The Resistance To-Do List: December

Well, we’re one month into this thing, and the bad news keeps coming. If we’re going to survive with our sanity intact, we need to convert our anger and dismay into action. Here’s where to start, today:

  1. The Women’s March on Washington, planned for Inauguration Weekend, is being denied permits. Many cities are hosting their own protests for people who can’t travel to the District—find and commit to attend the one near you.
  2. Congressman Lamar Smith, climate change denier and Chairman of the Science, Space, and Technology Committee (yes, seriously) is taking a survey of voters’ priorities for the coming session. Tell him you want him to use his power over the EPA to address climate change. Go to his website and click to take the survey. Choose “other” and write “climate change mitigation.”
  3. Trump’s conflicts of interest continue to grow. Call the House Oversight Committee Chair at (202) 225-5074 and the ranking member at (202) 225-5051 to demand that an investigation into those conflicts go forward.
  4. A bipartisan bill to protect DREAMers has been introduced in the House. Call your representatives to demand that they vote for it.
    • As always, call both the D.C. and district offices of your senators and representatives. If you need help finding your reps’ information, start here.
  5. Call your representatives to complain about the appointments that most offend you. Some you might want to choose from are:
    • Scott Pruitt, a climate change doubter, to run the EPA
    • Two Goldman Sachs bankers, Gary Cohn and Steven Mnuchin, to lead the National Economic Council and the Treasury, respectively
    • Andrew Puzder, a fast food chain owner who opposes overtime pay and raising the minimum wage, for Labor Secretary
    • Ben Carson, an unqualified and possible comatose opponent of federal housing subsidies and desegregation efforts, to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development
    • Wilbur Ross, who owned a coal mine with over 200 safety citations in the lead-up to an accident that killed a dozen employees, as Commerce Secretary
    • Betsy DeVos, billionaire socialite who has never attended or sent her children to a public school at any level, to Secretary of Education
    • Jeff Sessions, who was denied a federal judgeship due to his history of racism, for Attorney-General
    • Steven Bannon, anti-Semite and human dumpster fire, as Chief Strategist
    • Two former generals, John Kelly and James Mattis, to head the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense, respectively
      • (In the tradition of our own country and all other democracies, these positions are held by non-military members so as to maintain the civilian control of the armed forces and to prevent coups)
  6. Donate. This is always important, but right now, we should all be digging into our Christmas money to fund the causes that are being most threatened. This week, that means:
  7. The fake news epidemic is having real consequences. We need to fight it.
    • Always, always verify your news links before posting them.
    • Combat any fake news you see on your timeline. Depending on the situation, this might mean a comment or a private message to a friend who shares a dubious article.
    • Have real, offline conversations with your friends about what’s happening in the world. Cite your sources. Contribute to this country’s civic tradition of informed discourse in every aspect of your life.

What other action are you taking? Drop us a line in the comments.


2 thoughts on “The Resistance To-Do List: December

  1. I don’t have it in me to fight any more. Everything my generation fought for has been smashed and squashed and shit upon. My sister (whose work I submitted to you, and which you edited and published) is in a nursing home dying of pancreatic cancer. I am old and sick myself. And broke. I did what I could, when I could, and they are trying to undo every bit of that, brick by costly brick. We put our hearts and souls into trying to make a better world, and we made progress, but now we have Trump, tearing it all apart. I’m tired. I did my best, but now my generation has to hand the baton over to yours. We paved the way, and we hoped you would be able to take things to unprecedented heights. Instead, you are charged with the task of merely holding the line and hoping the progress of the last fifty years is not completely destroyed. I wish you luck. You’re going to need it.


    • Honestly, I think the fighters and builders of the older generations help immensely whether they’re still actively protesting or not. I know that after the election, talking with someone with a longer perspective was a great comfort and clarifier. And there is a lot of history just in my lifetime that’s getting erased– LGBT history, labor history, indigenous history– that older activists remember and that we will need to bring to bear. I hope all our generations take care of each other as we fight. Also, thank you. ❤


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