America’s Anti-Intellectualism, Reality TV Worship and President-Elect Twit
Open your checkbooks. Improper education, this culture of anti-intellectualism, obscurantism, reality TV and celebrity worship has gotten us deep into kakistocracy and kleptocracy. Thanks to all the stupid school bullies who grew up to vote for a stupid school bully — who is incidentally scared to pieces of the theatre “fags.” As if we didn’t always know. Okay… Now what? Well, it looks like it’s going to take a lot of support to our legal and social activists because we’ve lost Washington DC. All of it. We’re not going to get any love from the government for quite some time. Where are our gatekeepers now? Where they’ve always been. Working their butts off doing what they do to improve the world. The Intellects, The Nerds, The Artists, The Peacekeepers, The Geeks, The Activists that we all love to make fun of and bitch about. They are now the ones we will have to rely upon to get us through this crisis.
I’m not even going to make an argument for it. If I have to explain it to you, we’ve already lost you and you’re part of the problem. If you voted for Trump, congratulations. We’ll be here for you when he turns on you. Meanwhile, please take your Heil Drumph act to whatever sandbox you’ve been playing in all this time… nobody serious has time for your issues. If you feel like reading a history book or two or asking some questions about how American civics work… or maybe some moral questions about how it’s better to vote for someone who’s actually done at least ONE honest day’s work in his life, or care about other people… I don’t know… maybe start with try watching reruns of Mr. Rodgers. Maybe that will help. Or maybe you’re just beyond help, and nobody needs to give a crap about you because you are hateful, dumb and dangerous. Surely, your Furor doesn’t. Won’t that be a fun one to learn? You know what’s going to be more fun? How you’re going to blame Obama or HRC for it. Surely it won’t be your Lord and Master’s fault.
For the grown ups in America, here’s a partial list of the organizations who are leading the fight against The Trumplorables and their agenda of destruction of all the fine work and sacrifices that great citizens of this Nation have done for nearly 100 years. Feel free to add more in the comment box if you have others.
The American Civil Liberties Union works to defend individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution. Donate here.
The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to “stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Today, it fights against anti-semitism and bigotry as one of the largest civil rights organizations in the country. Find your local affiliate here and donate here.
Border Angels is an all-volunteer non-profit that advocates for immigration reform and social justice focusing on the U.S.-Mexico border. It offers educational and awareness programs and migrant outreach programs to San Diego County’s immigrant population. Donate here.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of America offers enrichment programs and support for children when they’re not in school. Donate and learn about ways to volunteer here.
The Center for Reproductive Rights is the world’s foremost legal advocate for securing women’s access to quality reproductive health care. Donate here.
The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) is an advocacy and organizing group focusing on achieving human, civil, and labor rights for immigrants. Donate here.
The Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) is a national civil rights law and policy center devoted to advancing the rights of people with disabilities through advocacy, training, education, and public policy. Donate here.
EarthJustice is the largest nonprofit environmental law organization in the country, working to protect wildlife, for healthy communities, and for cleaner energy options. The organization represents its clients free of charge. Donate here, and sign up for action alerts here.
Lambda Legal is a national legal organization dedicated to fighting for the civil rights of the LGBT population and people with HIV through litigation, education, and policy work. Donate here.
The Mazzoni Center offers healthcare services to LGBTQ population in Philadelphia, including trans clinical care services, walk-in HIV and STI testing, primary care, and addiction and recovery services. Donate here and find information about volunteer opportunities here.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)works to promote the civil rights of people of color and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here, and find your local chapter for more ways to get involved here.
The NAACP Legal Defense Fund fights for racial justice through litigation, advocacy and education. Donate and learn about ways to get involved here.
The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV) advocates for victims and attempts to change policy surrounding domestic violence. Click here to donate.
The National Immigration Law Center is dedicated to fighting for the rights of low-income immigrants through litigation, policy analysis and advocacy, and various other methods. Donate or learn how you can attend a local training here.
The National Immigration Forum is another leading immigrant advocacy group that offers various programs to integrate immigrants into the workforce and obtain citizenship. Donate here.
National Organization for Women (NOW) is an activist organization, foundation and PAC that advocates for equal rights for women. Donate here, and look for volunteer programs, like clinic escorting, on your local chapter’s page.
The National Women’s Law Center has worked for over 40 years to enact policies and laws on behalf of women and families. Donate here.
The Native American Rights Fund provides legal assistance to Native American tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may otherwise go without adequate representation. Donate here.
The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault lists a number of ongoing volunteer opportunities in childcare, community training, rape crisis counseling, and legal advocacy here.
PEN America works to protect free and open expression in the United States and across the world through literature and writing. Donate here.
Planned Parenthood is the country’s leading sexual and reproductive healthcare provider. Click here for nationwide volunteer opportunities (including as a clinic escort) and click here to donate. Local chapters also list more extensive volunteer opportunities, so take a look at your specific chapter (here’s New York’s page) for more.
Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) is the country’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, which operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-HOPE; online.rainn.org; rainn.org/es) and programs to help victims of sexual violence. Click here for information about how to volunteer for the hotline or in your community, and click hereto donate.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press offers legal resources, support and advocacy to reporters to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights. Donate here.
The Reproductive Health Access Project is a non-profit that trains clinicians to make quality reproductive healthcare more accessible. Click here to donate.
Running Start is another organization dedicated to educating young women and girls about the importance of politics, through the Young Women’s Political Leadership Program and various other fellowships and internships. Donate here.
The Sierra Club is the largest grassroots environmental organization in the county, and works to protect millions of acres of wilderness and pass legislation like the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. Click here for ways to give.
The Southern Poverty Law Center fights hate groups and bigotry using education, litigation, and advocacy. Donate here.
The Sylvia Rivera Law Project provides legal services specifically to low-income people and people of color who are transgender, intersex, or gender non-conforming. Click here to donate, and click here for to volunteer.
The Union of Concerned Scientists works to create solutions to the planet’s most pressing scientific problems through research, advocacy, and policy. Donate here.
The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights works to protect the best interests of children who come to the U.S. on their own. Donate here or learn about how you can volunteer as a Child Advocate in Chicago, New York, Houston, and Washington D.C. here.