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So begins the text on Clara Beyer’s newest web project — a site that’s a very visceral reaction to the recent election and, specifically, its outcome. The site is simple, but it represents a vast array of resources for disappointed, angry and scared Hillary Clinton voters who, as we know, make up around 93 percent of the D.C. electorate (not to mention a majority of the popular vote across the country.)
It was never supposed to turn out this way, or so many people thought.
In the days leading up to the election, Beyer created a page at the same URL (holyfucktheelection.com) that was titled “Holy Fuck the Election is Tomorrow” and contained step-by-step voting information. “That was mainly just to keep me somewhat calm in the days leading up the the election,” said Beyer, who also spent time canvassing for Clinton in Pennsylvania.
But then, well, Donald Trump won.
And Beyer, a DMV local who works as a web dev at WeddingWire when she’s not building election-related websites, sat on the domain for a few days. “A few days after the election I was like, ‘Oh god, I still have this domain name,'” she said. It felt wrong to leave it as is, and when she began to see friends and acquaintances asking, essentially, “Now what?” she saw an opportunity.
All this led to the site’s current iteration — a profanity-laced flow chart that begins when visitors answer the simple question: “Are you okay?” Select “I need a fucking minute” for various self-care resources, from videos of babies and puppies to Trump-themed coloring pages. Or select “I’m ready to fuck shit up” to find organizations you can donate time or money to that advocate for LGBTQ rights, women’s rights, environmental conservation and more.
Beyer said she chose nonprofits to featured based on articles like this one or conversations with friends involved in various social movements. The Charity Navigator website, she said, has been imminently helpful in determining what’s legit.
The response to the site, Beyer told Technical.ly, has been good. People have been visiting it, and tweeting about it. But what she cares about most is the number of visitors who click through to nonprofit sites — 68,000 within the past week, she said.
“This actually isn’t my first brush with internet sensationalism,” Beyer said.
In 2013, she created the @FeministTSwift Twitter account which grew to over 91,000 followers and still makes the occasional feminism-inspired Taylor Swift song lyric joke. “It’s hard because the material is limited,” Beyer said. “She really just needs to release another album.”
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