POLITICS

SH*T people can do, a list of action items

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This is an early November GoogleDoc by Jennifer Lerner.

It's a list of "concrete, actionable items you can engage in to better support marginalized communities, who are facing increased threats, violence & oppression since Trump's victory; as well as to fight back against increased threats to our democracy that a Trump presidency would bring." Lerner says "If you find this doc useful to you, feel free to save it and/or pass along to friends."

For ease, I've copy-pasted the content as of today below. Go to the GoogleDoc at bottom to see any new additions to this list that anyone can access and edit.

SH*T PEOPLE CAN DO!

1. DONATE TO NONPROFITS

Running List of orgs/causes you can donate to (Source: Jezebel)

ACLU

Southern Poverty Law Center

Planned Parenthood

Black Lives Matter

MALDEF

Sioux Rock Tribe - #NoDAPL

Families USA

NRDC

The Trevor Project

ProPublica

International Refugee Assistance Project

AND SO MANY MORE

If you have the budget to make a small, recurring donation every month, please do so. If not, small, one-time donations make a huge difference as well. (And if you are unable to donate at the moment, sharing with friends is incredibly helpful & useful).

2. SUPPORT THE PRESS

Support national and local newspapers by signing up for monthly subscriptions, so they can continue to do good investigative work (we’ll especially need that during a Trump presidency):

NY Times

Washington Post

Mother Jones

The Nation

SF Chronicle

Etcetcetc -- support your local newspapers if you can, too

3. CONTACT YOUR REPS

THREAD on Twitter about how to most effectively get Reps to listen to constituents

TL;DR: Much more effective to actually call a rep as opposed to writing an email, since they receive such a high volume of emails and just put it through a filtering system, whereas with phone calls they have to talk to constituents 1:1

Find your House of Representatives rep contact info here

Find your Senators’ contact info here here

TIP: Save your reps’ contact local office & DC office contact info in your phone, you’ll be calling them a lot over the next 4 years

GREAT GOOGLE DOC WITH READY-MADE SCRIPTS ON MAJOR ISSUES (Healthcare, Immigration, Repro Rights, and beyond), along w/ tips and strategies for your Congressional calls. SAVE THIS DOCUMENT.

**Save reps’ numbers in phone and contact reps as many times as you can**

4. PROTEST

UPCOMING ANTI-TRUMP PROTESTS:

BAY AREA

Sat, Jan. 21st, 10am-3pm, Oakland, CA

WASHINGTON, D.C.

Sat, Jan. 21st, 10am-11pm, Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

5. PETITIONS

Southern Poverty Law Center: Steve Bannon Must Go: https://www.splcenter.org/news/2016/11/14/splc-bannon-must-go

Demand an Audit of the 2016 Election: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/810/285/388/

Electoral College: Make Hillary Clinton President on December 19: https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19

We The People Petiton: Appoint Merrick Garland Now: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/appoint-garland-now-senate-has-waived-its-rights

6. BOYCOTT

#GrabYourWallet Official GoogleDoc: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1vu0Y0HvadMgG_LN7dF8W7M66oPCcx_nmSARQWirV7iY/htmlview?sle=true#gid=0

Buycott: App that allows you to scan items and see if they are on the boycott list: http://www.forbes.com/sites/clareoconnor/2013/05/14/new-app-lets-you-boycott-koch-brothers-monsanto-and-more-by-scanning-your-shopping-cart/#79f3d9222c82

7. STAND UP AGAINST HATE

Hate crimes against Muslims have increased 67% in 2015 compared to 2014 (Source: CNN)

There have already been over 300 reports of hate crimes against Muslims, Black people, Jews, women, immigrants, Asian-Americans, Latinos, disabled people, queer people, etc. since Trump was elected (Source: Southern Poverty Law Center)

Now more than ever, you have a moral responsibility & duty to stand up to hate

What to Do if You Witness Islamophobia - A Guide

Note: While this focuses on Islamophobia, tactics are transferable to mitigating hate, harassment & intimidation against other marginalized groups

VIDEO: 5 Ways to Disrupt Racism - another great video explaining how you can effectively intervene against racist intimidation & harassment

IF YOU WITNESS A HATE CRIME:

Report it to the police (have your local police # stored in your phone)

Report it to the Southern Poverty Law Center (they are tracking hate crimes and it’s important for them to be able to gather statistics): https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

8. INTEGRATE WOMEN/POC/LGBTQIA/DISABLED PEOPLE/UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS/RELIGIOUS MINORITIES/OTHER UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS’ PERSPECTIVES INTO YOUR DAILY LIFE

Flex that intersectionality. Because you won’t know how to support underrepresented/marginalized groups unless you are proactively and consistently listening to those voices and perspectives.

