Feeling stressed about post- election chaos? Here’s ways to engage peacefully

Anxiety. Fear. Anger. These emotions and others are coming up for many of us in the run-up to the election. These emotions emerge in part from a sense of powerlessness.

Here’s what to expect and ways to claim your power.

What to expect

  • We wont have election results right away.
  • This election will be contested in the courts.
  • There will be lots and lots of people in the streets standing up to defend democracy.
  • Most if not all of these taking to the streets will be peaceful.

Sadly, we also should be prepared for white supremacy violence stoked by the President Trump’s rhetoric.

Ways to engage

Protect The Results – Count Every Vote.
Wednesday, November 4, at 4:00 PM.
Various locations.
Sign-up here for Minneapolis, Saint Paul, and Edina area locations.

Indivisible Saint Paul and Indivisible Edina are hosting “pop-up” rallies across Minneapolis and St. Paul to provide popular support for making sure every vote is counted. These rallies will happen if Trump tries to declare himself the winner before all votes are counted. They need you to make this happen! Indivisible needs bridge captains, intersection captains, photographers and social media correspondents!

March to Decide Our Future
Saturday, November 7, at 12:00 PM.
3000 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis 55404, (Outside the former Third Precinct). Details & RSVP.

While November 3rd might be the last day to cast a ballot in the 2020 election, it’s not the last day to make our voices heard. Even when the polls close, there’s more work to be done to ensure that every vote is counted fairly, and to make certain that the year ahead is better, fairer, and more just than the past.

That’s why, on November 7th, Minnesotans are joining together for a March to Decide Our Future. Together, we can build a future where we decide what our democracy looks like. We can create a future where all of us have a voice and our families and planet can thrive.

Stoking fear

Last week, Breitbart News ran an inflammatory piece about left-wing groups planning “mass unrest” in the state, including images of the unrest during the George Floyd uprising, specifically the burning of the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct. Law Enforcement Today ran a similar piece.

The stories are based on “leaked documents” purported to be from Take Action Minnesota. If you read the documents, they sound pretty reasonable. Here’s an excerpt:

We believe that regardless of the strength of the Minnesota election system, mass mobilization will and must happen in Minnesota to defend democracy. We expect that this mobilization will create space and opportunity for unrest, primarily in Minneapolis. In this context, the situation could rapidly spiral beyond control depending on the nature of the unrest and the State’s reaction.

The possibility of right-wing violence is real, as is the possibility of MPD inciting or enabling violence. We have primarily seen this focused on Black and brown business corridors, mosques and synagogues in the Twin Cities. It is possible Black churches may also become a target. St. Cloud and Duluth are also two cities to keep in mind given their proximity to large white nationalist geographies and demographic & ideological make-up. Additionally, we know of white nationalist infiltration and organization at Greater Minnesota universities.

In the best case scenario for our state a powerful, positive container within which a multiracial, ideologically diverse mass of people peacefully mobilize to defend democracy and any activity intended to incite violence or destruction is contained and de-escalated. A worst case scenario includes a minority of violent activity rooting, spreading spurred by either or both a poor state response and white nationalist instigation.

Sounds pretty peaceful. I guess Breitbart didn’t read the memo.

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