My Fellow Country Men & Women,
The following robust list of links to political activist resources are shared with you with the intention of empowering you where you may feel inspired to political action. If this is not your intention, please go no further.
Many resources for political activism have been shared with me by trusted friends and family in recent weeks.
May the gathered resources below engage you effectively in the claiming of your nation.
The United States of America was created a country committed to the tenants of Democracy - where the People's voice and will directs the leadership, not the voice of the leadership silencing the people into servile complicity to illicit Executive action antithetical to Democracy.
It is always important to demonstrate with protest when reason, equality, justice, peace and freedom are threatened, but now it seems we are at a threshold to chose a path even more powerful - to demonstrate with ATTEST. Attestment to the principles for Democracy through right and powerful action in sustained, strategic, organized solidarity.
A wise mentor once said to me, “Learn to move towards the positive, not away from the negative.” We become what we oppose. Pushing hard against what is feared as destructive regenerates in you the divisive, opposing destructive force. Nothing is gained. A futility of constant, anxious repositioning persists. Motivation and energy dissipate and despair is inevitable. Moving towards what is desired is creative, inspiring, unifying and generative. This is how change happens.
The Women’s March was an unprecedented international movement of peaceful demonstration of both protest against Executive denial of Democratic principles, and profound attestment to the universal rights of equality, justice, peace and freedom. The March was a calling to each of us to gather all that inspiration, good will and energy into focused strategic action to create what people want - a vital Democracy where all voices are heard as the prime national policy-building force. (Best Women's March photos here.)
May you find these articles and resources valuable and accessible for engaging more easily in the participatory Democracy of which you are a part and are central to. Remember, Democracy lives in only one person - you.
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Maybe most importantly, taking care of oneself, staying grounded and keeping the big picture in mind is fundamental to effectiveness in any endeavor. So here is the link to my January Fast Wisdom™ Newsletter: Grounded Activism - 10 Self-Care Tips During Challenging Times
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Contact Your Senator(s) and Congressman/Congresswoman:
Many have Facebook pages and websites rich with resources, like videos of Town Hall meetings and podcasts for activism. You may be able to volunteer.
Rep. Jared Huffman (North Coast California) Podcasts for activism.
Stay informed on the day-to-day actions of the Trump Administration (This is updated daily with links to reputable sources):
A List from January 19th, 2017 - Present
Keep track of federally funded programs that the Trump Administration is targeting. Here are some organizations that you can support financially or otherwise. This site is a win-win. It provides links to organizations that need support, and it does so under the domain name 'Tomi Lahren'.
INDIVISIBLE: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. Former Congressional Staffers Reveal Best Practices for Making Congress Listen
Recent Indivisible Video on Resistance action during Congressional Recess featuring Robert Reich
The Sixty Five
Over 65 million Americans rejected Donald Trump on Election Day. This organization makes calling your representatives on issues a one-stop process. A good guide for making your voice heard. I plan on utilizing this weekly at the very least.
5calls.org Along the same lines as 65 website, but provides 5 times the sensitive issues, rep calling info, and appropriate phone scripts - all in one site. Both sites (65 and 5.org) are fantastic but similar.
These 2 websites make it easy to identify issues, provide sample scripts, and to call a legislator about them. They will be most useful to those not in a completely blue state. But don’t forget your home state congressional Democrats. They will fight better if they get lots of support.
Daily Action. How does it work? All you have to do is text the word DAILY to 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 receive one text message every workday about an issue that they have determined to be urgent, based on where you live. If you live in a blue state, the issues will likely be at a national level.
You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day’s issue, and from there you will be automatically routed to the relevant congressperson/senator. Sometimes there will be a link to a Facebook page with more about the issue.
This is my favorite tool as it is designed for the mobile environment, it comes to you, and is quick and easy to use when you have your phone and takes only a few minutes.
www. Call Them In.com is a new website and email subscription service that has already done most of the work for you. If you sign up, you'll get strategically timed email reminders to contact politicians, including tailored scripts to prepare and curb some of the anxiety you might feel.
www.countable us.com This website helps citizens easily track bills at the national and/or state level. There is also a newsletter you can sign up for.
Action Checklist for Americans with Conscience
Subscribe for weekly actions.
In addition to many of the 'Organization's' websites and emails to subscribers offering petitions to sign, Moveon.org is robust on challenging the Trump administration with this simple action.
Target your purchases to avoid Trump support.
These snippets feel especially relevant now...
“What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.” » Marilyn vos Savant
“Patriotism is when love of your own people comes first; nationalism, when hate for people other than your own comes first” » Charles de Gaulle
Here's a couple of NYT articles by my favorite Republican, David Brooks, which I found helpful for perspective:
The Lord of Misrule
The Internal Invasion
Yonatan Zunger Article: Trial Balloon for a Coup
Benjamin Wittes Article: Malevolence Tempered by Incompetence: Trump's Horrifying Executive Order on Refugees and Visas
Atlantic Monthly March Issue (early release): How Donald Trump Could Build an Autocracy in the US
I write to let you know that we're doing something at The Atlantic that we only rarely do. We are releasing our upcoming cover story weeks before our subscribers receive it, and before we put it on newsstands around the world.
These unusual times demand unusual publishing decisions. Given the precipitous nature of the decision by the White House to issue an executive order concerning refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries, I thought that it would be better for people to read David Frum's upcoming cover story, "How to Build an Autocracy," sooner, rather than later.
In the story, Frum argues that if Congress is quiescent and the public apathetic, President Trump can set the country down a path toward illiberalism, institutional subversion, and endemic graft. It's an urgent story, one I hope gets read by every American, and by anyone who cares about America, and its role in the world.
We also produced a video featuring Frum, along with an audio version of the story, read by the author himself. You can access everything here.
We wanted you, our subscribers, to be the first to know about it. We've heard you tell us that you want The Atlantic to cover the presidency aggressively, with vigilance and discipline. We hope this demonstrates that that's exactly what we plan to do.
Editor in Chief
Vox News: Political Calls Work It is considered effective to call party leadership, bill sponsors, and committee members on relevant issues. Party leadership often sets the tone for how representatives in numerous states will respond to a certain issue, so it can be beneficial to let them know that millions of people support or oppose their stance. Committee members and bill sponsors have a duty to represent Americans other than the constituents in their own state or district. The Daily Action app has been pretty good at identifying who it is most effective to call.
Kim Kardashian's List (Banning Muslims from America does not prevent significant threats to Americans.): Number of American's Killed Annually by:
"The marches across the country last weekend are a reminder that if you're concerned about the state of the country under the new president and don't want to be silent, you're not alone.
If we stick together, we can overcome this."
Call Trump's White House Inc.
Foreign leaders and Wall Street execs can call Trump’s businesses to reach him, now we can too. Since Trump has yet to disprove that he is no longer attached to his businesses, it turns out that we are all multiple satellite White Houses all over the country!! He has chosen to disconnect White House phone lines from receiving calls, but not to fret - choose one of his businesses to call. I recommend calling for reservations and then expressing your reservations regarding the new commando-in-thief. Happy Calling.