aNewDomain — If you’re new to this list, welcome. This is our 10th one, and the first one post-inauguration. More than ever, it’s time to resist. Time to oppose. Time to get to work.
Having spent the past two months assisting the organizers of the Women’s March, I have not had a moment to spare, so apologies for not getting out the list last week. But, here we are. Those aren’t alternative facts. This is reality.
If you agree that it’s time to resist, to oppose and to get back to work, here are 15 ways you can protest and resist Pres. Donald Trump and his policies this week.
And you won’t even have to leave your desk or device to do them ..
1. #NoBanNoWall + Sanctuary Cities: Call your mayor, senators
The new president just began his war against immigrants, refugees, and Muslims. Strongly reject his executive actions on immigration and refugees.
Call your Senators: 212-224-3121.
Call on them to say that you stand with immigrants, and that they must resist Trump’s anti-immigrant and anti-refugee actions.
Once you done calling the federal government, call you local mayor and tell your mayor to make your city a sanctuary city. Or if your city is already a sanctuary city, be sure to call and tell them you support that move.
Tell your mayor and city council to stand up to Trump and take action that doesn’t just symbolically defend immigrants but transforms your city’s policies to stop targeting us for imprisonment, risk of removal, and state violence at the hands of police and aggressive immigration agents.
2. Move your money and credit cards to #DefundDAPL
Trump this week issued an executive order that the Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline continue to be built.
It’s likely you keep your money in one of the 16 banks that currently fund the DAPL project.
If you have accounts, loans, or credit cards with one of these banks that fund the Dakota Access Pipeline and you’d like to divest, do it. But before you pull your money out, make sure you first set up a new account in a credit union that doesn’t invest in fossil fuel extraction.
3. Sign up online for the ongoing Women’s March Movement
I humbly chair the organization that put together the Women’s March on Washington.
Witnessing 1.2 million people convene in the nation’s capitol was remarkable. And all of the marches across the United States and the world were beyond inspiring.
The Women’s March was the single largest one day mass mobilization globally. You did that. You made that happen. Congratulations.
And now, it continues with 10 actions in 100 days
There are 10 actions you can join in the next 100 days.
4. Resist Trump’s cabinet nominees: Use these scripts to call the Senate
Our friends at re:act put together the list below.
Instructions: Call the Capitol Hill switchboard at (202) 224–3121. Enter “1” to speak to the Senate, then enter your ZIP, then choose your senator. Call both individually?—? and make sure you only call your senators.
Remember, always be polite. Just make one call per nominee. Here are scripts to help you with what to say:
- Jeff Sessions: Attorney General appointee)
Status: Committee vote delayed; possibly until Jan. 31, 2017
Script: “Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. I’m calling because I am deeply concerned about Jeff Sessions’ nomination as Attorney General. Like many of your constituents, I’m convinced that he will not fairly enforce our nation’s laws to promote the rights and equality of ALL the citizens in [STATE]. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose the Sessions nomination?”
- Betsy DeVos: Education Secretary appointee)
Status: Committee vote Jan. 31.
Script: “My name is [NAME] from [PLACE] and I am calling to let the Senator know that I would like him/her to oppose the appointment of Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. I want my tax dollars to stay in my community to support my public schools. She showed in her hearing that she is unqualified to serve as Secretary of Education. Will the Senator promise to vote no on her confirmation?”
- Tom Price: Health and Human Services Secretary appointee
Status: Had second hearing Tuesday; no committee vote set.
Script: “Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. Like many of your constituents, I’m really concerned about the Price nomination for Health and Human Services. In addition to his multiple conflicts of interest, Price will be in charge of a repeal of healthcare access from 30 million Americans, and has stated a desire to privatize Medicare. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose, and vote against, the Price nomination?”
- Steve Mnuchin: Treasury Secretary appointee
Status: No committee vote set
Script: “Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. I’m calling about Steve Mnuchin’s nomination for Treasury. In a time when Americans feel the odds stacked against them, a person who saw the recession as an opportunity to make money by foreclosing on families is the wrong choice to lead the Treasury. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose, and vote against, the Mnuchin nomination?”
