Raise Your Voice: Five Steps to Resist Trump’s Regime

Mr. Trump launched his presidency by signing a lot of papers. He took the first step toward derailing the Affordable Care Act by signing an executive order that allows federal agencies to delay or waive provisions of the law. He signed an anti-choice executive order that prohibits giving federal funding to international organizations that provide abortion services. With the swipe of a pen in his delicate hand, he allowed the construction the Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines and is limiting environmental regulations.

If you don’t agree with these actions, here’s what you can do.

Step One

Call your Congressperson to press issues you care about. The most effective way to be heard is adding one simple call to your daily routine:

1. Dial 202.224.3121 to reach the Capitol switchboard.

2. Follow automated instructions to direct your call to your senators or representatives.

3. Speak to a district staffer. Tell them your address. If you don’t, you will be considered a non-constituent. Meaning? Ignored. Tell them why you are calling. Staffers are required to provide summaries of constituents’ positions on issues. Be as specific as possible (ex. know the bill name and number if you’re calling to request that your representative votes a certain way on a bill).

Step Two

Help Swing Districts elect progressive leaders.

Visit swingleft.org to find your closest Swing District and learn how to support the progressive movement to take back the House.

Step Three

Build relationships with organizations you believe in.

There are already organized networks that are fighting for you. Support them! *

Whether you join mailing lists, sign petitions, volunteer or donate money, please help your allies year-round rather than only during elections.

Are you in school? Join or start a club to create your own movement and safe space for people who feel attacked under the current administration.

(* Email me at rraiseyourvoicee@gmail.com for a list of charities and their mission statements.)

Step Four

You can’t help people by pushing others down.

Don’t make a Trump voter your verbal punching bag or the butt of your joke. In order for a cohesive movement and message to succeed, we need to remove hate.

Step Five, and Always

Remember, you are powerful. And change starts with you.

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.” Anne Frank