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 Doctors for America, which has joined a coalition of advocacy organizations working to oppose Obamacare’s repeal. These organizations employ grassroots movements, television and online ads, and lobbying to protect Americans who rely on the ACA’s protections. You can donate to Doctors for America over here.

I also called Senator Bob Corker, one of several GOP senators who have expressed at least some willingness to put the brakes on repeal. Here’s the script I used:

“Hi there. I wanted to leave a message for Senator Bob Corker. My name is Simon Owens, I’m self-employed and I have a pre-existing condition. Since 2014 I’ve relied on the Affordable Care Act to purchase insurance on the private market. Before the ACA’s passage I was told that private insurers wouldn’t insure me at any price. I want to encourage Senator Corker to protect the Affordable Care Act and save 20 million Americans from losing their insurance.”

The staffer who answered was very polite.

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 yuuggee. Get to it!

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Tech and media journalist. Email me: simonowens@gmail.com

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