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- Here is a reading list that covers a lot of “how we got here” stuff that’s pretty useful. It’s daunting, but scroll through and see what catches your eye. Spend some time reading it if you have time off. Start a group to read the syllabus. Another idea: If you have kids, get together with parents and teachers and talk about how current events are being covered in school. What kind of language is being used? Are there immigrant children at your school who are scared? How can you help them?
- The water protectors at Standing Rock still need your help. I’m sure some of you have seen the violence they are being subjected to as they peacefully protest the destruction of an aquifer and building on sacred ground. It would be incredibly powerful, if you are at a gathering this weekend, to just ask everyone to take out their phone and donate $5 to the Zaniyan medical team at Standing Rock. Or have everyone call some of the numbers below. You can read about the healer’s work here. They run the Zaniyan Wellness Space and the Woman’s Wellness Mobile Camp. The protestors are being shot with rubber bullets — with enough force to break an eye socket, or in one case, nearly take off a woman’s arm — and being hit with water cannons in freezing temperatures. The medical camp is working round the clock to take care of everyone in the camp as well as those being attacked on the front lines. Here is a statement from the healers:
The physicians and tribal healers with the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council call for the immediate cessation of use of water cannons on people who are outdoors in 28F ambient weather with no means of active rewarming in these conditions. As medical professionals, we are concerned for the real risk of loss of life due to severe hypothermia under these conditions.
We call on the Morton County Sheriff’s office to immediately stop the potentially lethal use of these confrontational methods against people peacefully assembled.
We request media support, medical support and observers to the area immediately.
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Contact our government officials
National Guard 701.333.2000;
ND Governor’s office 701.328.2200;
Army Corp of Engineers 202.761.8700 or (202) 761–5903
Call or Email Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President and Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army Corp of Engineers. Tell them to rescind the permits granted to Dakota Access:
Denis McDonough, Chief of Staff to the President
Jo-Ellen Darcy, Assistant Secretary of Army Corp of Engineers
Call the executives of the companies that are building the pipeline:
Executive Vice President
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403–6455
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
800 E Sonterra Blvd #400
San Antonio, Texas 78258
Telephone: (210) 403–6762
Michael (Cliff) Waters
Energy Transfer Partners, L.P.
1300 Main St.
Houston, Texas 77002
Telephone: (713) 989–2404
If you’re worried about what to write when you contact officials, or need more background information before making phone calls, some sample language is available here.
- Sign up for the inauguration ticket lottery in your state and district. Especially if you live in a red state. All MoC get a certain amount of tickets to the inauguration. If you go to your Senators’ and Rep’s pages you will find a place to sign up. It’s a long shot, but if you get tickets, you can attend the inauguration with a protest t-shirt or a sign
- More inauguration: Women’s March update. Join the Facebook page for your local group. Volunteer to captain a bus or help in some other way. If you can’t go, lead a march or event in your town. Here is a document with more background and information.
- If you’ve been wanting to join some of the phone calling action but have anxiety, read this. It’s a helpful resource for those of us who aren’t great at such things. (I still suggest writing but know many are calling.)
- Support adoptee rights: Many foreign adoptees are at risk of being deported. If they were born before 1983 they are not protected by the Child Citizen Act of 2000. If they are newly adopted their paperwork may not be in place. Muslim families are likely to be targeted. Same sex couples with adopted children are at risk of having their children taken away. Read about the pending legislation — the Adoptee Citizen Act — designed to help adopted children stay in this country. (There is also a handy chart here about how a bill becomes law, if your Schoolhouse Rock needs a refresh.) If you are a family with adopted children, or know others, join with the Adoptee Rights Campaign, and follow their lead on meeting with legislators, coordinating state-specific events, and sending adoptees to Capitol Hill to tell their stories. ← everyone working for a cause can learn from their strategies.
- Personal suggestion for today: Give up or reduce your use of paper towels. You can do it! One small step for the environment but it has an impact. Then think about giving up kleenex. I bought two boxes of cotton handkerchiefs a few winters ago and have never regretted it. Think of all the waste you are producing every winter. xoxox
- Call the House Oversight Committee (202–225–5074) to support the call for a bipartisan review of Trump’s financials and apparent conflicts of interest. Please do it today — they are out of the office next week.
- Read this: How to de-escalate situations of harassment, intimidation and violence. Do some roleplaying with your friends. It sounds silly but it will help. Take a self defense class. Call a self defense class center and ask how much it would cost to do a special class for immigrants, LGBTQ folks, or other at-risk groups. Get some people together, fund it, and do outreach.
- From Tyler Ford: Offer to pay for a cab ride home for your trans, black, Muslim, and other friends who are likely to be harassed on public transport. If you can’t afford to do that, ask the to tell you their route and have them call you at the other end.
