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The World is Going to Hell in a Handbasket, What Can You Do About It?

Get informed. Get engaged. Get active.

One thing the right gets right is they are very good at mobilizing their base to act locally: they call their congresspersons, they vote in local elections, and they get out there and protest.

We need to learn from them and do the same. The ideas below will get you started.


Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda

image of the front page of Indivisible guide

Former congressional staffers have put together a how-to for making change at the local level. They observed how a relatively small number of Tea Partiers had a huge impact on their representatives by acting locally.

This is where we need to start.

Highlights include:

  • Act locally – your members of Congress listen to the people they need to answer to
  • Find local groups and join them, or start a new one
  • Identify your representatives, sign up for their emails
  • Keep track of your reps’ actions using Google news alerts
  • Show up for their events
  • Engage with local media; get to know your local reporters
  • Share your activities on social media
  • And much more. Read the guide.

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/


The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda by Robert Reich

image trump first 100 days resistance by robert reich
Robert Reich lays out a plan for citizens to employ in the first 100 days of Trumps administration.

  1. Get your senators and representatives to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda
  2. March and demonstrate
  3. Make your city and state sanctuaries
  4. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything
  5. Write letters to the editor of your newspaper and op-eds
  6. Contribute to social media with up-to-date daily bulletins
  7. Contribute to the most effective opposition groups
  8. Make the resistance visible
  9. Push progressive causes at your state and local level
  10. Start a move in your state to abolish the electoral college
  11. Reach out to independents and even Trump supporters who agree with this agenda
  12. our idea goes here.


http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/06/first-100-days-resistance-agenda


Follow the money that influences your local elections at OpenSecrets.org

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https://www.opensecrets.org/races/


Resources:

First, Complete Your To-Do List:

  • Find your representatives
  • Gather all their contact info: phone, office address, email, social media, etc. Use this Excel sheet as inspiration to get started. The_Resistance_MyReps
  • Add them as contacts in your phone so you always have them handy
  • Follow them on social media
  • Sign up for email alerts at their websites
  • Look up their calendar. Find out when they are doing town halls, public events and when they are up for re-election. Add these dates to your calendar
  • Get a friend or family member to join you. Politics is not a spectator sport. We all get to play


Yeah but, I don’t know what to say when I call!

It’s ok to feel nervous at first. Use this script from UseCallToAction as a guide:

What to Say

“Hi, my name is [your name] and I’m a constituent from [your town/city]. I’m calling because [express your opinion on an issue here]. Please tell [rep name] to [support/oppose/speak out against] [your issue]. Thank you for your time.”

You can do that, right? It’s really not so bad. One minute phone call. You can do it!


CallMyCongress.com – Find Your Representative and Senators, and see their voting record
https://www.callmycongress.com/

United States House of Representatives – Find Your Representative
http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

Who Is My Representative
http://www.whoismyrepresentative.com/

VoteSmart.org
http://votesmart.org/