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Hello! If you’re looking to get more involved in fighting Trump and wanting to learn more, you’re in the right spot. Welcome! This is a collection of resources available for learning what you need to know, staying up to date, and making a difference. We need you to fight with us. Any questions, comments, or resources we should add? Send them to dctakesaction@gmail.com.

BUT WHY DIRECT ACTION?

“Sorry for the inconvenience, we are trying to change the world.” - Vietnam Antiwar Protest Sign

Beautiful Trouble: Action Logic

http://beautifultrouble.org/theory/action-logic-2/

  • Explanation of direct actions from civil rights movement contexts
  • Hundreds of concise and detailed resources

How Stuff Works: Protests

http://people.howstuffworks.com/protest.htm

  • Defines types of protests and how they work in general overview (pages 1-7)
  • Page 8 begins discussion of strategy effectiveness

The Art of Protest

https://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/21/opinion/the-art-of-the-protest.html

  • Gives diverse tactics used within and around protest to bring change
  • Learn how to not be or feel powerless

The Power of Nonviolent Direct Action

http://mettacenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/the-power-of-nonviolent-direct-action-daniel-hunter-final.pdf 

  • How protests take advantage of power flows in society

GETTING STARTED

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, it’s not going to get better. It’s not.” - Dr. Seuss

Washington Peace Center DC Organizing Principles  **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/sites/default/files/Organizing.Principles.6.17.2015.pdf

  • Four page introduction to organizing in DC
  • Historical context of relationships with DC and national organizers
  • Anyone planning on making or attending events in DC should read this!

From Protests Past, Lessons in What Works

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/31/opinion/from-protests-past-lessons-in-what-works.html?ref=opinion&_r=0

  • Concise article with concrete advice about how to get involved in activities that work
  • Motivation for taking part in a wide breadth of activities

Indivisible Guide

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/web

  • Available on the web, for download, and in Spanish
  • Basics of grassroots organizing and learning from the Tea Party in effectiveness strategies
  • Made by Congressional staffers

Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow

http://www.newjimcroworganizing.org/

  • Study Guide, Call to Action, and Organizing Guide available for online ordering
  • Background on systemic racism and how to build effective movements

INTERSECTIONALITY

“Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook… White America left the Negro on the ground and in devastating numbers walked off with the aggressor.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Women’s March Guiding Vision and Defining Principles

https://static1.squarespace.com/static/584086c7be6594762f5ec56e/t/587e8432b3db2b97b38a7a8f/1484686387172/WMW+Guiding+Vision+%26+Definition+of+Principles.pdf

  • The many ways women are impacted by regressive policies
  • Brings together many voices and political issues

Facing Climate Change through Justice and Intersectionality

https://350.org/facing-climate-change-through-justice-and-intersectionality/

  • Beginning information on climate and environmental justice

White People Voted to Elect Donald Trump

https://news.vice.com/story/white-people-voted-to-elect-donald-trump

  • Exit poll statistics showing whiteness, regardless of age and education, voted for Trump
  • Only group where Trump loses is college-educated white women, where Clinton gets 51%

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack https://nationalseedproject.org/images/documents/Knapsack_plus_Notes-Peggy_McIntosh.pdf

  • Identifies areas of privilege and concrete ways it impacts people’s lives
  • Gives curriculum for how to utilize information in facilitated group meeting        

CALENDARS

“The tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” - Dinos Christianopoulos

Washington Peace Center Activist Calendar & Alerts **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/calendar 

DC Action Calendar **DC Specific

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=dfk2eele63bcudvsqg8hdoponc%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/New_York 

  • Google Calendar with protests and trainings and links to Facebook events
  • Submit events to calendar: email dctakesaction@gmail.com 

Indivisible Action Calendar

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/action-calendar

  • Focused, weekly activities for congressional impact
  • Connection of activities to priorities and goals

Take Action NYC Protest and Political Calendar **NYC Specific

http://takeactionnyc.com/nyc-protest-event-calendar/

  • Events taking place within New York and links to facebook events
  • Ability to divide events into category types

Ground Game Airport Protests

http://getgroundgame.com/airportprotests

  • Dates and locations of airport protests against travel bans
  • Organized by state, applicable to entire country

