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 Swing Left. It started as a website that simply allowed you to enter your zip code and then told you the nearest swing district to you, but it has since morphed into an organizing powerhouse that will be essential to retaking the house in 2018. The closest swing district to mine is Barbara Comstock’s, and she just announced today she was opposing the Trumpcare bill. That’s a sign that this local organizing is working. To donate to Swing Left, go here.

Rather than calling a representative this week, I took some time off work Thursday and headed downtown to join an anti-Trumpcare rally. Because I live in DC and therefore have no representation, I haven’t been able to participate in any townhalls like my fellow progressives across the country. It was nice to get outside and rally against this murderous bill.

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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