• Read the Indivisible guide. 
     
  • Sign up for Wall of Us to receive weekly acts of resistance. Set an alarm for a daily time that you can devote to getting them done. I know you’re busy, but you can find fifteen minutes a day to save the world. 
     
  • Join Sleeping Giants and their call to action to stop racist websites by stopping their ad dollars. Many companies don't even know it's happening.
 
 

ISSUE 11 |  April 10, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Get Your Town Hall On
With the House and the Senate on recess for the next two weeks, now is the time to attend a town hall. The Town Hall Project offers a searchable calendar of town hall meetings across the country.

Our friends at Indivisible have tips for attending town halls with topics suggested by Robert Reich and a toolkit for crafting questions during the April recess. Is your Member of Congress (MoC) MIA? Indivisible also has a guide to make MoCs more accessible.

Protect Immigrant Children
Recently, Wall-of-Us suggested blue-staters contact local school districts and ask them “to stand with our immigrant families.” Showing support could keep these students in school. Samuel Molina, state director of a California grassroots immigrant rights group, reports that “some children are afraid to go to school, or have stopped attending altogether, out of fear of being deported."

Wall-of-Us lists specific steps you can take to talk with your school system.

Tell City Officials to Divest from the Wall
While we’re talking about Wall-of-Us actions, here’s another recent recommendation: convince your city to divest from Trump’s wasteful wall. Follow the city of Berkeley’s lead and commit city officials to refuse investment in companies that will work on the border wall. Wall-of-Us provides the tools to get you started.

Help Those Beyond Our Borders
One of the pitfalls of fighting this administration is that sometimes we spend so much time fighting the wrongs in our country that we isolate ourselves from the troubles of the rest of the world. This week famine was declared in the South Sudan and the U.N. warned of high risk of famine in parts of Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria. It can be prevented. Donate to one of these organizations this week and also spread the word about this humanitarian disaster.

After recent chemical warfare against Syrian civilians, Teen Vogue continues its status as a source of vital information, providing this list of organizations aiding Syria’s most vulnerable citizens and victims from recent chemical warfare. If you have the financial resources—even $10 will make a difference—please donate and encourage friends to do the same.

Flip Georgia’s 6th District
Help Jon Ossoff, Democratic candidate for Georgia's 6th District, win on April 18th by donating to his campaign or volunteering for a phone bank. This is a “jungle primary,” meaning that if no single candidate wins over 50% in the first round of voting, the top two advance to the run-off regardless of party. Ossoff must be in the top two in initial voting to have a chance at turning the seat—formerly held by Trump’s appointment to Secretary of Health & Human Services, Tom Price—blue. Dems need 24 more winning candidates to take back the majority in the House.

TAKE CARE.

Volunteer at a Local School
Reach out to a local school or school district and see how you can help. Can you read books to a classroom? Do you have a special skill you can share with a class? Take a few moments out of your week to make a classroom full of children feel good about themselves. It will make you feel good too!

Relax
Being an activist—and especially being one as a volunteer on top of your day job—can burn you out. Shaun King, writer, civil rights activist, and master Twitterer, says, “Taking care of yourself takes true intention.” Read more.

Make a Toast to the Resistance
If you’re visiting or living in NYC, be sure to stop by Coup, opening this week. The cocktail bar is devoted to all things anti-Trump. Owner Ravi DeRossi explained to the New York Times, “One-hundred percent of the profits are going to organizations that are either being defunded by the current administration or need money to fight the current administration, like Planned Parenthood and the A.C.L.U.”

Open Your Eyes on the 13th Amendment
The rise of mass incarceration is inextricably tied to the criminalization of African-Americans, going back to the passage of the 13th Amendment. In 13th, the blistering documentary by Ava DuVernay that appears on Netflix, those unfamiliar with the unrelenting assault on black lives through the American justice system will find how slavery really never ended. Watch it and afterwards share about it with someone.

Plant Some Therapeutic Seeds
April can be the cruelest month, but it is also the start of planting season in many parts of the country. According to a 2012 story on NPR, “scientists…(know) that gardening reduces stress and calms the nerves. It decreases cortisol, a hormone that plays a role in stress response.” Don’t have a yard? Look into joining a community garden or digging into container gardens for patios.

Take a Day Trip To Bird Watch
If you’ve never tried it before, bird watching is a bit meditative, forcing you to focus on sounds and the slightest movement in trees, while blocking out the rest of the world. You get up early in the morning, hike into a birding spot, grab your binocs, and check off your list for each new warbler or waterfowl you spy. You may find yourself addicted to the challenge, kinda like collecting cats in Neko Atsume, only real. Check out the Cornell Lab of Ornithology for sites, tips, and more.


 

ISSUE 10  |  April 3, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Get Women In Actual Office
With the news that Ivanka Trump now has been handed an office in the West Wing, we’d like to support more women actually getting elected to office.

Support one of these organizations that encourages women to run and supports their campaigns. Or sign up to run yourself!

Support Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention
April is Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. The statistics are frightening — one in five women will be raped at some point in their lives, and one in five female college students will be sexually assaulted.

