It seems like lately, there has been a lot of hate and violence in the world. So, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and in an effort to salvage what’s left of my own mental health, I’m going to take a tiny break from politics (kind of).
Today, I’m going to celebrate love and kindness and goodness because we are all capable of meaningful change, even if it doesn’t feel like it at the moment.
So, instead of telling you to call your Senators or sign a petition, I’m going to talk about small acts of resistance that you can practice every day to show that injustice is not the new normal, and that hate will not win.
- Spend your money at retailers and companies whose values align with your own.
You may have heard of the Grab Your Wallet campaign recently. It’s a working list of companies and retailers that have expressed support for Trump in one way or another that people are boycotting in order to make a statement. It kind of seems like it’s working as major retailers across the country have discontinued Trump products.
I get that this won’t produce any legislative victories, but where you choose to spend your money matters, and Trump has definitely noticed.
- Continue to be an ally to groups particularly affected by recent actions. Show that you stand with them in solidarity and that we will not let acts of hate win.
Reach out to your friends that you know are part of communities that are targeted by Trump’s policies thus far. Particularly important is once you reach out, listen to their concerns. Read books about the experience of groups to which you don’t belong, follow people on social media that offer different perspectives on issues you do not understand. More importantly, support their pursuits and amplify their voices.
- Join a club
Join a book club, a religious club, a cooking club, literally anything; the point is to rebuild structures of civil society that bring people together. Bonus points if your club pushes you outside of your comfort zone and exposes you to new and diverse perspectives. But the point is to recreate these bonds that have deteriorated in the wake of a divisive and angry election.