JOIN THE RESISTANCE: How to Fight the #45 Trump, Bannon, Pence & GOP Agenda
Resistance Needs Solidarity to Succeed
DIVERSITY AND ADVOCACY
As you conduct outreach and expand, keep in mind that we’re all stronger if we represent a diverse set of voices and perspectives, and especially when we center the voices of those who are most affected by Trump’s agenda. So please make a conscious effort to reach out to a diverse group of people as you build out your group. Women, members of immigrant, Muslim, African American, Latino, and LGBTQ communities, as well as people of different incomes and education levels, health and disability statuses, and ages, are some examples of those whose engagement and leadership are especially valuable and needed in this work. This can also be particularly meaningful for those of us who identify across these categories.
When & Where - Organize - Resist - REPEAT
THIS IS HAPPENING. EVERYWHERE - SPREAD THE WORD
With Trump in the White House and Republicans controlling all three branches of government, popular resistance has never been more important.
Remember this date: November 6, 2018. That's the date on which 33 Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 14 Governorships will be up for re-election. Put it on your calendar now. Research and be an informed voter. Help and encourage others to do the same. You can make effective change through the election of your local and state representatives. This is the way to ensure that your voice is heard, from your hometown to DC."
I have lived in autocracies most of my life, and have spent much of my career writing about Vladimir Putin’s Russia. I have learned a few rules for surviving in an autocracy and salvaging your sanity and self-respect. It might be worth considering them now.
You must call Congress every day. Yes - YOU! 202-225-3121. It will take just TWO MINUTES! Make it part of your daily routine, one of those five things you do every morning without even thinking about it.
Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
Book lovers and booksellers loved Obama, who always shared his reading lists. It’s different with Trump: He inspires reading, too, but of decidedly dystopian titles.
A handy reading list featuring not-so-speculative dystopian fiction, political memoirs, and cautionary tales from Nazi Germany.
An explosion of new activism offers a ray of hope in these dark political times.
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That "winning", "being great again", "rich" or even "beautiful" is anything more than NOTHING....when others are sacrificed to glorify its existence.
#45 Donald Trump, his administration and Republicans in Congress are a real and active threat to me, my way of life, and all the people I love. And unless you are worth billions of dollars, they are a threat to you and your life, too. So, I will Resist and I will be part of the resistance, and proud of it. I refuse to "play nice" in the face of what these people are doing. Our country's well-being demands that we stand and resist. I will stand and be counted and I will not stand idle.
Some people are saying that we should give #45 a chance, that we should "work together" with him because he won the election and he is "everyone's president." This is my response:
I will grant him his illegitimate title
•I will not forget how badly he and so many others treated former President Barack Obama for 8 years... *I will not "work together" to privatize Medicare, cut Social Security and Medicaid. •I will not "work together" to build a wall. •I will not "work together" to persecute Muslims. •I will not "work together" to shut out refugees from countries where we destabilized their governments, no matter how bad they might have been, so that we could have something more agreeable to our oligarchy. •I will not "work together" to lower taxes on the 1%. •I will not "work together" to increase taxes on the middle class and poor. •I will not "work together" to help #45 use the Presidency to line his pockets and those of his cronies. •I will not "work together" to weaken and demolish environmental protection. •I will not "work together" to sell American lands, especially National Parks, to companies which then despoil those lands. ·I will not "work together" to enable the killing in any way of whole species of animals just because they are predators, or inconvenient for a few, or because some people want to get their thrills killing them. •I will not "work together" to remove civil rights from anyone. •I will not "work together" to waste trillions more on our military when we already have the strongest in the world. •I will not "work together" to alienate countries that have been our allies for as long as I have been alive. •I will not "work together" to slash funding for education. •I will not "work together" to take basic assistance from people who are at the bottom of the socioeconomic ladder. •I will not "work together" to allow torture and "black op" prison sites. •I will not "work together" to "take their oil." •I will not "work together" to get rid of common sense regulations on guns. •I will not "work together" to eliminate the minimum wage. ·I will not "work together" to support so-called "Right To Work" laws, or undermine, weaken or destroy Unions in any way. •I will not "work together" to suppress scientific research, be it on climate change, fracking, or any other issue where a majority of scientists agree that #45 and his supporters are wrong on the facts. •I will not "work together" to criminalize abortion or restrict health care for women. •I will not "work together" to increase the number of nations that have nuclear weapons. •I will not "work together" to put even more "big money" into politics. •I will not "work together" to violate the Geneva Convention. •I will not "work together" to give the Ku Klux Klan, the Nazi Party and white supremacists a seat at the table, or to normalize their hatred. •I will not "work together" to deny health care to people who need it. •I will not "work together" to increase the profits of the insurance companies. •I will not "work together" to deny medical coverage to people on the basis of an alleged or actual "pre-existing condition." •I will not "work together" to increase voter suppression. •I will not "work together" to normalize tyranny.
I will not “work together” to eliminate or reduce ethical over site at any level of government. •I will not "work together" with anyone who is, or admires, tyrants and dictators. •I will not "work together" with #45 or anyone who supports him, because I will not allow one man to feed upon the fears of the populace, blaming minorities for their condition or their inability to thrive.
This is the line, and I am drawing it.
I will stand for honesty, love, respect for all living beings, and for the beating heart that is the center of Life itself.
•I will use my voice and my hands, to reach out to the uninformed, and to anyone who will LISTEN for what's really so dangerous about #45, his friends and the Big Lie they spin to the world.
by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
To sin by silence, when we should protest, Makes cowards out of men. The human race Has climbed on protest. Had no voice been raised Against injustice, ignorance, and lust, The inquisition yet would serve the law, And guillotines decide our least disputes.
The few who dare, must speak and speak again To right the wrongs of many. Speech, thank God, No vested power in this great day and land Can gag or throttle. Press and voice may cry Loud disapproval of existing ills; May criticise oppression and condemn The lawlessness of wealth-protecting laws That let the children and child bearers toil To purchase ease for idle millionaires.
Therefore I do protest against the boast Of independence in this mighty land. Call no chain strong, which holds one rusted link. Call no land free, that holds one fettered slave.
Until the manacled slim wrists of babes Are loosed to toss in childish sport and glee, Until the mother bears no burden, save The precious one beneath her heart, until God’s soil is rescued from the clutch of greed And given back to labor, let no man Call this the land of freedom.
"WE THE PEOPLE" RESISTANCE POSTCARDS