It's been a long week of heavy emotions, but we wanted to share some post-election resources with you....no matter what your views are.
Happy, sad, in bed, jumping for joy, wanting to fight, needing answers, wanting to feel connected...however you feel is OK. Below are a few links to help with whatever part of the process you are in.
But most importantly, and as always, but especially now, we recommend you get off your screens, gather with some friends and family, and just kick it IRL.
We will be writing more on this later but the utter shock to half the country, and utter non-shock to the other half, shows that technology and it's automation, biased data based on your own opinions, and social media echo chambers is having powerful effects on how we as humans perceive our world.
In light of this we encourage you to watch this video below we shared 2 years ago.
MANY of the votes for Trump came from blue collar folks who have lost their jobs, or fear it. The idea of bringing jobs back is a great one. How we go about doing that is yet to be seen.
But our 2 cents out of the echo chamber is that technologies that replace humans need to be looked at hard...and fast.
The folks mentioned above are not just losing them to a foreign land, but rather to machines (and the rest of ya'll creatives, white collar, etc aren't so safe either). Watch in it's entirety and let's come together to figure out how to protect these folks from their rightful fears, make more jobs, AND at the same time stand up to what we believe to be right for humanity as a whole.
We hear you. We are awake.
- Witness Your Fear by Gabby
- For some love and kindness
- If you're freaking out a bit
- For a healing meditation
- If you're in need of a release
- To open up and calm down
Some songs to lift & soothe our spirits:
- Be OK - Too Far Moon
- Above The Clouds of Pompeii - Bear's Den
- America - Simon & Garfunkel
- Born In the U.S.A - Bruce Springsteen
- There Will Be Time - Mumford & Sons
- Blowin' In the Wind - Bob Dylan
- People Help The People - Birdy
- Redemption Song - Bob Marley & The Wailers
- Imagine - John Lennon
- The Times They Are A-Changin' - Bob Dylan
- You Can't Rush Your Healing - Trevor Hall
- My Country - Nahko Bear and Medicine for the People
Find a peaceful protest near you:
- New York City
- Los Angeles
- Washington D.C.
- Rhode Island
- New Hampshire
Links to donations:
- Donate to Planned Parenthood
- 9 Independent Artists Donating Proceeds
- Band donating to Planned Parenthood
How are we feeling?
- Words from young voters
- Words from other generations
Things To Do:
- Handwrite letters of congratulations to the women who shattered the glass ceiling and were elected to office on Tuesday!
- Wear a safety pin to show solidarity with immigrants, minorities, and people who feel unsafe or no longer sacred.
- Build a piñata. Because, you know, you'v always wanted to build a piñata. Fill it with your hopes and frustrations written on colorful slips of paper. beat the h*ll out of it to songs like "No More Mr. Nice Guy" by Alice Cooper or "Rockin' In The Free World" by Pearl Jam & Neil Young.
- Escape reality with a matinee flick. Might we suggest the M.C. Escher of a mind f*ck that is Marvel's Doctor Strange?
- Not feeling like changing out of those pajamas quite yet? Fall deep into a West Wing marathon on Netflix. Nothing like a Bartlett administration for inspiration on how a government should be run...
- Check out what fellow rebels are doing for inspiration. We've gotten tagged in some awesome Instagram posts over the last 48 hours.
- Write a letter to your future self. Vent your heart out. Then, set the letter on fire.
- Host a family style dinner party. People can bring sharing style dishes and discuss everything they're feeling - fears, frustrations, hope. Booze optional, but encouraged.
- Rock out to the new A Tribe Called Quest album
- Attend this global meditation on Sunday the 13th at 8 PM EST. To participate, download the Insight Timer App and follow Charlie Knoles (@CharlieKnoles). Afterwards, there will be a Facebook Live meditation talk at 8:30 PM EST.
- Join DiscoverOutdoors on Sunday the 13th in Central Park for a free (!!!) community hike to embrace the healing power of nature. Come together to walk and breathe and release. RSVP here or show up to Central Park West and West 72nd at 10 AM on Sunday.
- If you're experiencing depression and need support: National Depressive/Manic-Depressive Association Hotline at 1-800-826-3632
- If you're experiencing anxiety and are in need of support: Crisis Call Center has a 24-hour hotline at 1-775-784-8090
- If you're thinking about suicide or self-harm: National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or the Suicide Crisis Line at 1-800-784-2433
- You can also text "GO" to 741741 for their Crisis Text Line
- If you're an LGBTQ+ person thinking about suicide: call the Trevor Lifeline at 1-866-488-7386
- If you've experienced sexual violence and are in need of support: RAINN Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4573
- If you're a trans person thinking about suicide or experiencing a crisis: call the Trans Lifeline at 1-877-565-8860 for confidential support from other trans individuals
- If you're struggling with an eating disorder and are in need of support: call the National Eating Disorders Association Helpline at 1-800-931-2237
- For a 24-hour crisis line, text NEDA to 741741
- Best Coast (band) have set up an e-mail hotline for those feeling unsafe, discouraged, any of the above after the results of the election: BestCoastHotline@gmail.com