How You Can Still Get Involved Post-Election

The 2016 presidential election took a toll on a lot of people. After the election, I felt like I was walking through a fog, and I know that a lot of my peers and professors felt similarly. Many class periods—or at least portions of them—following the election were devoted to talking through what the election meant to us and those around us.

About five months later, one of my professors checked in with the class to see where our brains were concerning the election. Some of us expressed that we still felt caught up in the election almost to an unhealthy degree, and have pulled back a little bit in order to make room for our other daily activities. Others also expressed the desire to get involved. Even months after the election, there are still ways to be involved and make a difference. Here are a few ways that local organizations are doing their part, and how you can help.

Countable

Probably the simplest way to get involved is through an app that’s available on the App Store and Google Play Store. The app is called Countable and it allows you to read summaries of upcoming and active legislation, directly tell your lawmakers what to vote yes or no on, and then follow up on how your elected officials voted on certain bills so that you can hold them accountable in future elections.

Cosecha

Written by Emerson faculty member, Claudia Castañeda:

Cosecha is a national organization of immigrants and co-activists who seek to gain rights for both undocumented and documented immigrants. Due to my family links to Guatemala, I decided to put my civic action time and energies into this organization. Cosecha has recently revised its efforts away from political (legal and other) change to direct action. Many “salsa shutdowns” of big companies’ stores (e.g. Old Navy)—in which large groups enter a store, play music, and dance—as well as other actions have been taking place across the country. The next big action is a national strike of all immigrant workers on May 1, International Workers’ Day. Actions will be taking place in the Boston area before that date, culminating in the strike. That day there will also be a boycott of all businesses. The aim is to demonstrate the significance of immigrants to both labor and consumption in the U.S. For more information text HUELGA to 41411.

Emerson Action

Written by Emerson student, Kala Slade:

Emerson Action strives to consistently provide opportunities for accessible, tangible acts of resistance and justice. We want to provide a safe space to discuss the issues that matter to us and the turbulent political climate. We are looking to become a breeding ground for creative and innovative ways to fight injustice and inequality through different events both on and off campus. The organization was founded by Danika Frank, Katja Vujic, Christine Lavosky, Kala Slade, Katie Nicora, and Morgan Sung after Danika got in contact with a  National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League (NARAL) activist. From then on, we combined with an American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) member to form one super group. We are now working towards gaining membership on campus and organizing for change. Our main goal is promote an open dialogue about our bodies, needs, and racial and class inequities within a stigma-free culture. We meet Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and we have a Facebook page: EmersonCollegeAction

Emerson UNITE

Excerpt from Emerson article about UNITE:

UNITE seeks to spread awareness about the issue of immigration, promote educational support for undocumented youths, and tear down stereotypes surrounding the topic. The issue is one that affects many individuals in the nation and is close to the hearts of the students who are part of UNITE. Their Facebook page is Emerson Unite.


Lauren Lopez is a Writing, Literature and Publishing Major graduating in May 2018 and is the Assistant Editor-in-Chief of The Luminary.

Claudia Castañeda is an interdisciplinary scholar. She teaches Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies, along with other topics that address social and cultural issues through intersectional and many other critical approaches. She also works with the Transformational Prison Project, a restorative justice organization; and as an editor for academics at every stage of their careers. 

Kala Slade is a Political Communications Major double minoring in Management & Leadership and Women’s, Gender, Sexuality studies.

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