There Are Many Peaceful Ways To Protest Trump

by Caitlyn Callegari

Woven into this nation's very fabric, is the notion that protesting is not only tolerated, but that it is essential. We, the people, have a voice, and it's imperative that we use it in times of injustice and unrest. If you're feeling helpless over the fact that Donald Trump has won the presidential election, you aren't alone. But you're not powerless either. There is comfort to be taken in that. If you're trying to channel your frustration into something productive, there are things you can do. For instance, you can research how to peacefully protest Donald Trump if you are dissatisfied with the election results.

First, it should be noted that there are a number of ways to protest, and they do not all involve picket signs and marching. If that kind of thing isn't really your speed, The Cut suggests a different kind of sit-in in the form of a sit-out. The site published an article entitled "Women, Take Today Off," which details a protest that they describe as such,

Much of this election has centered on women’s roles in the working world. Should we be free from sexual harassment at our jobs? Should we receive equal pay and equal respect? Can we aspire to lead the free world? One way we can respond, now, is to refuse to participate in a nation and economy that does not value our personhood, nor the personhood of anyone who doesn’t identify as a white male. It’s a small protest, but it’s a start.

If you don't identify as female, if you're a male that doesn't feel like it's quite their place to participate, or if you don't want to, or just plain can't, take off of work, there's another widespread symbolic protest happening. This one doesn't infringe upon your workday and takes mere seconds to exact. Twitter users have organized a "Twitter Blackout," and all it entails is changing one's profile picture and header to a "plain black" icon and backdrop.

Easy enough, right? Protests don't always have to be difficult or inconvenient uphill battles. Sometimes the littlest things speak the loudest.

If you do want to get out there and protest in a more public way, you can still preach what you feel to be right and true on your very own. For instance, Lady Gaga protested outside of Trump Tower with a "Love Trumps Hate" sign. Simply carrying a sign like that one around with you on your way to work, putting one up in your car window, in front of your house, in your cubicle, or on your office wall sends a clear but heartening message.

I'd also encourage you to keep your eye out on Facebook. Say what you want about your parents taking over the platform, but it has proven to be an effective way to get a group or event organized. Twitter has also shown itself to be a useful tool in social activism. Pay attention to hashtags and trends. They might be key in finding exactly what you're looking for, and to making your voice heard in a peaceful way.