Politics

Resources for Activism after Trump

A running list…

WAYS TO TAKE ACTION

Women’s March 10 Actions for the first 100 Days: “EVERY 10 DAYS WE WILL TAKE ACTION ON AN ISSUE WE ALL CARE ABOUT, STARTING TODAY.”


Action #1 is posted now.

Rise Stronger: “RISE is working to become the largest citizen watchdog organization in the United States with the mission of empowering Americans to monitor and take action in response to the Trump Administration, Congress, and state and local governments.”

You can start a local chapter, join the group on FB or more in depth on Slack, and choose how to get involved.

What Do I Do About Trump?: Aggregates progressive campaigns and actions so you can choose where to put your energy.  I believe created by Rise Stronger.

Ungovernable 2017: Resistance movement against Trump, with national day of action on 1/20 and meeting places around the US

Indivisible: Includes the guide to resistance modeled on the Tea Party, can organize local chapters

Daily Action: Text system to prompt you daily to call your elected officials

“All you have to do is text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You’ll be prompted to enter your ZIP code and that’s it—you’re signed up. You will subsequently receive one text message every workday about an issue that we have determined to be urgent based on where you live. You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day’s issue, and from there you’ll be automatically routed to your Senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official. In 90 seconds, you can conscientiously object and be done with it.”

FUTURE ELECTIONS (MIDTERMS IN 2018!)

Sister District, SwingLeft, and flippable: Sites that redirect time and money of solid blue staters to red/purple swing districts. Flippable was started by former Clinton campaign staffers and has prioritized certain states for upcoming elections in 2017 and the midterms in 2018.

Similarly, It Starts Today, aggregates small donations for progressive and liberal candidates running in the 2018 midterm elections.

LITERATURE & OTHER RESOURCES

Interviews for Resistance series in The Baffler (great mag!)

“We the People” 2017 Inauguration posters – Free to download but donations also accepted!

Surveillance Self-Defense: Ways to protect online communications, provided by the Electronic Frontier Foundation

Useful lit:

Women’s March: Mission & Vision, Unity Principles

Andres Miguel Rondon, “How to Culture Jam a Populist,” drawing on life in Venezuela under Chavez, Caracaschronicles.com, Jan. 2017

Masha Gessen, “Autocracy: Rules for Survival,” drawing on Putin’s Russia and elsewhere, NYR of Books, Nov 2016

Poems for Political Disaster,” Boston Review’s Chapbook (Link to buy issue)

Saroful, “How to survive in intersectional feminist spaces 101,” Crossknit, Jan 2017.  This has been circulating in an online FB women’s group I’m in.

Keeanga Yamahtta-Taylor, “Don’t Deride Liberals Who Attended the Women’s March: Recruit them to Radical Politics,” In These Times, Jan. 2017

Robin DiAngelo, “White Fragility: Why it’s so hard to talk to white people about racism,” Good Men Project, April 2015. I think this is an excellent primer but it is also an academic/intellectual piece.  So here’s a satirical video on Upworthy that makes the same point.

 

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