Survival guides offer resources for everyone living in Donald Trump’s America
In the immediate aftermath of Republican nominee Donald Trump’s presidential victory last week, many people of various identities and communities across the country had an important question in mind: Now what?
For starters, a survival guide that started in the form of a collaborative Google doc has made its way around the internet for people concerned about Trump’s xenophobic statements, misogyny, and his racism, according to Business Insider.
The guide is now its own website that can be found at the url “theworldisaterribleplace.com.”
Titled, “Oh Crap! What now? Survival guide,” the website offers resources for people trying to navigate the legal system, health care, how to respond to hate, self-defense, housing issues, access to food, money, protecting out digital communications and data, and organizations that need support.
Included are resources for reproductive health care, how to navigate the immigration legal system, and ways to support queer communities.
“There is a long history of this kind of thing in communities of color, disabled communities, queer communities, immigrant communities, and other communities that need to share information about how to navigate safely within a hostile world,” Ariel Federow, who created the guide, explained. “This comes out of that tradition.”
Federow added, “I hope it reminds a lot of people how much we already know. There is going to be a lot of need for resistance over the next four years.”
Many people have been preparing for the next four years of resistance. In the days following Trump’s victory, people in cities across the country took to the streets in protest. The message? Trump should know that they will not stand for his hateful rhetoric.
Another important survival guide floated around just days after the election. Penned by Masha Gessen — a Russian-American journalist who has lived under autocracy and covered Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
Titled, “Autocracy: Rules for survival,” Gessen’s guide offers insights into what it means to live under an autocratic regime.
Gessen broke down the Democrats’ early responses to Trump winning — the speeches about smoothly transitioning from one leader to another — and the tips that Americans might think about moving forward, especially as the establishment and the media have started to quickly normalize Trump’s presidency.
Among Gessen’s various rules include, “Believe the autocrat,” “Do not be taken in by small signs of normality,” and “Institutions will not save you.”
There are various important ways of surviving the next four years, as these resources explain.