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I am providing small, concrete, initial steps that you can follow as you become more active in protecting your community and your country from the damage being inflicted by Trump and company. Pick one area that you care about and commit to following up daily. You can’t be responsible for all the areas; it’s too overwhelming. There are many of us and if we all do our part, we can be powerful. Here are a few ideas:

Pick you area of focus:

Commerce

Foreign Affairs/Military

Education

Civil Rights

Environment

Healthcare

If you are concerned about right to work, minimum wage, and regulation of Wall Street.

If you are concerned about Trump talk about and proposed actions about China, Russia, Putin, Israel, NATO, etc.

If you are concerned about IDEA, Federal school $ going to private schools, guns in schools

If you are concerned about targeting of Muslim citizens or immigrants, profiling of minority citizens by police, incarceration rates in minority communities and voting rights.

If you are concerned about fracking, oil pipelines, climate change and/or repeal of environmental regulations

If you are concerned about repeal of Obamacare or the ACA,

Medicare Vouchers, block grant funding for Medicaid, and the defunding of Planned Parenthood

 

Get good information: Here are a few good sites to get you started:

robertreich.org or Robert Reich on Facebook or Twitter. This former Secretary of Labor gives a daily update on what is happening in the resistance.

Michael Moore also continues to respond and analyze what is happening on a daily basis; michaelmoore.com gives you access to his instagram, twitter, Facebook and tumbler posts.

The New York Times nytimes.com has in-depth reporting. You can access a certain number of free articles per month or you can subscribe for a discounted digital rate. There are many news sources online but I usually follow them for a while to see how they do before I count them as a go to source.

Call your representatives and let them know what you want them to do. Calls are better than mail.

Rep Tulsi Gabbard   202-225-4906                   

Sen Mazie Hirono    (202) 224-6361               

Sen Brian Schatz      (202) 224-3934

If you still don’t know where to start, you can enroll in DAILY ACTION ALERTS (DAA) to make civic engagement easy. YOU CAN CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR ON YOUR WAY TO WORK.”

All you have to do is text the word DAILY to the number 228466 (A-C-T-I-O-N). You’ll be prompted to enter your ZIP code and that’s it—you’re signed up. You will subsequently receive one text message every workday about an issue that DAA has determined to be urgent based on where you live. You tap on the phone number in your message, listen to a short recording about that day’s issue, and from there you’ll be automatically routed to your Senator, member of Congress, or other relevant elected official. In 90 seconds, you can conscientiously object and be done with it.

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