It has been three years, four months and three days since my last blog post. In that time, a lot has changed. Let’s skip ahead to the big one.
Today was the third full day of Donald Trump’s presidency, and to say our friends in D.C. have been busy is an understatement. Here’s what happened:
- Donald Trump signed three executive orders, including one withdrawing the United States from the TPP.
- He also signed one banning foreign NGOs from receiving federal aid if they provide abortion care, counseling or referrals.
- The Senate confirmed Mike Pompeo as CIA director and approved Rex Tillerson to be secretary of state. Trump’s cabinet is expected to be the whitest and most male since Reagan’s.
And that’s just at the federal level.
In the aftermath of what is being called the largest demonstration in U.S. history, the time is ripe to spring into action — if we can stay on top of what’s going on. Here are some of the best resources I’ve found:
Women’s March: 10 Actions / 100 Days: The organizers of the Women’s March on Washington will call on marchers to take one collective action every ten days, for the first 100 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. The first action: sending a postcard to your Senators to tell them what issues are important to you.
The 65: Originally a Google Doc, The 65 is essentially “Calling Your Representative for Dummies.” The phone call scripts were invaluable to me as I made my first calls last week; coupled with these tips from former Congressional staffer Emily Ellsworth, they made calling a stranger to share my opinion much less nerve-wracking than it could have been. this week’s action: continuing to protest the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.
Daily Action: As part of its mission of “resisting extremism in America, one phone call at a time,” Daily Action sends a text message to you each workday with the information you need to share your thoughts on an urgent issue. Once you click on the phone number in the message, you’ll hear the CliffsNotes version of the issue, then be connected you to your local representative. Today’s Daily Action: Asking your senator to vote against the confirmation of Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of the Treasury.
Wall of Us: This site delivers four concrete acts of resistance to your inbox each week. From inspiring quotes to satisfying “I took action!” checkboxes, Wall of Us makes it possible to find the perfect balance between self-care and activism. This week’s actions range from watching President Obama’s final speech as president, to showing up to your senators’ offices tomorrow for the National Day of Action.
2 Hours A Week: The volunteer team at 2 Hours A Week invites us to spend, well, two hours a week making the world a better place. Sign up to receive 2 Hours A Week’s daily emails to get started. Today’s action: Read their news brief to get caught up on everything that’s happened since Trump took the oath of office last Friday.
Swing Left: Fostering change is a marathon, not a sprint, and that’s where Swing Left comes in. Enter your city, state or ZIP code to locate your nearest Swing District, and then receive updates about what you can do to turn that district blue in the next election.
If none of those strikes your fancy, here are a few others you might like:
- Indivisible Guide
- 1460 Days of Action
- Serve 306
- I Stand with Planned Parenthood
- Solidarity Sundays
- 99 Ways to Fight Trump
- 25 Ways to Be Politically Active
One more note before we get to work: take care of yourself. Breathe deeply, go for a walk, drink plenty of water, spend time with the people you love. There’s a reason flight attendants tell you to put on your own oxygen mask first.