What I did to fight Trumpism this week

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Every week 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 Rob Quist. He’s a Democrat running in a deep red district in Montana in an upcoming special election and several polls have him either neck and neck or ahead. A win in this district will strike fear into the heart of the GOP as they head into the 2018 election, hopefully causing them to reject Trump’s agenda.

I also contacted Mark Walker, member of the Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules Subcommittee, and demanded that he reject the most recent version of the GOP healthcare bill. Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Congressman Walker,

I’m writing to urge you to reject the latest version of the GOP healthcare bill that will allow health insurers to charge more to people with pre-existing conditions. According to a study from CAP, this will raise premiums by thousands of dollars and kick millions of people off their health insurance. Your failure to vote against this bill will result in me donating to your opponent in 2018.

thank you for your time,
Simon Owens

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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