This is how we support our most marginalized: with security, solidarity, and kindness

This week many of us are sad. Eating, sleeping, and personal care have taken a backseat because we’re not just sad, we’re emotionally distraught. We’re scared. We’re terrified for what this election means for ourselves, our friends, our families, our peers, our children, and our country.

I just want to emphasize to be kind.

Be kind to yourselves right now. Make sure you’re sipping plenty of water and doing what you need to do to unplug from the madness that has become our country over the past few days.

Be kind to others. Ask what you can do to make someone’s day just a little more tolerable. We need to stick together now more than ever and help others in whatever ways that we can both big and small.

In this week’s blog post, I’m offering reading on how we can help with security for marginalized people, info on secure communication, and intersectional causes to support.

Additionally, I am proud to be the producer of the podcast, Greater Than Code. I highly recommend you give this week’s episode a listen, with Neem Serra, a young, black Muslim woman who was appropriately a guest on the show yesterday. After feelings were discussed pertaining to what has happened this week in politics, Neem talked about overcoming adversity and battling unconscious bias. In my opinion, it is well worth your time.


The Internet With A Human Face

A starting point for understanding the Internet, surveillance, and centralization.

A DIY Guide to Feminist Cybersecurity

An extensive resource on all aspects of personal security, geared toward marginalized groups.

Internet Privacy 101: VPNs, Encrypted Messaging, and Anonymous Browsing

Now more than ever, it is imperative that we keep ourselves safe on the Internet. This article points to resources you can use and easy practices to do so.

A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support

A list of organizations that work to fight for the rights of our most vulnerable and susceptible populations, and ways to donate and volunteer. They will continue to add to this list and be sure to read the comments for even more peer suggestions.

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Monday, November 14th — Friday, November 18th: Washington, DC

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Mandy Moore, also known around the Internets as @therubyrep, is a podcast audio expert, mother of orange tabbies, sucker for bad reality television, and boxed wine connoisseur. She adores her 7-year-old daughter, Reese’s peanut butter cups, and sitting around fire pits while listening to country music. She is a huge advocate for STEM education and women in technology.