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I'm sure many of us are feeling overwhelmed by the sheer number of different issues being raised by the Minority President's administration: attacks on the media, Russian interference, threats to the ACA and abortion rights, immigration, First Amendment rights and Net Neutrality, dismantling public protections for our environment and our finances....

We've already had a post about how to approach your activism once you've decided which issues you want to work on. But, as [personal profile] sathari said in a comment to the last check-in post:
[T]here are so many things WRONG, which are the MOST wrong that I need to speak up about RIGHT NOW?
So this post is a place for people to suggest ways we can each figure out where we're going to put our energies when so much is wrong but we can't tackle all of it.
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via [personal profile] siderea  by way of [personal profile] dewline 
reposted with permission


This article by Jonathan Crowe, Opposition in the Age of Gish Gallops proposes a strategy for the Medium Game. In summary, he observes:

• Yes, actually, from a world-annihilation standpoint, Pence as president is a superior choice to Trump.

• There is no way to get rid of Trump procedurally without the Republicans in Congress helping.

• It's going to suck to be a Republican in Congress under Trump, for reasons he explains.

• Republicans in Congress will stick with Trump not out of loyalty but fear of reprisal.

• If the Republicans in Congress lose their fear of Trump's reprisal, or fear something else more, they will gladly throw Trump under the bus in a heartbeat.

• Trump will no doubt be eminently impeachable, should they ever be minded to do so.

• Therefore it should be the Left's focus to foment strife between Trump and the Republican Congress.
I'm not doing his argument justice. Go check it out. Strongly recommended.

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Written by a group of former Congressional staffers, this is, as it says, an extremely practical guide to influencing your local members of Congress. It is full of really useful, basic knowledge for dealing with your reps - especially helpful if, like me, you've never tried to interact with your reps before. Also outlines the basics of how to get a local group organized so that you can start talking to your reps en masse.

Seriously, this is the most practical, informative thing I've seen about organizing and responding to the election. Highly recommended.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda
To this end, the following chapters offer a step-by-step guide for individuals, groups, and organizations looking to replicate the Tea Party’s success in getting Congress to listen to a small, vocal, dedicated group of constituents. The guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.

via Elisi

Nov. 21st, 2016 06:09 pm
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10 ways to aid the Resistance in Trump’s America
After one of the most turbulent weeks in American history, this morning I read an Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristoff titled ‘A 12-Step Program for Responding to President-Elect Trump.’ It read to me as exemplary of the well-intentioned but impotent liberal political thinking that frankly has lead us to this terrible situation in the first place. To repeat the world’s most tired and overused cliché, repeating the same actions and expecting different results is the definition of insanity.
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Okay, so after starting this, and seeing all the calls to action and everything, today my introverted self had a little bit of a freakout. And I'm probably not the only one, so if you're feeling frozen about what to do by the firehose of all the info, you are not alone.

Someone even made a website to that effect: Holy Fuck The Election
It points you both to cute animals and organizations you can donate time and money to.

My suggestion, if you're feeling frozen with all the overwhelm is to make yourself a plan of action.
1. Write it on a piece of paper, or what you use for a to do list or app.

2. Keep the list short and specific. No more than 3 items. If that feels like too much, take it down to 1 or 2.

3. Take each of your items and break them down into their components.
--If one of your items is donate money, break it down into
--------------1) pick an organization, 2) get your wallet, 3) go to website, 4) donate.
--If it's call your representative,
--------------1) find the phone number, 2) program it into you phone, 3) find or write a script, (more scripts here for many issues) 4) call

The big thing to remember is you don't have to do all of the items on the same day or at the same time. If it's overwhelming, then do one item, check it off, give yourself a break or a reward. Then ....

4. Make an appointment with yourself for the next step. Find free time in your schedule. Mentally prepare yourself that that is the time you will take to do the thing. You can set a calendar reminder for yourself, which can be especially handy if it's a day or two out.

5. Don't break your appointment with yourself. It's tempting, especially with phone calls, but it really won't take that much time and then it's done.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 until your list is done.

7. Yay! You did it! Bask in your ability to Get Shit Done.


Now. Here's the really hard part: Make another list.


If you have other strategies, please share them. Also, I'm willing to make bingo cards and badges if that will help.

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