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 my donation this week, I gave to Common Cause, an organization that fights on the frontlines against restrictive voting policies. It has chapters in dozens of states and has secured real victories to at least slow the rise of racist and regressive voter laws that have been passed in Red states. You can find their donation page here.

I also wrote to several Congressmen and called on them to oppose Trump’s nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. Here’s the email I sent to Senator Jim Inhofe, the chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works. Inhofe is a vocal climate denialist. You can find his contact page here.

Senator Inhofe,

I’m writing to urge you and your Senate colleagues to oppose the nomination of Scott Pruitt as head of the EPA. Pruitt not only denies the existence of human-caused climate change, but he holds outright disdain for the EPA and has repeatedly sued to roll back its regulations. He’s in the pocket of the fossil fuels industry and once allowed an oil company to ghost-write a letter for him, a government official, that he then sent to the EPA.

As the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment & Public Works, it’s your duty to serve as the vanguard for protecting us citizens from environmental hazards. I’ve been appalled to read that you continue to reject the consensus from nearly all climate scientists that the climate is warming as a result of human activity. You should avail yourself of environmental experts at your disposal and take their policy advice.

Thank you for your consideration.

best,
Simon

Want to help fight Trumpism too?

  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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