This post was developed from both our discussion of what to do next under #DiversityJC, and from a great list of next steps from Erika Hamden. The point is you don’t need to do all these things. Choose what works for you:
1. Pick your cause and donate your money. This requires the smallest effort and time, but can make a big difference. In particular, sign up for automatic monthly donations of a small amount ($10 helps), as we need to keep support going beyond our current election hangover. Always search for local charities around that cause, but some national ideas below, as well as a great list here.
- Social justice (including POC, women, LGBTQ, immigrants):
- ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/
- Southern Poverty Law Center: https://www.splcenter.org
- Emily’s List (encourages women to enter politics, especially pro-choice): https://www.emilyslist.org/
- American Immigration Council: https://www.americanimmigrationcouncil.org/
- A long list of organizations on immigration: http://www.shusterman.com/immigrationorganizations/
- Council on American-Islamic Relations: https://www.cair.com/about-us/volunteer-with-us.html
- Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund: https://dredf.org/support-our-work/
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund: http://www.naacpldf.org/ways-get-involved
- Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ rights and suicide prevention): http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
- Lucie’s Place (Arkansas-based organization helping homeless LGBT youth): http://www.luciesplace.org/
- Human Rights Campaign: https://give.hrc.org/
- Transgender Law Center: http://transgenderlawcenter.org/
- Science & the Environment
- Union of Concerned Scientists: http://www.ucsusa.org/action-center
- National Parks Foundation: https://www.nationalparks.org/
- Environmental Defense Fund: https://www.edf.org/
- The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org/membership-giving/index.htm?intc=nature.tnav.getinvolved
- Sierra Club: http://www.sierraclub.org/
- Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (keeping national parks safe): http://www.trcp.org/
- Sexual assault and harassment:
- RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network): https://www.rainn.org/
- Women’s health and reproductive rights:
- Native American rights, Dakota Access Pipeline:
- Indigenous Environmental Network http://www.ienearth.org/
- Honor The Earth http://www.honorearth.org/
- More on the Dakota Access Pipeline (this one is not over) http://thefreethoughtproject.com/10-protest-dakota-access-pipeline/
2. Pick your cause and donate your time. See any of the above organizations and search for ways to get involved or:
- Search for local non-profits addressing that cause and help out. For example, here’s a great list for the Boston, MA area: http://thetab.com/us/bu/2016/11/14/25-places-can-volunteer-post-election-9300
- Local affiliates of ACLU: https://www.aclu.org/about/affiliates
- Local chapters of Show up for Racial Justice: http://www.showingupforracialjustice.org/affiliated_groups_local_contacts
- Black Lives Matter and local contacts: http://blacklivesmatter.com/getinvolved
- Volunteer and speak out for Planned Parenthood: https://www.plannedparenthoodaction.org/blog/7-things-you-can-do-help-planned-parenthood-and-the-communities-it-serves/
- Serve with AmeriCorps: http://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps
- The Nature Conservancy: http://www.nature.org/how-we-work/get-involved-with-tnc.xml?intc=nature.tnav.getinvolved
3. Get involved at work (yes I said it!): Many if not most scientific institutions, especially academic ones, have diversity initiatives, councils or commissions, and other groups. These groups almost always need volunteers to sit on the councils and be involved. We often assume minority groups will fill these roles – but they take time and effort. Shoulder some of that burden and step up.
- Volunteer to serve on councils and commissions, attend meetings.
- Ask your institution or organization about their policies on harassment and bullying, and how they plan on dealing with hate crimes and speech (just asking says you are paying attention to this and they should too).
- Make social justice more visible by asking leadership what the institution is doing about inclusion there, what the initiatives and goals are.
- Volunteer with harassment and assault networks on campus.
- Request diversity training.
- Go to social justice and diversity events on campus – they are for you, too. Sign up for list serves. Share events with students and colleagues (this alone can be huge for your own education, demonstrating their value to others in your lab and department, and making these more visible).
4. Bother your Congressional representatives. No matter what side of the aisle they are on, call them and tell them what you care about. Call them about bills they need to vote on and how you want them to vote – they represent you. Call them when they vote the way you wanted them to and thank them. Call them more than once. Call them every. single. week. Make it a habit. Here are some incredible resources, including call scripts and phone numbers: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=embed_facebook&sle=true
5. Call Republicans. Whether or not you agree with them on other things, many Republicans spoke out against Trump. Tell them you support their decision to do this. Here is a list of Republicans who have spoke out against Trump in the past: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1w_EIOVLV0V7rJZhyqyDYG31P8h0cB3QJ3w6PErMJa7U/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0
6. Change your habits. If climate change and the environment matter to you, now is the time to make changes. Think about what you eat, drink, use, and waste.
