There's no doubt that things have gotten much darker in America since Donald Trump was elected president in November. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, hate crimes and public acts of bigotry rose in the immediate aftermath of the elections, and President Trump and the newly-emboldened Republican Congress wasted no time introducing legislation that will severely limit the rights of the most vulnerable Americans. But there has been a silver lining — people have begun participating in small acts of resistance against bigotry in Trump's America to let those most affected by the rising tide of hatred know that they aren't alone.
Ahead of Trump's inauguration on Jan. 21, Ilyse Hogue, the president of NARAL Pro-Choice, called for small acts of daily resistance to counter the effects Trump and his ilk will have on the presidency. Although organizations like NARAL, the American Civil Liberties Union, the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee, and many others are doing the legal and fundraising work to counter Trumpism, it's small acts like erasing anti-Semitic graffiti, showing support for Muslims, and boycotting Trump's televised appearances that will make a difference from the bottom-up. These small acts of daily resistance show that the fight against legalized bigotry isn't just for our lawmakers, but for everyone who wants a safer and more just America.