A friend fell in Philadelphia on the day of the GOP visit. Three sparkly unicorns rushed over to help her up. This week I, and I suspect many of us, has felt like laying down on the sidewalk and just waiting for a sparkly unicorn to help us back up.
So, while we are waiting here’s some concrete things you can do. Hopefully, like me, you will feel better doing something positive. Most of this was ‘borrowed’ from Daylin Leach. So major thanks to him.
The Indivisible Guide was written by former Congressional staffers to help you understand how Congress works and how you can affect it. You can use their website’s “Local Groups” feature to find local groups close to home. (https://www.indivisibleguide.com/)
Pick a site to get daily or weekly action alerts about how you can affect what’s happening in Washington D.C. I’m using Countable (https://www.countable.us/) , but Daily Action, re:act, and The 65 are all equally good.
Few things are more effective than calls to your legislators to advocate for issues you care about. I signed up for Five Calls. (https://5calls.org/)
The website lists current issues, displays your legislators’ contact information, and provides you with a sample script for each issue. Give it a try.
Volunteer or donate to prominent groups that will put up a fight: American Civil Liberties Union, Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood Action Fund, the Delaware Riverkeeper Network, are a few good ones.
Help the press hold leaders accountable by subscribing to media outlets that do investigative journalism: ProPublica, New York Times, and Washington Post are reliable.
Over five million people around the world participated in the Women’s March on Washington on January 21st. Help continue their good efforts by signing up for their fist 100 days of action. (https://www.womensmarch.com/100). See what they’re doing and join in.
Perhaps we can be our own sparkly unicorn.