Ways You Can Resist From Home

  1. Cancel your cable. If the news won’t tell you the truth, stop supporting them. (Also, cable packages are designed to make you pay for junk you don’t want while showing you ads on every channel every five minutes. They could get away with this before the internet. Don’t let them keep getting away with it out of habit.)
  2. Subscribe to a good newspaper. We will need them. You can use the money that you save on cable to support real reporting. The Washington Post has been reliably defiant. The New York Times also seems to be getting their groove back after stumbling during the election.
  3. Take an hour or two to work on your digital security. Use a password manager and change all your passwords so that no two match. Install Signal on your phone. Learn about your Google settings and minimize how much they track you. Enable two-factor authentication wherever it’s available. Delete old accounts. Encrypt all of your devices. Research what more you can do. Remember, it’s not about whether or not you’re doing something wrong. The definition of “something wrong”to the government can change at any time.
  4. Delete your Facebook. It mines data on everything you ever do, and uses that data to turn you into a product. And that’s on TOP of advertising to you and spreading fake news. If you just can’t bear to delete it, do the next best thing: Delete all your posts, photos, likes, etc.,  and stop using it except as a contact book. This is also a good time to clear toxic people out of your life. Be not afraid: offending bigots is your job now. If they’re offended by being unfriended, maybe they should rethink their gods damn choices in life.
  5. Call your government. Put your senators in your contact list & call them whenever you need action from them. Ditto your representative, your governor, even your mayor. If they’re receptive to your calls, be polite. If they’re rude, be rude right back.
  6. Write to same. Flood your reps with hand-written letters and postcards. Let them know that you’re mad as hell and you’re not going to take it anymore.
  7. Organize. Use collaboration tools like Google Docs to spread info and organize protests. Start a group chat (by text, Semaphor, or other means) with local activist friends. Even a local Twitter list is a good idea to keep you in the loop.
  8. Do your homework. There are free guides from orgs like the ACLU for legal stuff. Even Pinterest is full of revolutionary art (and nothing beats using a belittled millennial “girl thing” to foster revolution). Watch Netflix documentaries on civil rights movements and US history. Read more non-fiction.
  9. Donate. I know not everyone can do this, but if we all pick a cause and pitch in $10 a month to Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, NAACP, or similar organization, we can fund them through the next four years and nothing can tear them down. When the next election comes around, donating to political campaigns is important as well.
  10. Follow your government on social media. Not your president. Hell with him. But keeping up with Dem and Ind politicians who are resisting is important. You can get the news first-hand.
  11. If you are not registered to vote, GET REGISTERED RIGHT NOW. (If you can’t afford ID and need it in order to register, start a crowdfund and let me know about it. I will help.)
  12. Take some time to mark elections on your calendar. This means local elections, too. So few people turn out to vote in local elections that your vote has a LOT of power.
  13. Wear your causes on your sleeve. Go public with your causes by wearing pins, patches, tee shirts, hats, anything. Graffiti your own shoes. Make your power known every day. Break the social contract against discussing politics, because that’s how we got here in the first place.
  14. Make a boycott list. On your wall next to your desk, on your fridge, on a digital sticky note, anywhere: Make a list of companies that you will not buy from. Start by researching what the Koch brothers own. Find out who sells Drumph products. Put your reasons next to company names on the list. Make it public and tag it #MyBoycottList to share your research.
  15. Take care of yourself and your friends. You have to be in fighting shape to win.

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