Just as we have never seen a presidential administration as unusual as our current one, we have never in our recent history seen such powerful political activism and discussion taking place nationwide.

My social media news feeds are filled with rants about President Trump’s latest appalling comment, instructions on how to call your congressmen and urge them not to confirm a controversial cabinet pick, and full-on fights in comment sections ignited by emotional citizens from both sides of the aisle. The Women’s March on Jan. 21 drew between three and four million protesters, Fortune reported. And organizations that might be threatened under a Trump administration saw a spike in donations – for example, Planned Parenthood received nearly 80,000 donations in the week after Trump’s election and the American Civil Liberties Union saw contributions increase by 7,000%, Time reported in November. The activity has made the Iraq War protests of 2003, which I remember vividly from my college days, look like a measly warm-up.

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Natasha Chilingerian

Natasha Chilingerian has worked in the credit union space for over a decade. She joined CU Times as managing editor in 2015 and was promoted to executive editor in 2019. Before that, she served as a communications specialist for Xceed Financial Credit Union (now Kinecta Federal Credit Union) in Los Angeles from 2013-2015, and as a CU Times freelancer from 2011-2013. She has been a professional writer and editor for more than 17 years, specializing in news and lifestyle journalism as well as marketing copywriting for companies in the finance and technology space.

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