Regardless if you call yourself an American citizen or not, you had a vested interest in last night's presidential election. While many deemed the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton flawed at best, most people - specifically minorities and college educated voters - felt it was in their best interest to cast their ballot for the Secretary of State given her 30 years of public service which was and still is in stark contrast to Donald Trump's rallying cry to run the country more like a whitewashed business.
Donald Trump's stunning victory last night has him poised to assume the highest office in the land. However, 59 million people and counting - who right now have Hillary Clinton winning the popular vote - are left to ponder the next four years in this country. Yes, leaving is very much a viable option should a person have a career or family life that would allow it. But for most if not all of those 59 million voters, they are left to pick up the pieces.
Anger is often the first emotion that emerges from the pit of one's stomach when something as monumental as a presidential election doesn't go their way. It's human nature to curse the system and politics in general - with people reportedly smashing windows and burning American flags in the hours after Hillary Clinton conceded. But as the five stages of grief tell us, "anger" gives way to "bargaining" which becomes "depression." The final stage is "acceptance." But that final stage doesn't mean that 59 million people should become complacent with their situation. If you disagree with Donald Trump's policy, you can both accept his presence for the next four years, but continue to channel that initial anger into real good for the country.
Some of Trump's ambitions have been clearly stated. He plans to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico, deport millions of criminal immigrants, unwind trade deals dating back more than two decades and repeal Obamacare.
In the lead up to the election, many other hot-button issues like racial inequality, police brutality and a woman's right to choose became other major talking points.
If you're one of the 59 million to vote for Hillary Clinton - specifically between the ages 18-25 who signaled they were with "her"in a resounding fashion - here are a few things you can do right now.
As it stands, Planned Parenthood has 100 years of service dedicated to the idea that women should have the information and care they need to live strong, healthy lives and fulfill their dreams — without ceilings or limits. This could all go away if Donald Trump follows through on the remarks he made during the Republican debate in February where he stated he would shift Planned Parenthood dollars to community health centers.
"Millions and millions of women — cervical cancer, breast cancer — are helped by Planned Parenthood. I would defund it because of the abortion factor," he said.
There is perhaps no greater an illustration of Donald Trump's ability to understand the big picture, but only view it with a lens which falls in line with his political party.
Trump has gone so far as to say "there has to be some form of punishment" for women seeking abortions.
"Politicians have no business interfering with women's personal health decisions. I will oppose efforts to roll back women's access to reproductive health care, including Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood," Clinton said in January. "As president, I'll stand up for Planned Parenthood and women's access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortion."
Right now, birth-control pills are free under the Affordable Care Act — something that Trump has said he wants to ask Congress to repeal on the first day of his administration.
Following Trump's victory, there has been an outcry on social media for women to immediately seek out an Intrauterine Device as an easy way to protect against an unwanted pregnancy for at least five years.
Erin Gloria Ryan wrote on The Daily Beast last week, "Getting an IUD now—right now—is a simple move that can at least get a lady who isn't ready to be a mother through the next legislative term as unpregnant as possible."
With Trump's victory he has ability to choose the next Supreme Court justice and both the cooperation of Republican controlled House and Senate. Thus, there is actually a clear path for the President-Elect to make major reforms and or overturn Roe v. Wade which gives a woman the right to choose.
Planned Parenthood is in for a fight. Donate here.
Donald Trump has gone back-and-forth on LGBTQ rights since he first contemplated a run for the presidency in 2000. But for the last several years, he has stated that he doesn't believe in "non-traditional marriages," and that state's themselves should define who is allowed to get married. In turn, traditional red states would then have the ability to define that marriage can only occur between a man and a woman.
Trump's only pledge to the gay community is that he vowed to "protect them" in the wake of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando which seemed to assuage more the fears of people worried about our borders than those of people in the LGBTQ communities.
Following the election results, GLAAD - an advocacy group for LGBTQ rights responded, "Donald Trump sits atop the most hateful Republican platform in history, one that sorely endangers the most fundamental American values of fairness and equality for all. America stands tallest when it stands firmly in its founding principle that all people are created equal. With the election behind him, President-elect Trump must now rise above divisive politics and side with the vast majority of Americans who demand equality for their LGBTQ friends, family, and neighbors. While disappointed, we are certainly not defeated; the pursuit of full acceptance will continue until everyone, no matter who they are or who they love, can simply live the life they love."
Those of Muslim descent - whether or not they were born Stateside - viewed a Donald Trump presidency as a signal that they were no longer welcome in the United States following statements he made that he would ban immigration and travel following the Paris attacks in December.
His victory has led many to speculate that he will normalize Islamophobia as part of the current national Republican Party platform as it exists today by following through on remarks that he will consider requiring Muslim-Americans to register with an official government database or even possibly mandating that we be required to carry special identification cards with us at all times.
But all is not lost yet. There were actually bright spots in the election last night for the Muslim community. Ilhan Omar became the first Somali-American woman to be elected to a state legislature in Minnesota. In Michigan, Muslim-American, Abdullah Hammoud, won in the race for Michigan’s 15th House District seat. And finally, Muslim representative Keith Ellison retained his congressional seat in Minnesota’s 5th district.
For those wanting to put action ahead of donations, the Council on American-Islamic Relations currently accepts volunteers who "promote justice and mutual understanding within the Muslim community and beyond."
Hillary Clinton proposed for federal matching funds to make body cameras available to all the nation’s police departments so that both officers and the public could be held accountable for their actions. Surprisingly, this was an issue that both she and Donald Trump agreed on.
In an interview with The Guardian in 2015, Trump stated, “there could be” federal funding directed to those local law enforcement agencies that wanted to buy the cameras and could not afford the technology without financial aid.
“Some of these departments have plenty of money, and some of them don’t. And if they like the idea of the cameras, they need federal funding,” Trump said. “It can solve a lot of problems for police. It can also solve a lot of problems – period.”
Campaign Zero aims to create an environment where we "live in a world where the police don't kill people by limiting police interventions, improving community interactions, and ensuring accountability." Specifically, one of Campaign Zero's strategies involves the usage of body cameras and also to ban police officers from taking cell phones or other recording devices without a person's consent.
The Justice Department has already awarded grants totaling more than $23.2 million USD to 73 local and tribal agencies in 32 states to expand the use of body-worn cameras and explore their impact. The body-worn camera pilot program announced in May 2015 included $19.3 million USD to purchase body-worn cameras, $2 million USD for training and technical assistance and $1.9 million USD to examine the impact of their use. The grants, awarded by the department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), built on President Obama’s proposal to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies within three years.
Let your voice be heard by contacting the Office of Justice Programs who provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims.
In turbulent times, the arts are often not only what get people through the rough patch, but also integral in creating new and exciting sub cultures which speak to anti-establishment or protest themes. Whether its anti-war folk music, the rebellious streak of The Beatles when faced with conforming to expectations, or the punk rock genre, they were born out of darkness not unlike what people are feeling right now.
It's easy to tell us to stay in our lane. But this is our lane. Highsnobiety is equal parts escapism as it is a kick in our reader's asses. We don't want four more years of the same lookbooks, songs and campaigns. We want people to channel their anger and frustration into things we've never heard or seen before.
While it's easy to feel like the world as we know it is over, it's important to remember some key facts. Gay marriage, universal healthcare, background checks for guns, abortion and the belief in global warming is still wanted/understood to be true by the majority of Americans.
As Hillary Clinton stated in her concession speech, "This loss hurts, but please never stop believing that fighting for what's right is worth it.”