Show your support for survivors and spread the word about prevention. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center has some ideas about how you can get involved this month, from hanging posters to attending local events.

Tell The GOP You Know They Sold Out
Spread the word. The GOP voted to sell your deepest secrets to your internet service provider (ISP), and they were paid to do so.

Find your nearest Republican representative on this list, and tell everyone in your area how they sold your community out.

Throw Shade While Supporting Planned Parenthood
Not only did the Senate vote to allow states to defund Planned Parenthood, but Vice President Mike Pence gleefully cast the tie breaking vote since GOP senators Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski went against party lines.

Donate to Planned Parenthood in a conservative state in honor of your senator if they voted to defund. If your senator DIDN'T vote to defund PP, donate in honor of Vice President Mike Pence. Make sure to send a card to their offices and let them know you were thinking of them. Awesomely free printable cards can be found herehere, and here.

TAKE CARE.

Read All The Books
It’s widely known that 45 is not an avid reader like his predecessors (W. had an annual reading contest with Karl Rove).

Keep the art of reading alive by joining your public library and/or donating your old books to them, especially books by authors from marginalized communities. The non-profit We Need Diverse Books is doing great work to make inclusive kids and YA lit more available. Check out their resources, and consider making a donation to their campaign. Help keep America smart.

Get Artsy
Art can help reduce stress, encourage relaxation, foster happiness, build self awareness, and is a proven, effective tool for victims of abuse as well as veterans with PTSD.

Many of us are experiencing various levels of stress and trauma as a result of our current political climate. We suggest you indulge in some healing art-based self-care. Here’s a list of 100 art therapy exercises to get you started.

Lock Your Webs Down
In light of last week’s vote to give ISP’s free reign over your browsing history, it’s probably prudent to spend some time this week  securing your personal interwebs.

Quincy Larson, at Free Code Camp, provides some great background info on the issue of internet privacy, and gives concrete steps on how to start protecting yourself.

Catch up on some Sleep
A new study shows women need about 20 minutes more sleep than men. So, encourage the women in your life to get a little more sleep this week.

Go to bed a little earlier or sneak in a nap if you can. This is a marathon not a sprint, and we need all hands on deck.

"I studied, I met with medical doctors, scientists, and I’m here to tell you that the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is: getting enough sleep."
Arianna Huffington


 

ISSUE 09  |  March 27, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Be an Ally to Trans Folks
Friday, March 31st is the third annual International Trans Visibility Day. The event, coordinated by Trans Student Education Resource (TSER), “is a day to show your support for the trans community. It aims to bring attention to the accomplishments of trans people around the globe while fighting cissexism and transphobia by spreading knowledge of the trans community.” Help celebrate the trans community by doing these suggested actions:

You should also call your rep about making sure that our public education system is safe for and inclusive of trans children.

Keep Up the “No on Gorsuch” Pressure
With the failure of the American Health Care Act last Friday, we’ve seen the power of civic pressure on our representatives. Keep calling, faxing, emailing, and showing up insisting on your senator’s opposition to Gorsuch’s confirmation.

If you didn’t check it out when we posted it last week, the Indivisible Guide’s page on resisting Gorsuch is super useful.

Stand with Standing Rock
The battle to fight back against the Keystone XL Pipeline is not over! Though 45 has signed his approval, we still need approval from the states along the pipeline.

You can donate directly to support The Oceti Sakowin Camp here or here.

You can also support the Sierra Club's campaigns to divestpetition states, and push for the environmental impact statement to be completed.  

TAKE CARE.

Make Your Bookshelf (or Kindle) Trans Inclusive
Representation matters. Check out these must read lists:

Screen Time with Trans Folks
Representation matters, and allyship is about centering marginalized voices. The following link to content created by and about trans folks, plus they are just good watching.

“Being LGBT is innovative, in and of itself. In a heteronormative world, we’ve managed to be here, collectively sharing our resources, struggles, successes and our visions for a more just and compassionate world.” Geena Rocero

V-I-C-T-O-R-Y
Take a second to stop and celebrate! Yes, there's still a lot of fighting to do, but it's important to appreciate the wins when they come. Thanks to all our phone calls, town halls and protests, Republicans were not able to pass their disastrous healthcare bill! Turn on some music and have a little dance party! Might we suggest the soundtrack to Hamilton? Or blast this old chestnut to remind yourself that we can keep fighting.

Get Some Vitamin D
Enjoy the weather. Has the weather gotten a little warmer where you are too? It's okay to go outside! Take a walk that isn't a protest. Check out one of these wheelchair accessible hikes. Ride your bike! Enjoy the nicer weather and get some vitamin D!

“I believe in Liberty for all men: the space to stretch their arms and their souls, the right to breathe and the right to vote, the freedom to choose their friends, enjoy the sunshine, and ride on the railroads, uncursed by color; thinking, dreaming, working as they will in a kingdom of beauty and love.” W. E. B. Du Bois


 

ISSUE 08  |  March 20, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Oppose Gorsuch
Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch begin on Monday 3/20. Call your senator and ask them to oppose Gorsuch’s appointment. The folks at Indivisible have some great background info and suggestions about ways to resist Gorsuch.

