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 Mike Levin, who just launched his campaign to defeat Darrell Issa. Issa headed countless petty, politicized investigations into the Obama Administration, and he won his district by just .7 points in 2016, and so Democrats smell blood in the water. It’s important for Dem candidates to start the grassroots efforts now so they can take this seat. You can donate to Levin over here.

I also wrote to Senator Pat Roberts, a member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, to demand that he oppose the disastrous GOP healthcare bill. Here’s my script:

“Dear Senator Roberts,

I’m writing to urge you to reject the American Health Care Act submitted by the House GOP. Early estimates indicate that it will kick 15 million Americans off health insurance, increase the deficit, cut taxes on the rich, and lead to a death spiral within the private market. As a self-employed entrepreneur who relies on the ACA to get health insurance, I and my fellow Americans will be dealt a deadly blow by this legislation. If you fail to oppose the bill, I vow to donate to your opponents in future elections.

thank you for your consideration,
Simon Owens”

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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