Resources & Resistances

  • If you want to speak directly to your local representative, you can search the Town Hall Project and see when your Congressperson will be in your area. Hopefully, they’ll be holding an open forum. If not, show up to their office or try to meet with them one-on-one. Many small town representatives are usually willing to sit down with small groups.
  • Check out the Indivisible Guide, a grassroots-inspired liberal action plan for resisting the Trump Administration. Download the 5 Calls app, which allows you to quickly and SUPER easily call your Congresspeople – 5 calls in 5 minutes.
  • Newspapers are crucial right now. Consider investing in and subscribing to your local paper – that’s where a lot of stories get started before they become national, and it’s also where a lot of investigative, “boots on the ground” reporting comes from.
  • Masha Gessen is an absolute authority on the subject of all things Russian, which is especially crucial with the Russian interest and interference in our politics. Her “Autocracy: Rules for Survival” is utterly essential reading and is a primer for our resistance movement.
  • You can buy stamps from the United States Postal Service. It’s always nice to get ones that celebrate diversity, but the choice is yours. You can find out where your closest post office is here. You have the ability to mail 4 letters as low as $1.96 if you go in-store, but this also assumes that you have the time and transportation to participate. If this ever gets popular enough, I’m going to set up a fund for stamps and stationery so that people with limited funds can resist as well, but that is a LONG way off.
  • If you’re considering donating money to a charity, check Give.org and Charitynavigator.org first. The sites will give you an idea of the legitimacy of the charity you’ve chosen, and you can see how much money is actually given to the cause. If you’re looking for a place to start, perhaps donate to your local legislators/small town governances (that’s where so much change begins), or to organizations that represent liberal causes in court. Local homeless and battered women’s shelters always need money, as do libraries. Sometimes it’s best to start close to home. Make your hard-earned dollars count.
  • Register to vote – and vote in all elections, no matter how small. Change starts at the local level, and are litmus tests for the country at large.
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