By CORALIN GLERUM

Let’s face it. On Nov. 8, we were kicked in the gut. What we are experiencing is not the normal sadness of an electoral failure. We are mourning our loss of trust in the media, our governing institutions, and the rule of law. We fear that reason and facts no longer matter, that our democracy is in peril and that American decency and compassion have been replaced by viciousness and hatred.

To be clear, a minority political movement that embraces misogyny, bigotry, voter suppression, fake news, and corporate kleptocracy has taken control of our federal government. In response, we must resist becoming paralyzed by frustration, grief, fear, or to be overwhelmed, and instead challenge ourselves to be on the right side of history.

“We must always take sides.

Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.” ~ Elie Wiesel

In this political climate, we must protect ourselves, our values, the most vulnerable among us, and the environment by organizing, donating time and money, and speaking publicly. When your grief turns to resolve, join us as we strive for the America we love. Here is a non-exhaustive list of suggestions to get you started:

1) Learn about cybersecurity: Look up How to encrypt your entire life in less than an hour by Quincy Larson.

2) Get involved with local organizations whose missions and clients are threatened: League to Save Lake Tahoe, the Family Resource Centers, Project MANA, and Tahoe Family Solutions.

3) Get involved with national organizations that fight for endangered causes: American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League, Border Angels, Center for Reproductive Rights, Council on American-Islamic Relations, Earthjustice, Lambda Legal, National Immigration Law Center, NextGen Climate, Planned Parenthood, and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

4) Get involved with organizations to create political change: North Tahoe Democrats, Democratic Party of Washoe County, and California Democratic Party.
My philosophy follows that of John Wesley (though I am not personally religious at all): “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

~ Coralin Glerum is a retired 20-year college educator in exercise science, chair of the North Tahoe Democrats, and a volunteer and board member of two nonprofit charitable organizations — Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care and Project MANA.