From DACA, Hurricane Harvey, the climate change debate, and the opioid crisis here in the US, to the migrant crisis across Europe, the fleeing Rohingya Muslims in Burma, and millions of girls across the globe who don’t have access to education happening abroad, it’s hard not to feel overwhelmed about the geopolitical and socio-economical world we live in. And, more so, what we can do as individuals to help, get involved, and make a difference.
While donating money is always an option (and, we highly suggest that you do donate to causes that matter to you, if you’re able!), sometimes we feel like no matter what we do, our contribution won’t matter, or there are two many important causes to support to make a real difference.
But, we’re here to remind you that no act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
Apart from donating, here are ten relatively easy ways to get involved and stay woke:
1 / Talk to people. In an open-minded, thoughtful way. Especially with those that you may disagree with.
2 / Stay up to date on the news and informed on the issues. We recommend watching VICE NEWS, subscribing to The Skimm and/or Broadstreet, and downloading the CNN app and turning on the news alerts. There’s, of course, hundreds and hundreds of options when it comes to how one consumes the news, so do what works for you!
3 / Watch a documentary and learn something new about today’s issues. Here are a few of our favorites: 1 13th / 2 An Inconvenient Truth / 3 Before the Flood / 4 Food, Inc. / 5 God Grew Tired of Us / 6 The Hunting Ground / 7 The True Cost / 8 Waiting for “Superman” / 9 What the Health / 10 Where to Invade Next
4 / Pick a lane. Or, a few to get really involved in. As much as we may hope, we can’t necessarily fight for everything or devote every hour of the day to all of today’s causes (unless, you can and, well then, you go Glen Coco!). Think about the issues and decide which resonate the most with you – the ones you want to fight for and put as much time into as possible. For us, it’s climate change and women’s empowerment. Now, this doesn’t mean that we don’t care about immigration or human rights or anything else, it just means that we put in as much effort as possible to stay up-to-date and knowledgeable on these two issues and get involved as much as we can.
5 / If you live in the US, text “RESIST” to 504-09 to send a fax to your senators and representatives about any issue that you care about. It’s so easy and takes less than a minute! Contrary to popular opinion, written communications are an effective way of communicating with Congress – everyyyyything is read.
6 / Support each other. Be an ally to women, people of color, immigrants, Muslims, the LGBTQ community, and other minorities. Silence can be just as dangerous to marginalized people as blatant racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, transphobia, etc. Speak up for yourselves, for others, and for what is right.
7 / Look into She Should Run to take 500,000 collective steps toward electing women to office.
9 / Get involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.
10 / And, practice self care. While it’s important help others, it’s also essential that you are taking care of your own needs. Every one of us needs to show how much we care for each other, and in the process, care for ourselves.
Now get out there and be a nice human.
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