In one of the more surprising and depressing repercussions of the U.S. presidential election, the stock market, which had risen on Monday and Tuesday in the expectation of a Hillary Clinton victory, actually rose on Wednesday after she lost. The markets, it turns out, might not like uncertainty–but they love the idea of vast new profits in areas like pharmaceuticals and private prisons.
For many of us with investments in the stock market, this news is bittersweet. Sure, we’re relieved that 10% of our wealth didn’t evaporate overnight, as we were warned it would. But by the same token, it feels unconscionable to be profiting from the election of someone who ran in opposition to everything we hold dear.
So here’s what I’m doing: I’m taking the amount that my investments rose in value today, and I’m donating it to two charities that will continue to fight for the principles that I believe in and Donald Trump does not: Planned Parenthood is one, the other is the ACLU.
Of course there are many other worthy organizations that you can donate to; Jezebel has a long list of them, and local non-profits can be just as effective as the bigger national shops.
The fight against Trump is only just beginning, and will be fought on many fronts. Giving money to non-profits is just one small way to help the cause. But if it’s something you’re in a position to be able to do, I would encourage you to do it. It will make you feel at least a little bit better, I can guarantee it.