For many of us every day since Trump’s electoral college election (remember, Clinton won the majority) has been worse than the last. This presidency has already proven to be criminal, hateful and dangerous. Although each passing day brings with it a new threat to American freedoms and values, we must remind ourselves that resistance in not futile. Now more than ever we need to be radical participants of our flailing democracy because if the 2016 election taught us anything, it’s that nothing is inevitable.
Maybe you have marched and protested like myself and millions of others but are left thinking “Now what?”. The truth is that no one has any idea what will happen next but we should not let uncertainty deter us from staying in this fight. Do not stop giving a damn because it all matters!
Keep It Up
Sign a petition, donate money to a cause being negatively impacted, be vocal online, host a call-a-thon (call congress, senators and the WH), stay informed even when it’s all bad news, protest, knock on doors, register voters. Whatever you can do, do it and do not become disheartened. Look to radical change makers for inspiration. Every movement takes work, time and emotional energy. The second we get comfortable, we lose.
Be A Unifier
Lets look to what unifies us, otherwise we are no better than the Trump trolls. No matter who you are, what you look like, where you come from, what you do or what you believe in, we will all be negatively impacted under this regime. So, let us not be sidetracked by unproductive narratives usually built up by popular media and perpetuated by short sighted citizens. To some extent being short sighted is what got the Democratic party to this unfortunate mess. Dems didn’t take the threats seriously, we didn’t campaign as hard as we needed to in the states we needed to the most, we were soft and lackadaisical when it came to Trump, until it was too late.
Look at history and be honest with yourselves about the very real, very scary possibilities that lie ahead. Be ready to be trolled, to be ignored, to be hung up on, to be dismissed, to be silenced , to be told your efforts are useless. Be ready to be pepper sprayed, arrested, beaten, interrogated, or even spied on , because we do not know what will happen but we can be confident that it will be difficult and even dangerous.
Here are some Resistance resources:
Indivisible: The website allows you to enter your zip code and connect with like-minded people in your community.
Knock Every Door: Volunteer-led canvasses to organize communities against Trump. Sign up to canvass where you live and invite your friends to get involved, especially if you live in a county that flipped from Obama in 2012 to Trump in 2016.
Swing Left: Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live.
Run for Something: This organization, launched January 20, is committed to recruiting and supporting millennials running for down-ballot offices.
Movement Match: quiz to help match newly hatched activists with the right organization.
WTFjusthappenedtoday: Matt Kiser, a tech writer by day, launched a side project chronicling “the daily shock and awe in Trump’s America.” The goal of whatthefuckjusthappenedtoday.com, according to the site’s “about” page, “is to capture the most important news in a digestible form.”
Sleeping Giants: et involved with a Twitter group called Sleeping Giants. Their strategy is simple: Make sure that corporations are aware of the kind of content that appears alongside their ads. This New York Times story offers more detail about the campaign.