Say “Heck No” to 45’s Budget
Call all your representatives to express support for the agencies Trump wants to defund. Ask them to vote against any budget that does not fully fund the EPA, public education, federal arts programming, scientific research into climate change... if there’s an issue you care about, it's probably on the chopping block. Speak up! You can also let them know you support the National Endowment for the Arts here.

Share Your Healthcare Story
The White House is collecting Obamacare stories in the hopes of getting lots of anti-ACA anecdotes. If you have been positively impacted by Obamacare, let this administration know its value for you and your family.

Back Financially Progressive Democrats
A study done by the Roosevelt Institute says that Trump supporters in swing states like Michigan, who went Obama in ‘08 and ‘12, are open to Democrats who want to fight corporate tax breaks and Wall Street deregulation. The study indicates that one way for Democrats to win back these voters is by hammering Trump on his cabinet’s position on cuts to Social Security and Medicare. It all starts with upcoming special elections to replace Trump appointees and other members of Congress and the state houses. Study up on the progressive candidates and donate or volunteer.

TAKE CARE.

Story Time with Ruth
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, may she live forever, turned 84 last week. Here’s a collection of some of her best quotes to inspire and amuse. For some more in-depth reading check out her autobiography, or the playful biography the  Notorious RBG. For kids, check out I Dissent.

Support the Arts In Your Community
Support local artists in your community. Go see a play, attend a concert, go to a museum, buy a piece of art, or simply donate to an NEA state or regional artistic organization.

Listen to NPR
Like your news unbiased, and incredibly well researched? Tune in to NPR, and if you can, toss them a few donation dollars. They provide a vital service to our democracy and we need them around. Plus, it’s often just fun listening. Check out a few shows that we love, like Fresh Air with Terry GrossLatino USA,  Planet MoneyCode Switch, or Ask Me Another hosted by Ophira Eisenburg. Subscribe, download, and listen while you do your housework, or on your way to work!

Start a Mutual Aid Project
With so much funding for the underserved being under threat, consider starting a mutual aid project with some of your friends to help support and protect the people in your community. Check out this site for inspiration.

Affordable Self Care Acts
We love this list of self care actions that you can do for free or on a limited budget.


 

ISSUE 07  |  March 13, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Make sure you’ve got your rep’s info
So much activism these days involves contacting your representatives. If you haven’t jotted that info down yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223 to get a text back with contact info for both your Federal and State representatives. Bonus: Save that info in your phone to make future calls even easier.

NIMBY Trump
Spend an hour doing some research on the issues happening near you - city, county, state. We have to keep the pressure on nationally, but while we are focused nationally, state politicians may be pulling dirty tricks behind our backs. Subscribe to your local paper and keep an eye on your hometown.

Fight Deregulation
Trump wants to make good on campaign promises to roll back parts of Dodd-Frank that prevent banks from making risky investments (what got us into the 2008 financial crisis). Most economists think this is a bad idea. He also wants to push of the implementation of the “fiduciary rule” set to roll out in April. The rule requires financial  planners to put client interests first above their own gains. Fortunately (or unfortunately since the GOP controls Congress) Trump can’t do a lot without Congress, so call your rep and tell them to fight to keep these regulations in place.

Trump-don’t-Care
Keeping the best parts of Obama's plan, but not funding them doesn't help anyone. Least of all the poor and middle class people who will no longer be able to afford coverage under the republican plan. Here’s some things to do to resist TrumpCare:

Call all your reps and vulnerable Republican reps in other states to demand a healthcare plan that's actually funded. The Hill's Whip List: Where Republicans stand on ObamaCare repeal plan

Follow the Center For American Progress Action Fund on Twitter (@CAPAction) for tips on how to push back.

Use one of these tools to find a local event to resist in community: Resistance Near MeThe Resistance Calendar

Make your voice heard about how how the ACA has helped you. Share your story with Families USA and ACA Works.

TAKE CARE.

Remember that you are loved
In these trying times, it's important to remember that you are loved. Give yourself or someone you love a care package like the ones offered at FAWN gifts. Bonus: $5 from every care box purchased from FAWN goes to Suicide Prevention Services of America.

Connect with your community to give back
A lot of the most vulnerable people in our society are supported by actions and organizing at the local level. Poke around on Facebook and find out what community groups are working on issues that matter to you and connect with them on social media. Consider adding a community focused event (rally, fundraiser, city council meeting, volunteer event, etc.) to your social calendar.

Get Your Money Right
Start planning for your financial future by looking for ethical investment funds -- from investing in sustainable energies to social conscious companies. If you do have a financial planner, talk to them about these new rollbacks and make sure they are working for your best interests.

Take care of your body
If you have access to healthcare, schedule your next routine appointments. Make sure you’re up to date on all your screenings and vaccines.

Treat yourself to a massage, an acupuncture appointment, or a visit to the chiropractor.

