Phew, 2020, what a year. With the COVID-19 pandemic, a tense political climate, devastating natural disasters, and social justice movements causing waves across the country, it's been a tough but important one in many ways. While at times I've felt hopeless in terms of knowing what to do and how to help, and overwhelmed by the news and trying to balance being informed with preserving my own mental health, I've done a lot of self-reflection and have tried to learn as much as I can about all of the issues mentioned above. In my opinion, being informed via reading articles and listening to podcasts from as many unbiased resources as you can find is one of the most important things to do.
While reporting all of your efforts to the public eye isn't necessary (it's OK if you don't post on instagram, twitter, or facebook about all of the steps you're taking, even if some people make it seem that way. This can be a very personal thing for many people), one small way of showing solidarity is through signs in your windows/yards, stickers on your cars, graphic tees, etc. Any small reminders to vote or to treat others with compassion and equality is a plus in my book. Below are some options I've come across that can be small reminders to support yourself and your community. Purchasing many of them will also support good causes and small businesses!
Have you made your plan to vote yet?
1. Make sure you are registered
You can find a registration form here and confirm your status at your local elections office.
2. Plan how you'll vote
3. Do your research
You will not only be voting for the president this election. There are many other positions being voted on, so make sure to do your research on who is running.