Things you can do to be an activist

I can be silent no longer! I have really missed blogging. And with all the madness that this election has generated, I realized maybe I could help people sift through the ways to be an activist. As a white woman I recognize I am privileged. And as a woman with a disability, I understand what it is like to be marginalized. But I want to help our city and our country find ways to come together in solidarity.

I am going to try and post ways you can get involved- just a few ideas each time, so it’s not too overwhelming. So far, I have shown up at marches and a city council meeting. I have even brushed aside my dislike of calling strangers on the phone and called a few Senators. It feels good. It feels like things are moving in a positive direction in spite of the ridiculous actions by our President.

  • From Business Insider: “It’s hard to separate Donald Trump’s businesses from his politics. As a result, some are calling for a boycott of the president-elect’s business empire and other companies that sell Trump products.”

Read more here.

  • If you want something to do every day, go to Daily Action Alert to find out what you can do.
  • If you want to write to Paul Ryan– apparently he doesn’t get mail delivered to his home.–PO Box 771 Janesville, Wisconsin 53547. His address, just in case, is 700 St. Lawrence Avenue Janesville, WI 53546. Write to him expressing opposition to repealing the Affordable Care Act.
  • Ten Actions for the First 100 Days! Find out what they are here.
  • Trump Cabinet Confirmations Blockade created and managed by Indivisible Washington State (formerly Pantsuit Washington State Chapter): Check out this spreadsheet of who is up for confirmation and the issues and contact info for each.

Finally, I want to include this great letter by someone in NH to the Conway Sun newspaper:

To the editor:

A letter to our youth: You asked me why women were holding marches. “What’s the point?” you asked. “You can’t change anything. You can’t stop him from becoming president.”

Nope, we can’t, or at least, we didn’t. But women don’t like it when we’re told we can’t do something. We didn’t like being told we couldn’t vote. We didn’t like being denied the same access to education and athletics afforded to men. We didn’t like being told we couldn’t earn equal pay for equal work, and still don’t. We didn’t like being limited to non-combat roles when we chose to serve our country in the military. We also don’t like being told we aren’t qualified for a job because we are pregnant or because we are mothers. We don’t like being told it’s wrong to fall in love with another woman. We have never liked being told what we can and cannot do with our own bodies.

When we don’t like something, we do something. In 1920, we passed the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, giving women the right to vote. In 1960, we got the FDA to approve birth control pills. In 1963, we convinced Congress to pass the Equal Pay Act, which requires employers to compensate women with equal pay for equal work, though women still make 78 cents for every dollar earned by men, and black and Latino women make even less. A year later, the Civil Rights Act made it illegal for employers to discriminate on the basis of gender or race. In 1972, Title IX of the education amendments banned sexual discrimination in schools, guaranteeing women equal access to education and athletics. A year after that, the Supreme Court passed Roe v. Wade, guaranteeing women the right to choose to have a legal and safe abortion. Let’s not forget the 1978 Pregnancy Discrimination Act; the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act; the 1994 Violence Against Women Act; the 2009 Fair Pay Restoration Act; the 2013 lifting of the ban on women serving combat roles in the military; and the 2015 Supreme Court ruling that the Constitution guarantees the right to same-sex marriage.

(IP: And here is what I really liked:)

How did all this change come about? We held conventions, wrote letters, formed associations and leagues, engaged in debates, filed lawsuits, got arrested, and yes, we marched. Our new president took his oath of office only a few days ago. We march because we want to make sure he knows we are here, we are paying attention to what he does, and if we don’t like what we see, we can and we will do something about it.

Ishi Hayes

Jackson, NH

You ARE making a difference!!!

 

 

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