Add a 10 minute self care exercise activity to your day - something that is fun with no stress - like a mini dance party to our for the times playlist.

Take a yoga class anywhere with this app. Or take some time to meditate.  You can get your “ohm” on right in your home or office. If it’s a nice day, treat yourself to some vitamin D and do it outside.

“Healthcare should be between the doctor and the patient. And if the doctor says something needs to be done, the government should guarantee it gets paid for.” - Michael Moore


 

ISSUE 06  |  March 7, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Dealing with Jeff Sessions
Call and tell your representatives and senators that, after lying under oath, Sessions should be forced to resign as Attorney General. Then pick up the phone and call your governor's office and ask them to put the pressure on too. Find your: House Reps / Senators / Governor

Stand up against anti-Semitism
Write letters to the synagogues and JCCs in your community letting them know that you stand with them in solidarity. If you’ve room in your budget, consider a donation to the Anti-Defamation League, which does great work to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry across the United States.

Speak up for immigrants
The White House is gearing up to release the next phase of their anti-immigrant agenda with Trump’s announcement of a government agency focusing on crimes by illegal immigrants. The folks at Wall of Us suggest calling your sheriff to ask them not to cooperate with ICE. They’ve put together some great instructions, including links to phone numbers, and a script.

Keep the bark in the watchdog bite
While you’re over at Wall of Us, follow their advice on how to stick up for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), an important watchdog agency that provides financial oversight to protect, well, us.

A day without women
March 8th is International Women’s Day, and the folks from the Women’s March have designated it a Day Without Women. Stand in solidarity with all gender oppressed people by wearing red, abstaining from paid/unpaid work, and avoiding shopping. Here are some ideas for those who want to participate, but can’t take the day off.

Be heard with snail mail
Organize a postcard party for friends and family to let your representatives know how you’re feeling about public education, immigration, the ACA, Jeff Sessions, etc. Sweeten the deal by printing some of the free and fun postcards that can be found here, here, and here.  Get ahead of the game and write your Ides of Trump postcard (to mail on March 15th) while you’re at it.

TAKE CARE.

Practice radical self-care
Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.” This awesome article from Ravishly outlines the ways in which radical self-care is essential for black women, and offers a good reminder for us all.

Take a moment to reflect on history
Spend an hour or an afternoon in quiet reflection at one of our nation’s many Holocaust museums or memorials. “Wherever men and women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must — at that moment — become the center of the universe.” — Elie Wiesel

Documented
Watch Documented, a film about journalist Jose Antonio Vargas’s “journey to America from the Philippines as a child; his public struggle as an immigration reform activist/provocateur; and his journey inward as he reconnects with his mother, whom he hasn't seen in 20 years.”

Take a dog for a walk
We’ve understood for a long time that spending time with animals can have a therapeutic effect. So we suggest you take a dog for a walk. If you don’t have a dog, try your neighbor's dog, or find a program where you can walk a rescue dog.

Make a lady date
To celebrate the beginning of Women’s History Month, reconnect with an important woman in your life — your mother, grandmother, wife, sister, best friend or an old friend you haven’t seen in awhile. Catch up, tell her how important she is to you. Bonus: Support women’s businesses and meet up in an establishment owned by women if you can.

Send someone you love a note
Spare a stamp or two, and send a thank you card to someone who refills you, letting them know how much they mean. For those who prefer a digital approach to snail mail, we love Postable for an easy card sending experience.“‘Thank you' is the best prayer that anyone could say. I say that one a lot. Thank you expresses extreme gratitude, humility, understanding.” - Alice Walker


 

ISSUE 05  |  February 28, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

We’re suggesting lots of calls to your reps this week.  We’ve assembled some resources to help make this easier for you, whether you’re looking for their contact info, wondering what to say, or feeling shy about making calls.

This week, 45 withdrew President Obama’s guidelines to allow trans students in public schools to use the bathroom of their choice. Here are some actions to take this week to show your support for transgender youth.    

  • Read Lambda Legal’s FAQ to better understand the Obama policy and protections for transgender youth still covered by federal law.

  • Call your reps to express your support for continuing the protections from President Obama’s guidance. This week’s issue of 5 Calls has a script you can use when making your call.

  • We love the Indivisible NY23rd Chapter's suggestion that we send letters or postcards of encouragement and love to local LBGTQ teen centers.  

  • Keep yourself updated on the case of Gavin Grimm, a Virginia trans teen who is fighting for the right to use the boy’s bathroom at his high school. Gavin’s case will be heard by the Supreme Court on March 28. His case is being backed by the ACLU, so consider making or upping your donation to them this month.

  • Donate to or volunteer with one of the organizations below that helps the trans community.
    ◦ It Gets Better
    ◦ Lambda Legal
    ◦ National Center for Transgender Equality
    ◦ Trans Lifeline
    ◦ Transgender Law Center
    The Trevor Project

The dismantling of our public schools begins with H.R. 610 -Choices in Education Act of 2017. Not only will this divert federal funds from public schools into a voucher program, but will also repeal part of the No Hungry Child Act that required nutritional standards for school lunches and breakfasts.

