WHAT TO READ:
When I finally stopped crying and got off the couch, one of the first things I read was
The Indivisible Guide: “A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda”
It was developed by former Congressional staffers offering a step-by-step process for getting Congress to listen to small groups of highly engaged constituents. In the words of its creators, “the guide is intended to be equally useful for stiffening Democratic spines and weakening pro-Trump Republican resolve.” Remember how the Tea Party came out of nowhere and hijacked a chunk of the Republican Party? The Indivisible Guild outlines similar principles and strategies. The website also allows you to search for Indivisible groups near you. I’ve attended several of their rallies and sat in on large scale conference calls focused on grass roots activist training, so far I’m very impressed.
Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley. This book offers a behind-the-scenes look at how “distributed organizing” works. This was the methodology that allowed a small team working on the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign to identify, recruit and train hundreds of thousands of volunteers to make millions of phone call, send millions of texts, and hold over one hundred thousand public meetings to get the Bernie message amplified to millions. This is the playbook for melding grassroots organizing with today’s technology. Many of the principles covered in this book are used by Indivisible, OFA, and MoveOn.
WHAT TO DO:
Call & Fax:
We only have so much time, so we want to get the biggest bang for our temporal buck. Bottom line, phone calls are where it’s at. Yes, I know your MoC’s voicemails have been full, or you only get a busy signal. I’m asking you to keep trying. Letters are the next most impactful way to communicate, followed by emails. Bottom of the heap are those online petitions we sign. Yes, they make us feel like we’re doing something, and yes I still sign them, but I know the only thing that really works is the phone.
This is the easiest way I’ve found to ensure I make my daily calls to Congress. The app allows you to input your zip code and select your subject of concern from a list of current issues. You are given the phone # of your MoC, the House Committee or other key representative to call, a sample script to read, and a place to register the results of your call. After the completion of each call the application provides you the information for your next call, for a total of 5 calls. 5 Calls a day in 5 minutes. Turn off CNN or Facebook for 5 minutes and make your calls!
DailyAction.org If 5 calls a day feels overwhelming then sign up for the Daily Action call. You will receive a text with the targeted topic of the day, the phone # to call, and a sample script that guides you through the key points of why you’re making the call.
Resistbot This application is amazing. Write your own custom messages, provide your zip code, and Resistbot will create a fax and send it to your Members of Congress. Via texts from Resistbot you can see what your fax will look like and you can edit if necessary before sending. After the fax is sent, Resistbot will text you confirmation when the fax has been received by the office of your MoC. It’s that easy.
Weekly Action Lists
There are great weekly “To Do” lists published each week. They are much better than anything I could put together. I’d recommend that you subscribe to a couple. I’ve listed two; more will be coming. Pick one thing to do that week, or for you overachievers, complete the whole list. Whatever you do, make it work for you. I’ve said it before, this is a marathon, not a sprint. We need to pace ourselves.
ORGANIZATIONS I FOLLOW:
MoveOn.org MoveOn is the largest independent, progressive, digitally-connected organizing group in the United States
BoldProgressives.org Support campaigns of progressive candidates and issues
Couragecampaign.org Progressive grassroots advocacy organization based in California
SwingLeft.org Helps you find and support progressives in your closest Swing District so that you can help ensure we take back the House in 2018.
Emilyslist.org – Supports pro-choice Democratic candidates in national, state and local office
Flippable.org. Campaign and fundraise for state races in a “flippable” district