With 2017 just around the corner it is time for those of us who believe in human rights, the power of love, and the power of standing up for what we believe to begin to create our plan of action to resist and rebel against Trump and his administration. This post has been designed with the idea to provide you with 100 different actions that you can participate in during the first 100 days of Trump’s administration. These acts will vary in difficulty and participation level, some can be done with others, some are solo missions. All will help us resist the Trump administration. You can listen to this episode by clicking the Listen Here button below, subscribing on Stitcher or PodBean (iTunes coming soon).
- Download the Boycott Trump App – Created by the Democratic Coalition Against Trump, Boycott Trump is the first app of its kind, allowing users to hit Trump where it hurts most – his wallet. Search through over 250 companies and people to see they’re directly connected to Trump. Make Trump and his allies pay, literally, for their hateful rhetoric and regressive policies. Use consumer action to take a stand for what’s right! We all know how Trump Towers and Trump Steaks are connected to Trump, but did you know Nike, MillerCoors, Johnson & Johnson, Gucci, and many other major companies can all be directly linked to him as well? Find out how!
- Contact your representatives, daily if you can. Express your disgust, your concern, your feelings toward Trump, his administration, and the harmful policies they enact. You can find contact information for your representatives in the House HERE and for members of the Senate HERE. Calling is often touted as being the best way to get a message to them but you can email, or write letters as well. When you contact them remember these three points:
- Get straight to the point. …
- Back up your concerns. …
- Always remember to be respectful.
- Volunteer. Volunteering provides physical and mental rewards. Volunteering provides valuable community services so more money can be spent on local improvements. Volunteering unites people from diverse backgrounds to work toward a common goal and strengthens your community. Choose an area you are passionate about – human rights, refugees, animals, poverty, literacy. It doesn’t matter just do something for your community. Volunteer opportunities can be found on organization websites or HERE.
- Participate in Protests – The right to join with fellow citizens in protest or peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy and at the core of the First Amendment. Unfortunately, law enforcement officials sometimes violate this right through means intended to thwart free public expression. Follow our Facebook page to keep up to date on local (Salt Lake City area) protests and demonstrations. And read up on your rights as a protester.
Take a class. There are tons of classes out there related to social justice issues, political science, history, and more. Take advantage of these educational resources. You can access some of my Intro to Gender Studies presentations HERE. MIT has OpenCourseWare on literally hundreds of course topics. Human Rights at Home and Abroad might be a good place to start. Expand your mind. Education is the best way to prepare yourself to debate and dialogue.
- Read a book, or two, or three, or a hundred. Visit the Geeks4Justice Amazon Store for recommended readings. This goes along with taking a class. The more you read, the more you know, the more you can debate.
- Find a community. There are tons of Facebook groups (like Geeks4Justice) that are designed to help you surround yourself with support to get through the next 4 years. Start your own group with friends if you need too, but find your community and embrace them.
- Get Artistic. Everyone has some sort of art talent. Put your talent to good use. Write a poem, write a song, paint or draw a picture, write a book. Do something artistic that addresses the needs of our communities (locally and globally). Have your community get artistic with you.
- Put on a show. After you and your community get artistic with your political dialogue art host an art show or poetry reading. There are tons of places (local coffee shops and bookstores) that would be honored to host artists and their creations.
- Boycott. Use that app that you downloaded and put it to use. Find something that Trump or his administration is associated with and boycott that business. Notify that business in writing why you are boycotting them and the steps you would like them to take to discontinue their work with Trump and the administration.
- Donate. Many organizations (like Planned Parenthood) are going to need our support. Donate your volunteer time or money to them. Set a monthly budget for giving and stick with it….spread it around or support one group you are passionate about. And if you cannot donate money, then as stated above – volunteer.
- Take a break. When you get overwhelmed with the news take a social media and television break – even if it’s just for a few hours. Go outside, take a walk, play with your kids or your pets, go see a movie, listen to music, take a nap, whatever you need to do to maintain your own sanity. Do it.
- Listen to podcasts. There are so many podcasts out there that discuss current events, politics, and activism. Mashable created this list as a place to start.
- Get to know your neighbor. I’m particularly bad at this. I’m a bit of a hermit. Take the time to greet your neighbor, ask how they’re doing. Be a member of your community.
- Teach someone how to embrace empathy or work on your own levels of empathy.
- Watch documentaries on social justice. Just Google Social Justice Documentaries on Netflix for many, many, many options.
- Hand out food to the homeless. I will often buy extra fruit and will hand them out to people I pass on the street who might need something to eat.
- Petition the White House, early and often.
- Learn how to actively listen to others.
- Attend City Council meetings and speak up if needed.
- Attend Local School Board meetings and speak up if needed.
Subscribe to a paper or other publication you believe in. I highly recommend any publication that Donald Trump has complained about.
- Visit a museum, state or national park, or a historical society. If you live in Utah go visit the Topaz Internment Site. Just Learn.
- Learn another language. One of my goals for 2017 is to become truly fluent in Spanish. Learning another language disintegrates barriers.
- Travel to other countries. See what other communities struggle with, love, and live every day. My recent visit to Mexico and seeing the poverty in even the most bustling of tourist areas was eye opening.
This is part 1 of a 4 part series. Please stay tuned over the next few days for more on 100 Days of Resistance (or Rebellion).