By Ed Diokno
So, Are you dreading tomorrow? You feel sick to your stomach, have headaches and depressed? You’re experiencing all the symptoms of stress. Stress from the idea of Donald Trump being installed as the 45th President of the United States?
1. Relieve your stress by not watching the inauguration. We can make sure that the Inauguration is the most poorly watched inauguration since they began televising it. That will really anger Trump. He’s all about ratings, you know.
Cher’s idea is along the same lines:
JOIN MARCH IN D.C.,2PROTEST TRUMP REGIME‼️2 PROTEST IN YOUR OWN HOME…TURN ON TV,AND AS TRUMPS INAUGURAL STARTS…
TURN TV OFF👊🏻
— Cher (@cher) January 13, 2017
2. Protect the Constitution!
Join other patriots by vowing to protect the Constitution’s tenets like the people featured in the ACLU-produced video:
I, ________(Say your name)________________, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic …
“Foreign AND domestic)”… you know who I mean.
3. Write, phone or email your Congressional representative and ask him or her to opposed the Trump nominees for his Cabinet and White House “advisors.” This is especially critical for those of you have Republican representatives. Tell them to use common sense and vote in the best interests of the country, not the GOP or Trump.
4. Post this message on your Facebook page:
5. Can’t go to the Women’s March in Washington on Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration? Don’t worry, there’s probably one closer to you that you can attend. Misery loves company, but it can also be uplifting and energizing too. You’d be surprised how many people share your feelings. Never forget, there are more people who voting against Trump than those who voted for him. Hillary Clinton outpaced President-elect Donald Trump by almost 2.9 million votes, with 65,844,954 (48.2%) to his 62,979,879 (46.1%).
6. Stay involved! Learn the issues! Be vigilant as Trump and his anti-government appointees try to undo all the things that makes America great and all the progress we’ve made in civil rights since the time of Franklin D. Roosevelt, such as Social Security, Medicare, the Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act and the 1965 Immigration Reform and a whole host of other safety net programs. Follow the money and find out who is getting rich when Trump deregulates Wall Street, the oil industry and environmental protections. Find out who your elected official is and let him or her what is important to you.
7. Share this post. Thank you. It’s time to join the fight for change! Watch this video by Mic’s Gabe Gonzalez, Natasha Noman and Jamilah King show how you can stay active in your community. Keep your head up and eyes open. Keep fighting against injustice and for equality.
Ed Diokno writes a blog :Views From The Edge: news and analysis from an Asian American perspective.