This is Not Normal.

Something good that has come from last Tuesday’s Election Results have been
the Cries for Justice and the Need for Involvement.

I myself have been reading more political articles this week than probably throughout my whole life. My friends and I have been exchanging news and have been discussing our thoughts and ideas. It’s been incredible to have this sudden support group who values your beliefs and don’t consider you to be dramatic or crazy.

I didn’t think I would take this loss as hard as I have.

I’m an Optimist through and through but I never take anything for granted. I always tell people that: I hope for the Best but prepare for the Worst. So, throughout this election season, I always considered Trumps win to be a possibility. When I went to bed at 2AM Tuesday night, I just couldn’t stomach the results. I was hoping for a miracle but I was prepared for the reality of the situation.

But when I woke up, I was angry and I wanted to fight.

But how?
How can I make a difference?
Someone so new to the whole political system and with no foreseeable outlets in sight?

Well, you do your homework.
Stay informed.
Don’t just tune out for the next Four years.

Listen to John Oliver, Donate!
Here’s his List for you:
Women’s Health
Planned Parenthood
The Center for Reproductive Rights
Protect our Planet
NRDC
Refugee
International Refugee Assistance Project
Racial Justice
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention Services for LGBTQ youths, ages 13-24.
The Trevor Project
Latino Legal Civil Rights Organization
MALDEF
Journalism in the Public Interest
ProPublica

(He says a lot more than just that so please do yourself a favor & watch the whole episode)

President-Elect Trump: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Listen to Elizabeth Warren, Get Involved!

Senator Warren: ‘We stand up and we fight back’

If you’re looking for places to volunteer click the link below:

Volunteer Match

If you’re like me and you don’t have a lot of places where you can volunteer
here are some other ways you can make a difference.

The Official #GrabYourWallet Boycott List of Companies that Do Business with and/or Back the Trump Family

and this may be the hardest link. If you’re anything like me and hate to make phone calls, here is a list of scripts for you to follow for when you phone your representatives.

“We’re His Problem Now” Calling Sheet

Good Luck!

A friend of mine shared some pretty good advice with me,
“Stop trying to find common ground. We need to work on uneven terrain.
Try this: Find and watch a segment from a legitimate news outlet you disagree with.
Conservatives might try some Rachel Maddow.
Liberals try some Bill O’Reilly.
Whoever makes your blood boil.
Watch it from beginning to end, without responding to it.
Just sit there calmly listening to another POV.
When the video is over, close it and say, “Well, that is one way of looking at it. I disagree.”
Then do it again tomorrow and the next day.
Do it until you are able to listen to it without getting riled up.
Continue to watch those segments until you realize that most of the time, what someone else thinks, has no effect on you.
(And in the rare cases when it does have an effect, you’ll have more energy to fight and you’ll be better informed.)
If we want to be better, we have to practice.

I’ll leave you with this essay by Lady GaGa:

LADY GAGA: PORTRAIT OF A LADY

Good Night and have a Pleasant Tomorrow.

Thank you for Reading.

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