I’m behind on keeping track of the develops in the Trump cabinet and such. Or I should say, I’m keeping track but keep forgetting to update here. After it was announced that my own local Congressman Tom Reed accepted the role as vice president of Trump’s transition team, I flipped some tables and took a slight break.
This may not seem odd to anyone else but I found it hella creepy that his acceptance speech is all “we” not “I”. I suspect this man may be human- Gollum.
I have made it now to the acceptance phase of the stages of grief. I accept that this presidency is really happening . I also accept that I may have to spend the next four years in a near constant state of rage fueled vigilance. Fine. Bring it.
And to be clear, there was work to be done w/ Democrats running the show. There has been the past eight years. Now there’s just more work and a harder fight. I will resume with the regular poor as folk stuff here as normal but it’s quite obvious that the need for actions and activism will have to be ongoing. I’ll keep posting the ideas, you keep being awesome and do whatever you personally can to get shit done.
I’m also keeping this post updated frequently: Resources, Info, and Tips for Activism Right Now.
I’ll probably post new actions & such in their own post ,then move it to that link to serve as a master list. You can also find the individual posts easily through the Activism & Advocacy category.
Ok. Ready? Here’s some things you can be doing this week and onward:
- write a letter to the editor , either to your local papers or a national one. You can address the general concerns of a Trump presidency and his cabinet or make it specific with the bottom line urging others who feel the same to take action as well. It doesn’t have to be long. From my experience, if it’s too long, it might not get space.
- This is from the Resist newsletter: “Tip submitted by a helpful reader! Our president-elect is going on a grotesque, Hitlerian “victory tour,” in which he will elucidate his scattershot, xenophobic philosophy to an ecstatic crowd… or will he? Cincinnati’s event was only 2/3 full. You can register for upcoming events for free here: https://www.donaldjtrump.com/schedule/ You can reserve multiple tickets with no plans to attend! Let’s fill the stadiums with phantoms, instead of warm, grotesquely racist bodies.”
- The Republican Jewish Coalition is supporting Steve Bannon’s appointment. Thanks to #FightTrump for this info.
- Call the RJC at (202) 638-6688
- Here’s a draft script you can use- we highly recommend that if you are Jewish and/or have ever been a registered Republican, you include personal reasons why you believe the RJC should oppose Bannon.
Hi, thanks for answering! My name is _____ and I’m calling because I was disappointed to see that the Republican Jewish Coalition has not opposed Steven Bannon as a White House senior counselor. I know the RJC is a strong defender of Jewish Americans and the Jewish tradition of opposing injustice. It is shocking to me that the RJC would support a man who has directly financially profited from anti-semitism and white nationalism. These ideologies pose a serious threat to Jewish Americans – and all Americans. [If you are a Republican or Jewish mention that here – tell them that the RJC’s stance will affect your willingness to give to the organization and your willingness to vote for Republicans]. Thank you for your time and consideration.
- There is currently no way to track hate crimes (except in NY). A new bill was just introduced to establish a hate crime hotline . Not only would a hotline ensure a safe way for victims to seek justice but it also would give real data on hate crimes and in my mind, you can’t fight hate without seeing the whole scope of what’s happening.
You can call the following to express support for this bill:
• The House Judiciary Committee
• Bob Goodlatte (VA R, chairman)
(202) 225-5431, (540) 432-2391
• John Conyers Jr. (MI D, ranking member)
(202) 225-5126, (313) 961-5670
• The White House
• Judiciary Committee members from your state (click on their name to find their phone number)
Read up. Social Justice Work During the Trump Era Syllabus is a great reading list.