“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” - Maya Angelou
The US election has not only affected Americans but people around the world. In a few short weeks, the Trump administration has cut funding to international organizations, withdrawn from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and has taken steps to build the wall—not to mention the damage he’s done within America in in terms of healthcare, education and the rights of women, POC, LGBTQ folks, and the list goes on.
While American citizens protest and contact elected representatives as laid out in the Indivisible Guide, people around the world have shown solidarity with them through protests both on-and-offline.
Apart from solidarity, here are some tangible steps those of us outside the U.S. can take to effect positive change—other than prepare our bunkers for an impending nuclear apocalypse.
Put your money—or your tax dollars—where your mouth is.
1. Donate to international organizations:
One of Trump's first acts as president was to reinstate the global gag rule. It’s an executive order that stops US funding to any international organization that provides abortions. This comes at the expense of women’s lives and erodes their personal agency.
So the Netherlands created an international safe abortion fund to close the resulting $600-million funding gap. And didn’t take long for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow suit along with a number of other countries.
Encourage your government to add to these funds, or personally donate money to NGOs that support women’s health abroad.
2. Donate to U.S. organizations that advocate for underrepresented folk
When the not-a-Muslim-ban-Muslim-ban took effect, the ACLU came to the aid of stranded travellers by providing free legal and translation services in airports. And it was the first to challenge the ban’s legality. Donate to the ACLU so those affected by Trump’s new policies can access legal services.
Bustle has listed 11 organizations that could use additional funds to fight Trump.
3. Lobby your government to publicly oppose Trump's policies
Trump’s election has normalized racism and misogyny in the US.
More than 1.4 million people signed a petition to ban Donald Trump from entering the UK. The message: hate speech is not welcome here. The petition sparked a 3-hour debate in Parliament.
The offer for Trump’s visit to the UK still stands; but the overwhelming dissent towards his visit is encouraging.
If you see a place where your government can stand up to the Trump administration’s hateful and otherwise damaging policies, pick up the phone and call your representative.
4. Be an ally. THAT MEANS LISTEN.
No country in the world has equality for all its citizens. Canada’s reputation is that it’s more welcoming and open to diversity than the U.S., but it has a long way to go.
If you come from relative privilege and you want to be an ally, that’s great. Ask folks what they need. Let them tell you. Take a backseat and listen.
5. Take a stand
The Trump administration thrives on fear: fear of POC, of trans people, of anyone who’s not a straight cisgender white man of Judeo-Christian descent.
So raise your voice. Be different. Stand up for those who have less or who are viewed as less than. Post, tweet, blog, vlog, and talk to your friends and family about what is going on. And again, if you happen to be in a position of privilege, leave room for others to speak.
If someone makes a bigoted or hateful comment, whoever they are, challenge them.
We need to move beyond just talking. It's time to make a difference.
Kayla is a social media marketer, writer, and yogi working towards social change. She's a spoonie turned triathlete and never quite in one place. Follow her on Twitter.