- Stop supporting big banks that fund things like DAPL. Move your money to a credit union instead. Credit unions are an alternative that often have lower interest rates and lower fees because they are non-profit. Here is a credit union locator and information on how to research a credit union. And here are some banks supporting DAPL with info on how to reach them and tell them you oppose it.
- Read about how organizers in Tennessee have been countering state-sponsored harassment and hate directed towards immigrants
- The election of Foster Campbell could add one more Democrat to the Senate. He is in a run-off in Louisiana December 10th. Head here to donate or sign up to phone bank.
- Write to your congressional representatives and tell them to fight the appointment of Steven Bannon as a top aide in the administration. He’s a right wing anti-semitic extremist—learn more about him here at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Writing is infinitely more effective thatn signing pledges or calling, and you can find your representatives here (that said their phone numbers are there as well, and there is a pledge to sign at the SPLC link.) Host a house party—provide stamps, paper and envelopes, and have everyone write a letter. Do it over drinks or tea. I’m not giving you a script because your letter will be more effective without if it’s from the heart. You can do this!
- Read about how to support survivors of violence, by the incomparable Lauren Chief Elk.
- Ways to support the Sacred Stone Camp. This is the home base for those defending the Standing Rock Nation from the Dakota Access Pipeline. If you have money ,their supply list is here and they have an Amazon wishlist here. You can pledge to resist here. You can support their legal defense here, and you can find an allied action on this map.
- Bring sterile, clean water to any action, march, or protest. You will need it to stay hydrated, to clean any wounds, and to rinse eyes if tear gas or pepper spray is used.
- If you are going to an action that may escalate, wear your glasses but put your contacts in your pocket. If tear gas or pepper spray is used, it will really mess up your eyes if you are wearing contacts, and the glasses will help protect you. If your glasses get knocked off or broken you can put in your contacts.
- Calculate your carbon footprint, then reduce it. We need to conserve resources (duh).
- If you belong to a faith community, connect to the sanctuary movement. It’s a way for you to support those facing deportation and fleeing violence. Encourage conversations in your community about other ways that your values can be turned into actions to help others.
- Publicize on Facebook; plan, organize, and strategize off of it. Facebook is a great way to reach out to people, so use it for that. For safety, communicate with your organization or group via a safer app like Instead, you should get everyone in your activist Facebook groups to switch to an end-to-end encrypted group-messaging app, such as Signal, WhatsApp, or Semaphor.
- Do not burn or throw out your New Balance shoes. Some people, after reading that New Balance offered support to the Trump regime (which the company has since clarified) have wanted to stop supporting the company. Great! But don’t release the chemicals from burned rubber into the air or throw your shoes into landfill. Donate your shoes here, or you can take them to any Nike store where they company will grind them into material for playgrounds. They will take any brand. And yes, I know, Nike, but you can give them your old sneakers.
- Read about what to do if you see someone’s hijab being pulled off.
Click the link, but in short: Get them to safety, help them cover up with something else; report it if there is a way to safely do so. If you hear of this happening in your area, organize an escort service. (To do this: host a gathering, get signups, dedicate a phone number and put it up 0n flyers around town. Escorts should always go in twos.)
- Join or Support the Women’s March on Washington. It’s Saturday, Jan 21, the day after the inauguration.Here (in the pinned post) are links to individual state planning pages. If you are planning to go, secure a place to stay now (and probably transportation) if you can, it will be nuts. Remember, you can just organize your own group and go. Just do it. If you can’t go, offer on your state’s page (or any state) to sponsor someone, and also organize an event the same day in your town. NOTE: Some places are referring to this as “The Million Woman March,” that is going to change immediately out of respect to the real “Million Woman March” from 1997, and I think you can see the politics of that pretty clearly.
- Subscribe to a news organization with integrity.
It’s no secret that the media industry is dying—but we need quality investigative and critical reporting more than ever. Put some dollars there.
- Digest this: Many of the white women who voted for Trump did so because the kind of misogyny and racial hatred he expressed are just part of their daily reality. That’s the level we need to be working on.
- If you are white, get involved with Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURP). Founded by Alicia Garza, a founder of Black Lives Matter, SURP urges encourages whites to defect from white supremacy. Their signup page has a nice list of ways to get involved.
- Gays Against Guns are righteous, dedicated, and kind. I met some of them last night—an amazing group to work with, and super important work.
- Photographers: Many couples are rushing to get married before their rights are taken away. Consider donating your services to them. If you are not a photographer, connect with a local LGBTQ group and ask if you could work with them to start calling photographers and asking them to work with you.
- Black Lives Matter is a movement and an organization. The movement is everywhere—support it, and those who speak for it. The organization is here, where you can find a local chapter and get involved.
- If you are transgender and over 18 you can become an operator at the Trans Lifeline. Or you could organize a benefit for them and become an ongoing, involved supporter.
- Donation recommendation: Families USA is helping signups for Obamacare now, for as long as it lasts, and advocating for its future. I’m looking for involvement opportunities—if you do some digging I m sure you can find a local clinic or group you could help.
