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Post-Election Wisdom, Resources and Actions
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SPECIAL EDITION:
Post-Election Resources and Actions to
Build Collective Hope and Momentum


In the last 25 days since US voters (more specifically, white US voters) selected Donald Trump as our President-Elect, we have experienced an immediate increase of hate speech and violence and a glimpse into what the next four years hold with the nomination of white supremacists, climate change skeptics and anti-LGBT billionaires to cabinet positions, just to name a few. We've also been gifted with a tremendous outpouring of smart, thoughtful analysis and reflection from voices like Van Jones and Toni Morrison (see below), the awakening of many of our friends and family members to the reality of racism, sexism and xenophobia in our communities, and courageous organizing across the country from Standing Rock to Maricopa County.

This special edition of the HCG e-newsletter is our attempt to help you connect with insightful, challenging and inspiring post-election resources for learning and action; compiled here are blog posts, videos, campaigns and organizations that we have been turning to over the last 3 weeks to help us reflect, renew our commitments to justice and transformation, and take meaningful action. Organized thematically by issue, each section reports current analysis in addition to campaigns, organizations and actions to support.
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We hope that the resources here help you learn, grow, and take new risks as they have challenged and helped us to do. Perhaps most importantly, we hope that the resources in this newsletter help you continue to transform our shared commitment to justice and equity into action - especially where it feels hard, awkward or scary. Give money. Go to a rally. Call your senators. Join a local social justice organization and volunteer your time. Feeling awkward, stuck or scared?
Check out the guides below for suggestions, helpful hints, and wisdom from seasoned activists.
WISDOM FOR INSIGHT & STRENGTH

“I know the world is bruised and bleeding, and though it is important not to ignore its pain, it is also critical to refuse to succumb to its malevolence. Like failure, chaos contains information that can lead to knowledge—even wisdom. Like art.” - Toni Morrison
 

"For those of us feeling shock, there are many more for whom the federal government and racist violence have always been synonymous, who have never been protected or prioritized by the state. It is time to release the systems we have finally recognized as destructive at their core, and use our movements to imagine and create entirely new ones." - Rad Fag
Ilhan Omar, 34, made history as the first Somali-American elected as a state representative in Minnesota. "This really was a victory for that 8-year-old in that refugee camp," Omar said, "This was a victory for the young woman being forced into child marriage. This was a victory for every person that's been told they have limits on their dreams."

“My progressive white family: we have the opportunity of a lifetime to fight like hell for what we say we believe. This is not a drill. We do not have be perfect and we will not have all the answers: but we do have to take responsibility, and we do have to be humble, flexible and brave. Let’s organize.” - excerpt from Caitlin Breedlove’s “White Progressives: It is Time to Be Transformers, Not Just Have Opinions”

"And now I'm saying, y'all: Get on, strap in, and let's ride this sucker. Let's push the call button and clog the toilets. Be unruly and unruled. Let's give the pilot hell back here. I am willing to forget my deepest fears of flight, that angst of no return, the snapping ties of my heart as the wheels tuck under and out. I know what to save." - excerpt from Yolanda Wisher's "Dear president-elect: Our pilot has shown up - cussing, snorting, handsy, full of spite and trifles"
"The truth is that the ground has always been shaky, forever. But in times when fear is prevalent, that truth is more obvious. All this fear surrounding us may sound like the bad news, but in fact it’s the good news. Fear is like a dot that emerges in the space in front of us and captures our attention. It is like a doorway we could go through, but where that doorway leads is not predetermined. It is up to us."  - excerpt from "After the Election: Buddhist Wisdom for Hope & Healing"
 
RACIAL JUSTICE / WHITE SUPREMACY
Analysis:

Black Lives Matter Statement on Trump’s Election - Click here for full statement 

“But we ask ourselves — how do we reconcile our vision for future generations' prosperity with the knowledge that more than half of white voting Americans believe a white supremacist can and should decide what's best for this country? We organize.”
Videos from the Facing Race Conference - Click this link to get to a video of the highlights of Facing Race 2016, and then check out all of the great videos from Facing Race, which took place immediately after the presidential election. The Race Forward YouTube channel includes videos of plenary speakers Jose Antonio Vargas, Roxane Gay and the closing plenary entitled "Where Do We Go From Here?" with Marisa Franco, Glenn Harris, Pramila Jayapal, Van Jones, Kara Denise Brewer Boyd and Linda Sarsour.

How the Trump Effect is Making School Hell for Minority Students “Trump's election has ensured that he will serve for at least four years, but his campaign and subsequent presidency could cause irreparable damage to the kids who are targets of this bullying.”

Campaigns and Organizations:

Race Forward advances racial justice through research, media, and practice. Founded in 1981, Race Forward brings systemic analysis and an innovative approach to complex race issues to help people take effective action toward racial equity. DON'T MISS coverage of the recent Facing Race conference which includes video, reporting and a Facing Race Leadership Series featuring inspiring, actionable stories and solutions from movement leaders.

