Remember sitting in history, thinking “If I was alive then, I would’ve…”
You’re alive now. Whatever you’re doing is what you would’ve done.
— David Slack (@slack2thefuture) January 28, 2017
This past weekend we saw thousands of protestors and volunteers, commit their time and energy in fighting the injustice that is Trump’s executive order on immigration. Maybe you participated. Maybe not. In any case. Now is a time of action.
As you may remember, the first goal from my recent plan to live in a post-truth world is:
1. Understand and articulate the things about which I care most so that I know where to focus my energy.
Before this self-awareness, I would churn from issue to issue, outrage to outrage until I either tired or spun out into an online tirade against some internet troll, who was immune to truth and logic anyway. I needed better tactics.
You may also remember that the issues I identified—those things I care about most—turned out to be pretty basic:
- Ensuring Equal Human Rights for All
- Protecting the Environment
- Reforming Campaign Finance and Improving Elections
Even so, there is still a long way from those broad statements, to concrete actions I could take daily/weekly. That’s where I turned to the internet for help. They have action plans covered. Here are the ways I am going to turn my (over)informed
outrage passion into progress and deeds. I encourage you to do the same.
For those who really just want directed actions, there are a few options to get email “to-do” lists each week. Be forewarned, you’re going to have to call people to be most effective. I was surprised to learn that conservative activists out-call progressives 4:1. This needs to change. Choose one, or sign up for them all. Action is what is called for today.
- Re:Act – A list of a few things you can do to take action. Delivered once a week.
- Wall of Us – Four concrete acts of resistance delivered to your inbox each week.
- Weekly Resistance – Guidance on types of calls to make, and who to make them to.
- 10 Actions for the First 100 Days – The Women’s March was only the beginning.
- Checklist for Americans of Conscience – Weekly email put together by a fellow activist.