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 James Thompson, a Democratic candidate for a special election in Kansas. These special elections are incredibly important because they can signal to moderate House Republicans that they’re in danger of losing their seats if they support Trump’s agenda. A win by Thompson is a longshot, but even a close election in such a safe GOP district would strike fear in the hearts of Republican lawmakers. You can donate to his campaign over here.

I also contacted the office of Congressman Mac Thornberry, chair of the House Armed Services Committee, and urged him to demand a vote on further military action in Syria. Here’s the letter I wrote:

Dear Congressman Thornberry,

I’m writing to urge you and your fellow members of Congress to convene, debate, and vote on whether Donald Trump has the authority to engage in further military actions in Syria. Trump has proved to be dangerously unstable and way out of his depth when it comes to foreign policy. He need Congressional oversight before bringing our country into war. Just as President Obama sought Congressional approval for military action in Syria, so must Donald Trump.

thank you,
Simon Owens

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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