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality. Read their recent reports and survey data tracking hate-related incidents and impacts of the election on schools and students. 
Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement.
Showing Up for Racial Justice is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. In this moment, we need everyone in the fight against racism. Building the kind of movement we need in this moment starts at the local level - right in our own homes.
IMMIGRATION / XENOPHOBIA
Analysis:
"With such far-reaching capacity, whether deportation numbers spike or drop under an administration is a question of opening or closing the faucet on what has become a well-oiled removal pipeline. Whether it is flowing rapidly or cut to a trickle is a choice of the person in charge, and will be a choice presented to President Obama’s successor.”
In Victory for Immigrants' Rights Activists, Sheriff Joe Arpaio Loses Re-election in Arizona
"Some of us have already been living in Trump’s America. And I think that there’s a lot of things that people who have been living these experiences and living in these places can share and teach in this moment. I do think there is a way forward." - Marisa Franco, speaking with Democracy Now
Sanctuary Cities Are Safe, Thanks to Conservatives
Campaigns and Organizations:
Imagine a movement that is not just Pro-Latinx...but pro-Black, pro-woman, pro-queer, pro-poor because our community is all that and more.

NIJC protects human rights and provides access to justice for all immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.
#Not1More builds collaboration between individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
RELIGIOUS FREEDOM / ISLAMOPHOBIA & ANTI-SEMITISM
Analysis:
Donald Trump’s Proposed “Muslim Registry,” Explained

"A lot of people didn’t know about NSEERS when it was in effect. That’s not a reason not to care now. It’s a reminder that when policies are actually implemented, they’re rarely as crude and legally dubious as a politician like President-elect Trump makes them sound — and that makes it harder for them to be challenged, either in court or in the public eye.”

The Racist History of Southern White Evangelicalism and the Rise of Donald Trump By Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
"[I]f we listen closely to the prayers of those who are jubilant in this season, we may discern the false religion that blessed Trump’s reactionary campaign. Such discernment is necessary, as we have learned through our cross-racial Moral Mondays movement, before we can experience the moral revival that offers the only way forward together for American democracy."
American Jews Alarmed By Surge in Anti-Semitism

Trump appointees endorsed link between Islam and radicalism

In a Time of Islamophobia, Teach with Complexity
Campaigns and Organizations:
Muslim Advocates
Muslim Advocates is a national legal advocacy and educational organization that works on the frontlines of civil rights to guarantee freedom and justice for Americans of all faiths. 
Anti-Defamation League's Online Advocacy Center

"Advocacy by ADL activists across the country is the key to advancing ADL’s policy priorities. In addition to in-person lobby visits, ADL’s Action Center is a useful platform for asking your elected officials to support issues that matter to you."

