Area of Concern

From your couch you can:

National organizations to consider donating to:

Other actions/notes

RUDIMENTARY GUIDE TO ACTION FOR DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS: 
A Direct Response to the Incoming Trump Administration

Background/Caveat: I put this together to organize my own thoughts and to make it extremely easy to take action, particularly for those who haven’t considered themselves activists in the past. This barely scratches the surface and is a jumping off point from one limited perspective. There are many other ideas and worthy important organizations (including fantastic organizations at the local level). I could spend months on this but I don’t want great to be the enemy of good (however, I welcome your suggestions -- use the Google Docs comments feature under the “Insert” menu above or by typing CTRL-ALT-M -- and am making ongoing updates; see first page header for last date updated). Another caveat: as with all your giving, do your own vetting on sites like charitynavigator.org and do your own vetting of sites that gather your information (and consider using masked email addresses and phone numbers).


Be vocal: 

Now is not the time to be quiet because it is somehow rude to talk “politics.” Civil rights matter. Erosion of democracy matters. Stand up. Get out of your comfort zone. It’s uncomfortable but necessary. Here are some thoughts on what you can do:

  • Be an armchair activist:
  • Use the chart below for ideas for calls (see end of document for why calling is best) and internet actions you can take immediately
  • Click “like” and/or comment on relevant articles on Facebook from reputable sources, as this makes them more prominent
  • Share those articles on social media (someone will benefit from hearing your perspective, even if several degrees removed)
  • Focus your message:
  • Don’t forward articles with clickbait headlines. Don’t expect sources like DailyKos or HuffPo or OccupyDemocrats to be viewed as impartial (find same news on a “mainstream” news site and share that instead)
  • Actually read the piece (and take note of the date it was published) before you forward it
  • Join Facebook groups discussing these topics. Some are “secret” (the posts and membership lists only show up to members and the group requires an invite to join) so ask your most vocal Facebook friends for invitations to their favorite groups

  • Boycott Trump products and events at Trump properties a la Sun City and encourage others to do the same; actionable examples:  
  • Urge USGA to move 2017 US Women's Golf Open (Jul 13-16) from Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, NJ by contacting USGA at this link, selecting "U.S. Women's Open Feedback" as the subject, and pasting this comment: "Given the hateful, derogatory, and harmful comments Donald Trump has made, including toward women, we urge the coordinators of the US Women's Open to change venues."
  • Boycott companies carrying Trump family products or supporting administration (see grabyourwallet.org; there’s even an app for that) 

  • Be a more active activist:
  • Pick areas about which you are passionate and volunteer with organizations in that area
  • Join meetups and marches and protests in your area and nationally (for protests in NYC, check nextprotest.com and takeactionnyc.com):

 

Table of Contents

Action List by Areas of Concern at Immediate Risk……………....        2

Russian interference in election……………………………………...        2

1. Cabinet Appts and other advisors………………………………...        4

2. Conflicts of Interest…………………………………………………..        4

3. Support for Communities Under Threat………………………….        6

a.   Immigrant and Refugee Rights/ Support…………………………..        6

b.   Muslim Community Support (sep. category from immigration).....        8

c.   LGBTQ Rights………………………………………………………...        8

d.   African American Community Support……………………………..        8

e.   Hispanic Community Support (sep. category from immigration)..        8

f.    Women’s Rights (sep. category from reproductive rights)............        9

g.   Jewish Community Support………………………………………….        9

h.   Personal Outreach…………………………………………………....        9

4. Voter Suppression…………………………………………………..        9

5. Reproductive Rights……………………………………………....        10

6. Environmental Issues……………………………………………..        10

7. Healthcare…………………………………………………………..        11

8. Freedom of Speech/ Support for Real Journalism…………..        11

9. Privacy……………………………………………………………….        12

10. Criminal Justice Reform………………………………………...        12

11. Other………………………………………………………………..        13

Other resources (for action and for coping)……………………..        13

Other organizations…………………………………………………..        14

Scripts for political calls…………………………………………….        14

Contact info for elected officials…………………………………..        15

Outdated action items (now past the specific date(s))..............        15


Action List by Areas of Concern at Immediate Risk

(not in any particular order and by no means exhaustive or fleshed out; each of these could be an extensive topic on its own but this is an attempt to scratch the surface); note: bullets are now checkboxes so you can mark off what you’ve done on your copy:

Area of Concern

From your couch you can:

National organizations to consider donating to:

Other actions/notes

Russian interference in election

1.        Cabinet Appts and other advisors

  • Find your state below and call (see scripts and contact info) the listed Democrat/Independent Senators to let them know you object to their following yes votes:
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

2.        Conflicts of Interest

  • Read up; start with:
  • Keep up with (and stay angry and in action mode about) the latest identified conflicts
  • in this list of conflicts, 
  • at corrupt.af, and
  • in this Vox list
  • Keep up with who has spoken out, such as:

