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 my donation this week, I gave to the Natural Resources Defense Council. Trump has called climate change a Chinese “hoax” and vowed to back out of the Paris Agreement. The NRDC is an environmental advocacy organization that will work to halt Trump’s climate denialist policies. You can donate here.
I also wrote to Congressmen and called on them to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions for Attorney General. Here’s the message I wrote to Senator Chuck Grassley, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Notice the threat I’m adding to the end of my correspondence:
Dear Senator Grassley,
I’m writing to urge you to oppose the nomination of Jeff Sessions as Attorney General. Sessions has a long history of racially-charged remarks. Given the ongoing controversies relating to police shootings of unarmed people of color and the rise of restrictive voting laws that disenfranchise minority voters, Sessions is the last person we should have overseeing our law enforcement apparatus.
If you do fail to oppose Sessions, I pledge to donate to your opponents during your next election race.
Thank you for your consideration,
Want to help fight Trumpism too?
Here are the steps you can follow:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!