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Feeling helpless after the election? Here's exactly what to do

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An ex-Congressional staffer offers effective tips on how to contact local officials and get stuff done

If you have a lot of feelings about the election results and don't know where to channel them, you are not alone. With one candidate winning the popular vote and the other winning the Electoral College, the election may be over, but the debate on who really won is just getting started.

If you are a woman, minority, immigrant or generally decent human being, you are probably feeling confused, with bouts of sadness and sprinkles of helplessness. But instead of being fearful and rolling over to endure a new regime, there are steps you can take to make sure your voice is heard and you and your needs are represented by your local officials. The first step? Getting involved.

Emily Ellsworth, former Congressional staffer of six years, took to Twitter to give her advice on how to get your Congressperson's attention and help shape your local government. We've assembled her tweets and tips below, so check them out and get going!

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1. Get off the computer and throw it back with good old phone calls and snail mail

Remember, you deal directly with the staff when emailing or calling, so be kind to them — they are the ones who pass along your message!

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2. If you want to speak to your rep, get your butt to town hall meetings

3. Focus on your own district — start with where you are and what you have

4. Figure out the issues you care about

Research, organize and recruit backup if you can.

5. Research the officials and their departments — who represents what in your state?

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Now that you have an outline of how to go about getting involved, what are the issues you care about? Below is a list of organizations that need your help now. Donate, volunteer, call on their behalf and get informed.

  1. American Civil Liberties Union
  2. Anti-Defamation League
  3. Black Lives Matter
  4. Border Angels
  5. Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  6. Campaign Zero
  7. Center for Reproductive Rights
  8. Climate Science Legal Defense Fund
  9. Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA)
  10. Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR)
  11. Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)
  12. Earthjustice
  13. EMILY’s List
  14. Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
  15. The Human Rights Campaign
  16. Lambda Legal
  17. League of Conservative Voters
  18. Mazzoni Center
  19. NARAL Pro-Choice America
  20. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
  21. NAACP Legal Defense Fund
  22. National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV)
  23. National Immigration Law Center
  24. National Immigration Forum
  25. National Organization for Women (NOW)
  26. National Women’s Law Center
  27. Native American Rights Fund
  28. New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault
  29. NextGen Climate
  30. PEN America
  31. Planned Parenthood
  32. Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
  33. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  34. Reproductive Health Access Project
  35. Running Start
  36. She Should Run
  37. Showing Up for Racial Justice
  38. Sierra Club
  39. Southern Poverty Law Center
  40. Southerners on New Ground
  41. Sylvia Rivera Law Project
  42. The Trevor Project
  43. Union of Concerned Scientists
  44. Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights

Let us know what issues you care about and how you plan on getting involved in the comments below!

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