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 Senate campaign of Beto O’Rourke. O’Rourke will be running against Texas Senator Ted Cruz in 2018 and is already tied with him in head-to-head polls. Cruz is a lizard of a politician who helped create the toxic political atmosphere that made a Trump presidency possible. He once almost caused us to default on our debt so he could keep 20 million Americans from gaining access to health insurance. You can donate to O’Rourke over here.

Speaking of health insurance, this week I also contacted the office of U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski to call on her to reject her party’s attempts to take health insurance away from 24 million people. Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Senator Murkowski,

I’m writing you to urge you to reject GOP efforts to repeal Obamacare. According to the CBO, the House version of AHCA will result in 24 million Americans losing health insurance. There are a number of ways that you and your colleagues could strengthen and improve the ACA instead, including 1. Create a public option, which will help shore up counties that have one or fewer health insurers, 2. Make the subsidies more generous and affordable for low-income Americans, 3. Expand Medicaid to states that have inexplicably rejected it, and 4. Make the individual mandate penalty harsher. The ACA has brought health insurance to 20 million Americans and has made healthcare more affordable. This is not the time to pass a backwards bill that reverses these gains.

thank you,

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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