3.        Support for Communities Under Threat

a.        Immigrant and Refugee Rights/ Support

b.   Muslim Community Support (sep. category from immigration)        

c.   LGBTQ Rights

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • TX residents: Call your state elected officials (see scripts and contact info) to protest new bathroom bill (you can read SB6 here)
  • Lt. Gov Dan Patrick: 512-463-0001
  • Bill sponsor Senator Lois Kolkhorst: 512-463-0118
  • Call NCAA President Mark Emmert (switchboard: 317-917-6222) to urge statement that championship events would be relocated if TX bathroom bill passes (as NCAA did in NC), including this year’s women’s basketball Final Four in Dallas and next year’s men’s basketball Final Four in San Antonio (NBA and NFL have warned TX that anti LGBTQ bills could affect game bids) 
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

d.   African American Community Support 

  • Read actual goals and about actual actions of #BlackLivesMatter and not right wing propaganda seeking to discredit it
  • Don’t respond with “not all white people” when hearing about racism and/or tell others the same
  • Join Shaun King's Injustice Boycott 

e.   Hispanic Community Support (sep. category from immigration)

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

f.    Women’s Rights (sep. category from reproductive rights)

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • Thanks to a Facebook user, print and send this pre-prepared Nevertheless, We Persist postcard to Senator McConnell
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

g.   Jewish Community Support

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

h.   Personal Outreach

4.        Voter Suppression

  • reinstatement of key components of Voting Rights Act
  • fight against gerrymandering
  • automatic voter registration (with opt out) upon DMV interaction (as in CA, CT, OR, VT, & WV)
  • 100% mail-in voting (as in OR, WA) or permanent mail-in voting (as in AZ, CA, CO, HI, MT)

5.        Reproductive Rights

6.        Environmental Issues

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • Track bills using this detailed chart from a Facebook user that would impact public lands/environment and call your elected officials (see scripts and contact info) regarding those bills
  • Follow orgs in next column on social media, including your local chapter as applicable, or sign up for their newsletters

7.        Healthcare

  • Take actions in row 1 above (Cabinet Appts and other advisors)
  • Share this visual explanation of how ACA works (aka Obamacare; always make sure to clarify they are one and the same) and why we can’t eliminate part of it
  • Take part in Speaker Ryan’s phone survey on ACA:
  • Call 202-225-0600
  • Wait through silence until a prerecorded voice speaks
  • Press 2; an anti-ACA recording will begin
  • Press 1 to support Obamacare

8.        Freedom of Speech/ Support for Real Journalism

9.        Privacy

10.        Criminal Justice Reform

11.        Other

Other resources (for action and for coping)

Other organizations

Scripts for political calls

  1. Original sample script for daily political calls (whether to a machine or to a staffer (but if a staffer answers consider alternate script below));
    modify for number of issues and whether expressing support or urging action:

“Hi, I’m a constituent [you can say “voter” if calling someone who doesn’t represent your state].

I am calling today with [three] concerns I would like to share.

The first is to express my support for how [politician dialed] took action on [issue] by [action taken] and to encourage more of such action in future.

The second is to urge [politician dialed] to speak out against [issue (such as the appointment of Bannon to the National Security Council, as, in light of his history of support for racism and his political role, he is not the right choice to advise the President on national security matters)].

The third is to urge [politician dialed] to speak out against [issue].

Thank you for your time.”

  1. Alternate script for daily political calls (when a staffer answers)
    I tried this halfway through Oversight Committee Bingo (see row 2 of chart (Conflicts of Interest)) and found it more satisfying and informative (staffers want to talk about what their bosses are doing); modify for number of issues

“Hi, I’m a constituent [you can say “voter” if calling someone who doesn’t represent your state].

I am calling to find out what [politician dialed] is doing regarding [issue (exs.: investigating Russian interference, Donald Trump’s conflicts of interest, Donald Trump’s appointees, supporting immigrants, protecting privacy)].
...[listen to staffer explain position of politician dialed]...
Thanks. I [support those efforts and] would urge [politician dialed] to take further action regarding [issue] by [actions (ex.: calling for a bipartisan review, supporting efforts of [name of politicians taking action], introducing a bill, speaking out against [issue]) (exs.
taken from chart above: supporting the Durbin-Graham Bridge Act, sponsoring ACLU’s Personal Online Account Privacy Act)].

Thank you for your time.”

  1. More scripts (including by topic) at this calling sheet action guide and this site 

Contact info for elected officials

Per NYT article and guidelines from a former staffer, it’s most effective to call (and to call the home office rather than to call D.C.)

  • Patty Murray (WA):
  • Maria Cantwell (WA):
  • Republican Leadership
  • Paul Ryan: 202-225-3031
  • Mitch McConnell: 202-224-2541

Outdated action items (now past the specific date(s))

Being tracked in this separate document to save space

p.  of                                                 Find this doc at http://bit.ly/2gXkAhX


[1] The decision states in part that “the Government has taken the position that the President’s decisions about immigration policy, particularly when motivated by national security concerns, are unreviewable, even if those actions potentially contravene constitutional rights and protections. The Government indeed asserts that it violates separation of powers for the judiciary to entertain a constitutional challenge to executive actions such as this one. There is no precedent to support this claimed unreviewability, which runs contrary to the fundamental structure of our constitutional democracy.”