Usually I wake up on my day off with a to do list that reads watch the new episode of This is Us and return pair of leggings from amazon that didn’t fit.
This week, my day off to do list looks slightly different. At the top of it I have written, smash the patriarchy and keep yourself in uncomfortable spaces so that you’ll stay angry and keep fighting.
So that’s fun!
We’re on day FIVE of this dude’s presidency. DAY FIVE. And he’s already done so much to hurt the lives of millions. What a guy. Blah.
I mentioned this sort of in my last post- but I had been feeling very overwhelmed and anxious trying to figure out what I can do to fight and make a difference. There’s so much info out there and calls to action floating around. I know so many of us feel pissed off, but don’t even know where to start.
SO I sat my ass down at the Boston Public Library after work yesterday for a couple of hours and went through different sources online that provide actionable guidance for how to stand up for everything we believe in. I want to share them with you in case you’re in the same boat I am:
- 10 Actions in 100 Days: From the people who brought you the Women’s March, comes this handy guide that suggests 10 actions you can go for that will contribute to the resistance and allow our voices to continue to be heard. This is perfect for those of you that don’t have as much time to work with. It’ll only be ten actions in Trump’s first 100 days and so far, the first one is not very time consuming.
- Jennifer Hoffman’s weekly checklists: Hoffman’s checklists are much more detailed than the 10 Actions in 100 Days. When you get to the site, scroll down on the page to see the links to the checklists. They contain helpful links and information to do things like call your representatives and know what to say to them. They also contain relevant news (REAL NEWS) and statistics (ACTUAL FACTS) to better help battle defenders of Trump and his administration. Her info and recommendations for action make me feel like we could really get some good shit done!
- Ten Steps That Every American Can Take to Save Our Health Care: I actually got this from Jennifer Hoffman, but for those of you who’s number one issue is preserving the ACA, check this out!!!
- Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor to Ally to Accomplice: I think this is both the hardest one for me, but also the most important one. It’s too complex to sum up in a short little blurb. Check it out. I definitely need it. I thought for sure I was at least an ally, but it turns out, according to these definitions, I’m barely an actor. It made me feel pretty disappointed in myself. I’m vowing to be better and become a true ally to start.
- Call Your Representatives: This website is super awesome! It makes it really easy to choose an issue that matters to you, get the phone number for the representative you’d like to speak to, and gives you a script to read or go off of! I used it to call my local rep.
My goal is to spend at least 30 minutes twice a week committed to political activism. That’s only ONE hour a week. Super doable. It feels like the least I could do (this week I’ve already spent like five hours, but that’s neither here nor there).
Here are my goals for this week:
- Make a list of my reps and senators + their contact information in my planner
- Choose my top three most important issues to focus on
- Read Jennifer’s recommended reading for the week
- Write to Elizabeth Warren, thanking her, and telling her #WhyIMarch
- Sign up to volunteer for Elizabeth Warren
- Donate to Elizabeth Warren’s 2018 campaign
- Write to Paul Ryan, share my opposition to the Senate vote on various healthcare provisions
- Make 5 phone calls to various representatives regarding issues ranging from opposing the appointment of Betsy DeVos the appointment of Jeff Sessions (or send emails when phone calls aren’t the best route of action).
- Sign two petitions on the White House website (Trump releasing his tax returns and for him to divest or put in a blind trust all of his business and financial assets)
I moved to DC in 2008 because I wanted to be politically active and a player in our nation’s history. I lost that a little bit in the years that I lived there, and especially since moving back to my cushy liberal home state of Massachusetts. I selfishly didn’t feel threatened and so I didn’t raise my voice to help others. I’m not proud of it, but it’s the truth.
But now, I’m going for it in a way I didn’t even attempt when I lived in DC. It took this election to make me realize how important it is for all of us to be involved in our local and national politics- not just for our own good, but for the good of EVERYONE. Silver lining.
I can only move forward and do something if I feel organized. All of this helped me feel that way. I’m really ready now. I hope that you’ll join me!