- Cancel your premium Audible and Spotify (or whatever). Sign up for monthly donations to @ACLU and @PPact instead. Small good things. (Courtesy @AskAQueerChick, also, follow her.)
- If you are a lawyer, please consider donating your services to helping people who are working to change their gender on gov’t documents while they can. Post on Twitter with hashtag #TranslawHelp
- Is there a gender neutral bathroom at your workplace? MAKE IT HAPPEN. It’s just changing a sign on a fucking door. You can do this. Tell them it will be great PR.
- Go to a local food pantry or a DV shelter and ask what they need. It could be as simple as 20 blankets. Then do more.
- Adopt an abortion fund. They are critical and life-saving now—in the coming years they will be under fire and more necessary than ever. Find one, and dedicate your support to them. Donate. Ask if they need help defeating a local candidate who wants to shut them down. Start a group with your friends and commit yourself to supporting this fund.
- Go to a local school’s play or performance. Ask the drama teachers if there is anything you could help with. I met a drama teacher once at a party and she said they weren’t doing a play that year because they needed $2000 and the school didn’t have it. They got the $2000, and there is now a group that works with them year round. It doesn’t have to be theater—it could be sports, or whatever. All these programs are hurting and will be cut. Enter these spaces with respect. You are there to support and learn, not to be a savior. (This comment is basically for white people)
- Think of systems that are going to break down and how we can support them or make alternatives. How are people going to get food, abortions, post-trauma support in your community?
- Create an IUD fund. Get all your friends to donate, and give the money to a local Planned Parenthood or clinic to help people get long term birth control while it is still relatively accessible.
- Join Copwatch. This is one of the groups I am personally involved with. The police need accountability and monitoring. Copwatch provides it. This is the national site—if there isn’t a group in your neighborhood I know they will help you start one.
- Go to protests! Don’t you want to be around people who give a fuck? They are important.
- Join Deeds Not Words from Wendy Davis. They have a weekly newsletter that suggests actions. I am just signing up right now myself to see if it is good, will edit this if not.
- Check out this amazing list of ideas from ShiShi.
- Go to a precinct meeting. No matter where you live, they happen. Usually no one knows because why would the cops tell anyone!! But you can find out and you should go. Listen to what’s going on. Ask questions. Figure out what you can do. Here is an example—in my old neighborhood, there was a rise in people using bicycles. Neither the cops nor the bikers really knew the laws, so cops were giving tickets right and left for things that were ok, and bikers were being dicks and endangering themselves and pedestrians. So we put on a workshop and made each side think they were in charge of teaching the other (being sneaky is helpful) and relationships were formed, and people got a basic set of rules and respect to follow.
- If you are in NYC, we have to reelect Bill DeBlasio. His term ends next year. DeBlasio is already standing up to Trump on deportation, and his other work in the city (particularly on healthcare) has been strong. Join DeBlasio 2017 and get to work. If you live somewhere else, find the progressive officeholders in your area. Support them.
- Are you a designer, illustrator, or photographer? Left Aligned is starting a volunteer group where you can use your skills to help local actions. Email WereLeftAligned@gmail.com.
- Super easy: IssueVoter.org. You know I prefer people get really involved but this one’s for you who can’t. You just sign up, name your issues, and they will keep you up to date and tell you who to lobby.
- Join a local climate change group. The organization 350 (named for the target CO2 level in the atmosphere) does great work and they have a tool so you can find a chapter in your area. I checked and it looks like there are a lot—if there isn’t one in your area, you know what I am going to say: start one.
- Help refugees in your area. If you live in one of the 29 cities listed here, you can volunteer with the International Rescue Committee to welcome families to America and help them accimate. This would also be a great group to do a fundraiser for. There are rightwing sites already tracking where refugees are settled—effectively putting targets on their backs—and it will likely only get worse.
- Planned Parenthood. Duh. They have a (not great) search function for volunteer opportunities, but I would suggest contacting your local chapter and asking what they need. Probably what they need is ongoing funding—think about how you could do that. Get 30 friends to pledge $10 a month? That would make a difference. It’s a start.
The point of this page is action. Please do more than just read it. Read — not just here — and act. Do something where you are side-by-side with others. To build a movement, we need more than one-act activism. We need long-term resistance and commitment. Find your people, and get involved. That’s why I’m only rarely listing opportunities to donate — donating is great and do it!! Keep doing it! But getting truly involved is where real change happens, in the world and in yourself, honestly. Here is more rambling about all this.
Send suggestions to me on twitter @mikkipedia!
Please give me feedback (and privilege checks!) as this all evolves.
MOST IMPORTANT: Don’t center yourself. This is true in any organizing situation, but let’s be honest, I know most people reading this are gonna be white. Be respectful. You are scared, but remember that for Muslims, immigrants, the LGBT community, for people of color, this is their everyday reality amped up to an even more frightening level.