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Let’s take a minute to be completely and utterly horrified that bigots were able to band together and get this asshole elected. I know, it’s so heartbreaking that it makes your stomach hurt. It makes you feel like all the good has been sucked out of the world and those of us who fought the good fight during this election season are left to mourn this loss. We’re also pissed which is a good thing. You need to take that anger and use it to prepare yourself for the work that lies ahead. Because now is not the time to fall apart. Now is not the time to forget your responsibility as feminists and human beings. Now is the time to take a page out of the book of second wave feminists during the civil rights era. It’s the time for community organizing. It’s the time to come together as an army of social justice warriors to protect the progress we’ve already made and to show the world that we’re not going to allow this regime to take us back fifty years.
As the saying goes ‘hope for the best, prepare for the worst’. That’s what we need to do right now. We can hope that republicans in congress will not turn a blind eye when Trump inevitably makes decisions that threaten the lives and liberties of our citizens. We can hope that when the time comes to think about impeachment, they don’t hide behind the ‘R’ next to their names and they recognize that impeaching this dangerous fascist the minute that he begins to twist the constitution to do his bidding is the only way to save their dying party. Supporting his hateful plans and neglecting to stop him from destroying the country will be the end of the Republican party.
While we hope that Republicans can get their shit together, we have a lot of work to do. So let’s prepare for the worst by planning ahead:
LGBT Rights — Trump is likely going to try to nominate Supreme Court judges who will revoke marriage equality. The fear is that millions of Americans in legal marriages will find themselves suddenly unmarried if this happens. So what do we do? First, remember that this wouldn’t be easy to do. There are a few scenarios in which this could happen. The first thing that has to happen is the Supreme Court would need to have a reason to be revisiting this issue. That could happen if a (red) state decides to enact a state law disallowing same sex marriage. In that case, because they would be actively defying a federal law, the court would be forced to deal with it. The Supreme Court could also be compelled to look at this again if a Kim Davis like scenario occurred. The next thing that needs to happen is Trump has to stock the court with enough social conservatives to sway the decision towards reversing Obergefell V. Hodges, the case that gave us marriage equality. The Senate would need to confirm his nominees. Senators are concerned about being elected again. Writing to them to voice opposition to Trump’s nominees is one way to stand against this.
Reproductive Rights — Trump has absolutely no idea how women’s bodies work or what reproductive rights even are. As he demonstrated in the third debate when he stated that abortions can be performed up until the day before the due date, he clearly doesn’t know what the fuck he’s talking about. That won’t stop him from attempting to defund Planned Parenthood or overturning Roe V. Wade. Supporting Planned Parenthood in whatever way that you can is a big step. I can’t overstate the importance of the Supreme Court here. What I said above about writing your Senators (particularly Republicans Senators) is key.
Also, we need to prepare for what to do if he’s successful. What happens if we lose abortion rights? Fucking chaos is what happens but we need to make sure now, more than ever, that women have access to birth control or any form of contraception possible (condoms, IUDs, etc). Find out where the local free clinics and women’s health agencies are in your neighborhoods. Volunteer to help them. Ask your local schools if they hand out condoms. Offer to donate some if you can. The less unintended pregnancies the better, of course, but especially in a time when we don’t have access to safe, legal abortion. Educate young people about sex when you can. Talk to the young women in your life. Make sure they know what they can do to prevent pregnancy and offer to lend a non-judgmental, supportive ear.
There will always be doctors who are willing to perform safe abortions at great risk to themselves, even when it’s illegal. Historically, this has always been the case and it will happen again should we lose abortion rights. If you find out about such a health care provider, do what you can to support and protect them but be mindful of your own safety.
Deportation of the Undocumented — If Trump has his way and mass deportations begin, we will all need to come together and organize to help our undocumented friends and neighbors. We have come together in the past as organizers to protect the persecuted. The underground railroad is a great example. We can do this but it will mean openly committing illegal acts by offering shelter to undocumented folks who cannot or don’t want to return to their countries of origin. There are many ways to help. If you have work to offer to undocumented Americans and you can pay under the table, that would be a huge help. We should also not underestimate the power of protest. If undocumented folks need to go underground so as not to be rounded up, those with American citizenship will need to be their voice publicly. Also, it’s legal to remain in this country if you marry an American citizen, I’m just sayin’.
The key to fighting against the Trump regime is through organization. We need to come together to fight back. We have a little time to prepare but we need to get our ducks in a row. This is the greatest threat to American liberty that we’ve seen in decades. Do not sit down. Do not take it lightly. Be prepared to riot, to protest, to be loud. Even if it doesn’t affect you, that doesn’t mean that you can ignore it. People are going to be affected by this truly disgusting decision that the American public made. Will you join me in declaring war on Trump?