action items

Running list, in reverse chronological order, of any action item I have posted about.

01.26.17

  • To oppose the Global Gag Rule:
    • Call your member of Congress (both in the House and the Senate) and ask them to support the HER Act Bill
    • Support any of the organizations listed in this document.
  • To oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline: Support the protesters for Standing Rock.
  • To oppose the Border Wall:
    • Call your representatives so they do not give Trump the funding to do this.
    • Check out and support these organizations dedicated to “Border Advocacy.”
  • To support Sanctuary Cities:
    • Call your local politicians – mayors, councilpersons, etc – to encourage them to make/keep your city a sanctuary city, and thank them if they are standing tall.
    • Support the ACLU, fighting for immigrant rights.
  • To support the rights of Muslims to immigrate to the United States:
  • To oppose the federal workers’ hiring freeze:
  • To defend Obamacare:
    • Call your reps about Tom Price, Trump’s nominee for the Health and Human Services secretary. We actually have a chance to block this one because he is chock-full of conflicts of interest.

01.23.17

  • Formulate a plan, with your schedule and budget, for your new life as a progressive activist.
  • Unsubscribe to the crap emails you get so that emails for progressive action get through to you. Don’t let the fate of the country slip through our fingers because you get too many emails.
  • Subscribe to emails from Countable.us to learn what your representatives are voting on, with the ability to customize the issues most important to you. They’ll also help you get in touch with your reps.
  • Join Flippable, an organization looking to flip seats up and down ballot to blue. They have a detailed plan to channel their focus productively.
  • Subscribe to emails from Ballotpedia. They are nonpartisan, and you can customize the emails with a high level of detail.
  • Sign up for texts from Daily Action. They’ll tell you what to do today, and give you a phone number to call which will connect you where you need to go.
  • Keep track of events on the Indivisible Guide’s action calendar (I am adding them to my personal calendar, and setting alerts for some things).\
  • Subscribe to weekly action lists by blogger Jennifer Hoffman. None of it is rocket science, and it’s in small, easy-to-do tasks.
  • Visit the Women’s March 10 Actions / 100 Days plan and get yourself to work.
  • Start participating in #ResistTrumpTuesdays, starting with Tuesday January 24th, where we try to resist Trump’s #SwampCabinet. Find a rally in your area, or start one.
  • Mark your calendar to watch for local events when your Congressperson is home for recess Feb 20th-24th.
  • Read the Indivisible Guide.
  • Find or start a local chapter of Indivisible.
  • Join email lists or follow on social media organizations for people of color: Black Lives Matter, SURJ, and NAACP
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01.22.17 (Post Women’s March on Washington)

  • Thank the people in your life who marched, especially if they traveled or are physically disabled or made any other special sacrifice. If you were able to march but others weren’t and wanted to, tell them you were thinking of them.
  • Register with the Women’s March on Washington for their 10 actions for 100 days plan.
  • If you haven’t already, post to Facebook about how you feel right now, so you remember it in a year. If not Facebook, maybe set a calendar alert. This time next year, we’ll be gearing up for midterm elections.
  • Get to know the sponsors and partners who helped make the march a success, and consider supporting them.
  • Boycott the following companies (and any others you know of – the list is endless) who are anti-woman or anti-LGBTQIA or otherwise anti-progressive (click links for information about why):
  • Give yourself a day or two to bask in sisterhood and hope and then wake up ready for action.

01.16.17 (MLK Day)

  • When reading about race, make a point to find out if the author is one of color and if not, take everything with a grain of salt (including me, here, now).
  • Do some reading on how to be an ally. I’ve collected a few resources here.
  • As much as you can, consume media and read works by authors of color. Not written by white people like me about racial issues, but literally written by the people who are experts on the subject. At the bottom of this post (same as the one above), there is a reading list to get started.
  • Make a personal commitment to start engaging other white people in conversation, and try to reel in their racism. Many will shut down and will shut you down. Here is an article I think serves as a good guide for this.
  • Educate people far and wide about the truths of MLK, and don’t let anyone in your life get away with using him as a bludgeon against black people.
  • Entertain the notion that your defensiveness in these conversations is up because of White Fragility; something we all suffer from, but can combat once we learn to recognize it.
  • Read MLK’s lesser known speeches. Much of what he says applies to our plight today.

