12 THINGS YOU CAN DO TO RESIST TRUMP AND DEFEND DEMOCRACY
- Protest nonviolently. The women’s marches and the spontaneous rallies at the airports were great examples. Be creative and visual: Greenpeace’s “resist” sign behind the White House is a good example.
- Join organizations that are under assault. Planned Parenthood. Council on American-Islamic Relations. Standing Rock protesters. Labor unions. Environmental groups. Immigrant rights groups.
- Join organizations that are strategizing on how to resist. ACLU, Voces de la Frontera, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign, interfaith groups, and others.
- Sign petitions against hate and pledge solidarity and nonviolent resistance. Sign a petition that pledges you to nonviolently resist Trump’s assaults on our democratic rights and to offer solidarity to groups that are challenging him and support to individuals in his cross-hairs. At the very least, if you’re in Wisconsin, sign a petition against hate at www.ResistHateWI.com
- If you’re religious, involve your church or temple in the efforts to confront Trump. Almost everyone has a social justice branch that you can climb on to.
- Contact your own legislators, especially if they are Republican. See Indivisibleguide.com on how to do this most effectively.
- Write letters to the editor. Make one point clearly, without too much anger.
- Talk to reasonable people who voted for Trump but now may regret it or at least have an open mind. Remember: Not all of them have Confederate flags on their bumpers. Many Trump voters are decent people who felt jilted by the system and wanted to register a protest vote against it.
- Engage in, or support, art and music and poetry of resistance. Sometimes you can reach a lot more people this way.
- Watch “Democracy Now!” or go to robertreich.org or other progressive media outlets to keep informed. Do not watch a lot of politics on Cable TV. (It will only depress you.)
- Study Fascism and share information widely—on social media and in person. Read Robert Paxton’s “The Anatomy of Fascism.” Read Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom.” Re-read “1984.”
- Protest with friends. It’s crucial to do this political work with people you like, people who are kind and funny, people who know how to relax and have a good time on top of doing the protest work. They will sustain you. Remember Howard Zinn’s advice: “To live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.”
Matt Rothschild, Director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign
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