To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, I hope you had a great holiday!
I’ve been computerless for most of the weekend so my apologies for not posting more recently.
I want to draw your attention to something extremely important that’s happening in our country, which is frightening much of the world and leaving many of our residents feeling powerless to bring about change and inject this world with a much-needed dosage of compassion.
And I’m here to try and show you how to take that feeling of powerlessness and harness it into real change.
Normally, after a presidential election, the sitting president finishes out their duties without issue. They make their final international visits and prepare for retirement from public office (unless you’re John Quincy Adams, but that’s a different story).
What we have at this moment, however, are countries squandering to find out what their relationship with the United States will be like after President Obama leaves office and a current president doing more hand holding to prepare the current president-elect more than any other has ever done. (See here and here) Those who voted against Trump find themselves ostracized for feeling that this man does not represent them and their ideals of what America stands for. Those who voted for Trump find themselves boasting some of the worst beliefs found in the underbelly of American society, and no one is left unscathed. (See here and here). What can we do to ensure our country remains the true land of the free and harness those compassionate, empathetic beliefs we all hold in our hearts that this country stands for?
Here are a few things you can do:
- Stand up against hate – Do not be a bystander against injustice. Do not let those around you be susceptible to violence or indecency based off who they are. We are all human beings and we all wish to live in a safe and secure society. As Martin Luther King, Jr. once said: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” If you find someone being attacked because of their religion, sexual orientation, skin color, age, gender, or anything else which makes us such a wonderfully diverse species I recommend following the comic below (Source)
- Promote organizations which promote compassion, empathy, and understanding – There are many organizations in the United States and throughout the world which help promote the ideals of Robert Kennedy. Below is a list of some organizations you can donate to ensure they continue to fulfill their missions. (Source)
- American Civil Liberties Union – an organization working to defend the fundamental rights and liberties afforded Americans through the Constitution.
- Planned Parenthood – Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide. (Source)
- Southern Poverty Law Center – A critical non-profit that combats hate, intolerance, and discrimination through educational programs and litigation
- Lambda – The oldest national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community and Americans living with HIV.
- NAACP – one of the largest and most influential organizations fighting for both the rights of African Americans and against racial prejudice in the United States.
- CAIR – a Washington D.C.-based Muslim civil rights advocacy group dedicated to promoting a positive image of Islam and Muslims in the United States.
- RAINN – an anti-sexual assault organization that works with local rape crisis centers across America while also providing anonymous web-based support initiatives ― like a crisis hotline ― for victims of sexual assault.
- AI Justice – a non-profit law firm committed to protecting and fighting for the basic rights of immigrants.
- SRLP – helps protect the rights of the most vulnerable members of the LGBTQ community.
3. Become involved in your local, state, and federal elections and government – As I stated above, you can easily find out how the elected officials meant to represent you have voted and discover whether they voted for the best of your community or for their own special interests. Attend your local community boards, PTA meetings, and town halls hosted by your local council members, representatives, and senators. Attend rallies for causes you believe in and make your voice heard.
4. Buy With Your Conscience – When you purchase anything you not only support the company you purchased from but also their own agendas. Buy with your wallet. You can download the app Buycott for your phone, tailor it to whatever causes you believe it and look up any company when you purchase anything to see if they support what you are against. By boycotting companies which go against what you believe in you take a stand without breaking a sweat.
– If you are someone who is against Donald Trump, there is also an app you can download strictly to boycott companies and businesses with ties to Trump’s business. The app is called Boycott Trump.
These are just a few of things you can do to make your voice heard and let the world know that we will not stand for injustice against anyone simply because they look or act differently than us. By showing compassion towards those who are discriminated against we can show the world that the United States will not stand for bullies, hate, or malfeasance.
While the whole world is watching our country to see what we do next, together we can show the world that we care for those who suffer, we believe everyone deserves to be treated equally and that when we stand together we can rip down all walls of oppression.
As Robert Kennedy said in his last speech before being assassinated:
What I think is—what I think is quite clear is that we can work together in the last analysis and that what has been going on in the United States over the period of the last three years, the division, the violence, the disenchantment with our society, the division whether it’s between black and white, between the poor and the more affluent … that we can start to work together. We are a great country and selfish country and a compassionate country.
While the options stated above are just a few, I’d love to know your recommendations for how to stand up to hate and injustice. Leave a comment with what you recommend and together we can spread the message of Robert Kennedy’s vision to make this world a safer, more compassionate place to live in.