 

01.08.17

  • Call your Senators to oppose any of the upcoming cabinet picks in time for their hearings.
  • Abbreviated list of Senate committee phone numbers to call to oppose any of the upcoming cabinet nominees:
    • Judiciary Committee (to oppose Jeff Sessions). 202.224.5225
    • Foreign Relations Committee (to oppose Rex Tillerson). 202.224.4651
    • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (to oppose Besty DeVos). 202.224.5375
    • Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (to oppose Elaine Chao), at either 202.224.1251 (majority office) or 202.224.0411 (minority office).
    • Select Committee on Intelligence (to oppose Mike Pompeo). 202.224.1700
    • Committee on Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (to oppose John Kelly). 202.224.4751
    • Armed Services Committee (to oppose General James Mattis). 202.224.3871
    • Committee on Commerce, Science, & Transportation (to oppose Wilbur Ross), at either 202.224.1251 (majority office) or 202.224.0411 (minority office).
    • Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (to oppose Tom Price). 202.224.5375

01.05.17

01.03.17

12.29.16 (New Years Resolutions)

  • Sign up for Daily Action Alerts and receive notifications with instructions about issues to address where you live.
  • Sign up for emails from flippable.org, an organization with the sole intent of flipping legislatures up and down the board to blue.
  • Sign up for emails from wall-of-us.org, which will send you concrete action items each week.
  • Get the Countable app, which keeps you informed about the issues (and arguments on either side of them). It’ll tell you how your representatives voted on certain issues, too, which is my favorite feature.
  • Join Shaun King’s Injustice Boycott, where they will email you stuff on how to best speak with your money. His focus is on racial equality.
  • Read and internalize this list of ways to “normalize” female voices in scenarios where men typically control the conversation.
  • If you’re a reader, write a rough schedule for your reading through 2017. Be very conscious of including people of color and women as your authors, as they are generally underrepresented in mainstream literature. See below for some ideas.
  • Find out when your local town hall meetings are, and go to them. Mark them on your calendar. You may have to call your member of Congress’s office to find out when they are.

12.27.16

  • Do your December social media diversifying if you haven’t already. From the first post this comes from:
    • Every month, find two politicians, journalists, or other political figures on the other side of the aisle who you disagree with but respect. Follow them on social media.
    • Every month, find three politicians, journalists, or other political figures who are people of color and follow them on social media.
  • You can see who I added here.

12.21.16 (Holiday Special)

  • Sit down and write out a game plan for any political debates for the holidays. Include:
    • Where your boundaries are.
    • What you’re going to say and do when your boundaries are crossed.
    • What your goals are for any discussion.
    • Who might be receptive to your point of view vs. who would not listen.
    • What you’re going to do to take care of your emotions.
    • Your exit strategy if it gets unbearable.
    • If these are your in-laws:
      • Develop this plan with your spouse.
      • Find out what they are willing to do to stand up for you (in my opinion).
      • Take their opinions seriously about what is better left alone.
  • Queue up a reading list of books, music, or any activity that will make you feel better. For me, that means burying myself in a feminist rage (via reading and blasting some girl-power-y music). For you, it might be doing more something soothing like coloring.

12.18.16

12.15.16

  • Find a couple centrist political blogs and read them regularly to start viewing people close to your ideology as potential allies.
  • Set some dates on your calendar for when we get closer to election time:
    • For all odd Novembers (2017, 2019, etc) set a reminder to check Ballotpedia to see who you can start supporting in your state, district, and other close elections around the country. Follow their social media, donate to their campaigns, etc.
    • For all even Augusts (2018, 2020, etc), set a reminder to sign up to phone bank for any close elections – you can do this for ANY CANDIDATE ANYWHERE.
    • For all even Octobers (2018, 2020, etc), set a reminder a couple days before the last day to register to vote and remind all your friends. Add more if you have more elections than that – even if it’s for school board or comptroller.
  • Identify moderate friends and acquaintances, and start civil political discussions and hear them out. Make the goal be that you learn from each other, rather than convince each other.

12.12.16

Educate yourself on history from the perspective of non-white people, so you can start questioning your world critically. Reading list:

12.08.16

  • Bookmark Ballotpedia and make it your best, best friend, particularly the “local” and “state” elections tabs at the top. Commit to focusing on lower-level elections and bring your friends with you.
  • Donate to Emily’s List, an organization that has helped get pro-choice women elected to office across the country at every level.
  • Run for something yourself! A quick Google search (so nothing I have any inside info about) found these resources if you or someone you know is interested: Crowdpac.com and VoteRunLead (specific to women).

12.04.16

11.19.16

  • Set calendar alerts for the last day to register to vote in 2018, and for the actual election. Mention a reminder for yourself to nag your friends about voting.
  • Every month, find two politicians, journalist, or other political figures on the other side of the aisle who you disagree with but respect. Follow them on social media.
  • Set a regularly scheduled calendar alert to remind you to call your representatives.
  • Every month, find three politicians, journalists, or other political figures who are people of color and follow them on social media.
  • Click here for more details in the blog post these came from.

11.15.16