Three years ago I spent days on end at the Texas Capitol fighting to preserve a women’s right to her own body in Texas. I mocked Rick Perry’s ignorance for not being able to list the THREE agencies he wanted to get rid of in our country. Wendy Davis lost the battle. Texas women raged on. Women raged on. But it was a lot harder.
The fight is now national. The enemy happens to be our President-elect and the war is most certainly not just on women. If anything, I am fortunate to be born as a white woman, a biological factor that has given me a life of white privilege. A privilege I have hoped to use for good: to champion for those without a voice, to fight for those unable to do so, to stand with POC, LGBTQ and all oppressed groups. I am not perfect. I am so fucking far from it. I catch myself in judgmental thoughts. I stop myself when thinking problematically in stereotypes.
I’m pissed off. You should be fucking angry. You should tell your white friends how angry you are and why. You should speak up for your friends that don’t have the privilege of waking up in today’s America feeling unequivocally safe if not a bit off-put by the results of this beyond fucked election. If you did not vote — shame on you. How dare you throw away a right that so many people in this country do not have! People that have lived here their entire life, worked their asses off, yet are unable to stake their claim in America in one tangible way: our electoral process because of the legality holding them back.
My mom called me crying on Tuesday. She’s not the politically active type. She is half Mexican yet 100% American. She never learned to speak Spanish because my grandmother never taught her; My grandmother instead, spoke as little Spanish as possible to avoid discrimination at the time. She lost her language very early on in life. Racism forced her to lose her language. My mom cried for this and for her feelings as a subjugated woman. She has been abused. She has been assaulted. She has persevered. She has taught me my value and continues to do so. She works as a cashier at a grocery store and talks to every single person who comes through her line. People love her positivity and her kind heart (despite them wishing she would just shut up and bag every now and again). I love her for her foul mouth and for my young exposure to crime dramas.
Now here we are. In a world where an accused rapist AND a proven sexist, racist bigot is poised to become the President of the United States. And here I sit as a woman afraid of losing agency over her body; as a teacher afraid for her students of color, as a friend terrified for her LBGTQIA+ friends. As a Muslim ally terrified for their safety AND religious freedom. I never thought I would feel so betrayed by my country.
Years ago while attending a protest against the School of the Americas (click for more info) I listened to countless accounts of Latinos who lost loved ones in their country due to American-backed attacks. I felt so guilty yet so lucky to live in America because I could defend these people and yet still be safe from persecution. This thought was ignorant.
The war is on our soil and it has been for a long time. It’s time we started doing something about it and fighting for the good side.
P.S Does anyone else feel like dumpster baby Donald and his ignorant AF wife Melania shouldn’t even be allowed in the same room as the perfection that is President Barrack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama? K cool.
The ACLU: “For almost 100 years, the ACLU has worked to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
The American Immigration Council: “The American Immigration Council (‘Council’), established in 1987, works to strengthen America by honoring our immigrant history and shaping how America thinks about and acts towards immigrants and immigration.”
Black Lives Matter: “An affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.”
Emily’s List: “We ignite change by getting pro-choice Democratic women elected to office.”
Everytown: “Everytown is a movement of Americans working together to end gun violence and build safer communities.”
HIAS: “HIAS stands for a world in which refugees find welcome, safety, and freedom.”
It Gets Better Project: “The It Gets Better Project’s mission is to communicate to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth around the world that it gets better, and to create and inspire the changes needed to make it better for them.”
KIND: “KIND staff and our pro bono attorney partners at law firms, corporations, and law schools nationwide represent unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings. Together, we ensure that no child stands in court alone.”
The NAACP: “The mission of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is to ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination.”
NARAL Pro-Choice America: “NARAL was founded before Roe v. Wade, before legal abortion was even possible in the United States. We as an organization and as a progressive movement exist to fight for the dignity and equality of all Americans. We hold the line—in good times and in bad—to defend the freedoms that are enshrined in our constitution and that define what it means to be American.”
National Center for Transgender Equality: “The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.”
Planned Parenthood: “Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.”
RAINN: “RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization.”
Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Donate here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school. Donate and learn about ways to volunteer here.
Ann Friedman: Finish Your Ugly-Crying. Here’s What Comes Next.
The Mary Sue: What to Do If You’re Trans and Live in America Now
Anil Dash: Forget “Why?”, It’s Time to Get to Work
Nicole Silverberg: What Can I Do Right Now?
Huffington Post: If You’re Overwhelmed by the Election, Here’s What You Can Do Now