This is part 2 of a 4 part series. You can read Part 1 right here. 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).
I highly suggest a few Facebook groups and pages to get involved with. You can click on each of the links below to see them.
26. Join or start a social justice book or movie club. Dedicate yourself to read one book on a social justice issue each month. Convince your friends to join you, then get together to drink wine, snack, talk about the book and maybe even organize an event based on addressing that event in your community. The Geeks4Justice Amazon store has tons of books and movies listed to get you started. You can also find recommendations at Goodreads.
27. Attend a lecture. There are usually free events at local universities that are open to the public. You can find these events by visiting the websites of your local school and finding their event calendar. Many top scientists also travel and lecture frequently. Keep an eye out for these events and go learn. Check out the University of Utah, Weber State University, and Utah State University for local options.
28. Support science. This is going to be a major sticking point as Trump and many in his cabinet do not believe that climate change is occurring. Support the sciences, keep learning, and be willing to talk to people about the need to acknowledge our world is in real environmental danger. Read this great article for some ideas.
29. Support the arts. Fascism not only attempts to destroy intellectualism but the artists as well. Why? Art speaks out against injustices. Art challenges despots. Support the arts. Go see a play, a musical, visit an art exhibit, buy local art. Check out Why the Arts Matter here.
30. Support Freedom of Religion AND Freedom from Religion. Don’t force your beliefs on other people. Learn about other religions, atheism, and agnosticism. The ACLU has a great piece on this here.
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof…”
— First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution
31. Use public transportation or carpool. “Going by his campaign promises, though, the Trump era is shaping up as an open season for the fossil fuel industry. Coal stocks are soaring, and there are strong indications that TransCanada might put the Keystone XL pipeline back on the table.” By significantly reducing our use of fossil fuels, not only do we save money, we save the environment, and put a huge damper in Trump’s plans for the fossil fuel industry.
32. Get environmental. Do something small, like pick up trash at your local park. Do something big like volunteer with the Sierra Club, Green Peace, or other environmental organizations. Work to reduce your consumption. This is a tough one, even for me. In 2017 my goal is to go minimal. Read Things you can do right now to live Simply, Minimally, and Frugally for ideas on how to begin.
33. Support local business. “In recent years, a movement has begun. It’s a movement that takes consumers away from large, impersonal big-box retailers and introduces them to the people doing business in their very own cities. These are local farmers, craftsmen, antiques dealers, and other product providers, with items made locally and sold on a small scale.” There are many benefits to doing this but read this article “6 Benefits for You and Your Community From Supporting Local Entrepreneurs” for more.
34. Pledge to vote in the 2018 Mid-Term Elections. Vote out the SWAMP.
35. Ride your bike or walk (see #31).
36. Buy Fair Trade goods. “Fair Trade is a global trade model and certification allows shoppers to quickly identify products that were produced in an ethical manner.
For consumers, Fair Trade offers a powerful way to reduce poverty through their everyday shopping. For farmers and workers in developing countries, Fair Trade offers better prices, improved terms of trade, and the business skills necessary to produce high-quality products that can compete in the global marketplace. Through vibrant trade, farmers and workers can improve their lives and plan for their futures. Today, Fair Trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America.”
37. Visit your state capitol and sit in on sessions. Meet with your representatives in person and engage in civic discussions. All you need to do to find information on how to accomplish this is Google “visit my state capitol.” For Utah you can go here.
38. Visit our nation’s capitol and sit in where you can. To find out when Congress is meeting, go to www.house.gov or www.senate.gov. To get information about how to contact your Representative, go to www.house.gov, and to find information about how to contact your Senators, go to www.senate.gov.
39. Get out and help register people to vote. For instructions on how to do that you can visit Participate. “Voting is the bare minimum participation in a self-governed society. It’s the most valuable right we could ask for. Every day, people around the world die fighting for their right to vote. Let your voice be heard! Help more people to vote by helping register people to vote. Let’s vote, vote our conscience, and get others to vote too.”
40. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (see #32).
41. Write letters to your newspaper’s editor. For instructions and tips visit this site.
42. Run for local office (or start planning to do so).
43. Eat lower on the food chain. Going vegetarian, vegan, or even just doing “Meatless Monday” significantly helps the environment.
44. Learn more about foreign policies and speak out against unjust policies.
45. Write to the companies supporting Trump or bad social policies and tell them why you want them to stop. Use the tips from writing letters to the editor in #41.
46. Fight for $15
47. Hone your allyship by using these 17 Ways to Work for Social Justice.
48. Pay attention to domestic policy.
49. Map community assets for action. United Way’s 211 Information and Referral System contains information on non-profit organizations for many communities. “The real value and payoff of identifying assets is in actions that will improve your community. You want to put your assets to work for you. If you have personal assets, such as savings, you probably don’t want to hide them under a mattress. The same applies to the assets in your community. How can we maximize their return?”