Standing on the Side of Love
A public advocacy campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association that seeks to harness love’s power to stop oppression. They are currently running Immigrant Justice, Racial Justice and LGBTQ Justice campaigns and have lots of great resources for each, as well as a fantastic Fortification podcast.
MISOGYNY & REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS
Analysis:
Protecting Reproductive Autonomy in the Age of Trump: A Call to Fellow White Feminists
"This fight will take all of us. This article is a guide to understanding some of the successes and mistakes white feminists, including ourselves, have made in the past."
How Donald Trump's Election Reveals the Dangers of White Male Fragility
Although it’s undeniable that Donald Trump embodies, in many ways, the parts of the patriarchy we’re all committed to fighting, he’s also not an outlier. What he stands for is not a him problem – it’s an us problem.
GOP eyes best chance in years to defund Planned Parenthood
Campaigns and Organizations:
Sistersong: Women of Color for Reproductive Justice. Sistersong’s mission is to strengthen and amplify the collective voices of indigenous women and women of color to achieve reproductive justice by eradicating reproductive oppression and securing human rights. SisterSong is a Southern based, national membership organization; our purpose is to build an effective network of individuals and organizations to improve institutional policies and systems that impact the reproductive lives of marginalized communities.
Planned Parenthood is a trusted health care provider, an informed educator, a passionate advocate, and a global partner helping similar organizations around the world. Planned Parenthood delivers vital reproductive health care, sex education, and information to millions of women, men, and young people worldwide.
Third Wave Fund is an activist fund led by and for women of color, intersex, queer, and trans folks under 35 years old. We fund groups that recognize gender oppression is linked to classism, racism, ageism and ableism, and that only by squashing all forms of oppression will justice be realized.
As Trump grabs for our reproductive rights, the "Uber for birth control" fights back
Women's March on Washington Update
CLIMATE CHANGE & FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY
Analysis:
With less than two months before the inauguration of Donald Trump for president on January 20, movement leaders are working non-stop to organize. This includes environmental and climate justice activists who must face the possibility of campaign pledges becoming realities, including Trump’s promise to dismantle the EPA and revive the Keystone XL pipeline.
Movement Generation has developed a Just Transition strategy framework with the Our Power Campaign.      Design by Micah Bazant
Campaigns and Organizations:
IEN was formed by grassroots Indigenous peoples and individuals to address environmental and economic justice issues (EJ). IEN’s activities include building the capacity of Indigenous communities and tribal governments to develop mechanisms to protect sacred sites, land, water, air, natural resources, health ofour people and all living things, and to build economically sustainable communities.
EARTHJUSTICE has been the legal backbone for thousands of organizations, large and small. Behind nearly every major environmental win, you'll find EARTHJUSTICE
LGBTQ
Analysis:
Election Day 2016 Poem from Southerners on New Ground
"Here is a love offering from the SONG political family to carry us through the next few days as we reflect, gather, cry, wipe off our tears, kiss our babies, honor our ancestors’ sacrifices and prepare the way for liberation in our lifetimes."
How Do You Define Trans Justice? from the Trans Justice Funding Project
"Every year on Trans Day of Remembrance, we remember the names of those taken from us as well the names of those still with us...Over the past year, TJFP has sat with many of you as you shared your truth and struggles. To honor you we created a small reminder of what our communities are striving for and how those of you “on the ground”, doing the work everyday, define 'Trans Justice.'”
The Trump/Pence administration will likely switch sides on global LGBT rights
"During the Obama administration, U.S. diplomatic pressure advanced LGBT human rights around the world quite a bit. The administration of President-elect Donald Trump is likely to reverse that."
Campaigns and Organizations:
The Trans Justice Funding Project is a community-led funding initiative founded in 2012 to support grassroots, trans justice groups run by and for trans people. We make grants annually by bringing together a panel of six trans justice activists from around the country to carefully review every application we receive. We center the leadership of trans people organizing around their experiences with racism, economic injustice, transmisogyny, ableism, immigration, incarceration, and other intersecting oppressions. Every penny we raise goes to our grantees with no restrictions and no strings attached because we truly believe in trans leadership.
Transgender Law Center changes law, policy, and attitudes so that all people can live safely, authentically, and free from discrimination regardless of their gender identity or expression. We envision a future where gender self-determination and authentic expression are seen as basic rights and matters of common human dignity.
Southerners On New Ground (SONG) is a home for LGBTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender, and sexuality in the South. We build, sustain, and connect a southern regional base of LBGTQ people in order to transform the region through strategic projects and campaigns developed in response to the current conditions in our communities. SONG builds this movement through leadership development, intersectional analysis, and organizing.

Nine Ways Parents & Loved Ones Can Support LGBTQ Kids in the Trump Era

EDUCATION
Analysis:
What’s the worst that could happen with Betsy DeVos as education secretary? Two scenarios.
"President-elect Donald Trump’s decision last week to nominate Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire and conservative activist, as his education secretary has caused great consternation in parts of the education world — those parts that are deeply concerned about the future of public education."
National Education Association statement on Betsy DeVos nomination.
"Eskelsen García: Trump nominee supports failed education policies that hurt students"
Campaigns and Organizations:
Teaching for Change provides teachers and parents with the tools to create schools where students learn to read, write and change the world. By drawing direct connections to real world issues, Teaching for Change encourages teachers and students to question and re-think the world inside and outside their classrooms, build a more equitable, multicultural society, and become active global citizens.

Founded in 1991 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Teaching Tolerance is dedicated to reducing prejudice, improving intergroup relations and supporting equitable school experiences for our nation's children. We provide free educational materials to teachers and other school practitioners in the U.S. and Canada.

Rethinking Schools is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization dedicated to sustaining and strengthening public education through social justice teaching and education activism. Our magazine, books, and other resources promote equity and racial justice in the classroom. We encourage grassroots efforts in our schools and communities to enhance the learning and well being of our children, and to build broad democratic movements for social and environmental justice.
ACTION GUIDES AND INSPIRATION
13 Intersectional Grassroots Organizations To Donate To Right Now from Bustle
"So that got me thinking — what are the smaller organizations I could support right now, the ones that are even more marginalized but doing good work on the ground? What are the organizations that support my values of inclusion, intersectionality, and feminism? Who is doing the work to make America great again in that direction?"

Shy Person’s Guide to Calling Representatives

"In the coming weeks and years you will be seeing a lot of requests to call your representatives about issues facing our country. But maybe, like me, you hate calling people SO MUCH. This is a guide for you."

10 Ways To Resist Donald Trump: Activists Share Concrete Actions You Can Take Right Now
and Popaganda: A Guide to Trump Resistance

from Bitch Media

Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice -
Moving from Ally to Actor to Accomplice
A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support from Jezebel
"Here are a few organizations that work to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable populations, and ways you can volunteer or donate to make sure they are able to work harder than ever."
Jennifer Hoffman has put out a list of daily actions we can take in a bite-sized format for the week of Nov 27; for future weeks' lists, you can follow her here.  
From Quartz: A Yale history professor’s powerful, 20-point guide to defending democracy under a Trump presidency by Timothy Snyder, Housum Professor of History at Yale University, author of Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning
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