7. Get politically involved: It is critical we actually vote in the 2018 mid-term elections this time around, and that we make a difference in our party platform. Encourage someone you know to run for office: http://www.sheshouldrun.org/ask_a_woman_to_run_for_office. Support and get involved with you local Democrat party chapter: http://asdc.democrats.org/state-parties/ and http://my.democrats.org/page/s/help-elect-democrats, or your local Republican one: https://www.gop.com/get-involved/
8. More ways to use your wallet. We’ve all heard about fake news. One way to combat it? Support newspapers and the journalists that spend the time investigating stories that matter (if you don’t believe me on their importance, ask John Oliver). Consider the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker, the LA Times, or High Country News (one of my favs for environmental news) and ProPublica. Also give in to the pledge drive and become a sustaining member of NPR and/or PBS.
9. Educate yourself. Even if you understand what privilege is and what microaggressions are, there’s always more to learn. Delve into the scientific research on discrimination or bias, read The Difference and Whistling Vivaldi, or just talk with (read: listen to) willing friends, family and acquaintances that don’t look like you about their experiences.
10. Use your wallet, part 2: Support local artists speaking out, whether with words, lyrics, paint, pencil, or other forms of work (I recently purchased American Band by the Drive By Truckers, home of this song).
11. Use your wallet, part 3: Boycott stores that support Trump and his children. Check out https://grabyourwallet.org/ for a list of retailers that do business with them or sell Trump products, along with a list of companies to buy from instead – or buy from local, small-scale business and put your money in your local economy. Feel free to call the big companies and tell them you won’t be purchasing from them and why.
12. Stay engaged: Sign up for newsletters that provide regular action items, then help where you can. These have small actions (<5-10 minutes) you can do regularly to keep engaged in the days ahead. Examples:
- Everyday Project: 45 Actions to Prepare for our 45th President: https://www.everydayproject.org/
- The Injustice Boycott: http://www.injusticeboycott.com/
- Re:act — http://tinyletter.us14.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=34bf9c62b5c76a26e2e6e912d&id=877859f17f
- Wendy Davis’ Deeds not words: http://deedsnotwords.com
13. Be prepared: If you are a woman, buy Plan B and hold on to it. You can order it online or buy at a pharmacy. Hope for the best, plan for the worst.
Finally, social media and the internet can be used for good. There are incredibly helpful and informative resources out there and support systems available. More ideas about what you can do and additional charities to consider:
Slate: How to Channel Your Post-Election Anger, Sadness, and Fear Into Action
HuffPost: If You’re Overwhelmed By The Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now
Man Repeller: Post Election To-Do List
New York Mag: Citizens, United: What should Democrats in Congress — and Barack Obama, and you — do now?
Books to the rescue [of your hope]! The Chronicle: Weekend Reading: Searching For Hope Edition.
Also make sure to check out the Indivisible Guide, written by former congressional staffers on best practices for getting Congress to listen.
Some additional reading:
The Guardian: What will Trump’s presidency mean for American science policy?
Dr. Eric Anthony Grollman: Why I am committed to fighting oppression in academia
And to how the election hits us personally, too: Infactorium: Using Every Tool.
These spoke the most to me, in terms of my career and career path:
Ayana E. Johnson on National Geographic: Reframing Ocean Conservation in this Post-Election Era
World Ocean Observatory on Medium: The Election is Over. What Now? And How?
Small Pond Science: Write anyway*.
Tweetstorms have also been helpful:
- Be vigilant about the conditions under which we live. Don’t let this become normal. Be outraged. https://twitter.com/RojaBandari/status/797946770680463360
- Key weaknesses to keep in mind for future efforts. Keep the pressure up on people. https://twitter.com/HeerJeet/status/798027270803705856
How to best contact your congress person. Be polite, be present, be persistent.http://www.attn.com/stories/12768/former-congressional-staffer-explains-how-to-make-congressman-listen?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=post&utm_campaign=internal
Did we miss anything? Leave your ideas in the comments!
The bottom line from Erika Hamden (aka tl:dr):
“Donate money if you have it, Donate time if you have it. Don’t be complacent. Don’t think that YOU can’t make things better because you can.”