First, I want to start by saying that I wish everyone a very Happy New Year. This is the Year of Resistance against injustice, read along and find out what you can do during Trump’s first 100 days in office to resist any injustices that he and his administration may attempt.
This is part 3 of a 4 part series. You can read Part 1 right here and Part 2 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.
51. Learn about the concept of privilege – “Privilege is a social theory that special rights or advantages are available only to a particular person or group of people. The term is commonly used in the context of social inequality, particularly in regard to age, disability, ethnic or racial category, gender, sexual orientation, religion and/or social class. Two common examples would be having access to a higher education and housing. Privilege can also be emotional or psychological, regarding comfort and personal self-confidence, or having a sense of belonging or worth in society. It began as an academic concept, but has since become popular outside of academia.”
52 – Learn how to respond to bigoted or bullying language. There are plenty of resources you can find by Googling how do I respond to a bigot.
53. Learn to thicken your skin. This isn’t easy. But we have to learn how to hear the awful things other people say and not respond in way that will escalate the situation. Thicken your skin, remain calm, and respond.
54. Intentions vs. Outcomes – Our intentions don’t matter. We can pray or meditate all we want, but if we don’t actually apply our intentions and work toward an actual outcome we won’t achieve anything.
55. Immediately call the police if you see someone being harassed, followed, or bullied.
56. INTERSECTIONALITY!!!! When I taught Gender Studies I put so much focus into having my students understand this concept. Essentially it is the concept that injustice often intersect – such as race and gender. You can watch this fantastic TED Talk to learn more about this concept.
58. Learn about wearing a Hijab, wear one for a day.
60. Support the military. This may seem antithetical to justice. But the men and women of the military are often fighting to protect us and the rights we have. Support a local military family or spouse by including them and helping family when the service member is deployed.
62. Host a dinner, invite diverse friends, and start planning action.
63. Embrace solar power!!
64. Share your story. If you’ve been the target of injustice or have witnessed someone being the target of injustice speak out about it and share the experience with others.
66. Include someone you see being left out – whether that’s at work, school, or elsewhere. Ask them to join you.
67. Be a conscious consumer – know where you’re shopping, what you’re buying and the consequences of those choices.
68. Learn about an issue you are not familiar with by researching it yourself.
69. Put an ally sign up in your office.
70. Buy Girl Scout Cookies. Not only because they’re delicious but because they support many social justice ideals.
71. Share an article on social justice on your social media feed.
72. Learn about the cycles of oppression.
73. Raise money for an organization you support. Host a yard sale and donate all the proceeds to the organization.
74. Watch Separate and Unequal.
75. Go through your closet and donate clothes to The Road Home or another organization.
Stay tuned for the final 25 activities of resistance coming later this week.