This morning I woke up feeling powerless. Yesterday I watched vigilantly as the 2016 US Election results rolled in. I watched as the blue numbers increased and red numbers even more. By the time the result was clear I was bewildered.
I won’t enter into a discussion here about why the election result makes me feel anxious, unsafe, and angry because if you also feel this way you’ll understand why. If you don’t feel this way, it’s likely you will want to tell me why I shouldn’t. With all due respect, my feelings are valid and I won’t be told otherwise.
In the short term, it’s difficult to be pragmatic about what the election result will cost the environment, women, people of color, immigrants, the LGBTQ+ community, the disabled, and others whose futures have been put at risk.
I can’t be pragmatic right now because I need my feelings. My feelings are what is going to drive me forward, to continue to speak up, and to try and make a difference, even it’s a small one.
As an introvert, it’s times like these where being quiet can feel like an impediment. I wanted to write this to demonstrate that it isn’t. In fact, quiet reflection can result in a measured, intelligent response to a situation.
If you’re an introvert who feels powerless and wants to change that, there are many things you can do to have your voice heard. There are many organizations who want to hear from you, who will take strength from your support. Your very presence matters.
Here are some organizations you can donate to or become a volunteer with:
National Organization for Women now.org
Planned Parenthood https://www.plannedparenthood.org/
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) http://www.naacp.org/
Black Lives Matter http://blacklivesmatter.com/
Immigrant Solidarity Network http://www.immigrantsolidarity.org/
Center for Constitutional Rights http://ccrjustice.org/
Amercian Civil Liberties Union https://www.aclu.org/
Immigration Center for Women and Children http://icwclaw.org/
National Immigration Law Center https://www.nilc.org/
The Ali Forney Center (for homeless youth) http://www.aliforneycenter.org/
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund https://dredf.org/
Autistic Self Advocacy Network http://autisticadvocacy.org/
Rape Abuse Incest National Network https://www.rainn.org/index.php
The Human Rights Campaign http://www.hrc.org/
Southern Poverty Law Center https://www.splcenter.org/
The Trevor Project http://www.thetrevorproject.org/
The National Center for Transgender Equality http://www.transequality.org/
The National LBGTQ Task Force http://www.thetaskforce.org/
Next Gen Climate https://nextgenclimate.org/
Friends of the Earth http://www.foe.org/
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society http://www.seashepherd.org/
Natural Resource Defense Council https://www.nrdc.org/
You can also do the following simple things:
- Donate food or clothes to food banks and local charities, and volunteer there too if you can.
- Write to your Representatives and when I say write, I mean actually write, don’t email. Physical letters have to be opened, read, and then saved into digital format. Be a pain in the butt!
- Subscribe to your local press and become familiar with local issues. Taking action in your community is one of the most important things you can do.
Even if you make one simple gesture, it will count! Thank you for reading.