Town Hall Project 2018

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1yq1NT9DZ2z3B8ixhid894e77u9rN5XIgOwWtTW72IYA/htmlview

  • Detailed information about nationwide opportunities to speak to your representatives
  • Gives locations, times, and notes on the events

DAILY CALLING & ACTION SERVICES

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” - Alice Walker

Daily Action

Text ‘DAILY’ to 228466

  • Sends one call-to-action every work day
  • Actions to fight extremism

Five Calls

https://5calls.org/

  • Select your region and things that are important to you
  • Make five calls per day to your representatives

One Step Forward

http://www.onestepforward.us/ 

  • Enter your address and issues you care about
  • Receive representative information and calling script
  • Sign up for reminder emails

The Sixty Five

http://thesixtyfive.org/home

  • Weekly calls to action for 65 million people that voted against Trump
  • Provides scripts for large array of issues and theory of change explanation

Call the Halls

https://gumroad.com/l/callthehallsguide

  • Complete guide for calling representative at all levels
  • Has worksheets to help you track your progress

STAY UP TO DATE

“What Trump is saying is not that 3 million illegal [people] voted. What he’s saying is: I’m going to steal the voting rights of millions of Americans.” - Elliott Lusztig

Trump Tracker / Track Trump

https://trumptracker.github.io/ / http://www.track-trump.com/ 

  • Regular updates on Trump’s daily progress
  • Links to share information on social media

Representatives on the Muslim Travel Ban

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1hSGjyWJZIQJpGz4V2ftX_qioCgBtL59oJkkhx146nFE/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true 

  • Spreadsheet of representatives and statements related to Muslim Ban
  • Provides contact information for senators, congressmen, and governors

ACLU Blog

https://www.aclu.org/blog

  • Posts about progress from ACLU and affronts to civil liberties
  • Sign up for breaking news updates

Climate Deregulation Tracker

http://columbiaclimatelaw.com/resources/climate-deregulation-tracker/

  • Compiles daily federal progress to take apart climate regulations
  • Provides links to news sites and further details

FIND LOCAL GROUPS

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead

Washington Peace Center Organization Directory **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/activist-entries

  • Over 300 organizations functioning in DC
  • Provides links to website and contact information

Washington Peace Center Volunteer Page **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/volunteer

  • Designate your skills to be found by groups that need your help
  • Get monthly volunteer newsletter

Take Action NYC Groups **NYC Specific

http://takeactionnyc.com/groups/

  • Organizes ~30 groups into focus areas
  • Provides links to main websites

Indivisible Groups Directory

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/local-action-groups

Immigrant and Refugee Support Actions

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1AWtljwHc8l4iajTGbgabaA3wcvGDrA5vU_hpT2o18PI/edit#gid=0

  • Google document of various organizations and events for immigrants and refugees
  • Contact information and links for donations and volunteering

ORGANIZE EVENTS

“Someone needs to explain to me why wanting clean drinking water makes you an activist, and why proposing to destroy water with chemical warfare doesn’t make a corporation a terrorist.” - Winona LaDuke

Seeds for Change: Our Resources

http://www.seedsforchange.org.uk/resources#grp2

  • How to plan a campaign, facilitate meetings, come to consensus, and translation
  • Many guides offered in long and short forms

Beautiful Trouble: A Toolbox for Revolution

http://beautifultrouble.org/all-modules/

  • Hundreds of concise yet detailed topical resources
  • Divided into many topic areas

Washington Peace Center Training Resources **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/training

  • Organizations that can host and offer trainings
  • Resources for hosting your own trainings

Indivisible Group Toolkit

https://www.indivisibleguide.com/group-toolkit 

  • Guide on how to schedule a meeting and have an impact
  • Information on media, keeping meetings on track, and avoiding right-wing tricks

EMOTIONAL SUPPORT

“Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so..” - Noam Chomsky

Cracked: Don’t Panic

http://www.cracked.com/blog/dont-panic/

  • Motivation to move past panic paralysis
  • Reasons America was not lost in the 2016 election

How to Take Action - and Stay Sane - in the Trump Era

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/features/how-to-take-action-and-stay-sane-in-the-trump-era-w462512

  • Why protesting works and how to avoid burnout
  • Interview also covers power and privilege, intersectionality, etc.

