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 350.org. Yesterday, Trump announced that the U.S. federal government will initiate steps to withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, thereby ceding whatever claim we may have had as the leaders of the free world. 350.org is an international organization that uses a combination of grassroots campaigning, lobbying, and public awareness initiatives to fight the encroaching grip of climate change. You can donate to 350.org over here.

Instead of calling a representative, this week I plan to take to the streets and join the March for Truth. There’s little doubt that Russia, our foreign adversary, directly interfered in our elections and undermined our democracy, and yet our Republican-led government has shown little interest in holding these hostile actors accountable. Nor have they put much pressure on the Trump Administration to reveal what conflicts of interest are driving it to acquiesce to every Kremlin desire, no matter how absurd. The March for Truth will allows us to demand answers. Check out the website below to find details about the march in your city.


Want to help fight Trumpism too?

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

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