What I did to fight Trumpism this week

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Every Friday I fight Trumpism. I start by donating to a cause that advocates for good. I then contact government representatives to urge them to either oppose or support policies I consider important.

For this week’s donation I gave to the National Network to End Domestic Violence. According to multiple reports from news outlets, the Trump administration is considering pulling funding for the DOJ’s grants for violence against women programs. Given that Trump has been accused by a dozen women of sexual assault, it’s more important than ever that we confront this issue head on. You can donate to NNEDV over here.

I also contacted Senator Pat Toomey and asked him to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos for education secretary. Toomey is a senator in a state that leans blue and might be persuadable on the issue. I tried calling several of his offices but received only busy signals (a good sign!). I then contacted him by email:

Dear Senator Toomey,

My name is Simon Owens and I’m writing because I want to urge you to oppose the nomination of Betsy DeVos. Not only is she woefully underqualified for the job, but she also has an open disdain for the public education system, and I just don’t think that’s the kind of person we want as an education secretary.

I tried calling your offices but all your voice mailboxes were full. I’m guessing this is because many of your constituents agree with me on this issue. If you fail to vote no on DeVos, I pledge to donate to your opponents in future elections.

best,
Simon

Here are the steps you can follow:

  1. Pick a day of the week as your Fight Trumpism Day. That way, you always have a day set aside so you have no excuses to put it off. At most you’ll need to devote an hour a week to fighting Trumpism. My day is Friday.
  2. Create a spreadsheet with two tabs. The first tab is for your donations. The second is for contacting your representatives. For the donations tag, track the organization, the issue it stands for, the donation amount, and the date you donated. On the contact your representatives tab, track the issue you’re contacting about, the representative you’re contacting (often it’ll be your local representative or the head of a congressional committee), and the date you contacted them.
  3. For every Fight Trumpism Day, make your donation and contact your representative and then record it in the spreadsheet. I’d say you should donate the same amount every week. Even if it’s only $10, it will add up to $2,000 by the end of Trump’s four years. You will have also contacted your representatives 200 times.
  4. After you’ve done these things, post about it on social media (like I’m doing here) in order to inspire others. Let’s say we got 10,000 other people to do this who weren’t doing it before; that would mean $20 million in donations and 2 million phone calls to representatives during Trump’s term. That kind of impact would be yuuggee. Get to it!

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Tech and media journalist. Email me: simonowens@gmail.com

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