10 Things You Can Do To Help America

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

This is not a blog about politics but it is my blog and I can't really think about anything else so I just hope you are not offended if you do not share my views. At the moment, food just seems relatively unimportant (though if you're finding solace in cooking or baking, by all means, take it!)

Despite Trump's relatively slow start, he's begun to assemble the alt-right dream team. Trump's main strategist will be none other than former Breitbart News executive chairman and current anti-Semite and white nationalist, Stephen Bannon. Suddenly, those seemingly overblown comparisons to Nazi Germany do not seem all that dramatic... I'm scared for myself, my family and especially for minorities, gays and lesbians, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, women... Anyone who is not a wealthy, white, Christian man is in for a rough ride. And the implications are global in scope.

So what can we do?!?! The answer to that question is still evolving but in the meantime, here are ten things you can do now:

1. Make a donation to one or more - or ALL - of these organizations - they are going to need our support. If you can swing it financially, consider making a recurring, monthly gift as steady support is crucial to any organization's ability to plan ahead. Making a gift to one of these groups is a wonderful holiday gift for a loved one this year, too, so you can potentially cross two things off your list at once:
I also made a donation to Louisiana Democrat Foster Campbell's campaign - he's running against a well-funded Republican opponent for the last undecided Senate seat in a December 10th run-off election and he needs our help. Senate seats are PRECIOUS and he's a strong candidate. Donate to his campaign here.

And I donated to my local library because libraries are an essential part of any democracy because they provide free books, magazines and internet access to educate and inform oneself no matter how much money one has. And they almost always need more support.


2. Make plans to attend the million woman march in Washington, DC on January 21st or join a march in a city near you - I expect there will be mirror marches all over the country. The march is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, the day after Trump's inauguration. Housing in DC is already crazily scarce so hopefully you know someone who lives in or near the city.

3. Do some reading to try to get a better grasp on what the Hell just happened and why. I think that many things played a role - from FBI Director Comey's timely (illegal) announcement in late October to the mistaken polling results showing Clinton in the lead that undoubtedly led to lower turnout for her to voter suppression and intimidation on the part of Republicans to Clinton's failure to excite voters or appeal to the Bernie or Bust contingent to the rampant misogyny that plagues our society and more - but the two pieces below provide important points of view:
4. Call your Senators and Representative to protest Stephen Bannon's appointment to the Trump Administration. If you're not sure what to say, this handy-dandy Googledoc contains just about every permutation of script you could need and gets updated regularly. I suggest you bookmark it.

I just called both my Senators, my current Representative, my new House Representative, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031 - press 6 to leave a message) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - no answer in DC so I called one of his district offices (502) 582-6304. I also called Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (202)-224-3542 press 1 to speak to a staffperson) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (202) 225-4965 to thank them both for denouncing Bannon and urge them to continue to speak out against bigotry, racism and misogyny. Don't forget your Governor, too. Find out how to reach your elected officials here. And remember that calls are the most effective, followed by actual letters, trailed by emails. Twitter's not a bad idea, either if you use it.
Graphic by Andy Mangold via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andymangold/4263951467
5. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that the majority of Americans chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump and his divisive, hate-filled, misogynistic vision of America. They're still counting the votes but as of right now, Clinton won the popular vote by at least 600,000 votes and likely quite a bit more.

6. Since we're on the topic, it's high time to do away with the electoral college, an outdated, elitist institution which many Constitutional scholars believe to be a vestige of slavery that was designed to keep the masses from choosing someone unfit to lead (oh the irony....) Abolishing the electoral college is a tall order because it would require a Constitutional Amendment but there's no reason not to sign this petition urging Congress to do just that, as far as I can see. However, it's much more realistic to accomplish the same end by mandating that a state's electors vote for whoever wins the popular vote. Which brings me to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact - an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote. Once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact--which only requires passing state laws-- then the next presidential election will be determined by the popular vote rather than the Electoral College. Read more about this movement and add your name here.

6. Stand up against racism, sexism, bigotry, and homophobia when they rear their ugly heads. This is easier said than done because angry, hateful people are rather scary. If you feel unsafe intervening, try to get someone to join you in doing so first to make it safer. This short video offers simple, solid guidance similar to the cartoon below and is appropriate in most situations.

Some people are wearing a safety pin to signify their commitment to supporting people of color and other minorities from attacks. It's an idea that started in Europe after the UK voted to leave the EU and saw a similar spike in xenophobic violence against Muslims and other people who look "foreign."

