Trump’s inauguration is about to happen, whether you’re ready for it or not. For people who believe in love and freedom, it’s been a somber countdown filled with dread and angst. It can leave you feeling powerless, alone, and worried about the future. So to help you deal with everything, here are three ways you can cope with Trump’s inauguration.
1. Go to a Women’s March this weekend
All across the country, there will be marches held to show that discrimination will not be tolerated by the president-elect. And although you might think that a women’s march is only about women’s rights, it’s not. The LGBTQ community as well as those fighting racial discrimination will also be present.
Although you can probably find a local Women’s March, the big event will be in Washington DC on January 21st. Thousands of people from all over the country are expected in what will be a demonstration showing that we will not stand to be discriminated against. If you can make it to DC, being surrounded by people standing up for their rights is one of the best ways to cope with Trump’s presidency. You can be a part of history.
2. Watch Alec Baldwin play Donald Trump
While this won’t feel nearly as good as going to a rally, it is comforting to watch Alec Baldwin’s spot-on portrayal of Trump on SNL. It’s therapy through laughter at its best. Just a sample of what you’ll find in the many skits “Listen sweetheart, I’m about to be president. We’re all going to die.”
I mean, seriously. If you can’t get him out of office, you might as well laugh about the ridiculousness of the situation.
To remind yourself that you can overcome oppression, read some biographies about inspirational activists. If you’re concerned about LGBTQ equality, check out a book about Harvey Milk. If you’re concerned about the treatment of people of color, read about Martin Luther King Jr. If you care about women’s reproductive rights, then learn about Betty Friedan. There are plenty of other inspirational activists to add to your reading list, so take your pick!
There are a lot of things you can do to speak up about the issues the US is facing. But for the time being, these three tips can help you get through the weekend.
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