Anger and heartbreak are certainly impetuses for change, but they need to be harnessed. They can be destructive forces or they can be the forces that inspire and move. If you would like to help by protesting, improving, or healing, consider doing some of the following:
- Do not be a bystander. If you see injustice, speak out. Intervene.
- Read everything–even the information you disagree with. Know everything.
- Do not let false headlines or skewed information dupe you.
- Build empathy for your enemies. This does not mean condoning or excusing terrible behavior–it means understanding where differences lie so that our work is meaningful and productive.
- Do not fight hate with hate. Fight it with forceful intellect and full heart.
- Understand, articulate, and then overcome your own biases. We all have them.
- Volunteer at and make contributions to local and national organizations that support the work you believe in.*
- Remember: it often feels as though we cannot make a difference alone. But when we individually stop making our voices heard, we create a vacuum that allows atrocity to build. Collectively, we change the tone of our cultural dialogue. Your voice and actions matter every day.
*We have done our best to research the credibility and viability of the following organizations (presented in no specific order), but as always, you should research any charitable organization you choose to work with prior to sending money.
Organizations that support Muslim-Americans
Organizations that support victims of anti-Semitism
Organizations that support people of color
Organizations that support women’s rights
Organizations that support immigrants’ rights
Organizations that support the LGBTQ community
Organizations that support Native Americans
Organizations that do good work for everybody
Journalism that continues to stand up for freedom of the press