Resistance

The Trump victory doesn't mean the resistance to a xenophobic, racist and authoritarian America comes to an end. It means it's time to work harder and I know I certainly could.

Here are some of the resources I'm starting with. Let me know on Twitter if you have other suggestions.

The Resistance Manual is a wiki that tries to track the current issues and offer suggestions for how to resist them. As a wiki its quality is really determined by the quality of the community. I've submitted my first edit already.

I'm concerned about the spread of exaggerated and false information that seems to be getting worse on social media. Bashing Trump for things that aren't real isn't helpful. I'm not sure a wiki is the answer, but it's worth a shot.

Swing Left

https://swingleft.org

In their own words: 

Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of Swing Districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin. Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities to support progressives—and defeat Republicans—in that district, no matter where you live. We can stop Trump and the GOP agenda by working together NOW.

This is a really interesting way to allocate resources. But, my closest swing district is four hours away in another state. 

5 Calls

https://5calls.org

Calling your representatives is one of the most effective ways to influence them. 5 Calls aims to give you the resources to make five calls a day to your representatives on issues like the border wall, Muslim ban and supporting Standing Rock. They research the issue and give you your representative's phone number so you can make your voice heard.

The upside is that this takes a lot of the upfront work away and makes it really easy. The downside is that you're trusting this group of volunteers to present the issues that are most important and also present accurate research on those issues. I still really like the concept.

Donate Money

Slate: Outraged About Trump’s Executive Order? Donate to These Nine Organizations.

Donate to the ACLU 

Finally, donating to organizations is also really important. Slate had a nice round up of organizations to donate to if you want to specifically oppose the Muslim ban, for instance. 

The ACLU won the first legal battle against Trump and his immigration ban within 24 hours of it going into effect. They will no doubt be working hard in the coming months.