Call your rep and tell them to oppose this huge step backward for our children’s education and health. HR 610 was introduced in the Education & Workforce Committee by Republican House Reps Andy Harris of Maryland, Trent Franks of Arizona  and Pete Olson of Texas.

On Tuesday, the House Judiciary Committee will vote on a resolution of inquiry into Trump’s ties to Russia. This seems to be the most that House Dems are able to do without a majority. But sending it to the GOP controlled Judiciary Committee will mean its demise. So call your rep if they sit on the House Judiciary Committee, especially if they are a Republican. Let them know you are watching.

House Republicans
◦ Chairman Bob Goodlatte, Virginia: (202) 225-5431
◦ Jim Sensenbrenner, Jr. , Wisconsin: (202) 225-5101
◦ Lamar Smith, Texas: (202) 225-4236
◦ Steve Chabot, Ohio: (202) 225-2216
◦ Darrell Issa, California: (202) 225-3906
◦ Steve King, Iowa: (202) 225-4426
◦ Trent Franks, Arizona: (202) 225-4576
◦ Louie Gohmert, Texas: (202) 225- 3035
◦ Jim Jordan, Ohio: (202) 225- 2676
◦ Ted Poe, Texas: (202) 225-6565
◦ Jason Chaffetz, Utah: (202) 225-7751
◦ Tom Marino, Pennsylvania: (202) 225-3731
◦ Trey Gowdy, South Carolina: (202) 225-6030
◦ Raúl Labrador, Idaho: (202) 225-6611
◦ Blake Farenthold, Texas: (202) 225-7742
◦ Doug Collins, Georgia: (202) 225-9893
◦ Ron DeSantis, Florida: (202) 225-2706
◦ Ken Buck, Colorado: (202) 225-4676
◦ John Ratcliffe, Texas: (202) 225-6673
◦ Martha Roby, Alabama: (202) 225-2901
◦ Matt Gaetz, Florida: (202) 225-4136
◦ Mike Johnson, Louisiana: (202) 225-2777
◦ Andy Biggs, Arizona: (202) 225-2635

House Democrats
◦ Ranking Member John Conyers, Jr., Michigan: (202) 225-5126
◦ Jerry Nadler, New York: (202) 225-5635
◦ Zoe Lofgren, California: (202) 225-3072
◦ Sheila Jackson Lee, Texas: (202) 225-3816
◦ Steve Cohen, Tennessee: (202) 225-3265
◦ Hank Johnson, Jr., Georgia: (202) 225-1605
◦ Ted Deutch, Florida: (202) 225-3001
◦ Luis Gutierrez, Illinois: (202) 225-8203
◦ Karen Bass, California: (202) 225-7084
◦ Cedric Richmond, Louisiana: (202) 225-6636
◦ Hakeem Jeffries, New York: (202) 225-5431
◦ David Cicilline, Rhode Island: (202) 225-5936
◦ Eric Swalwell, California: (202) 225-5065
◦ Ted Lieu, California: (202) 225-3976
◦ Jamie Raskin, Maryland: (202) 225-5341
◦ Pramila Jayapal, Washington: (202) 225-3106
◦ Brad Schneider, Illinois: (202) 225-4835

TAKE CARE.

Resist with some learning, listening, and reading.
An educated electorate and a free press are two of the strongest tools in our resistance toolkit.

  • Our list of literary resources is a great place to start.

  • Read a book to a child. If you don’t have a child to read to, try volunteering at a school or library to read once a month. You get to revisit the classics like “Harold and The Purple Crayon” and introduce a new generation to the magical world of books!

Relax and Resist in the Kitchen


 

ISSUE 04  |  February 20, 2017

Congress is in recess February 18-26th and members will be back home in their districts. This is an important time to make your voice heard.

U.S. House Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Diane Black were forced to answer tough, direct questions from their constituents at their district town halls in Utah and Tennessee, respectively, this week. Hold your local representatives accountable at their upcoming in-person events.  The Town Hall Project 2018 is maintaining a list of these events. Attend often and vocally!  

The Indivisible Guide has a searchable directory of local Indivisible action groups. Join one in your area, and follow Indivisible on Twitter to learn about the actions that groups are taking across the country.  

If your representatives are already mostly doing what you’d like them to do, keep showing up at their town halls but also adopt a red district nearby. We’re switching into long-term activism mode now.

TAKE ACTION.

It’s recess week! As your representatives return home this week, we’d like to once again highlight The Town Hall Project, which just launched a new website to help you track upcoming events in your area.

  • If your rep is one of the over 200 not having town halls this recess, the folks at the Indivisible Guide have you covered. They recommend first reaching out to confirm there will be no town hall. If you get no response, reach out to your local paper and let them know that you’ve reached out with no reply. Having bad press is sure to illicit a response.
     
  • While Congress takes a recess, use this relative break in activity to brush up on your civics with the podcasts Civics 101 from New Hampshire Public Radio and The Washington Post’s “Can He Do That?”
     

