Productive Things You Can Do In Response to This Election

It would be dishonest to say this past week hasn't been hard for us. Like many people across this country and the world, we have been in a weird state of disbelief, grief, worry and anger.

And perhaps this may have some people thinking, "You're just over-reacting. Typical millennial making everything personal."

But the things is, it is personal. This past week has shown us that hate speech and generalizations are valued over experience and female leadership.

We've had conversations with Trump-voters who have said that they are feeling attacked and feel like they can't say who they voted for without being labeled as racists because they voted for "policies." Policies, that we think are inherently racist and infringing on people's basic human rights. That's a problem.

And it's not okay for people to feel unsafe, Trump supporters included, but take that feeling of being attacked and multiply that by a significant amount. That is how people of color feel on a daily basis. Women. Latinos. Immigrants. LGBTQ+ community. And this is not acceptable.

After feeling this grief and anger continuously for the past week, we have discovered that the only way to cure this feeling and this country is to do something. We may feel powerless and hopeless, but this is all the more reason to utilize the power that we do have and to create our own hope.

Below is a list of things that YOU can do to help this country heal: 

1. Many small businesses are donating profits to organizations such as Planned Parenthood, ACLU, The Trevor Project: 

2. Send donations yourself to organizations that directly support causes in which you are passionate about: ACLU, Planned Parenthood, Council on American-Islamic Relations, The Trevor Project

3. Participate in protests that are taking place around the country. 

4. Encourage your girlfriends to run for office. Or run for office yourself! 

5. Post Joe Biden memes, because they're the only thing that are making people smile right now. 

6. Be a support system to friends (or strangers) who are hopeless and perhaps are contemplating suicide. Give them the support and the resources that they need. 

7. Don't be afraid to have conversations. It's SO important to have open dialogue right now. The last person you may want to talk to right now is a Trump supporter. But we need  to have respectful and open conversations with those that voted for Trump. This is probably the most important step we can take. To have conversations across the aisle or figurative wall will EDUCATE and hopefully create empathy towards minorities who are being discriminated against. 

8. Practice Self-Care. It is so important to take care of yourself. You can't give anything if you are empty. Treat yo self, if you need to.

9. Remember that there is still good in the world. 2016 has been a crazy year, but some good did come of out it. Check out this video:

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We're Sarah and Kaitlyn, roommates from Milwaukee who started this blog to promote creativity and life.
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