As previously mentioned the wealth of resources for facing the coming Trump administration means there is something for every activist. Clara Beyer’s Holy Fuck is the most aptly-named resource of the bunch (kudos to the melanin in that middle finger emoji), as well as one of the most structurally streamlined and intelligently written.
Users are first asked, “Are You Okay?” to gauge whether some self-help (in the form of puppy & kitten videos, topical coloring books, or inspirational Buzzfeed ‘content’) is needed or whether one is “ready to fuck shit up.” The latter response feeds into several banner issues that arose during the election cycle: increasing Democrat representation, racism, LGBTQ, misogyny/sexual assault, and climate change. Each topic is sub-divided by whether the user can spare “money” or “time,” and then branches out again to other resources to explore.
The tone of the site strikes a balance of outrage, humor, and compassion, which is helpful for people less familiar or put-off by the language of progressive politics and/or activism.
The NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective’s#StandingRockSyllabus is both a guide to understanding the current resistance against the Dakota Access Pipeline, as well as a comprehensive resource outlining the connections between indigenous peoples’ rights, colonialism, private property, fossil fuel demand, environmental conservation, and many other concepts.
Twitter users can search the hashtag for a growing number of references. However, NYC Stands with Standing Rock Collective’s site is a rich resource on its own. It includes a number of useful charts and visualizations, as well as PDF versions of the syllabus with and without recommended readings.
Published on 9 November 2016, Slate’s “How to Channel Your Post-Election Anger, Sadness, and Fear Into Action” was one of the first comprehensive post-election to-do lists to be shared. The list contains areas of interest—reproductive rights, representation of women in government, climate, Islamophobia, freedom of press, bridging cultural divides, income inequality, immigration, hunger and poverty, and (my favorite) the future of liberal governance—each with a couple manageable action items.
Dividing the work in terms of subject allows the user to pick and choose, based on one’s interest and/or comfort. The list, by no means comprehensive, also demonstrates the breadth of the impact of Trump’s presidency.
PDF print-out of the web page here: how-liberals-can-channel-their-post-election-anxiety-into-action.