Post-Election…What Now?

*Originally published for the Girl Up Campaign community*

Resources and Action Items

It’s no secret that we are in the midst of some major changes in the U.S. and in other countries around the world. In times like these, it is natural to feel confused, frustrated, scared, and lost in the midst of clashing opinions, beliefs, and values. If you relate to any of these feelings, know you are not alone! It’s natural and important that we let ourselves go through the various stages of processing such big changes.

That being said, change can also be super exciting! It provides us with the opportunity to stand behind issues we are passionate about, make a difference for the better, and spread compassion, respect, and acceptance. What inspires you? What ignites your inner activist? We know it can vary from person to person. Read below for some places to start:

Educate:

Listen

  1. It can be hard to filter the constant political media surrounding us. These post-election dialogues allow windows into people’s varying experiences, ideas and opinions. Simply listening to people different from you can be the best, most authentic, way towards greater understanding. Listen to these raw and vulnerable post-election dialogues between Trump and Hillary supporters.
  2. Listen to Buzzfeeds’ Ahmed Ali Akbar’s podcast series about the experience of being Muslim in America.

Watch

Watch the powerful story of Ilhan Omar,  a former refugee and now the first Somali-American elected to United States state legislature.

Read

  1. Speaking of awesome women in politics, read more about the incredible 7 women who made history in the 2016 election here.
  2. Constructive post-election advice from activist Sarah Flicker
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Rally:

  1. It’s is no secret that Lena Dunham has created an awesome platform in Lenny Letter; a bi-weekly newsletter featuring interviews, art, music, stories, and opinion pieces devoted to themes of women’s rights and empowerment. Read this empowering article on how to use your authentic voice to create political change! She also wrote this piece called “Advice for a Teen Activist.”
  2. For some, writing can be the best form of processing change. There is something freeing and constructive about having your mind and heart merge and flow through pen onto paper. Try writing a journal entry, blog post, poem – anything! – to help you sort through your thoughts. See here for a poem written titled, “To America, With Love.”
  3. Subscribe to the  Clover Letter, a daily newsletter for teenage girls. The newsletter is full of gems: spotlights of real girls doing real(ly)awesome things, mini-news blurbs, and a featured post about super relatable issues. They recently featured a story titled, “How to Use Art as Activism.

“As artists we must continue doing what we do best. We must channel these feelings into vehicles for conversation and education.”

– Aurora James

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Picture Credit: @bymarieandrew

Act:

  1. Find some wonderful organizations that need support here,  here and  here. Or volunteer! Often, the best donation you can make is your time!
  2. Take action when talking with people of opposing political beliefs.
  3. Clover Letter started the COOLEST project ever called #Next4Years. In a nutshell, they are asking girls to pledge their action items for the next 4 years. Watch the video here and share out your own pledge!
  4. Run/prepare to run/encourage others to run for office (in your school, community, district, region, state, beyond!) What better way to make change than to do so directly?! Check out this organization that helps bring ‘young women into politics.’

‘The question isn’t who’s going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.’

Happy Wandering,

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