Stepping Up

Like a lot of people, I’ve spent the past week and a half trying to cope with the idea of a President Trump and the potentially catastrophic consequences. On a large scale, I am worried about the very foundations of our democracy, our institutions, laws and norms for which the incoming administration seems to have very little respect — if not outright contempt. And at the personal level, I am downright afraid for many that I know that are part of marginalized groups that have been targeted by the Trump campaign rhetoric. And I fear for myself: as a woman, I face the very real possibility that rights I hold today over my body may be further curtailed or eliminated altogether.

So what can I do? Other than rage and despair and squeeze my cats and my boyfriend tight and hope that the worst possibilities that invade too many of my waking thoughts never come to pass?

I’ve decided that I need to step it up and start giving more of both my time and my money. I need to help support institutions that will fight against any attempt to take away rights we hold today or disenfranchise those in our society that are the most vulnerable.

I made one tiny step this morning when I called the House Oversight Committee to request they initiate a financial inquiry into the president-elect’s business holdings and potential conflicts of interest. I spoke to a real, live human, who said he would register my input. You can do the same: the number is 202-225-3031.

(And did I mention that I kind of hate talking on the phone? I got over it. I need to if I want to work with the existing system.)

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So here’s the other thing I did: I just gave $1,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union. And I want to give away another $1k, with your help.

I’m sure many of you have already started giving your time or your money to organizations, like the ACLU, that are going to help fight against threats to our democracy and our livelihoods. But in case you haven’t yet, or you want to give a little more, here’s a little extra incentive:

Now through the end of this weekend (Sunday, Nov 20th), I will double any gift you give to the ACLU, up to a cap of $1k.

Just email (hi [at] this domain) or tweet/DM (@nstop) me a screen grab of your confirmation web page or email with the amount, and I will go to the ACLU’s site and donate the same amount. I’ll even send a screen grab of my matching donation back to you. And check if your employer matches donations (mine does!), as you could triple the impact of your gift.

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Obviously, there are many more worthwhile organizations that likewise need help. Next on my list: Planned Parenthood, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the NAACP. And The Stranger has a great (and long) list of organizations to support, both national and local here to Seattle.

So join me, or start something yourself. But I can’t just continue to sit here and do nothing but freak the fuck out.

The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.
— Martin Luther King, Jr.


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