Politics

Nine Ways South Floridians Can Resist Trump's Fascist Bigotry

As the shock of Hillary Clinton's defeat settles in, it's easy to feel powerless and hopeless. Though her supporters weren't able to keep Trump's backers from showing up to the polls in record numbers, it's crucial not to surrender just yet.

Right now, we're in mourning. We're scared. We worry about the safety of our families, friends, neighbors, colleagues, and classmates — especially those who are immigrants, people of color, Muslims, gay, survivors of sexual assault, disabled, and poor. We worry about our environment, climate change, and sea-level rise.

As white supremacists celebrate Trump's win, it's more important than ever that as a community we continue to resist hate and ignorance. Here are nine ways you can resist Trump's fascist bigotry in South Florida:
1. Come together, heal as a community, and fight back.
Before we can literally tear down Trump's wall, we have to cope with our grief. It's important that we don't bottle up these frustrations. Different groups in South Florida will offer safe spaces to allow people to vent, cry, scream, and ultimately heal, like Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bomb's Resist to Exist event, EmpressU's postelection healing space, SOUL Sisters Leadership Collective's restorative healing circle for black femmes, and the New Florida Majority and Miami Workers Center's healing space.

Students are walking out of their classrooms. Crowds in New York, Portland, Columbus, Los Angeles, Milwaukee, and Madison are taking over the streets. Some are getting arrested. They're waving signs that read "Not My President" and chanting "We reject the President-elect." Marches took place over the weekend in Miami and Palm Beach.
2. Help the Islamic Center of Boca Raton rebuild the Fort Pierce mosque.
Back in July, the Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections caved to Islamophobic complaints when she removed the Islamic Center of Boca Raton as a polling place this election. To put that in perspective, there are more than 90 churches and synagogues registered as polling places in the county. Since Trump's win, the media is already reporting Islamophobic rhetoric and attacks on women wearing hijabs. To show solidarity with the local Muslim community, consider donating to their campaign to rebuild the Fort Pierce mosque burned down the night before the Eid prayer.


3. Document the effects of sea-level rise.
It will never make sense that Florida — a state that has the most to lose as a result of climate change — decided to elect a president who doesn't believe it exists. He seriously says global warming was "created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." Our governor, who might be destined for Trump's cabinet, has banned the term "climate change." Of course, South Floridians know this isn't true.

4. Attend the Transgender Day of Remembrance at the Pride Center.
In the wake of Trump's presidential win, there have been eight unconfirmed suicides by transgender youths. Vandals in other parts of the country are already burning rainbow flags. Regardless of your gender or sexual orientation, it's crucial to show your support and solidarity for this marginalized community. The Transgender Day of Remembrance will take place at 4 p.m. Sunday, November 20, at the Pride Center located at 2040 N. Dixie Hwy., Wilton Manors.
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Jess Swanson is a staff writer at New Times. Born and raised in Miami, she graduated from the University of Miami’s School of Communication and wrote briefly for the student newspaper until realizing her true calling: pissing off fraternity brothers by reporting about their parties on her crime blog. Especially gifted in jumping rope and solving Rubik’s cubes, she also holds the title for longest stint as an unpaid intern in New Times history. She left the Magic City for New York to earn her master’s degree from Columbia University School of Journalism, where she spent a year profiling circumcised men who were trying to regrow their foreskins for a story that ultimately won the John Horgan Award for Critical Science Journalism. Terrified by pizza rats and arctic temperatures, she quickly returned to her natural habitat.
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