- Rex Tillerson: Secretary of State appointee
Status: Through committee. Likely to be confirmed in Senate after Rubio, McCain, Graham overcame their reservations. If they are your Senators, let them know your thoughts.
Script: “Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. I am calling because I am concerned about Rex Tillerson’s nomination as Secretary of State. As your constituent, I feel we cannot reward Russia’s attacks on our electoral process by handing the State Department to somebody who was given the Russian Order of Friendship by Vladimir Putin. I cannot be sure Mr. Tillerson will prioritize American values after he did business with Iran while the country was under U.S. sanctions as a state sponsor of terrorism. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose Tillerson’s nomination?”
- Scott Pruitt (Environmental Protection Agency Chief nominee:
Status: No committee vote set
Script: “Hello, I am [NAME] from [PLACE]. As your constituent, I’m afraid that Scott Pruitt, Donald Trump’s pick to head the EPA, would be a disaster for our health, air, water, and climate. Will the Senator pledge to publicly oppose Pruitt’s nomination?”
5. Sign up for the Scientists’ March on Washington
We must accept certain things as facts — with no alternatives. One, the Earth is becoming warmer due to human action. And two, the diversity of life arose by evolution. These aren’t debatable theories, not opinions that can simply be shouted down or otherwise silenced with other opinions.
Politicians who devalue expertise risk making decisions that do not reflect reality. For this, they must be held accountable.
An American government that ignores science to pursue ideological agendas endangers the world. The Scientists’ March on Washington isn’t scheduled yet, but get your lab coats ready. Click here to join the movement!
6. And if you’re a conservative, sign up for Stand Up Republic
Republicans Evan McMullin and Mindy Finn announced Stand Up Republic this week to help Americans stand up in defense of the fundamental principles that make the US the true home of liberty and a source of hope for others around the world.
According to the group, Stand Up Republic will build and organize a grassroots movement in defense of liberty, equality, and truth in America. Our priorities will be to uphold the Constitution and defend the democratic norms and institutions upon which the protection of our basic rights depend.
7. Join and like the National Pride March page on Facebook
Drawing inspiration from last weekend’s Women’s March on Washington, a gay activist in New York City has announced plans for the National Pride March, a “mass” LGBT protest at the nation’s capital on June 11, 2017.
Take a couple seconds to join the National Price March’s facebook page here.
8. Sign Up For SwingLeft
Control of the House in 2018 will be decided by a handful of swing districts, places where the last election was decided by a thin margin.
To support progressives, just Find your closest Swing District and join its team to learn about actionable opportunities in that district, no matter where you live.
9. Follow Alt US agency accounts like @rogueHHS and @AltNASA to get uncensored news
Early this week, the Trump administration issued a gag order to social media managers at national parks around the country. They decided to resist. Already with over 850,000 followers, @AlNatParkSer account was the first of more than 20 alt and rogue public agency accounts to surface on Twitter the last few days. Follow them and thank them for their courage.
Ed: Gina Smith set up a list of the alt and rogue public agency accounts so you can follow them all quickly. Find it here.
10. Follow Congressman Ted Lieu on Twitter
This is a California Congressman who has really been going in on Trump recently. Follow him on Twitter.
11. Watch and share Cory Booker’s newest YouTube video
Watch and share Sen. Booker’s First Days of a Trump Administration: We Must Resist
12. Listen to this week’s movement song
A Song For The Movement: “Keep Ya Head Up” by Tupac
13. Dive into this week’s Good Read
“Letter From A Birmingham Jail” by Martin Luther King, Jr.
A Song For The Movement: “Keep Ya Head Up” by Tupac
14. Donate five bucks
Consider donating to this week’s list of worthy organizations and resistors who need your support now.
- PRO PUBLICA (independent media): https://www.propublica.org/donate
CENTER FOR REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS (women’s rights): https://www.reproductiverights.org
INTERNATIONAL RESCUE COMMITTEE (refugees): https://help.rescue.org/donate
MPOWER CHANGE (muslim community): https://mpowerchange.org
STANDING ROCK (indigenous rights): http://standwithstandingrock.net/donate
For aNewDomain, I’m Michael Skolnik.