How to fight Trump, starting right now

Anil Dash says that once we finish grieving, we need to organize. Start by figuring out who's already fighting for racial justice, against climate change, and for civil rights (including LBGTQ rights and women's rights) in your community and commit to helping them.

Equally important: "Make stopping Trump a regular habit." That means that when the media starts running puff pieces to humanize Trump and his inner circle, remind people that Trump is on the record as being a pro-torture, racist, misogynist, rapey authoritarian. Dash says that you should commit to having two anti-Trump days every week where you "do basic community-building acts like connecting with others around direct action or advocacy campaigns" like "contact elected officials, support candidates who will run for office, work with community organizations to support those in need, or simply talk to your friends and neighbors about the work that needs to be done."

Finally Dash urges us to "Take care of yourself and others" as the demoralizing years roll out ahead of us, we need to recognize that "we’ll get tired and afraid and exhausted, and when we’re not, we’ll have to help those around us who are."

Organizations fighting for civil rights and social justice already exist in your community. Take the time, now, to research who is providing for essentials like food and water security, education, shelter, legal representation, and policy advocacy on behalf of people at risk.

Commit to showing up to help. We all have an overwhelming number of obligations to our lives, our families, our friends and to our work and careers. It’s hard to give up the one night a week we might spend hanging out, watching Netflix, but if that’s the night of the City Council meeting, or when your local elected official has a public hearing, it’s time to show up. Building real, sustainable infrastructure to protect those in need is a job that can’t only be done virtually, or remotely. We’ve got to show up.

Start fundraising, now. Once you’ve found the organizations doing the work in your community, commit what resources you can to supporting them, and begin helping them come up with ways to be sustainable over the long term. Local businesses are going to be key to providing necessary resources (whether that’s in-kind offerings or simply funding) and the time to capture their good intentions is right now while they’re still feeling the full weight of Trump’s win. If companies in your community say they want to do the right thing, give them the chance to.

Forget “Why?”, it’s time to get to work. [Anil Dash/Medium]

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  1. I do feel a bit like King Sisyphus, watching the rock roll back down the hill, again. Sigh.

  2. I'm with you @AcerPlatanoides. We fought for abortion rights 40 years ago; now we need to fight again. We fought for women's rights since suffrage (and before!); now we need to fight again. We fought for racial equality all along and we need to keep fighting. We've been fighting for LGBTQ rights and now we need to fight to make sure those rights are not rolled back.

    I've been fighting since I was a teen and I'm tired.

    I will spend the holidays with my family and friends. We will recharge each other's batteries. And we WILL come out swinging the first day of Trump's administration.

  3. I swear to God that if Reid, Pelosi and other Congressional Dem leaders come out of the gate in Jan capitulating to Trump in the interest of unity I'm going to lose my shit. Dems need to grow a backbone and use the same obstructionist tactics against Republicans that has been used against them for the past 8 years.

    This means filibuster everthing - SCOTUS nominees, Obamacare repeal, tax cuts...Every. Goddamn. Thing! No mercy and no retreat. Do it all in the name of protecting the American people from their shitty choice of Herr Hairpiece.

    Now is not the time to unify - it's time to fight the motherfuckers dirty and hard! What's good for the goose is good for the gander. We can all watch with glee as Trump gets ground to little pieces by the Washington political machine.

  4. Listening to the tone of NPR this week has been pretty funny.

    During the "W" administration they were forced by politics to bring up "alternate" views on climate change and evolution. Slowly but surely they started making sure that experts were given the opportunity to state there was never any scientific basis for these views.

    The Morning Edition crew now on board seems to be in "Fuck it, we'll probably be de-funded soon." mode and make sure to remind listeners of Trump's inflammatory statements whenever he's mentioned.

  5. Reposted from elsewhere:

    I listened as they called my President a Muslim (as if it were a bad thing). I listened as they called him a monkey. I listened as they said he wasn't born here. I watched as they blocked every single path to progress that they could. I saw the pictures of him as Hitler. I listened as they openly said that they will oppose him at every turn. I watched as they did just that. I listened and I watched and I paid attention.

    Now, I'm being called on to be tolerant. To move forward. To "Get over it." To accept this...

    I will not. I will do my part to make sure this great American mistake becomes the embarrassing footnote of our history that it deserves to be, as quickly as possible. I will do my part to limit the damage that this man can do to my country. I will vote. I will watch his every move and point out every single mistake and misdeed in a loud and proud voice.

    Do not call for my tolerance. I've tolerated all I can. Now it's their turn to tolerate ridicule. Be aware, make no mistake about it, every single thing that goes wrong in our country from this day forward is now Trump's fault just as much as they thought it was Obama's. I find it unreasonable for them to expect from me what they were entirely unwilling to give.

    They will find no shelter here.

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