What to Read and Watch to Help You Fight Back Against Trump

http://fusion.net/story/369504/books-speeches-art-inspire-against-trump/

  • Books and documentaries of the ongoing struggle
  • Inspiration from past leaders

How to Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed by Your Newsfeed

http://www.anndouglas.net/blog/2017/1/30/how-to-avoid-being-psychologically-destroyed-by-your-newsfeed 

  • Small reminders of how to stay mentally stable and keep going
  • Links to other resources as well

How to Stay Outraged Without Losing Your Mind

https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3#.f6un4ih8f

  • Easy to implement self-care advice
  • Learn how to stay committed to the movement without sacrificing yourself, or vice versa

A Nervous Wreck’s Disabled Guide to Stepping Up

https://medium.com/@mahdialynn/a-nervous-wrecks-disabled-guide-to-stepping-up-a6bdc95553b0#.eujhtwt22

  • Focuses on activism specifically for anxious and dis/abled folks
  • Advice on how to take advantage of your skills and capabilities - whatever they are - for good

KEEPING YOURSELF SAFE

“And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor polite, nor popular, but he must do it because conscience tells him it is right.” - Martin Luther King Jr.

Practical Guide to Protesting in a Police State

http://www.activistpost.com/2014/08/practical-guide-to-protesting-in-police.html

  • Basic guidance on how to be prepared and stay safe

Intervention and De-Escalation Tactics

http://www.interventionanddeescalation.com/resources.html 

  • Learn how to calm down a confrontation before it turns violent
  • Large list of written and video-form resources

Security Tips Every Signal User Should Know

https://theintercept.com/2016/07/02/security-tips-every-signal-user-should-know/

  • Keep your digital media secure
  • Know the risks involved with different media and online tools

FINANCIAL SUPPORT

“Every time you spend money, you are casting a vote for the world you want” - Anna Lappe

Where to Put Your Money to Stop Trump

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1fFD1aVC5ApNS7xVbUAzFoz2r2B4UFmqI3eT0OuybF_s/edit#gid=0 

  • List of ~80 organizations doing good work and links
  • “Tagged” description of the work completed by each organization

Divest Personal Finances From Big Banks & Invest in Local Credit Unions

https://disb.dc.gov/page/federal-credit-unions-district-columbia-list ** DC Specific

  • Encourage family and friends to do the same with personal finances
  • Pressure local government, university, and business institutions to do the same

Eat Local, In-Season, Whole Vegetables Whenever Possible

http://dcist.com/2015/04/the_busy_persons_guide_to_dcs_csas.php **DC Specific

  • Use community-sourced agriculture (csa) groups to support local farms
  • Encourage family and friends to do the same

Invest Retirement Funds in a Sustainable and Socially-Responsible Fund

http://www.ussif.org/sribasics

  • Encourage family and friends to do the same with personal finances
  • Pressure local government, university, and business institutions to do the same

Pay a Premium on Utility Bills for 100% Renewable Energy

http://apps3.eere.energy.gov/greenpower/buying/buying_power.shtml 

  • Encourage family and friends to do the same
  • Pressure local government, university, and business institutions to do the same

Movement 2017: A Platform for Progressive Donors

https://movementvote.org/ 

  • Distributes money between local organizations through the Movement Voter Project
  • Choose between the types of work, organizations, and PACs you want money donated to

OTHER RESOURCE LISTS

“First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you.” - Nicholas Klein, 1914

Center for Constitutional Rights Resources for Resistance

https://ccrjustice.org/resources-resistance

  • Similar array of resources to this list, with hotlines and legal advice also included

Washington Peace Center DC Resource Guide **DC Specific

http://washingtonpeacecenter.org/dc-resource-guide

  • Activism groups, spaces, and books
  • FAQs on getting arrested at the Capitol
  • Rentals, permits, and general capacity items

Responsible Consumer

https://theresponsibleconsumer.wordpress.com/possible-make-a-difference-now/

  • Similar lists of actions, events, calendars, and campaigns
  • Also includes hotlines, resources for defunding websites of Google Ads, and different types of campaigns