I haven't quite known what to do with myself the last few days. I want to be around people and I want to be alone. I want to be held and I don't want to be touched. I vacillate between bone-deep grief and glimmering hope.
But these next four years will not be a story of tremendous loss, even though it will be that much harder to fight for civil liberties and a stable climate. Trump does not get to determine whether we live passionate, purposeful, joyous lives. We do. We are tenacious, resilient, and foxy as f&*k.
I'm worried for our earth, for what a Trump Presidency would mean for her ability to thrive. She is our only home and she needs our everything right now. I'm worried for my own body and my ability to control it. I'm worried for my LGBTQ, Black, Latino, Muslim, and immigrant friends whose lives and communities are being threatened by this surge of hate. We have to be wholly in our bodies, fully in our communities, and consider this crisis—this state of emergency, really—as a radical opportunity to build a better world.
So what can we do? We can grieve, give love, and then get organized.
We can nurture divestment campaigns on college campuses and invest in renewable energy. We can send supplies to Standing Rock. We can make sure that communities in peril knows the full, ferocious weight of our love and support. We can donate to Planned Parenthood. We can refuse to support companies who backed Trump. We can support women of color in positions of power. We are not without agency. We are POWERFUL and we are going to fight against this and through this and for everyone & everything whose being is threatened by hate.
And Trump? You will never be my President.
A few last things:
(1) Sign this petition to encourage the electoral college to vote Hillary Clinton into office. We have forty days to declare a state of emergency as we fight, fearlessly, to keep Trump out of office. I don't know how much a petition can do or can't do but hell, we need to try. Lives very literally depend on it.
(2) Read these words from May Boeve of 350 who reminds me of our need to rally.
When times get tough, it’s crucial to remember: we are in this together, and when we mobilize, we are capable of the unimaginable. No one man — no matter how cruel or powerful — can take that away.
Here’s what I’m keeping in mind right now:
- This is a global movement. It’s more important than ever to remember our connection with people in literally every country who are fighting the fossil fuel industry right now — many in the toughest conditions imaginable. I believe in our collective power like nothing else.
- The fossil fuel industry is in a fight for its life. When we expose their lies, stop their pipelines, divest from their stocks and take away their social license — they fight back. Their investment in this election was no secret, and they’re going to double-down in its aftermath.
- Local fossil fuel resistance is taking root everywhere. Not only has the fight against the Dakota Access pipeline spread like wildfire, but other campaigns against fracking, pipelines, and coal are too many to name. None of us are giving up or going home today.
There is no denying the fact that our job is harder now. I’m taking a moment to grieve with loved ones today, and I hope you are too.
But tomorrow, and the next day, and the day after that, the movements for climate justice, for Black and brown lives, for immigrant justice, for democracy and everyone who believes Donald Trump is the opposite of what makes America great — will step into our power together and show that the people who want justice represent a force too great to ignore.
It will take all of us. But together, we can — and we will — blaze a bright path through this dark day.