In light of Scott Pruitt’s confirmation as head of the EPA, we need to be more vigilant about protecting our environment, climate, and wildlife. Here are some actions to take this week.

While the courts denied Trump’s appeal to reinstate the travel ban, it looks like he’s got a new executive order in the works. And with stories like this starting to surface, taking action to help refugees is needed now more than ever. This guide includes lots of information about how to assist refugees. It’s broken down into the following categories: hosting, Volunteering, Teenage Activists, Donating, and Advocacy.

With Republicans holding the majority across the House and Senate, electing progressives is a priority for many of us. So, how many Democrats are needed to retake the House of Representatives? The magic number is 24. Georgia’s 6th District is first up to bat with a special election to fill newly confirmed Health Secretary Tom Price’s seat. With an endorsement by civil rights leader and Georgia Representative John Lewis, Democrat Jon Ossof stands the best chance to defeat a virtual herd of Republicans vying for the position. You can take action by donating to Ossof’s campaign. The first of the two ballots or the  “jungle primary” (where all candidates, regardless of party are on the same ballot with the top two vote getters then competing on the second ballot) is slated for April 18,  just in time to put some of your tax return to good use. The second ballot  is set for June 20.

TAKE CARE.

We’re inspired by the creativity behind this website calling out Congressman Paul Cook for not holding town halls in his district in California. Since he’s a missing person, they’ve started a search for him and put stickers of his face on milk cartons in his district. This week, think about how you can put your creativity and artistic skills to use for the Resistance.  From making beautiful protest signs (we have a few examples you can download here) to knitting pussy hats, making art can be both therapeutic and politically powerful.

Do something positive for yourself and the environment this week!

  • Carpool or take public transportation with a friend.
     
  • Buy yourself a reusable water bottle in a color or pattern that you’ll be excited to use.
     
  • Prepare a healthy, meatless meal.  We’ve enjoyed meatless recipes from A Couple Cooks and vegan recipes from Oh She Glows and Simple Veganista.
     
  • Check out this article and see which pieces of plastics you can quit today.

To celebrate all that science can accomplish, spend a few hours at a local science museum like the Exploratorium or the Academy of Science in San Francisco, the Museum of Science in Boston, or Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Here is a list of some of the best science museums across the country (and a few internationally).

As spring approaches, go on a nature walk. If you're feeling adventurous, try an epic day hike like one of these, or just strap on some walking shoes and enjoy your neighborhood or a local park.

We love this article about how to create a Bad Moment Bag to help you during low moments.


 

ISSUE 03  |  February 13, 2017

Congress is in recess February 18-26th and members will be back home in their districts. This is an important time to make your voice heard.

U.S. House Representatives Jason Chaffetz and Diane Black were forced to answer tough, direct questions from their constituents at their district town halls in Utah and Tennessee, respectively, this week. Hold your local representatives accountable at their upcoming in-person events.  The Town Hall Project 2018 is maintaining a list of these events. Attend often and vocally!  

The Indivisible Guide has a searchable directory of local Indivisible action groups. Join one in your area, and follow Indivisible on Twitter to learn about the actions that groups are taking across the country.  

If your representatives are already mostly doing what you’d like them to do, keep showing up at their town halls but also adopt a red district nearby. We’re switching into long-term activism mode now.

TAKE ACTION.

Trump’s nominee for Labor Secretary, Andrew Puzder, will begin his Senate confirmation hearings on Thursday. Not only is he is staunchly opposed to significant increases in the minimum wage, he is considered fundamentally anti-labor and anti-union — most notably evidenced in his glib suggestion that robots would be a preferable replacement to human workers. Four Republicans on the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions have declined to commit to backing the nomination: Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Call the committee members — especially these four — and let them know you strongly oppose the nomination of a Labor Secretary who won’t protect the rights of workers. Remind Collins and Murkowski that passing someone you don’t intend on voting for on the floor is not good enough this time. Urge them to vote “no” and prevent this nomination from reaching the full Senate floor.

Republicans by Rank
◦ Lamar Alexander, Tennessee: (202) 224-4944
◦ Johnny Isakson, Georgia: (202) 224-3643
◦ Bill Cassidy, M.D., Louisiana: (202) 224-5824
◦ Pat Roberts, Kansas: (202) 224-4774
◦ Michael B. Enzi, Wyoming: (202) 224-3424
◦ Rand Paul (KY): (202) 224-4343
◦ Todd Young, Indiana: (202) 224-5623
◦ Lisa Murkowski, Alaska: (202) 224-6665
◦ Richard Burr, North Carolina: (202) 224-3154
◦ Susan Collins, Maine: (202) 224-2523
◦ Orrin Hatch, Utah: (202) 224-5251
◦ Tim Scott, South Carolina: (202) 224-6121

Democrats by Rank
◦ Patty Murray, Washington: (202) 224-2621
◦ Al Franken, Minnesota: (202) 224-5641
◦ Tammy Baldwin, Wisconsin: (202) 224-5653
◦ Tim Kaine, Virginia: (202) 224-4024
◦ Bernie Sanders, Vermont: (202) 224-5141
◦ Michael F. Bennet, Colorado: (202) 224-5852
◦ Christopher S. Murphy, Connecticut: (202) 224-4041
◦ Maggie Hassan, New Hampshire: (202) 224-3324
◦ Robert P. Casey, Jr., Pennsylvania: (202) 224-6324
◦ Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts: (202) 224-4543
◦ Sheldon Whitehouse, Rhode Island: (202) 224-2921

The White House is not QVC! Call the Office of Government Ethics and lodge a complaint against the President regarding his tweets about Ivanka’s brand and Kellyanne Conway’s “commercial” (her words as Sean Spicer would say). Office of Government Ethics: (202) 482-9300, extension #5.