Leverage your privilege and amplify those perspectives on social media. Your loved ones read what you have to share & say. The more friends & family who are able to learn and grow, the better.

A SMALL SAMPLE OF AWESOME PEOPLE TO FOLLOW ON TWITTER:

Stacy-Marie Ishmael: @s_m_i - JSK (Journalism) Fellow at Stanford; Buzzfeed News

Aminatou Sow: @aminatou - Editor at Large, Racked; Co-host, “Call Your Girlfriend”

Erica Joy: @EricaJoy - Release Engineering, Slack

Ijeoma Oluo: @IjeomaOluo - Editor at Large, The Establishment

Jamil Smith: @JamilSmith - Senior National Correspondent, MTV News

Black Girl Dangerous: @bgd - Non-profit amplifying voices of queer & trans people of color

T.L.: @talilalewis - Attorney; Activist; Professor; focuses on the intersection between race, disability & gender

Sam Escobar: @myhairisblue - Senior Commerce Editor, Bustle

Amadi: @amaditalks - Disability Rights Activist; Writer

Bree Newsome: @BreeNewsome - Writer; Director; Artist; Activist; Speaker; Consultant

Jamelle Bouie: @jbouie - Chief Political Correspondent, Slate; Political Analyst, CBS News

Robin Thede: @robinthede - Former Head Writer, “The Nightly Show”

DeRay Mckesson: @deray - Activist, Black Lives Matter; Organizer; Educator

Heather Watkins: @hwatkins927 - Writer; Disability Rights Activist

Kat Lazo: @TheKatsMeoww - Video Producer, We Are Mitú

Heben Nigatu: @heavenrants - Colbert Late Show; Co-host, “Another Round”

Rebecca Traister: @rtraister - Writer at Large, NY Mag & The Cut; Author, All The Single Ladies

Gaby Dunn: @gabydunn - Creator, Just Between Us; Host, “Bad With Money”

Bim Adewunmi: @bimadew - Culture Writer, Buzzfeed News; Columnist, The Guardian

Ellen Pao: @ekp - Former CEO, Reddit; Project Include

Ann Friedman: @annfriedman - Writer; Co-host, “Call Your Girlfriend”

Aparna Nancherla: @aparnapkin - Comedian

Joy Reid: @JoyAnnReid - Host, “AM Joy”; Author, Fracture: Barack Obama, The Clintons, and the Racial Divide

Ta-Nehisi Coates: @tanehisicoates - Writer, The Atlantic; Author, Between the World and Me

Imani Gandy: @AngryBlackLady - Senior Legal Analyst, Rewire News; Co-host, “TWiBPrime”

Hari Kondabolu: @harikondabolu - Comedian; Co-host, “Politically Reactive”

Anna Segarra: @annieelainey - Content Creator, YouTube; Disability Rights Activist

Jill Filipovic: @JillFilipovic - Writer; Lawyer

Baratunde Thurston: @baratunde - Former Supervising Producer, “The Daily Show”; Co-host, “About Race”

Jessica Luther: @scATX - Independent Journalist and Writer; Author, Unsportsmanlike Conduct: College Football and the Politics of Rape

Tracy Clayton: @brokeymcpoverty - Writer, Buzzfeed; Co-host, “Another Round”

Anil Dash: @anildash - Entrepreneur; Activist; Writer

Saeed Jones: @theferocity - Executive Editor, Buzzfeed News, Author

Lindy West: @thelindywest - Columnist, The Guardian; Author, Shrill

Jorge Ramos: @jorgeramosnews - Journalist, Univision

In Sickness + In Health Podcast: @InSicknessPod - Official Twitter acct of the podcast, posts really awesome content about disability, health & healthcare, gender, and more

Amanda Marcotte: @AmandaMarcotte - Politics writer, Slate

Cameron Esposito: @cameronesposito - Stand-up comedian

Sarah Kendzior: @sarahkendzior - Writer on politics, economy & media; expert on authoritarian regimes

EXCELLENT PODCASTS TO LISTEN TO:

Call Your Girlfriend

Another Round

Code Switch

Latino USA

About Race

Politically Re-Active

SMALL SAMPLE OF TV SHOWS TO WATCH

Queen Sugar (OWN Network)

Insecure (HBO)

American Crime (Hulu)

Master of None (Hulu)

