In this new anxiety-ridden Trumpian-era, I can say for myself one good thing has come out of these changing political tides – I am activated. I am aware. I am politically conscious. And I am ready to take action. I can’t say these same statements were true four years ago, or even two years ago back when political rhetoric on MSNBC or CNN lulled me to sleep (sometimes it still does.…) The comfort of having a man of integrity, like Barack Obama in the White House left me feeling, like ‘eh, he’s got this.’ I didn’t worry about the country, my rights or the rights of marginalized groups. But things have changed.
This past year crescendoing to the inauguration of Trump has been a rude, frightening awakening. As my mother said to me last week, “We took so much for granted these past few years. Now we must fight again for Democracy.” Agreeing with her words, I did what millions of women across the nation and around the world did on Saturday, I marched. I exercised my right to protest. It was a day of tears, peaceful power and unity. I left feeling politically charged and also with the thought – now what?
Protests are meant to inspire and motivate groups to exercise their influence locally. If you’re like me, you have no idea what that means or even where to begin. Luckily, former congressional staffers came together (in their spare time and without any monetary benefit) to create the Indivisible Guide: A Practical Guide For Resisting The Trump Agenda.
If you’re looking for ways to make change through action, see below for a few highlights from the Indivisible Guide.
Dip your big toe in…
Make your voice heard
Contact your local Representative (who will be up for reelection in 2018 during the midterm elections) and question them about what they’re doing to represent or fight for what’s important to you – Health care? Big pharma? Women’s reproductive rights?
Not sure how to get in contact with your local Representative? Click this link. All you have to do is input your zip code and the name, photo and email address for your local Representative will pop up. All you have to do is make your voice heard.
Go in waist deep…
Organize a local group
You are only one person, but by activating those around you to – join a march, push for legislation, or stay on top of what’s happening – you’ll keep the momentum alive.
Next Steps Salon, started by Christen Brandt, gives women the tools to host politically engaged dinner parties, cocktail parties or brunches or find local salons to join. The site includes printable conversation and action guides to direct your own salon!
Jump in feet first!
Take local action
Attend town-hall meetings, non-town hall events, like ribbon cutting events, or office sit-ins to talk with your Members of Congress about topics important to you.
Most cities have a town hall website schedule (here’s the one for LA as an example) that will let you know when and where events are and what the topics of discussion will be. Take action!
“Nothing will work unless you do.” – Maya Angelou
Photographed by Wing Ta