One day it will be written in history books that as white supremacy attempted to take its final stand, the people rose up, joined together and fought back. They looked evil in the face and said, “We will not become you.”
Day 15. We’re fifteen days into the Trump regime and most of us are exhausted. We’re tired. We’re angry. We’re overwhelmed. But we are working. We are progressing. We are winning.
It’s hard to see the wins when the battles are never ending, but they’re present. Blowticious put together a Twitter thread of highlighting areas we’ve made progress in included reversing the federal hiring freeze at the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, having courts issue a partial stay on the immigration and having green card holders explicitly allowed into our country.
But these are battles and there is an entire war ahead of us. (Most people like using the sprint-marathon analogy here, but let’s be honest with ourselves. We are at war with white supremacy, not just trying to outrun it.) So here are some tips to get us through.
Mourn. There will be disappointments, losses and pains as we move forward. Mourn them. It’s okay to mourn. It’s appropriate to mourn. It’s healthy to mourn. Feel what you feel honestly and completely, and then dust yourself off and get back in the battle.
Not sure how to mourn? Here’s a plan.
Pray. Racism has been declared sin at the United Church of Christ because it denies a person’s humanity, is incompatible with the Gospel and is a violation of human rights. The intention of white supremacy is to destroy non-white people mentally, emotionally, spiritually, and more often that not, physically. Prayer can sustain you. Prayer is a fascinating tool that can strengthen you, provide you with peace and guide you. Use prayer to find comfort. Use it to center yourself. Use it to get direction for what is next.
Why is racism sin? Read here.
Need a daily prayer journal? Download this one.
Cope. Any person who is attacked mentally, emotionally and spiritually will feel the consequences of the attacks. Figure out how to cope. Meditate. Work out. See your therapist. Write. Cry. Disconnect. Sleep. Do what you need to do to care for yourself.
Trying to stay outraged without going crazy or being consumed? Read this article by Mirah Curzer.
How do I meditate? There are apps for that.
Work. The battles are many and the war is long. There is enough work for all of us. Get involved. Make phone calls. Join your local Democratic Party. Talk to others. Send emails. Attend your senators and representatives town hall meetings. Protest. Donate money. Everyone one can’t do everything. But it’s important that you find what you can do to contribute to the resistance efforts and do that consistently.
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Want to financially support organizations actively organizing to resist Trump? Join the Resist and Give Giving Circle. Each month they choose a different resistance group to donate to directly.
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Learn. In the midst of the work, take the time to learn. Read and listen to thought leaders. Study the activists who came before you. Understand the political and social issues that come up. Research the history behind these issues. Be knowledgeable of the world you live in.
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Need to understand hate and tolerance? Check out the Southern Poverty Law Center and its “Hatewatch” and “Teaching Tolerance” newsletters.
Are Trump and team playing mind games? Absolutely. Read more.
Does the Christian Right confuse you? Read from someone who grew up in the culture.
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Resist. Having a blatant white supremacist as your chief strategist is not normal. Demoting the roles of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the director of National Intelligence on the National Security Council while promoting said white supremacist is not normal. Implementing xenophobic immigration polices is not normal. Threatening the press is not normal. Telling obvious lies that can easily be proven as alternative facts is not normal. Threatening to withdraw funding from a public university over protest is not normal. What is happening around us is not normal. We can’t not accept it as normal. It is our duty and responsibility to resist.
How to resist? Connect with organizations that are resisting.
Check out the ACLUs 7-Point Resistance Plan
Connect with The 65, an online organizing group that prioritizes issue and provides calls and contact info to assist constituents in calling their lawmakers.
Read the Indivisible Guide, a practical guide for resisting the Trump Agenda. This information is developed and curated by former congressional staffers and designed to share the best practices to get congressional staff to listen to you.
Join Rise Stronger, an organizing group designed to resist Trump.
Nurture. Take care of yourself. Eat your veggies, drink your water, feed your body, mind and soul. Surround yourself with people and things that fill you up and make you happy. The resistance will drain you. Make it a priority to fill yourself back up.
Need help keeping track? Try these apps.
Relax. It’s okay to take a nap. It’s okay to disappear for the weekend. It’s okay to engage in Beyoncé’s pregnancy photos and trash TV. Yes, you will miss something, but the world won’t burn (any faster) because you missed it. It’s okay to relax. It’s healthy to relax.
Need help finding something good to watch? Check out the best movies and TV shows new to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and HBO.
Care. Take care of your people. Take care of those around you. Let people know they are loved and supported. Speak out. Use your privilege to benefit others. Don’t be silent as those around you are attacked and berated. Protect those around you. Have a heart. Care.
Need inspiration? Check out this story.
And when it’s all said and done, know that we will be alright…