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 this week’s donation, I gave to the Congressional campaign of Jon Ossoff. The Senate just confirmed Tom Price as secretary of HHS so he can attempt to take healthcare away from millions of Americans. As a result of this confirmation, Price’s Congressional seat, in the suburbs of Atlanta, is now open for a special election, and Ossoff has already received endorsements from several big name progressives. This is a district that Trump only carried by one point, so it’s within our reach. Winning this seat would not only put another progressive in Congress, but it’ll be a huge symbolic blow to the Trump Administration if one of its cabinet members is replaced by a Democrat. The special election could take place as early as April. Find out more about Ossoff and how to donate over here.

I also called the offices of Republican Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr, member of the House Oversight Committee, to urge him to take action on Kellyanne Conway’s illegal endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s products. Here’s the script I used:

“Hello, my name is Simon Owens and I’m calling to urge Congressman Duncan to push for the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) to take action on Kellyanne Conway’s endorsement of Ivanka Trump’s products. It was a blatant violation of the law and an abuse of power, and I think Duncan and his fellow members on the House Oversight Committee should take action.”

The staffer who answered was very polite.

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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