Recent world news got you down? Yeah, me too. It’s been a particularly difficult week for sexual assault survivors, women, and those of us who are outright pissed off about having an angry fratboy sit on the highest court in the country – for life. But it’s a new week, and if you’re tired of being pissed off by 2 years of bullshit and ready to see some change happen, here are some easy and practical things you can do to make a difference before the midterm elections (and help get these assholes out of office).
Or text. Or email. You get the idea. Contact your Senators and Representatives and let them know how you feel about the issues. While they may not read every single email or listen to every voicemail, it’s crucial that they feel overwhelming pressure to support initiatives that matter to their constituents (or fight the ones they don’t). Resistbot makes it easier than ever to contact your elected officials. It can help you draft and send a personalized letter to Congress in under 2 minutes, and gives you contact information for your reps & Senators if you’d like to call them directly. Just text “RESIST” to 50409 – no apps or downloads required.
If you don’t have the ability to volunteer, consider donating to any of the leading organizations at the forefront of the resistance who are taking action on our behalves. You don’t have to break the bank – even $5 makes a difference (think of it as giving up only one of your weekly coffees). Do some research to find an organization that speaks to your interests, but if you need some ideas:
–NVP Action Fund: helps fight voter suppression in key states and districts.
–Vote Save America: An organization by one of my favorite podcast networks, Vote Save America’s donate section makes it extremely easy to contribute to the top Democratic candidates in flippable districts with one click.
–National Organization For Women: NOW is the largest organization of feminist grassroots activists in the country, and your donations will go towards their initiatives that promote reproductive rights, economic security, physical safety, and equality for women and the LGBTQ community.
–MoveOn: This public policy advocacy group is a great platform for finding progressive initiatives to support. Sign up for their newsletter to get tons of timely petitions and campaigns sent right to your inbox.
–Swing Left: Democrats need to flip 23 seats to take back the house in November, and Swing Left mobilizes thousands of grassroots volunteers to crucial Red and Purple districts, to work towards turning them blue.
3. Educate (Yourself & Others)
Be prepared to cast the right vote by learning about the candidates and local initiatives that are on the ballot in your state and district. Vote Save America, Swing Left, and Progressive Voters Guide and are great resources for researching progressive-backed candidates, propositions and issues. Fake news is expected to be extremely prevalent over the next few weeks, so talk to family and friends about the facts and why they should vote progressive, to help cut through alt-right propaganda. Utilize social media to spread the word (from trusted news sources of course!).
It would really, really suck to be all fired up on November 6th just to get to your local polling station and be turned away because you forgot to register. Nothing is more effective for creating change than casting your VOTE, so for goodness sake – make sure you’re ready to go. Not to constantly plug Vote Save America, but they make it easy to check if you’re registered in a matter of seconds (and helps you do it if you’re not). Run, don’t walk to check – some registration deadlines have already passed and time is running out!
5. March & Volunteer
If you want to get your hands dirty, there are literally thousands of marches, forums, townhalls, phonebanks, canvasses, registration fairs, and various other events happening across the country every day. Search your zipcode on Indivisible or check out Resistance Calendar to see what opportunities are available in your area. If there are no events taking place where you live, consider donating your time by calling key voters on behalf of Democratic candidates in swing districts – it can be done remotely!
Final note: give yourself some love and serious self-care over the next few weeks. It’s going to be a hectic and stressful time, but it’s important to stay positive, focused, and motivated during this crucial moment in history. Take a timeout from the news for a day or two if you need it, regroup – and get right back to the fight. Less than a month to go!
Do you have any recommendations for organizations that we can donate to or get involved with? I’d love to hear them below! xo