That’s okay. It really is. Don’t let anyone shame you if you are not physically, mentally, or emotionally able to be out on the streets right now. Not everyone can.
That said, there are other things you can do. A lot of other things. Most of them won’t cost you anything– some of them can even save you money.
If you wish you could protest, or are a protester and wish you could do more, please consider some of the following:
The “Were His Problem Now” Calling Sheet. A list of phone numbers, a weekly call-to-action, and simple instructions on when to call, what to say, and how to follow up.
The List of Companies to Boycott. A lot of companies carry Trump products, and many people are choosing to boycott them to show that they don’t support him or his politics. I understand if you’re not able to boycott all of them (I’m visually impaired and unable to drive, so Amazon is kind of a lifeline sometimes), but do what you can. If you choose to boycott a company, contact them to tell them why. If you cannot boycott a company, contact them to tell them you’re considering a boycott, and tell them why.
The Doc of All Docs: Resources, Job Opps, Representatives to Call, Places to Boycott, Etc. A master doc of other actions you can take, companies you can support during the boycott, suggestions to prepare for January, and more.
Ten Ways to Fight Hate: A Community Response Guide. Southern Poverty Law Center’s ten principles for fighting hate in your community.
Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry. Don’t ignore bigotry. Ignoring it is as good as approving of it. Here’s a list of common situations, and concrete ways to respond to them.
Fight the spread of fake news. We all get taken in by clickbait now and then, but we can still help keep it from spreading. If you’re a Chrome user, this extension can help flag biased, clickbaity, or outright fake news sites for you.
Lastly, do not sit quietly. Keep circulating petitions, sharing protest pages, and posting articles from verified sources. If you’re one of the people who doesn’t have to worry about their safety during the next Presidential term, you can attempt to reach out to Trump supporters and other people calling for unity and understanding if that’s a thing you feel compelled to do. Understand that people who are not in that position may not be able to, or have no desire to be silent and compassionate towards their oppressors.
Don’t chastise people for rejecting unity right now.