Call your reps and demand an investigation into Michael Flynn’s illegal communications with Russia. The Trump administration needs to learn that they are not going to get away with incompetence and illegality like this. Call your senators and representatives and ask them to open an investigation into Flynn’s Russian communications. Here are some sample phone scripts from Indivisible.

The House voted to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission. The Commission was created in response to the 2000 election when our electoral process failed, and the Supreme Court chose the president instead of the voters. The 2016 election saw several allegations of fraud, misconduct, and foreign influence and it makes no sense to eliminate an agency that should be investigating those issues. The EAC also supports states in making voting easier. Eliminating it is part of the ongoing Republican campaign to make voting harder for poor people and people of color. Call your representatives in Congress and let them know you do not support the elimination of the EAC. Here are some sample phone scripts from Indivisible.

Show up for immigrants. Reports are coming in fast that ICE raids are becoming more frequent, especially in sanctuary cities. Sign up for the #HereToStay Network to know when and how you can show up for immigrants.

Anonymously ask an amazing woman you know to run for office through She Should Run.

TAKE CARE.

Get a free “Nevertheless, She Persisted” sticker when you sign up for NARAL Pro-Choice America membership.

Laughter is the best medicine. If you’re feeling down about having a clown as president, watching someone make fun of him can lift your spirits. Turn off the news for an hour and watch some political satire. SNL has been on fire post election. Samantha Bee (TBS, Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m. ET) and Seth Meyers (NBC, weeknights, 12:30 p.m. ET) have always got your back when it comes to laughing to keep from crying.

Nothing is more important than showing up in person, but sometimes it can be really draining. When you go to one of those town halls mentioned above, make a night of it! Practice self-care by bringing a trusted friend with you, and planning time to decompress over a cup of tea afterwards. If you’re nervous about attending events, give yourself something to look forward to after!

Take extra good care of your friends who are immigrants. The heightened rhetoric and unpredictability of Trump’s administration are making this a very scary time for our friends and neighbors. Check in with them, take them a meal, or leave them a nice note simply stating that you are happy they are here. Most importantly, when you hear your Trump-supporting friends and family members spouting Trump’s rhetoric and lies, make your support for immigrants loud and clear. You never know who is reading your post, or overhearing you on the train or in the office, and who will appreciate your support or notice your silence.

It’s Black History Month! Support a black-owned business. Treat yourself to a meal out, or a shopping trip at a local black-owned business, buy a book by a black author, see a film or a play by a black filmmaker. Give them a good online review and recommend them to your friends. It’s self-care and supporting your community at the same time.

If you can afford it, help a teacher fund their classroom. DonorsChoose.org is a crowdfunding site that shouldn’t have to exist, but will probably be even more important in the future. In the longer term, we have to fight for public schools, and for adequate resources for kids and their teachers, but no one should lose out in the meantime, and even a little bit of cash helps.

Read during your lunch break. Or any break. Whether you’re devouring Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist: Essays or Joel McHale’s hilarious and self-aware memoir Thanks for the Money—two of my most recent reads—it’s a few minutes away from your screen(s) and the resulting anxiety they bring. If you’re not familiar with your local library, now’s a great time to get to know it—plus librarians are fantastic people who know everything and would love to share that knowledge with you! If you’re more of an audiobook type, get a free 30-day trial to Audible.com. Lauren Graham reads her memoir, Talking As Fast As I Can, or if you want light romantic YA, try It’s Not Me, It’s You! by my good friend Stephanie Kate Strohm.


 

ISSUE 02  |  February 6, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Break out your speed dial! (Is speed dial still a thing?)

Call your senator and ask them to vote against Betsy DeVos on 2/6. To prevent her confirmation, we need all Democrats to vote no, and one more Republican to flip and vote no. Don’t assume your Democrat senator is voting against her — call.

Then call back again and ask them to vote against Jeff Sessions. The NRA will have their people out in full force calling in his favor. Let’s make more calls than they do.

Call your senator right back and ask them to vote against Trump’s SCOTUS pick, Neil Gorsuch (who is slightly to the right of the late Justice Scalia). Yes, he is going to get confirmed anyway, but now would be a good time to remind Democrats that they never got around to making Republicans vote on Merrick Garland.

