I'm not going to sugarcoat it, the Trump administration is acting far worse and more quickly than I ever could have imagined. All the good intentions I had about thinking of ways to get Democrats to work with Trump (in order to get as many of our action items on the agenda) have pretty much fallen by the way-side. Clearly, I was hopelessly optimistic/naive.
When news of the travel ban hit the internet, and particularly how legal residents of the United States were being barred from entry, I had a moment of panic. The executive order just seemed so extreme, sudden, poorly thought out, and discriminatory, which doesn't bode well for other policy actions in the future.
And then I felt powerless. What could I possibly do to stop this? How do I prevent the undermining or outright dismantling of what I believe to be America's most important values? Equality for all, is that really too much to ask?
I already voted to keep the lunatic out, but clearly that failed. What other say do I have in the governance of this country besides my ability to vote? The thought of feeling this way for more or less the next 4 years, as I predict we'll be bouncing from one insanity to the next (like cutting 2/3 of the EPA's staff!), was pretty sickening.
I really admire the people who reject the limitations of elections and instantly take to the streets to lodge their protest, but I live an hour away from the nearest metropolitan city. What are us country-mice supposed to do to be heard?
And I know a lot of people are calling their representatives and senators to voice their non-support of various Trump policies and nominees, but unfortunately I don't think my representatives in North Carolina are going to be very sympathetic to my opinions. Such is gerrymandered democracy...
So I gave myself a few days to think about it, asking what can I do to help?
And here's what I came up with at both the national and local levels:
So there it is, my 4 step action plan. I've already finished Steps 1 and 2, and am in the process of step 3 (volunteering for our upcoming book fundraising drive). Like I said though, step 4 is going to be the hardest for me, but my aim is to report back sometime this year that I accomplished that one as well.
If you're feeling freaked out by the Trump administration, have you thought of any ways you can stand up and fight back? I'd love to hear your ideas. They're going to be different for each and every person according to their needs and abilities. I'm not a full-time activist, and I don't think I would be very good at it, but that doesn't mean I can't donate what money and time I have to causes I do believe in.
Let's do this together.
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