For more than four months, I have written about incidents of hate every week, hate against women, hate against Black people, hate against LGBTQQIA people, murders of transgender people, assaults on our lands, our climate, our very psyches.
And every week, I have provided methods for fighting back against the onslaught.
This week, I am rounding up the ways to fight back so you will have a resource at your fingertips. Because, dear readers, the fight is not over.
Remember to take care of your body, your emotions, and your psyche. Band together with like-minded whenever and wherever possible. Get enough sleep. Eat well and eat what’s good for you. Get some exercise. Breathe fresh air. Give back as much and as often as you are able. When you reach out a hand to someone in need, you feel better about yourself. When you are in need, allow others to help you, knowing your doing so helps them feel better about themselves.
WAYS TO FIGHT BACK:
For trans kids
It is our job as adults to protect all the children. Trans kids are under attack and we must do what we can for them. From James Michael Nichols, writing in Huffington Post, comes this advice: “So what can you do? It starts with education. If you have questions about transgender identity, intersex identity, or children who fall across the spectrum of gender identity, Katie Couric just produced an amazing documentary called “Gender Revolution” that provides an accessible and comprehensive look at evolving cultural understandings of gender, as well as the way gender shapes all our lives and experiences ― especially in the worlds of children and teens.”
When the police are inflicting hurt instead of helping
Be aware you have a right to film police. There are free apps available you can use to film police misconduct. The ACLU app sends your video directly to the ACLU.
For our planet
Join the People’s Climate March in your area. Continue to resist.
Help Save the Water.
Save the Bees. Greenpeace is working for them. You can too.
For peace and justice
First, try to keep calm and carry on taking care of your mental and physical health. Second, support the anti-war movement in whatever way you are able and willing. The world leaders need to know we do not support bombing, whether nuclear or otherwise.
Here’s how to find the nearest protest near you.
Make your own Keep Calm and Carry On poster.
For transgender people
Remember to ask the person what pronoun they prefer. Use the preferred pronoun.
Say their names. These are the transgendered people killed in 2016.
If you witness an event like the transgender man having his face slashed on the subway, what can you do? Be an actual witness. Be willing to testify, to report the hate crime to the police, and to the FBI if necessary. Muslim Advocates has compiled information for every state to make reporting easier.
Against the War on Women
Donate to organizations that are working to prevent violence, who support survivors of abuse and assault.
Wage non-violence. Continue peaceful protests. Call your congress people. Call the White House comment line. Sign up for newsletters like The Daily WTF, #1460 Days, or the phone app 5 Calls in order to provide yourself with a direct action you can take each day.
Against Anti-Semitism and Anti-Muslim
Support the Southern Poverty Law Center. They actively collect hate crime information, document it, make a hate crime map.
Support Colorlines. They are fighting hate on multiple fronts.
Muslims and Jews are banding together to fight hate in coalitions across the country.
Be like Madeleine Albright. When the government requires Muslims to register, step right up.
Be aware. Listen, listen, and listen. Step up and step in when you see a person under attack.
This comic may help you know what to do if you see someone under attack.
The New York State Police have a website on how to stop hate crime.
Mark R. Herring, Attorney General of Virginia, has created a website of resources, including how to report a hate crime, resources for victims, statistics, and much more.
For women and girls in India
This article in Bustle offers six organizations to which you can contribute to help the women
Against hate crimes of all types
Report. If you or someone you know has been a victim of a hate crime, here’s how to report.
Against rape, assault, domestic violence
Education and awareness are key. Learn self-defense techniques so you can literally fight back. Be aware of your rights. Report assaults, rape, sexual harassment to the authorities. Call the domestic violence hotline if you need help. Know that domestic violence crosses all income levels, all races, and is perpetrated by all genders.
If you know of, or suspect, violence against anyone, report it. Protect yourself by taking self-defense classes, such as this free class in North Carolina. Support the ACLU, GLAAD, and your local LGBTQ community centers — all of which work to educate, support, and protect.
Against sex trafficking
If you know or suspect a case of sex trafficking, call the national hotline. The US Department of State lists 15 ways you can fight back against human trafficking. They include calling the hotline above, learning the signs, raising awareness, raising funds, and more.
Continue your resistance. Stay on top of what your Members of Congress (MoC) are doing by using the Government Tracker. Use #ResistBot to help you contact your MoC. Join Jen Hofmann’s checklist to learn of weekly direct actions, and do them.
Even if you live in a blue state with all democratic representatives, call them. Let them know you support them in their resistance. Find your representatives here. I signed up for alerts from each of my senators and my representative (MoCs) in order to keep track of how they are voting.
Be like Malia Obama, and take a stand. Make your voice heard. Telephone calls to your congress people are better than email or even letters, according to Kara Waite, an activist in Massachusetts. She offers her methods to anyone interested, in a google document.
Help find our missing Black women and girls
Donate to the Black and Missing Foundation. They track statistics, create public awareness, and provide support.
Against White Supremacy
Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate, teaches tolerance, and seeks justice. Donate to them here.
For Democratic representation
Work to oust any and all Republicans in office, whether local, state, or federal. Consider joining Swing Left or any group working to oust Republicans.
For LGBTQQIA rights
Check your local Queer Center or LGBTQQIA activists group for protests, rallies, and marches.
Contact your members of congress and ask them to continue to protect LGBTQQIA rights.
For Native American rights
Join and support Native American Awareness
Become a vegetarian or vegan. Never buy leather or fur. Use beauty products that are cruelty-free. Spay and neuter your animal companions. Adopt animals from the Humane Society. Help control the feral cat population.
Against the Boko Haram
Educate yourself regarding Boko Haram. Donate to Mercy Corps. They are giving cash to women who have survived Boko Haram attacks so they have food.
For women and girls in India
This article in Bustle offers six organizations to which you can contribute to help the women First, try to keep calm and carry on taking care of your mental and physical health. Second, support the anti-war movement in whatever way you are able and willing. The world leaders need to know we do not support bombing, whether nuclear or otherwise.
Against fake news
Sandra de Helen, author of the lesbian thriller Till Darkness Comes also pens the Shirley Combs/Dr. Mary Watson series. She is a poet, journalist, and a playwright. Her plays have been produced in the Philippines, Ireland and Canada, Chicago, New York City, and in thirteen states. She is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Dramatists Guild. Her books are available online, at Another Read Through Bookstore in Portland, Oregon, and Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore in San Diego. Samples of her work are available on her website.