We took a look at some of the various guides and resources that are being circulated, and the various proposals therein. Here is an annotated list of the ones brought up:
This one is an aggregator of many of the various platforms and guides trying address political resistance. Very navigable and well organized, has a v cool quiz you can fill out as to what you can offer in terms of skills and time and will make you an action plan based on what you can/want to do. Also has lots of great resources pertaining to your rights, how to protect yourself in protest situations, who to call when, etc.
If you only want to look at one website, but want access to a broad swath of resources and concerns, this one is A+++
This guide outlines a 'tea party style' platform for targeting local members of congress and obstructing as much as possible any movement by the trump administration. It's very thorough in terms of strategy, useful and specific about how to act at town hall meetings, etc. Downloadable in Spanish and English.
The women's march first 100 days platform is publishing one action at a time (very chill for not getting overwhelmed). Right now their action is sending postcards to Members of Congress, a cool thing because they have to archive written communications (says Andrew who is a librarian) and also because they have a keen eye toward optics and postcards are very photographable.
the BLM website has a good run down of their platform, to get involved in any organized action, the website provides contact for a local chapter. It's important that we start seeing more bodies and numbers for the harder protests, not just the women's march.
open source, wiki-style (but also heavily vetted and fully transparent), really good resource for background info on trump administration policy, crisis resources, and a national calendar for meetings (portland sure posts a lot, go figure). Has a really good 'essential readings' section.
Swing left is focused very specifically on congressional house races in 2018, you plug in your zip code and it adds you to a mailing list about the closest swing district. Ours over here is 25, which goes from San Antonio and across to the border.
sends action items targeted at flipping seats red to blue all across the country.
this is an app you can get which tells you whenever your reps vote, keeps you apprised of what bills are coming up and if you 'vote' yes or no on something within the app it will email your representative. This is a really cool resource, depending on your level of stress, you may want to turn off the notifications.
Other things brought up at this meeting:
Sanctuary In the Streets, and organization that trains citizens to disrupt and delay immigration raids is holding a training soon:
Andrew points out that we could be calling the state militia and asking them to stop trump as it is in their stated mission to 'protect democracy'. (this is an action for the cheeky bad boys among us).
questions of power
working from within and without
how to not cede democracy altogether
need for strategies concerning:
disinformation and lying
pre-empting burn out
connecting with rural communities
Next week we will continue with an exploration of resources at hand, damage assessment, and how to develop a media strategy and a self care strategy so that each day of this craziness is still livable.