Never Forget has Never Felt More Important in my Lifetime

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I am a Jewish woman. My grandparents, aunts and uncles emblazoned “never forget” the Holocaust in my brain. If I ever forgot, then it could happen again, they said. They were right. Trump has positioned himself as the next Hitler. He’s condemning protests against him and ignoring hate crimes committed in his name. Looking at his cabinet appointments, it’s even clearer that his intentions for America are to destroy democracy and its citizens. Replacing a culturally diverse nation with white nationalists.

This wasn’t a normal election. One candidate, a lawyer had 30-years of public service, was the Secretary of State, a former Senator and First Lady. The other candidate wasn’t a republican, though billed as one. He was an alt-right extremist with fascistic leanings, a reality TV star and a flailing businessman who pilfered money from every day Americans for personal gain. He ran on a platform of lies, stoking fears in his followers, racism, anti-Semitism, banning Muslims, and deporting immigrants, misogyny and a penchant for sexual assault. I digress, this was not a normal election. This was not a normal candidate.

Nothing about Trump’s win is acceptable and shouldn’t be tolerated. In December, the Electoral College will vote. Speaking for myself, I want to do everything in my power to get Hillary Clinton as our President-Elect and oust Trump immediately if not sooner. There’s a petition to the Electoral College to do just that. With over 4M signatures and still in need of over 100,000, please sign it and urge others to, as well. Hillary won the popular vote by a landslide. The electoral college need to do their job to protect America and democracy by electing her president.

The press were so focused on reacting to Trump’s soundbites and Hillary’s emails versus digging deeper and following and reporting on the severe consequences of Trump’s words, actions and wrongdoings if he were to become president. Now, here we are, with Trump as President-elect. Nothing about this is okay or should be tolerated. This isn’t democracy in action. As a die-hard liberal, gun to my head, if I had to choose a republican, I’d go with Bush, and that’s really saying something!

Trump is a threat to America, its citizens and international relations. Post-election, the reporting hasn’t changed. Reporters are still focused on reacting to his soundbites. Please stop. Please dig deeper. You know how dangerous he is and how unfit for the presidency he is. His post-election words and actions prove that. Violence and hate crimes have increased exponentially nationwide. I fear that if he is not scrutinized in a way that reflects how hazardous to our health he is, and if the press continues to normalize him, the American experiment will die. Please, I beg you to stop saying, give him a chance. Not only does it undermine our intelligence, it’s a treacherous prospect. He didn’t change in the General Election. He hasn’t changed post-election. HE IS NEVER CHANGING. Treat him as the real and present threat he actually is.

Please get involved. Don’t stop protesting peacefully nationwide. Increase the protests. Demand the Electoral College vote for Hillary in December. Please check out the below resources and get involved in the change we so desperately need before it’s too late.

PETITION:

GET INVOLVED:

ORGANIZATIONS WHO NEED US:

  • ACLU: Become a Freedom Fighter. Help defend our civil liberties.
  • Planned Parenthood: Protect women’s health, screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, reproductive health, and so much more.
  • Human Rights Watch: Join/Donate, but please get involved.
  • Impact Fund: Lawyers for immigrant rights.
  • Prison Reform: Resources and nonprofits dedicated to prison reform.
  • The Trevor Project: The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young people ages 13-24.
  • PATH: PATH is the leader in global health innovation. An international nonprofit organization, we save lives and improve health, especially among women and children. We accelerate innovation across five platforms—vaccines, drugs, diagnostics, devices, and system and service innovations—that harness our entrepreneurial insight, scientific and public health expertise, and passion for health equity.
  • Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter is a chapter-based national organization working for the validity of Black life. We are working to (re)build the Black liberation movement. This is Not a Moment, but a Movement.
  • ePATH: PATH is a family of agencies working together to end homelessness for individuals, families, and communities. We strive to do this by prioritizing housing while providing customized supportive services for people in need. Our agencies each address homelessness in a different way—supportive services, permanent housing development, support for homeless families, and community engagement—all of which ultimately help the people we serve make it home.
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