Political Organizing for Peace and Freedom are great antidotes to grief, depression and a threatened Democracy. There are many ways we can continue this American journey in a good direction.
First, the Election Victories:
Pramila Jayapal (WA) 1st Indian-American Women Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
Kamala Harris (CA) 2nd African-American Woman & 1st Indian-American Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate.
Ilhan Omar (MN) 1st Somali-American Elected to a State Legislature.
Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) 1st Latina Elected to the U.S. Senate.
Now, a few suggestions for Mourning-After Political Organizing:
1. Search Out Groups of Like-Minded Citizens: It’s always and all ways important to be with people of like mind and heart. This is healing for each of us, and what’s good for every one of us is good for the whole, I believe this to be true.
2. Monitor Congress on CSPAN. Then Call, Write & Email Legislators. CSPAN is a TV channel with daily coverage of Senate and House of Representatives Hearings live and video taped here. You can also view Supreme Court Arguments and Business here.
3. March With Those Groups Attacked 1st — to Slow the Rise of Oppression: Pastor Martin Niemöller’s speech in 1946 about citizen responsibility and how the impact of oppression is carefully built up from the smallest, most distant group to the largest:
“First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”
4. Read Books about Diverse Cultures here: People Called Women Bookstore (PCW) provides the best selection possible of multi-cultural feminist books from around the world. PCW, in Toledo, Ohio, is one of a handful of feminist bookstores remaining in the U.S. and Canada. We are proud to have them as our bookseller! Check out the selection here.
5. Explore Women’s Spirituality in all its forms and traditions here. Spirituality and world religions are important for us to understand our common humanity, our common needs, goals and oppressions. Explore these offerings and enrich your spirit here!
6. Donate to Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support. These organizations work on all our behalf, providing essential legal representation, education, and monitoring necessary for democratic participation, volunteerism, and donations so they can continue to work harder than ever. Here are just a few we suggest (not in order of importance, some are new to me and may be to you):
OurRevolution.com. Campaigns End. Revolutions Endure. Our Revolution will revitalize American democracy by unifying the millions of people who got involved over the course of U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign in support of progressive causes. See issues here. Get involved here.
American Cilvil Liberties Union (ACLU) works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the U.S. constitution. The ACLU is currently monitoring statements made by the president elect. Donate here.
Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.
Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) was founded in 1915 out of an International Women’s Congress against World War. WILPF works to bring together women of different political views and philosophical and religious backgrounds to work for a permanent peace, and to oppose oppression and exploitation. WILPF has national sections in 37 countries, and is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and maintains a United Nations office in New York City. Get involved here.
National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs at your local chapter’s page.
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) promotes the civil rights of people of color to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.
National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.
National Women’s Political Caucus (NWPC) is a pro-choice, multicultural, intergenerational, and multi-issue grassroots organization dedicated to increasing women’s participation in the political process and creating a true women’s political power base to achieve equality for all women. NWPC recruits, trains and supports pro-choice women candidates for elected and appointed offices at all levels of government regardless of party affiliation. Find your state chapter here.
350.ORG is building a global grassroots climate movement that can hold our leaders accountable to the realities of science and the principles of justice. Join Email List here.
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here.
Lakota People’s Law Project is on the front lines at Standing Rock protecting water for all of us. You can watch a video of Phyllis Young, long time water rights expert for the Lakota Nation. speaking to Water Protectors. I have worked with at the U.N. Phyllis has six children and packed the youngest child with her to Geneva in the l970s. Donate here.
Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here.
Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy organization dedicated to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) works to challenge the global proliferation of pesticides, defend basic rights to health and environmental quality, and work to ensure the transition to a just and viable food system. PAN works with those on the frontlines to tackle the pesticide problem — and reclaim the future of food and farming. Fighting GMOs in the U.S. and around the world.
Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.
Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.
PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.
Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and here to donate.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.
Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.
She Should Run is a non-profit that aims to get more women into elected leadership roles. You can donate here.
Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.
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