Some time ago, I promised to have some real content here. This is now that content.
I am writing this on November 9, 2016, roughly 24 hours after I realized and accepted that Donald Trump will be the 45th president of the US. I did not expect that result from the election, and in the smallest reasonable way I fought against it. Reader, I voted against him. Reader, I voted for Hillary Clinton. That is what happened, but that isn't what I want to write about. I'm writing about what comes next for me, what I know I need to do to help take the country I imagined and make it into reality.
The first step is to donate money to causes and organizations that will help and defend people that I think will have their freedoms and healthcare access restricted. I started that tonight with donations to Planned Parenthood and the ACLU. I plan to do more, but it's a start that lets me ask "What's next?" again.
So, what's next after those donations? Posting this. I know some of my reluctance to comment on the campaigns came from feeling that because I had been silent before that I had lost the right to start speaking. I'm not going to make that mistake now.
After that, finding other organizations that help at-risk populations, probably a combination of organizations that support LGBTQ people, refugees, immigrants, and the advancement of minorities.
After that, spending my time to those causes as well.
After that, trying to figure out a way to reduce the fear and uncertainty that I think fueled many of the votes for Trump yesterday. I'm not sure what to do about the voters who cast votes in hate. I'll have to listen to those that are hated, to those whose livelihoods and lives are now more at risk.
That's what I know I need to do. That's what I aim to do.