How You Can Resist a Trump Presidency

Millions of people across the nation watched in dismay as Donald J. Trump became the 45th president of the United States. I’ve seen hundreds of Snapchats, tweets, Facebook posts, and even memes voicing concern, but it’s important to remember that it’s possible for you as an individual to take real action. This can seem daunting and difficult at first, but here are a few resources to help you get started.

  1. Indivisible Guide Indivisible is a guide written by former Congressional staffers. It is based on techniques used by the Tea Party to dismantle President Obama’s agenda. While this sounds counterintuitive, in reality it makes perfect sense. Obama entered the White House with an approval rating of 67% and a popular vote majority, while Trump was inaugurated with an approval rating of 37% and a lower popular vote than many presidential candidates who lost their elections. If the minority who called themselves the Tea Party were able to backtrack progress, a majority should definitely be able to stop Trump. Indivisible focuses on techniques to get your representatives in Congress to advocate for you. It details four local advocacy tactics: town hall events, non-town hall events, district office sit-ins/meetings, and coordinated calls.
  2. Resistance Manual The Resistance Manual is an open-source framework written by NYU law student Aditi Juneja. If you’re new to activism and perhaps a little intimidated, this is a great place to start, with categories ranging from Obamacare and tax cuts for the wealthy to immigration and the proposed Muslim ban. Furthermore, the site provides an organized list of “essential readings” to enhance your knowledge and state-specific pages with information on issues around you. Its open source format allows discussions on the best methods for advocating — and it means you can contribute too.
  3. Hate Crimes It’s undeniable that since Trump’s election, there has been a surge in hate crimes across the nation. If you are a target of or notice incidents of this nature, you should, of course, report them to local law enforcement. In addition, you can report them to an organization such as the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC). As for a policy-based approach, Ready for Jan 20 displays the progress of Bay Area cities in such issues affecting minorities, and provides information on how to introduce similar ones in your own city. And perhaps most importantly, if you’re witnessing a situation of this sort and you’re not in immediate danger, you can step in, like in this comic created by French blogger Marie-Shirine Yener.

It’s easy to talk about what should be done or what people could be doing, but actually implementing it is a little more difficult. Even if you’re not actively speaking to congress members or participating in protests, you can stay involved by remaining informed and vocal. Even the posters you hang on your walls or the stickers on your laptop can spark a conversation. The artist who created the 2008 Obama HOPE poster, Shepard Fairey, has released a set of posters in collaboration with the Amplifier Foundation called “We the People” (one of which is the header of this article). It’s available for free download online and even as stickers and postcards. These are just a few of a multitude of ways to make your voice heard. But whatever you choose to do, remember to stay kind and stay hopeful.