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After the Election: Discussion, Dialogue, + Discourse

Trying to answer the question - what now?

Discussion: The action or process of talking about something in order to reach a decision or to exchange ideas
Dialogue: A discussion between two or more people or groups, especially one directed towards exploration of a particular subject or resolution of a problem
Discourse: Written or spoken communication or debate

definitions from Oxford Dictionaries Online

headlines + analysis

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How to weather the Trump administration: Head to the library

(via LA Times) "...librarians may be the only first responders holding the line between America and a raging national pandemic of absolutism. More desperately than ever, we need our libraries now, and all three of their traditional pillars: 1) education, 2) good reading and 3) the convivial refuge of a place apart. In other words, libraries may be the last coal we have left to blow on."

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The Run-Up Podcast

"I Voted Clinton. You Voted Trump. Let’s Talk. They are siblings, co-workers, classmates, friends. One voted for Donald J. Trump, the other for Hillary Clinton. In a series of raw, candid and emotional conversations, The Run-Up asked different pairs of voters to talk to each other about why they voted the way did they..."

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Ask Questions, Stay Curious

"How Could You? 19 Questions to Ask Loved Ones Who Voted the Other Way"
Compiled by the NY Times as part of their The Run-up Podcast, these questions are great conversation starters and a good next step when you're faced with loved ones, friends, and family who may have voted "the other way."

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Aftermath: 16 Writers on Trump's America

(via The New Yorker) Essays by Toni Morrison, Atul Gawande, Hilary Mantel, George Packer, Jane Mayer, Jeffrey Toobin, Junot Díaz, and more.

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Discussion Guidelines

via Amnesty International's #AmericaIBelieveIn campaign, guidelines and questions for productive conversations when faced with difficult topics, fear, or even hate rhetoric.  

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Ten Ways to Stand Together in Solidarity Against Hate

Continue to share your story. Call your member of Congress. Visit your member of Congress. Stay informed on current events and share information. Vote in your local and state elections. Talk about bullying issues. Speak up. Volunteer. Make a donations.

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Miami Women

Local Viewpoints: Women in Miami

(via The New Tropic) "9 Miami women reflect on Election 2016. Whether you were “Hills-yes” or ready to “Make America Great Again,” there is one thing that crosses party lines — the agreement that Election 2016 was unlike any other."