A repost from a status message I put on Facebook earlier today. You don’t have to agree with my politics, but I had to say this. If I’m not fighting for the disenfranchised, I am not fighting for wellness.
Last night, as election results came in, I couldn’t help but cry. I did not cry for myself, even though our President-elect does not value my rights as a woman. I cried for those who don’t have the privilege I do. I cried for those whose rights and lives are at stake. I cried because it all felt so terrifying and hopeless.
I’m done crying.
For my friends who are Latinx, LGBT, Muslim, immigrants, people of color, and/or survivors of sexual assault, I stand with you. I am taking my hopelessness and turning it into action.
While I have shared some political posts on Facebook, I haven’t been that vocal. I was afraid of ruffling feathers, afraid of what people might think. I’m done with that too.
I may be somewhat quiet on Facebook in the coming days as I really cope with everything that this election means, but I won’t stay quiet forever. I am now more committed than ever to use my privilege to help those who don’t have as much.
You may disagree with something I post. You may disagree so strongly that you decide to unfriend or unfollow me. That’s okay, that’s your right.
What I do from this moment on is not for you. It’s for the people who can’t speak up for themselves. It’s for those who don’t have the kind of privilege I have.
If any of you want to join me in finding ways to volunteer and contribute to help those who may be especially disenfranchised beginning on January 20, let me know. If you are already doing this and know of specific ways I can get involved, let me know. The first place I looked was the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center because I know what it’s like to be helped by volunteers there, but I am open to getting involved in many ways for many groups of people.
We have a lot of work to do, but regardless of who is President, we can still do good. We must do good.
“Let us have faith in each other. Let us not grow weary. Let us not lose heart.” – Hillary Clinton, 11/9/16