The first week of Trump’s president has felt like a year, and keeping up with each act which chips away at our civil rights is exhausting. Here are some helpful resources I’ve found that will help you stay informed, suggest actions to take, and hopefully make some sense of the Trump administration’s “throw everything at the wall and see what sticks” methodology.
Please note: I am in no way saying these are unbiased sources (except for PolitiFact, which is independent), and clearly, I am not unbiased.*
I’ll update as I find more useful resources.
Updated: 1/29/17 (refugee-vetting process), 1/30/17 (fax Congress for free, Teen Vogue, how to resist by commenting on regulations, resistance coloring pages)
DAILY/WEEKLY ACTION ITEMS
- Weekly Action Checklist from Jennifer Hofmann. This resource has some of the major news items that require calls to your representatives. It’s simple, clear, and provides source links. Hofmann suggests you pick three causes to act on, including one that doesn’t directly affect you, and will email a Google document each week. Here’s the January 22 version.
- 5 Calls will give you a list of causes you may want to support, and even provide the numbers of your representatives, based on your location. I loathe talking on the phone, but calls are said to be more effective than emailing your representatives.
- PolitiFact (website, Twitter) has been independently fact-checking political speeches and the claims that have been flying around the internet, including fake news. They include easily verifiable sources.
PEOPLE AND ORGANIZATIONS TO FOLLOW
- ACLU. You don’t have to love everything they do, but when it comes to protecting our Constitutionally-guaranteed civil liberties, they’re fierce.
- Planned Parenthood and NARAL. If you, like me, are concerned about what the new administration will do to roll back women’s rights to their own bodies, follow these organizations.
- Think Progress is posting weekly roundups of what’s happening in the Trump administration.
- Shaun King is a writer for NY Daily News who routinely and thoughtfully addresses issues of police brutality, race, and politics.
- The “rogue” versions of national scientific services, who have recently been muzzled, including parks, weather, NASA, and more. (Article contains link to full list.)
- CAIR is bringing a lawsuit against the Muslim immigration ban.
- Teen Vogue is showcasing some great writing these days, and doing a great job of engaging young women in politics.
- Fax your Congressional representatives and senators, for free.
- What the refugee-vetting process actually looks like.
- How to resist by commenting on regulations.
- Why the “pussyhat” is more than just a retort aimed at Trump’s “grab them by the pussy” comments, and why it’s telling that some Republicans think they must be imported.
- Intersectional feminism resources for beginners.
- How a presidential cabinet pick is confirmed.
- Find out how your senators have voted.
- How the Nazis rose to power.
- An interactive version of the United States Constitution. This offers “matters for debate” and gives a rundown of opposing interpretations.
- Nidhi Chanani, a San Francisco artist, is making “resistance coloring pages” for children (and adults who want a soothing activity).
*Regarding my personal and political biases: I am an inactive lawyer (so I have passed the Bar, and I know a little bit, but I’m not currently practicing) who used to practice criminal defense with a special interest in police misconduct. (No, I do not hate all cops. I just especially love the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 8th Amendments of the Constitution.) Before that, I was a history major. I grew up in one of the most conservative parts of California, and come from a blue-collar background. I would describe myself as socially liberal and fiscally moderate. However, I strongly believe these are bipartisan, nay, MORAL issues, and we should also resist naming entire groups of people as the enemy…UNLESS THEY’RE ACTUAL NAZIS.
Header image courtesy of NBC News.