Marching Is The New Brunch: Protests To Get Behind This May And June

Let’s have a big cheer for all the Lala girls who got out in the streets for the Tax March, Science March, Climate March and May Day March! Now it’s time to prep for the next round, so mark your calendar and call your friends.

First things first, it’s time for the final action of the Women’s March—the May 8th demonstrations at the in-district offices of American congressmen. Check the website to sign the Pledge of Liberation and to find an event close to you. I know it’s much easier to get out to a protest on a weekend as opposed to trying to squish it in during your Monday lunch break–remember that if you can’t march, you can still donate. It takes three minutes to set up a weekly donation to the charities and programs under attack during the Trump administration, and it doesn’t have to be your whole paycheck. A few dollars do make a difference as long as you donate to projects that use the money wisely. Use CharityNavigator to check how your donation gets spent.

Fight back against the Trump executive order to review national parks and open coastlines to offshore drilling by getting out for World Oceans Day. There will be events across the world to event or you can organize your own and register it online. If you’ll be stuck at work on June 8th, you can still chip in by donating to the League of Conservation Voters’ lawsuit against Trump, which aims to suspend the executive order that permits offshore drilling in previously protected areas.

June is Pride Month–not just one day, not just one parade and not just in one city! The Equality March for Unity and Pride is slated for June 11, closing out Capital Pride in DC, and a sister march will take place in Los Angeles at the same time.  Check out Gay Pride Calendar  for a list of pride events in your area. Remember that virtually every Pride event will need volunteers, so try to donate a few hours of your time helping out as a marshall or volunteering in booths along the parade route. Once again, if you can’t march, you can still donate, from The Trevor Project to the Human Rights Campaign to homeless shelter networks, where a disproportionate percentage of LGBT youth are living.

Keep in mind that these are just the headliner events, you never know when spontaneous marches are going to crop up in your area. As I write this, organizers are putting together protests over the House’s repeal of Obamacare. The murder of Jordan Edwards will lead to new protests, new marches, and calls for justice across the country. A march doesn’t have to draw a crowd of 200,000 to be relevant or to influence policy. Go to your representative’s town hall meetings, go to small rallies, donate to your local causes. 30 minutes or $3 matters, even if it feels small to you.

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