The Resistance To-Do List: Post-March Motivation

Since Saturday, I’ve been surviving on a steady diet of Theraflu, Ramen (those of us in AZ went marching in the icy rain!), and adrenaline.

Sure, the Mexico City policy and DAPL are back on, the EPA and HHS have been gagged, NPR is going to be privatized, and the president and his spokesman just lied (again) about voter fraud.

But I’m pumped.

Because we can fight back. Because we get to fight back. Because we have to fight back.

Here’s how to fight back.

  1. Read the Indivisible Guide and then join up with your local chapter.
    • The Indivisible Movement is about becoming the ideal, engaged citizen—the one your members of Congress recognize on sight. Bring your energy and ideas and put your local representatives on notice.
    • If all of your members of Congress (generally) represent your interest and it doesn’t feel productive to mobilize against them (you should still call and attend their town halls), touch base with SwingLeft to find out how you can be of use in a swing district near you.
  2. The #SwampCabinet continues to work its way through the Senate. Call your Senators to demand they vote against Jeff Sessions and Betsy DeVos.
    • Even if you think your Senator is “one of the good ones,” you need to call them. Every single Democratic Senator has voted for at least one of Trump’s nominees:
      • Dianne Feinstein (CA) has voted for all five Cabinet-level nominees so far (DHS Secretary John Kelly, Defense Secretary James Mattis, HUD Secretary Ben Carson, UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, and CIA Director Mike Pompeo); Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders both voted for Kelly, Mattis, and Carson; and even Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) broke her perfect record by voting for Haley on Tuesday.
    • Call your Republican and Democratic Senators to tell them “Senate tradition” is dead. You expect them to unequivocally oppose the Trump Administration’s nominees and policies.
  3. You can’t call the White House—they shut down the comments line. But you can use this service to have your call sent to a Trump Organization-owned business.
    • While you’re telling them about your opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act, you can go ahead and tell them that you’ll stop clogging the tee time phone line when Trump divests all of his financial interests.
  4. If you haven’t figured it out yet, you’re going to be calling your members of Congress a lot. Save their numbers as favorite contacts in your phone, and set up Google alerts on them to help you keep track of their votes and movement.
    • A lot of representatives learned from the Tea Party debacle to stop holding Town Halls. You’ll need Google alerts to help you learn when your rep will be appearing in public.
  5. Show up at those public appearances and at their offices.
    • MoveOn.org recently hosted a Trump Tuesday effort with over 100 participating groups showing up at local Senate offices to oppose Trump’s Cabinet nominations. Your local Indivisible Chapter should also be involved in actions like these.
    • And you can always grab ten friends of your own, create a Facebook event, call the local media, set up an appointment with a staffer, and voila! Resistance.
  6. Host a postcard party for the Women’s March’s 10 Actions/100Days.
    • You’ll need good people, sharpies, and lots of booze.
  7. If there’s a #NoDAPL Solidarity Rally being planned near you, make a point of being there. And while you’re at it, make sure you and everyone you know who attended the Women’s March also commits to attend the next BLM action. And don’t forget to RSVP to the Scientists’ and Immigrants’ Marches on Washington.
  8. Decide what is the most important thing you want to ask of your member of Congress—that they vote against DeVos’s nomination? that they oppose the repeal of the ACA? that they hold a town hall in your district and make themselves available to constituents?—and write a letter to the editor in your community paper about that demand. (BTW, make sure you’re paying for a subscription to your local paper.)
    • Or, if what you want to say is relevant beyond your congressional district and state, send it to Bottle. You can always reach me at jacqui.oesterblad@gmail.com

There you have it! Go forth and resist.

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