Friday, November 18, 2016

Choose Your Battle: Protesting Trump

LAST UPDATED: 11/21/2016

It is a dark time for those of us against a nation under Trump, but we are not powerless. There are ways you can protest, peacefully and loudly. Below are ideas borrowed from people more clever than me, putting them in one place. That said, this is a working list, open to additions (and subtractions).

 

Weekly Checklists
  • Wall-Of-Us is a weekly checklist of ways you can fight back. They say on their site, "[Trump] promised a wall. he will be stopped by a wall of us. FOUR CONCRETE ACTS OF RESISTANCE DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX EACH WEEK"
March or rally
  • Locally, no direction or links here. Look for organized marches and rallies against Trump in your area. Social media is a great place to start. Be peaceful. Be loud. No rioting. 
  • Nationally, the Million Women's March is being planned for January 21st in Washington DC. Details here.

Sign a petition, make a pledge
  • Pledge to register as a Muslim. Trump is going to require Muslims to register themselves in a database. Trump supporter, Carl Higbie, said there is a precedent for this Muslim registry proposal, comparing it to the necessity of building Japanese internment camps during WWII.
  • Tell the Electoral College to make Hillary President. On December 19th, the Electors of the Electoral College will cast their ballots. If they all vote the way their states voted, Donald Trump will win. However, they can vote for Hillary Clinton if they choose. We are calling on the Electors to ignore their states' votes and cast their ballots for Secretary Clinton. It's a long shot and could be our only hope.
  • Stop Steve Bannon. Steve Bannon was tapped to be Trump's chief strategist and is heralded by former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, as well as the chairman of the American Nazi Party and other ultra right-wing pundits who believe Bannon will be able to fulfill Trump's most bigoted campaign promises. 
  • Appoint Garland Now! Obama should exercise his independent constitutional right to appoint a Supreme Court Justice, Merrick Garland. The Senate has a concurrent right to advise and consent, but its complete failure to schedule an up-or-down vote means it has waived that right. Obama can and should act now. 
  • Support Southern Poverty Law Center.  The SPLC is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the SPLC works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.
  •  Faith Leaders Call on Republican officials to reject Mr. Trump’s Cabinet of Bigotry. Sign here.
  • NEA and HCR: Speak Up: Safe Learning Environments for Every Student. More information.

Make a call! Tell your representatives how you feel
(from Miranda Jones, Elizabeth Jardina and Leslie Ann)
  • Call the House Oversight Committee and ask them to investigate Donald Trump regarding his conflicts of interest prior to taking office (202-225-5074).
  • Call the Oversight Committee’s Chair Jason Chaffetz’s office to say the same thing (202-225-7751).
  • Call ranking member of the House Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings, who is pushing to investigate Trump, and thank him. His office is so nice and they're taking names (202-225-4741).
  •  Call Senator Lindsey Graham (202-224-5972) to say thank you for recognizing the importance of investigating Russia’s attempts to influence our election. Because WHAT.
  • Call your representative (http://whoismyrepresentative.com/) and ask them to condemn the appointment of white supremacist Steve Bannon as chief strategist. If they already have, say thank you! (also posted above as a petition)
  • Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner sat in on Trump's first meeting with a foreign dignitary, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. This was a state meeting and they had no security clearance. Ivanka is supposed to be running Trump's businesses during his presidential term. Please call the House Oversight Committee (202-225-5074) to support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump's financials and apparent conflicts of interest.
  • To access an exhaustive Google list with more tips and strategies, click here.
     

Send a letter to Paul Ryan, Speaker of the House, letting him know about hate crimes
(idea from Full Frontal with Samantha Bee)

  • Paul Ryan seemed unaware of post-election hate crimes and abuse. We know he's busy. Let's bring the stories to him. Help us #TellPaulRyan. Send your story to: Office of the Speaker, H-232 The Capitol, Washington, DC 20515

Donate for yourself or someone else
(list from W magazine)

  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU): Defends and preserves the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to every person in this country by the constitution and laws of the United States. Donate here.
  • The Audre Lorde Project: A Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color community organizing center, focusing on the New York City area. Donate here.  
  • Border Angels: A San Diego based non-profit that advocates for human rights, humane immigration reform, and social justice with a special focus on issues related to issues related to the US-Mexican border. Learn how to show your support here.  
  • Campaign Zero: Police reform in association with Black Lives Matter. Get involved here.  The Center for Reproductive Rights Mission: To promote and defends the reproductive rights of women worldwide. Donate here.  
  • The Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA): To advance the human and civil rights of immigrants and refugees in Los Angeles. Donate here.  
  • The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR): A Muslim advocacy group working to promote a positive image of Islam and Muslims in America. Learn more here.  
  • NARAL Pro-Choice America: To engage in political action and advocacy efforts to oppose restrictions on abortion and expand access to abortion. Donate here.  
  • The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Mission: To ensure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminate race-based discrimination. Donate here 
  • National Organization for Women (NOW): To take action to bring women into full participation in the mainstream of American society now, exercising all privileges and responsibilities thereof in truly equal partnership with men. Learn more here.  
  • The New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault: To build the capacity of communities, organizations, and institutions to advance the right to live free from sexual violence and reduce the harm it causes individuals, families, and society. Donate here.  
  • Planned Parenthood: A nonprofit organization that provides reproductive health services both in the United States and globally. Donate here.  
  • Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN): Anti-sexual assault organization working with local rape crisis centers across the U.S. Donate here.  
  • She Should Run: A national network changing culture to inspire more women and girls to run for office. Donate and get involved here.  
  • The Trevor Project Mission: A national 24-hour, toll free confidential suicide hotline for gay and questioning youth. Donate here.  
  • The Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights Mission: To promote the best interests – safety and well-being – of unaccompanied and separated immigrant children in the United States. Learn more here. 

Boycott Trump products and the stores that carry them


Put good out in the world, volunteer locally, get active
(idea from Evan Young)

Finally, take a breath. Remember you're not in this alone. Take time to ignore Facebook, a moment to stop looking at your Twitter feed. Read a book. Have a nap. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others.