Jane the Virgin (CW, Netflix)

Black-ish (ABC, Hulu)

How to Get Away With Murder (ABC, Hulu)

Luke Cage (Netflix)

SMALL SAMPLE OF DOCUMENTARIES TO WATCH

13th (Netflix) - The history of racial inequality in the United States and how slavery has continued through mass incarceration

Central Park Five (Amazon) - The story of five men of color who were forced into false confession of a crime they didn’t commit (rape), and who spent years in prison until DNA evidence exonerated them

After Tiller (Amazon) - Late term abortions and the few providers in the U.S. that continue their work, in the year after Dr. Tiller’s murder

Dark Girls (YouTube) - Colorism in the African-American community

The Mask You Live In (Netflix) - Toxic masculinity in the U.S. and how that affects boys & men

The Hunting Ground (Netflix) - Sexual assault on college campuses

9. WHITE PEOPLE: ENGAGE IN CONVERSATIONS WITH YOUR FRIENDS & FAMILY ABOUT RACE

PoC are tired of doing the work you should already be doing for you. You are in the best position to change the hearts & minds of fellow White Americans, so it’s time for you to leverage that privilege and have difficult but necessary conversations with your friends & family members about race.

IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW: You are not going to change people’s minds in one sitting--that’s just not how humans grow & change. If you go into every conversation feeling like this is your one and only shot to change them, you will burn out quickly. Resist that urge. You will instead need to have ongoing conversations with loved ones over weeks, months & years, and work to slowly “nudge” them in the right direction.

ANOTHER IMPORTANT THING TO KNOW: Just because someone is arguing with you and *seems* like they’re not listening to your point of view, doesn’t mean you’re not getting through to them. Humans are analytical creatures and we do a lot of thinking on our own, regardless of how we might come across in conversation. Just because loved ones don’t seem to “get it” in that one conversation, doesn’t mean it didn’t impact them in some way or that they won’t ever connect the dots down the line. Be patient.

Great article on How to Talk to Other White People About Race -- Seriously, read it, it’s got some good tips, mixed with real-life, concrete examples

Overview:

Educate Yourself First [see #8 of this GoogleDoc]

Use Non-Violent Communication Skills

Make it Personal

Take the Time, Do the Work

Another great article: Strategies for Talking to Fellow White People (and Other Privileged Folks):

“These are the times when it is really easy to respond in anger and disgust, to walk away, unfriend, delete, swear off. I get it. But our job, when we are in the privileged dominant group, is to actively wade into the muck and do the work. That means having difficult and enraging conversations that seem to go nowhere. That means holding our anger in pursuit of justice. That means having the painful, shitty conversations that no one else can have. It is up to us to change the minds of those who look like us, those who share the privileges we do and use them–or allow them–to enact harm against those who don’t.”

10. RUNOFF SENATOR RACE IN LOUISIANA

You can donate to Foster Campbell, Democratic senate candidate

http://www.fostercampbell2016.com/

More background on this:

https://medium.com/@jackson_cantrell/the-2016-election-isnt-over-yet-f1ea6fc395fe#.11wo9tmzd

TL;DR: There is a special runoff election for U.S. Senate in Louisiana on December 10, 2016. Currently, there are 48 Democrats in the Senate (out of 100 Senators in total) and we need all the Dem Senators we can get to give us a better chance of being able to block Trump admin/Republican policy that is dangerous for Americans

11. VOLUNTEER

Find a cause that you are really passionate about and spend a couple of hours/week or month volunteering

WHITE PEOPLE, THIS ONE’S FOR YOU: Get involved in your local chapter of Showing Up For Racial Justice (SURJ):

SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. We work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.

IF YOU ARE TRANS & OVER 18: “Consider becoming an operator at Trans Lifeline. If you are a lawyer, offer your services to help people change their legal name and gender on their documents before Trump's Inauguration.” (Source: Bust)

Help Refugees: “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 adjust. There are rightwing sites that are already monitoring where refugees are settled, and it may get worse. Let Refugees know they are welcome here!” (Source: Bust)

Reproductive Rights: Become a volunteer escort at abortion clinics

12. USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM

SOURCE: Aminatou Sow and Ann Friedman, Call Your Girlfriend, Ep. 68, “Rage Phase”

If you find out about a protest, let your circle know. Invite friends to go to a town hall together. When there's a big news story about an important social justice issue, check in with your friends to see if they've contacted their Congressional Representatives yet. Form a group of people to nudge each other and hold each other accountable. 

SH*T people can do, a list of action items