7. Prepare to fight hard in the mid-term elections. We have a chance to elect new leaders and flip control of the Senate in just two short years but the fight will begin before 2018. That means donating early and often, volunteering, phone banking, and canvassing. I actively dislike making cold calls and knocking on doors but I don't think there's any way around this if we want to live in an America where everyone is welcome.

8. Volunteer. One of the best ways to help is by getting involved directly and it will also help you feel less frightened and alone. Pick a cause and an organization and volunteer.

9. Reach out to your friends, your family, your community - the people you trust and feel safe with. No one should be alone at a time like this.

10. Last but not least, be kinder than you  think you need to be. The world - and the U.S., especially, desperately needs more kindness, compassion, respect and civility.

Hugs to you all. Also, just a heads up that I moderate all comments so nothing hateful will be published here.

18 comments:

Kim Saylor said...

This is an excellent list. Thank you so much for sharing. I have to believe civility and kindness will prevail.

Rocquie said...

I think it would be splendid idea to make a gift to one of the organizations you listed in the name of a trump supporter. Great article, thanks, Rocquie

Anonymous said...

This has been a very tough week for a lot of us. Thanks for offering ways to channel our heartbreak and fear into something productive. Pantsuit Nation is a great (safe) place to talk to other like-minded women and men. (And I hope you'll understand if I choose to remain anonymous; those of us in red states are a little nervous right now.)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post I have shared it with many of my friends. And thank you overall for your wonderful blog, I visit it regularly.

kristine said...

i really appreciate this list, and the links of orgs that we can donate to. bookmarking!

cmd said...

Thanks so much for this post, some really great information here!

Karen said...

You are a magical human and thank you for bringing your magic to us in a helpful practical way. Really good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thank yo. I live in what is considered an a mecca of diversity and tolerance. Since the election. I've become personally aware of 4 racist incidents, some explicitly associated with the incoming President. The latest at an elementary school. It is heartbreaking. I am worried.

birdgardens said...

Thank you, thank you! Am forwarding this blog entry to a number of friends and family, as we're all pondering how best to move forward.

birdgardens said...

Thank you, thank you! Am forwarding this blog entry to a number of friends and family, as we're all pondering how best to move forward.

Julia said...

What a great post, Eve! Thank you!

Chris said...

Well said Eva, "be kinder than you think you need to be" and the guide to deescalating bigoted comments towards Muslims and minorities - especially on public transport - is equally applicable here in Australia. Everybody can do something towards regenerating goodwill. Thank you.

Beth said...

Hi Eve - I haven't commented in such a long time; I haven't been in the mood for cooking in awhile, though that has suddenly changed post-election. I wanted to tell you, though, how much I appreciate this post. I have already been calling my reps, donating to as many of the organizations you listed as I can afford, and posting links and resources on my FB page. I've been off of Twitter for awhile, but I'm starting to post links there, too. You've given me even more suggestions, and I'll be sharing your post with my friends. It's so informative and thoughtfully written. xoxo

Eve Fox said...

Thank you so much, Beth! I am so glad to hear this. Hope you are well. XO

Tux | Brooklyn Homemaker said...

Thank you so much for your post.
I'm a food blogger myself and I have to tell you how nice it is to see someone using their voice to stand up for something they truly believe in. I've been so depressed and fearful since this election, and have wanted so badly to do something meaningful. I've been considering using my blog to share a message of inclusivity and action, but I've also been worried about losing readers over it. It's my blog though- so I want to be able to do and say whatever I want. I obviously love food, but I have so much more to offer and don't want to feel like I have to censor myself in a space I've created for myself.

Anyway, thank you. You've given me a renewed sense of hope and courage.

Eve Fox said...

Thanks, Tux. Follow your gut and your heart, I say. I did have a little spike in unsubscribes after this post but it does not worry me. I'm much more concerned about the future of the country! All the best to you,
Eve

Pia Alexander said...

Eve, i just saw this entry from you.At this truly perilous time,thoughtful,intelligent
words matter more than ever.I thank you for this,and i also follow your recipes,yum!
love, pia

Pia Alexander said...

Eve,just wrote a LONG appreciative letter,but it got erased away.Oh,well, love,pia

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

10 Things You Can Do To Help America

This is not a blog about politics but it is my blog and I can't really think about anything else so I just hope you are not offended if you do not share my views. At the moment, food just seems relatively unimportant (though if you're finding solace in cooking or baking, by all means, take it!)

