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 David Yankovich, who announced he’ll be running against Paul Ryan in 2018. Ryan is a sociopathic weasel of a human being who is leading efforts to kill Americans and leave them bankrupt. What better way to repudiate Trumpism than to take out one of its most prominent enablers? You can donate to Yankovich over here.

I also contacted the office of Sen. Shelley Moore Capito to urge her to vote no on the Senate Trumpcare bill. According to policy analysts, the bill has a real chance of passing in the coming weeks, so now is the time to call your representatives and demand a no vote. Here’s what I wrote:

Dear Senator Capito,

I’m writing you today to urge you to vote NO on the Trumpcare bill that’s currently snaking its way through the Senate. Not only is it being pushed through with no public input or hearings, but the CBO found that the House version of the bill would result in 23 million Americans losing access to healthcare. Instead, Congress should strengthen existing law, starting by ensuring that the CSR payments are made to health insurers. Several insurers are requesting steep rate hikes as a direct result of the uncertainty caused by your colleagues in the GOP. Do the right thing and protect the health of your constituents and of all Americans.

thank you for your time,

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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