campaign season made it out to be. Stand up for other’s human rights.
Lastly, continue to march. Continue to stand up and protest for causes you believe in. For example, April 29th is the Climate March.