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.
My donation this week was a no-brainer. I gave to Families USA, a healthcare advocacy organization that is currently fighting GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The GOP has vowed to repeal the ACA on day one, yet many of the white working class counties that voted for Trump have the highest ACA enrollment. We only have to influence a few senators to thwart repeal. You can find the Families USA donation page over here.
To that end, I also called the office of Senator Lamar Alexander, who chairs the U.S. Senate Committee of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Here’s the script I used for my call:
Hello, I wanted to leave a message for Senator Alexander. My name is Simon Owens. I’m self-employed and I have pre-existing condition. The only way I can buy health insurance is through the Obamacare exchanges, so I’m calling to urge Senator Alexander not to repeal the ACA because it will kick me and 30 million other Americans off their insurance.
FWIW, the staffer who answered was very polite.
Want to help fight Trumpism too?
Here are the steps you can follow:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!