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Just making clickable links out of all of these so that the barrier to donation is just a bit less:

ProPublica: https://propublica.org
Planned Parenthood: http://plannedparenthood.org
Center for Reproductive Rights: http://reproductiverights.org
NRDC: http://nrdc.org
International Refugee Assistance Project: http://refugeerights.org
NAACP Legal Defense Fund: http://naacpldf.org
The TREVOR Project: http://thetrevorproject.org
Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund: http://maldef.org

On this #InternationalWomensDay, let us pledge to fight for:
* access to reproductive services
* equal pay for equal work
* educational and literacy rate parity
* equality for our fellow LGBTQ+/GSRM comrades
* racial justice
* criminal justice reform
* improvements in the sex work industry (some ideas here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vc-n852sv3E)
* and so many other issues.
Let us keep fighting to make the world a better place for all women ✊

It wasn't an alt-right conference. It was a neo-Nazi conference. Get it right.

Okay, I just want to reiterate something that I think many of us are forgetting. It's easy at this point to write off everyone who voted for Trump as racist, sexist, anti-LGBTQ, and generally bigoted. It's convenient. For argument's sake, let's even suppose it's true (as I've made clear, I don't think it is). Then what? Those people still exist. Those people still have those views. Those people will still vote for that option should it appear on the ballot. And they will still exist 4 years from now. And Trump will certainly still be an option 4 years from now (unless he's impeached or something, but let's not get carried away here). How does writing off Trump supporters solve anything? How does not engaging solve anything? How does unfriending them solve anything? It certainly makes you feel better! Maybe it even makes you feel safer - especially if the Trump supporters you unfriended or blocked are real assholes. But how does that change anything regarding their opinions or their existence? It doesn't.

So sure, take some time away from it all to recover, reenergize, and recuperate. But you know what? If we want to ensure Trump doesn't win in 4 years, we have to engage with Trump supporters. We have to talk with them (not lecture them) and try to understand them. Yes, it will be hard. Sometimes it may even be positively herculean. But the costs of not doing so are enormous. Not engaging with Trump supporters means that everyone retreats into their own ideological bubbles. Not engaging with Trump supporters means that your views and their views are never challenged and coexist in alternate universes. Not engaging with Trump supporters means that in 4 years, we'll have exactly the same problem. If we really care about Trump not winning in 4 years, if we really believe he is that bad (and I do), then it is imperative to engage with Trump supporters of all stripes in an effort to weaken his coalition and prevent his reelection. We can't sit on the sidelines in our ideological bubbles anymore. We simply do not have that luxury.

I've seen a lot of posts going around about what a Trump presidency might mean for them and I wanted to jump in a bit. This is going to be a fairly long post, but I feel I need to just kind of get this out there. I've mostly been posting sarcastic stuff or exaggerated stuff about Trump's victory. But I wanted to honestly discuss what the results of this election tell me.

The one silver lining is that Clinton won the popular vote. So yes, she won the popular vote and lost the electoral vote.

I would like to think that I and people like me (people with brown skin) are welcome in this country. But with the election of Trump, I'm not so sure. Pretty much half the country seems to endorse the rhetoric that "Muslims" (read: people with brown and black skin) should be placed under increased surveillance in this country. Pretty much half the country seems to endorse the rhetoric that "Muslims" should not be trusted. Of course my friends all know me as an atheist Hindu, but would a cop on the street be able to tell that? Would a random person on the street be able to tell that? If I were not already in my PhD program, I would very likely consider moving to a different country - Canada, most likely. I know many people say this as an election joke, but given what this country has stated about me and people who look like me? I would very much like to act on that right now.

I am fearful for my LGBTQ friends who will have to deal with the ramifications of a Trump/Pence ticket. Pence has been virulently anti-LGBTQ, and Trump hasn't been much better. Pence supports conversion therapy, which is basically electric fucking torture, to "cure the gays". Trump has said he'll put people on SCOTUS who will overturn marriage equality. But again, I feel this needs to be looked at in a broader context. It was quite clear throughout the campaign that Trump and Pence were not pro-LGBTQ. So what does it say when this country elected these guys to lead it? What does it say about the culture of this country when Trump/Pence can run on this platform and win handily?

I could go on and on, but I think you get the idea. I understand that there are probably many people who voted for Trump out of sheer hate for Clinton. And you know what? I actually kinda get that. But whether or not you meant to endorse his platform and positions by voting for him, that's exactly what you did. And at this point, I'm not sure how I can still live in this country while recognizing that so much of the country cares so much about voting against someone who's corrupt that they voted in...someone who's corrupt (in a different sense) and strictly worse for LGBTQ people, brown Americans, women, Latino Americans, and so on and so forth.

Again, I understand that there are quite a few people who voted for Trump out of sheer hate for Clinton. But now I'm begging you. Please, stand with your LGBTQ friends and family against bigotry. Please, stand with your brown friends and family (yes, there are brown people who voted for Trump) against bigotry and stereotyping. Please, stand with your Latino friends and family against bigotry and stereotyping.

Show me that this is merely a repudiation of Clinton, not an endorsement of Trump.

Hey fellow liberals who live in swing states, listen up:

I know you're frustrated with this election. I think we all are. We just want this shitshow to be over. And I do think we all believe Donald Trump cannot become president, that he presents one of the biggest dangers to our democracy that we have ever seen. As we also realize, he poses a threat to all of the social progress we have made over the last few years, if not more.

On the other hand, we have Hillary Clinton. She has historically been a mixed bag with respect to deportation and she is too close to Wall Street. She does things which may follow the letter of the law but 'just feel wrong'. She is horribly hawkish when it comes to foreign policy.

I get it. We've waited far too long for someone who is actually wiling to really tackle economic inequality. We've waited far too long for someone who is actually willing to really tackle systemic racism, police brutality, and abuse of Native Americans. We've waited far too long for someone who will really champion the rights of the LGBTQ community and the African American community and the Native American community and the Latino community. I get that many of us don't feel that Hillary Clinton is that person, that Jill Stein would be a far better president for this country. And you know what? I think that, with respect to most things, Jill Stein would be a better president. She wouldn't be as quick to go to war. She would really address income inequality (or at least try to). She would tackle climate change head-on.

But you know what? I think we're all aware that unfortunately this is not the year that we break the 2-party duopoly. If it were, we'd at least have third-parties polling around ~10%, but they're still languishing in and around 3-5%. Face it, they don't have a chance.

By voting for Jill Stein or Johnson (and there's absolutely no reason a progressive who voted for Bernie Sanders in the primaries should vote for Johnson in the general, much less in a swing state), you're effectively saying that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the same, that you don't care about who gets elected (since neither Jill Stein nor Gary Johnson is getting elected). But as we established above, there is a difference between the two of them. There is a difference between Hillary and Donald.

I know we've all been following politics closely and we're tired as hell of this whole thing. But let us summon one last burst of energy to ensure that Trump does not get a single swing state. He doesn't deserve a single vote, let alone the fucking presidency of the United States.

Trump's suppporters are racists. They’re sexists. They’re bigots. And some, I assume, are good people.

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