Then, you guessed it, call your senator again and urge them not to roll back regulations that prevent people with severe mental illness from buying guns. The NRA dominates the gun control fight by taking in a lot of donations, so combine these phone calls with a competing donation to Everytown For Gun Safety or The Brady Campaign.

Basically, get very familiar with your senator’s outgoing message today.

Are you from California? Email Dianne Feinstein requesting that Jeff Sessions not be confirmed. Keep it short; she would like to read emails from her constituents on the Senate floor. Include your city and zip to prove you're a constituent. Send your email on this form.

The Senate Committee on Homeland Security is taking calls about Bannon's appointment to the National Security Council (NSC). You can call: 202-224-4751.
Note: The senate does not confirm NSC appointments. But it’s still a good idea to call them and let them know that you object to having the chairman of a white supremacist website, with no foreign policy experience, on the National Security Council. A House rep has already introduced a bill to have him removed.

Sign up for all your senators’ and representatives’ email lists. Then donate $5 to each of them. Yes, even if they are Republicans. Hear us out! You need to know what your representatives are up to and they probably have a special email list just for donors. Donate a little something so you can get on THAT list and hear the things they don’t want regular constituents to know. Like where the next Town Hall meeting that they only want supporters to show up to is. Then share those emails with your Facebook groups and networks so not everyone has to donate to get the information. Okay, maybe just $1 for the Republicans. Just get on the list. Find your representative here.

TAKE CARE.

Remember to take care of yourself, too.

Check out the grab your wallet spreadsheet for Trump-supporting companies you can boycott. A boycott is the easiest way to protest. Plus, you could probably stand to save some money anyway. There’s also contact information on the spreadsheet, if you’d like to tell the company why you’re boycotting. 

To educate yourself on the financial crisis that led to the 2008 recession, watch the film The Big Short — get an economics lesson and watch Ryan Gosling wearing a tailored suit for two and a half hours (win-win). Or read up on what Dodd Frank is and how it is meant to protect Main Street from Wall Street. (Links to come.)

You made so many phone calls this week! Now take care of your voice. Take a few minutes to mindfully enjoy a warm cup of tea, and experience the warmth as it spreads through your chest and body. Remember that lemon cuts mucus, and honey soothes, but they work best seperately. STAY HYDRATED. And don’t be afraid to set aside a few moments of the day to just be quiet.

Okay, so Steve Bannon calls himself “the voice of the alt-right” and he works in your White House. It sucks. We probably can’t get him out, but we can combat his ideas in our everyday lives. Read up on bystander intervention, and see if you can find a workshop near youBe ready to intervene when your local racists and sexists try to start trouble.

Go straight to the source. Appealing to Trump’s ego (and getting under his skin) may be the best way to get rid of Bannon, so tweet to @Potus himself. Show him this article and hashtag it #PresidentBannon. (It might be effective, but it will satisfy your inner mean girl.)

Grab a cup of coffee. Support one of the 800 coffee shops that support the ACLU.

There are always more self-care tips here.


 

ISSUE 01  |  January 31, 2017

TAKE ACTION.

Betsy DeVos’ confirmation will be voted on by the Senate. Call your senators and ask them to vote against DeVos. If they are going to, thank them. Don’t assume that because they are a democrat they will vote against her. Call anyway.

Call your Senators and ask them to vote no on Jeff Sessions’s nomination for Attorney General on 1/31, especially if they are members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. You can also fax them for free via Fax Zero.

Follow alternate agencies on Twitter:
◦ Alternative Dept. of Ed - @Alt_DeptofED
◦ Alternative National Institute of Health - @Alt_NIH
◦ Alt Health and Human Services - @AltHHS
◦ Alternative CDC - @Alt_CDC
◦ Alt. US Forest Service - @AltForestServ
◦ AltFDA - @alt_fda
◦ AltEPA - @altUSEPA
◦ AltUSDA - @altUSDA
◦ Not Alt World (formerly Unofficial National Park Service) - @NotAltWorld
◦Rogue NASA - @RogueNASA

Stay informed. The Daily 202 highlighted things that have happened this week that have gotten less media attention. PBS did an article on Trump’s first ten executive actions.

TAKE CARE.

Check in with a friend who seems distressed. Can you get together with some people you love and share a cup of tea or a meal?

Read a nonfiction book. Maybe one about a historical resistance movement. (Coming of Age in Mississippi was recently recomended to us).

Speak out when you hear racist ideas normalized, even when they are subtle. Stand up for marginalized people you encounter in your day to day life.

Remember: all this work is about taking care of each other. Can you get together with some people you love and share a cup of tea or a meal? Nothing has to be fancy! Tea and boxed cookies, or just tea. Make pizza together and watch a movie.

Stop working and fika. It’s a verb in Swedish that loosely means “to have a coffee break,” and usually involves coffee (or tea, if that’s your thing) and cake or pastry. The important part of fika is that you really stop what you’re doing and just be with the people around you. Fika isn’t a noun, it’s a verb, because a gentle action still deserves an action word.

When you start to feel overwhelmed, take a self-care break. Here are links to online self care resources. You can do them throughout the day at your desk!