Despite Trump's relatively slow start, he's begun to assemble the alt-right dream team. Trump's main strategist will be none other than former Breitbart News executive chairman and current anti-Semite and white nationalist, Stephen Bannon. Suddenly, those seemingly overblown comparisons to Nazi Germany do not seem all that dramatic... I'm scared for myself, my family and especially for minorities, gays and lesbians, immigrants, Muslims, Jews, women... Anyone who is not a wealthy, white, Christian man is in for a rough ride. And the implications are global in scope.

So what can we do?!?! The answer to that question is still evolving but in the meantime, here are ten things you can do now:

1. Make a donation to one or more - or ALL - of these organizations - they are going to need our support. If you can swing it financially, consider making a recurring, monthly gift as steady support is crucial to any organization's ability to plan ahead. Making a gift to one of these groups is a wonderful holiday gift for a loved one this year, too, so you can potentially cross two things off your list at once:
I also made a donation to Louisiana Democrat Foster Campbell's campaign - he's running against a well-funded Republican opponent for the last undecided Senate seat in a December 10th run-off election and he needs our help. Senate seats are PRECIOUS and he's a strong candidate. Donate to his campaign here.

And I donated to my local library because libraries are an essential part of any democracy because they provide free books, magazines and internet access to educate and inform oneself no matter how much money one has. And they almost always need more support.


2. Make plans to attend the million woman march in Washington, DC on January 21st or join a march in a city near you - I expect there will be mirror marches all over the country. The march is scheduled for Saturday, January 21st, the day after Trump's inauguration. Housing in DC is already crazily scarce so hopefully you know someone who lives in or near the city.

3. Do some reading to try to get a better grasp on what the Hell just happened and why. I think that many things played a role - from FBI Director Comey's timely (illegal) announcement in late October to the mistaken polling results showing Clinton in the lead that undoubtedly led to lower turnout for her to voter suppression and intimidation on the part of Republicans to Clinton's failure to excite voters or appeal to the Bernie or Bust contingent to the rampant misogyny that plagues our society and more - but the two pieces below provide important points of view:
4. Call your Senators and Representative to protest Stephen Bannon's appointment to the Trump Administration. If you're not sure what to say, this handy-dandy Googledoc contains just about every permutation of script you could need and gets updated regularly. I suggest you bookmark it.

I just called both my Senators, my current Representative, my new House Representative, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (202) 225-3031 - press 6 to leave a message) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell - no answer in DC so I called one of his district offices (502) 582-6304. I also called Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (202)-224-3542 press 1 to speak to a staffperson) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (202) 225-4965 to thank them both for denouncing Bannon and urge them to continue to speak out against bigotry, racism and misogyny. Don't forget your Governor, too. Find out how to reach your elected officials here. And remember that calls are the most effective, followed by actual letters, trailed by emails. Twitter's not a bad idea, either if you use it.
Graphic by Andy Mangold via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/andymangold/4263951467
5. Take a few deep breaths and remind yourself that the majority of Americans chose Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump and his divisive, hate-filled, misogynistic vision of America. They're still counting the votes but as of right now, Clinton won the popular vote by at least 600,000 votes and likely quite a bit more.

6. Since we're on the topic, it's high time to do away with the electoral college, an outdated, elitist institution which many Constitutional scholars believe to be a vestige of slavery that was designed to keep the masses from choosing someone unfit to lead (oh the irony....) Abolishing the electoral college is a tall order because it would require a Constitutional Amendment but there's no reason not to sign this petition urging Congress to do just that, as far as I can see. However, it's much more realistic to accomplish the same end by mandating that a state's electors vote for whoever wins the popular vote. Which brings me to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact - an agreement among several U.S. states and the District of Columbia to award all their respective electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote. Once states totaling 270 electoral votes join the compact--which only requires passing state laws-- then the next presidential election will be determined by the popular vote rather than the Electoral College. Read more about this movement and add your name here.

6. Stand up against racism, sexism, bigotry, and homophobia when they rear their ugly heads. This is easier said than done because angry, hateful people are rather scary. If you feel unsafe intervening, try to get someone to join you in doing so first to make it safer. This short video offers simple, solid guidance similar to the cartoon below and is appropriate in most situations.

