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.

This week I donated to the campaign of Ralph Northam, who’s running for Virginia governor. Virginia’s state elections are this year, and it’ll be one of the first opportunities for Democrats to win a wave election and strike fear into the heart of the GOP congress.

I also contacted the office of Senator Dean Heller to call on him to reject the GOP’s repeal and replace efforts of Obamacare. Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Senator Heller,

I’m contacting you to urge you to reject the GOP’s efforts to repeal and replace the ACA with an inferior bill that will result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance. Your efforts should instead focus on strengthening the ACA. This would include guaranteeing the CSR payments, increasing the subsidies, and increasing the individual mandate penalties. You should also be encouraging your GOP colleagues to expand Medicaid in states that haven’t.

Voting in favor of the GOP’s repeal bill will result in me donating to your opponent in the next election.

thank you for your time,
Simon

Want to help fight Trumpism too?

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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