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Michael Skolnik: Ten Things You Can Do to Oppose Donald Trump This Week

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Michael Skolnik
Written by Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik, who runs the Movement to Oppose Trump, has 10 things you can do from Jan 12 right up until Inauguration Day to oppose Trump and those allied with him.

aNewDomainmicheel skolnik — In just a few days Donald Trump will become the President of the United States.

Now is the time to build a bold, powerful movement of opposition.

The great challenge for any opposition movement is focus and discipline. At times it will seem like we are losing. There will be ups and downs. We will lose more than we will win. But no matter what, remember that the majority of American people are on our side. They believe in what we believe in, by an overwhelming majority.

Knowing that, believing that, gives us hope that in a matter of short time we will reclaim the journey of our nation, but it will take extraordinary focus and discipline.

And it will take great numbers of people.

It’s time to get to work. Here are 10 things you can do to oppose Donald Trump from Jan. 12 right up to Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2017.

Ed: To subscribe to Skolnik’s list, head here.

Save ACA: Join a healthcare rally this Sunday

The Republicans are attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act without any replacement, and they are already taking votes – The Senate voted at 1AM on Thursday morning to put the wheels in motion and the House will take up a vote on Friday. We need your help now!

Tell your story to your member of Congress by using the hashtag #SaveACA on social media and call your reps at 202-224-3121 today.

Read: Ted Rall: How Will America Survive Donald Trump

On Sunday, Jan. 15, join Democratic members of Congress, trade unions, senior groups, health care activists and all those who believe in economic and social justice to tell Republicans loudly and clearly: we won’t let you throw nearly 30 million people off of health insurance, make massive cuts to Medicaid and defund Planned Parenthood. To find a rally near you, head to Bernie Sanders’ ACA action page here.

Watch Cory Booker’s Testimony Against Jeff Sessions

In an unprecedented moment in Senate history, New Jersey Senator Cory Booker testified against a fellow sitting Senator during a cabinet confirmation hearing, for the first time. Jeff Sessions is President-Elect’s choice for Attorney General, and today Booker gave an impassioned speech against his Senate colleague. Watch it below.

There is still is chance that the Senate can vote against Sessions, but it will need a lot of public pressure. If you a constituent of one of the following three Senators, or know people who are, call them to let them know you oppose the nomination:

  • Senator Jeff Flake (R?—?AZ): (202) 224–4521
  • Senator Lindsey Graham (R?—?SC): (202) 224–5972
  • Senator Michael S. Lee (R?—?UT): (202) 224–5444

Call Marco Rubio about Rex Tillerson today

In a blistering take-down of Rex Tillerson during his Senate confirmation hearing for Secretary of State, Marco Rubio expressed great hesitation with putting the CEO of Exxon as our chief diplomat. It appears that there is a chance that Mr. Tillerson may not survive a vote out of the Foreign Relations Committee, which would end the possibility of him ever leading our state department.

Call Senator Rubio at 202-224-3041 and tell him that you do not support Rex Tillerson for Secretary of State.

Here is a sample script: “Hello, my name is . I’m calling today to ask the Senator to prevent Rex Tillerson from becoming the next Secretary of State. We can’t afford to have a friend of Vladimir Putin representing our country abroad, nor can we afford to have someone who put his own financial interests above those of the American people. Please, on behalf of our nation, do not allow Rex Tillerson to become Secretary of State.”

Attend and or donate to The Women’s March

Over 183,000 people have already committed to joining this historic march on January 21st in Washington, DC. This is an INCLUSIVE march, is FREE to join and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome. Sign up.

If you cannot attend, consider making a donation.

Sign up for Signal Boost:

For me, one of the highlights of the Hillary Clinton campaign was receiving an email from two of their staffers, Zerlina Maxwell and Jess McIntosh. It was full of progressive ideas, actionable items and funny tidbits.

They just launched a new weekly email called Signal Boost, which I highly recommend. Sign up for it here.

Join Solidarity Sundays

 A nationwide network of Feminist activist groups, Solidarity Sundays, focuses on taking action to resist Trump.

On the 2nd Sunday of each month, they gather in homes across the country to engage with elected officials (via letters, emails, phone calls, social media, and in-person meetings), amplify the action items of existing progressive organizations and build communities of empowered, educated, active feminists who will the Trump agenda and work for peace, justice and equity. Sign up here.

Catch Obama’s Farewell Address On Repeat

 I had the great pleasure of joining 14,000 people in Chicago to witness President Obama’s farewell address live. While it was incredible to be in the room where it happened, I immediately went back to my hotel room to watch it again, so I could see all of the cut-aways to Michelle and Joe and Sasha.

Here it is, in case you missed it.

Sign up for Flippable

Their mission is to turn America blue by building a movement to flip seats.

To build this movement, they need to radically simplify political action. They focus on state legislature elections—races that play a huge role in national elections but are often overlooked. Information about these races is hard to find, and busy people don’t have the time to sift through it.

That’s where Flippable comes in. They’ll tell you which races are more important, who’s running, and how you can support them. Sign up now!

Join the Love-A-Thon

 This Inauguration Day, the Love-A-Thon is raising $500,000 to defend civil liberties. Join us for a three hour Facebook Live broadcast with music, entertainment and stories about causes that matter. The ACLU, Earthjustice and Planned Parenthood need you to tune in.

Artists, musicians, and actors including Judd Apatow, Jane Fonda, Jamie Lee Curtis, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Guest, Tim Robbins and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco are coming together live on Inauguration Day to bring you a broadcast packed with music, comedy and surprises you don’t want to miss.

If you want to donate early, drop a nickel in the bucket here.

This week’s donation suggestions 

Every week, we highlight different organizations doing amazing work that could still use our financial support.

WOMEN’S MARCH: https://www.crowdrise.com/womens-march-on-washington
PEN AMERICA (freedom of the press): https://pen.org
CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS (women’s rights): https://www.reproductiverights.org
GIRLS WHO CODE (youth): https://girlswhocode.com
ALI FORNEY CENTER (lgbtq youth): http://www.aliforneycenter.org
HOPE SPOTS (climate survival): https://www.mission-blue.org/hope-spots

This week’s read:

Elisa Chavez’ Revenge

This week’s movement song

Listen to “Don’t Drink The Water” Live by Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. Here it is, below:

Please spread the word about The Movement to Oppose Trump. Here is the subscription link for your friends to sign up.

Be safe, let’s stay focused and let’s get to work.

Kindly,
Michael

For aNewDomain, I’m Michael Skolnik.

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About the author

Michael Skolnik

Michael Skolnik

Based in New York, Michael Skolnik is an award-winning film producer, journalist and a regular political commentator on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, NPR and other media. The founder of SOZE, a creative agency, he also helps guide The Organization to Oppose Trump.