4 Things You Can Do To Make A Difference In A Trump Era
There are other ways you can help change things than just protesting.
It is a jarring time to be a United States citizen. We are a country that is considered to have one of the most stable democracies in the world, however newly-elected President Donald Trump has already made many question this assertion, and he has not even been in office for two weeks.
A few of Trump’s early executive orders include; the authorization of a U.S.-Mexico border wall, a ban on federal funds to international groups that perform abortions or lobby to legalize or promote abortion, as well as a 120-day suspension of the refugee program and a 90-day ban on travel to the U.S. from citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Somalia and Sudan.
While, there are a large number of Americans who stand firmly behind the President, there are an equal number if not more (both in the states and abroad) that strongly oppose his policies and the direction he is taking early on.
No matter where you live in the world, here are 4 things that you can do immediately that make a difference:
1. Sign petitions (this petition is UK specific).
In the UK there are nearly 2 million signatures to ban Trump from a state-sanctioned visit, because the petition has received over 100,000 signatures Parliament will have to debate the issue on February 20th.
2. Donate to causes supporting legal challenges to various executive orders.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed suit against the Trump administration, stating that that his executive order / travel ban is unconstitutional. If you’re unfamiliar with the ACLU they work daily in the nation's courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve individual working rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and the laws of the United States.
More information on the ACLU here.
3. Protest/Show Support for causes you believe in.
As the travel ban went into effect this past weekend, tens of thousands of Americans showed up at airports around the United States with a simple and poignant message: This is not who we are.
Furthermore, there have been protests and marches around the globe supporting women’s rights. Cheryl Sandberg the COO of Facebook denounced Trump’s executive order that put a gag order on reproductive rights organizations getting defunded for talking about abortion, saying, “The last time the global gag rule was in effect, research showed more women who lost access to contraception had unwanted pregnancies and abortion rates doubled.” Sandberg put her money where her mouth is and donated $1 million to Planned Parenthood.
More information on Planned Parenthood here.
4. Speak-up/Denounce xenophobia
Around the globe anti-Muslim sentiment has been on the rise. Do not sit by idly and let friends, family, acquaintances, politicians speak hatefully about immigrants, refugees and Muslims.
There has been a spike in Islamophobic/xenophobic rhetoric and crimes around the election. Consider donating to an organization like The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) — a civil rights advocacy organization that addresses instances of anti-Muslim discrimination through education, mediation, negotiation, public pressure, and government and media relations.
More information on CAIR here.
- Tyrrell Mooney