Resistance in the Social Media Age
I rarely post on social media in general, and over the years I’ve avoided, with a few exceptions, political posts in particular. I used to be annoyed by the feeds of friends that were entirely political. Facebook was for baby, pet, and vacation photos. It was for connecting with far away friends. I didn’t think it was the place for politics. What’s the point of shouting into the echo chamber?
But over the past few weeks, my mind has changed. My current feed is almost entirely political posts, and yes, it is mostly an echo chamber of my beliefs, but there is solidarity in that. It is a reminder that we are not alone in our fight against Trump and his insane policies. It gives me hope to see posts from friends who attended Women’s Marches around the country. There’s power in keeping lists of the lies Trump and his cronies are telling.
I subscribe to the New York Times online, and the first thing I do when I wake up is read the daily briefing. These days that means starting most mornings feeling rage as I read all of the horrible things Trump is doing in his first days in office.
We have to keep talking. We have to keep reminding each other of what’s happening. We cannot be complacent as this narcissist takes over our country. THIS. IS. NOT. NORMAL. Repeat it. Post it. Tweet it. Share it.
Post about what you’ve done to resist. Post your protest photos. Share the organizations you donate to and why. Mention every time you call your senators and congresspeople. It keeps us all going when we know we’re in it together.
Here’s my list so far:
Why: I believe wholeheartedly in a woman’s right to choose, and when I was uninsured PP provided me with the health care I needed.
Why: I believe climate change is the single biggest threat to the human race, and that we as humans have caused it. I believe in science. I believe that we have an obligation not just to ourselves but to future generations to preserve and protect this planet.
Why: I believe that refugees are people regardless of their country of origin or religious affiliation. I believe that they deserve human kindness and the same opportunities of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness that are guaranteed by our own Constitution. As a Jewish person, I know how often my people have been persecuted, and it is now my responsibility to help those who are now being torn from their home countries, and let them know that they are welcome in mine.
I am lucky to be represented by Democrats who mostly share my views, but I still called my senators asking them to vote against Rex Tillerson for Sec. of State. I follow all of them on social media, and leave comments when I support or disagree with their stances on specific issues. I even applied to work in Ms. Blunt Rochester’s office, but unfortunately never received a response.
I’ve also signed a number of petitions on petitions.whitehouse.gov. I don’t know if this will do anything at all, but the more of us who sign, the higher we push the numbers, the harder it is for our elected officials to ignore. Personally, I think it’s only a matter of days before Trump pulls the site completely, but let’s keep pushing while we can.
The truth is that I am overwhelmed. That none of these small actions or donations feel like enough. I try to keep reminding myself that it takes many small actions to create a big change. If we all contribute just a little, perhaps we can have a larger impact as a whole.