Donald Trump's campaign rhetoric over the past year and proposed appointments to the White House since he won the election have not gone unchallenged. A steady, grassroots-level opposition to the candidate had already formed, mere hours after he was announced the winner.
While marginalized communities have been working to promote human rights and other important issues forever, Trump's actions have ignited a sense of urgency that Americans must band together quickly and efficiently to protect one-another under his government.
"Grassroots" movements are usually defined by being created and undertaken by everyday people, working from the bottom—the people who are being affected— up to the higher levels of government and power.
Social media has provided an outlet for Americans to communicate information about how to resist the coming changes we may be facing as a nation. From offering advice on mental health and safety to calling on people to phone their representatives, social media provides a way for people coordinate across state lines, any time of day or night.
Self-care should be a priority in battling election fatigue. Can't pour from an empty cup. #SATakeSpace— Zach T. (@zttepper) November 18, 2016
If you feel at risk following Election Day, we've compiled a list of resources to help you. https://t.co/2TAeDxZrj4— ACLU of Florida (@ACLUFL) November 19, 2016
Call your representatives.— Chris Sacca (@sacca) November 21, 2016
Just be yourself.
They work for YOU.https://t.co/vS42GOirEL
As a result, Planned Parenthood saw an upswing in donations after a meme went around explaining that donations could be made in the name of Mike Pence, who has vowed to dismantle abortion rights. Southern Poverty Law Center has garnered over 400,000 signatures on an online petition for Trump to renounce Stephen Bannon's appointment to his White House.
Every time you make a donation on behalf of Mike Pence to Planned Parenthood an angel gets it's wings pic.twitter.com/GK3o7LxQcS— Chanandler Bong (@kittiebittie91) November 13, 2016
Much of this work is done offline too, though, on a local level. Organizers have planned peaceful protest marches in their cities and many college campuses have named themselves "sanctuaries." Online sources offer advice on how to challenge racism and Islamophobia if you see it happening in your community.
Nationwide protests for 'sanctuary college campuses'... https://t.co/PqqdUGATYV— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) November 16, 2016
Monday, meeting at a local Woman's Shelter which supports Refugee & Immigrant women who are victims of abuse. Volunteer Action #ResistTrump— RESIST.trump.ACT (@act2resisttrump) November 19, 2016
Donald Trump may have won the Electoral College, but he lost the American people. While he had plenty of supporters willing to overlook his words about women, Muslims, Latinos, and black Americans, (and we need to remember that when we consider the state of our union), half the country was against him from the get-go. If Americans continue to mobilize at the grassroots level, we may be able to shift the balance enough to transform the midterm elections and perhaps even Trump's presidency itself.
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