by Seyi Osundeko, writer for The Vision
It happened. Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States.
We know why. He got an overwhelming majority of the white vote, and the third party “protest votes” undermined Hillary’s support.
But it happened. And while many of us may feel as though we did all we could, this isn’t over. Now is the time to pave the way forward before he does it for us.
Donald Trump will be sworn in on January 20th, 2017. In the next two-and-a-half months, here are four things you can do:
1. Raise awareness about his sexual assault trial
Like his taxes and policies, Trump’s alleged rape of a 13-year-old girl has somehow gotten swept under the rug. We need to bring it to the surface, spread the word, and get more people looking at it. More attention on Trump’s trial will put more friction between him and his party. Politicians will be forced to take sides, and that weakens their power as a party.
2. November 6th, 2018
While it’s certainly disheartening to have to think long-game, we have the power to change things in a big way before Trump’s term reaches its midpoint. In 2018, all 435 seats of the house of representatives will be contested, as well as 33 seats in senates and 38 governorships. If our age group had come through in this election, we would be welcoming a different president to office. Don’t let this chance pass us by again.
3. Raise Hell
Trump built his platform on bigotry. He catered to the hatred and fear inherent in our society and it worked. But we are still here. He can bring us back 50 years, but that’s a far cry from 200. Our voices are visible and matter more than ever. We need to show this president and this country that we cannot be discounted.
4. Take care of each other
All marginalized people are in a precarious position right now. Trump has made bank on serving straight, able-bodied white men, and that means everyone else is being forced to tread water. Many people are afraid for their well-being and for those they care about. We must be our brothers and sister’s keepers. Support each other. Protect each other. Fight for each other.
It’s not over. Progress won’t come over us, but through us.