Some people are wearing a safety pin to signify their commitment to supporting people of color and other minorities from attacks. It's an idea that started in Europe after the UK voted to leave the EU and saw a similar spike in xenophobic violence against Muslims and other people who look "foreign."

7. Prepare to fight hard in the mid-term elections. We have a chance to elect new leaders and flip control of the Senate in just two short years but the fight will begin before 2018. That means donating early and often, volunteering, phone banking, and canvassing. I actively dislike making cold calls and knocking on doors but I don't think there's any way around this if we want to live in an America where everyone is welcome.

8. Volunteer. One of the best ways to help is by getting involved directly and it will also help you feel less frightened and alone. Pick a cause and an organization and volunteer.

9. Reach out to your friends, your family, your community - the people you trust and feel safe with. No one should be alone at a time like this.

10. Last but not least, be kinder than you  think you need to be. The world - and the U.S., especially, desperately needs more kindness, compassion, respect and civility.

Hugs to you all. Also, just a heads up that I moderate all comments so nothing hateful will be published here.

18 comments:

Kim Saylor said...

This is an excellent list. Thank you so much for sharing. I have to believe civility and kindness will prevail.

Rocquie said...

I think it would be splendid idea to make a gift to one of the organizations you listed in the name of a trump supporter. Great article, thanks, Rocquie

Anonymous said...

This has been a very tough week for a lot of us. Thanks for offering ways to channel our heartbreak and fear into something productive. Pantsuit Nation is a great (safe) place to talk to other like-minded women and men. (And I hope you'll understand if I choose to remain anonymous; those of us in red states are a little nervous right now.)

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for this post I have shared it with many of my friends. And thank you overall for your wonderful blog, I visit it regularly.

kristine said...

i really appreciate this list, and the links of orgs that we can donate to. bookmarking!

cmd said...

Thanks so much for this post, some really great information here!

Karen said...

You are a magical human and thank you for bringing your magic to us in a helpful practical way. Really good stuff.

Anonymous said...

Thank yo. I live in what is considered an a mecca of diversity and tolerance. Since the election. I've become personally aware of 4 racist incidents, some explicitly associated with the incoming President. The latest at an elementary school. It is heartbreaking. I am worried.

birdgardens said...

Thank you, thank you! Am forwarding this blog entry to a number of friends and family, as we're all pondering how best to move forward.

birdgardens said...

Thank you, thank you! Am forwarding this blog entry to a number of friends and family, as we're all pondering how best to move forward.

Julia said...

What a great post, Eve! Thank you!

Chris said...

Well said Eva, "be kinder than you think you need to be" and the guide to deescalating bigoted comments towards Muslims and minorities - especially on public transport - is equally applicable here in Australia. Everybody can do something towards regenerating goodwill. Thank you.

Beth said...

Hi Eve - I haven't commented in such a long time; I haven't been in the mood for cooking in awhile, though that has suddenly changed post-election. I wanted to tell you, though, how much I appreciate this post. I have already been calling my reps, donating to as many of the organizations you listed as I can afford, and posting links and resources on my FB page. I've been off of Twitter for awhile, but I'm starting to post links there, too. You've given me even more suggestions, and I'll be sharing your post with my friends. It's so informative and thoughtfully written. xoxo

Eve Fox said...

Thank you so much, Beth! I am so glad to hear this. Hope you are well. XO

Tux | Brooklyn Homemaker said...

Thank you so much for your post.
I'm a food blogger myself and I have to tell you how nice it is to see someone using their voice to stand up for something they truly believe in. I've been so depressed and fearful since this election, and have wanted so badly to do something meaningful. I've been considering using my blog to share a message of inclusivity and action, but I've also been worried about losing readers over it. It's my blog though- so I want to be able to do and say whatever I want. I obviously love food, but I have so much more to offer and don't want to feel like I have to censor myself in a space I've created for myself.

Anyway, thank you. You've given me a renewed sense of hope and courage.

Eve Fox said...

Thanks, Tux. Follow your gut and your heart, I say. I did have a little spike in unsubscribes after this post but it does not worry me. I'm much more concerned about the future of the country! All the best to you,
Eve

Pia Alexander said...

Eve, i just saw this entry from you.At this truly perilous time,thoughtful,intelligent
words matter more than ever.I thank you for this,and i also follow your recipes,yum!
love, pia

Pia Alexander said...

Eve,just wrote a LONG appreciative letter,but it got erased away.Oh,well, love,pia