Everyday Fight against Hate

  • If you witness a hate crime, report it to the police, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), and similar organizations, as well as the media.
  • If you learn of a hate crime in your community,
    • Contact news agencies to pressure them into covering the story
    • Contact local officials to pressure them into making sure that the police investigation is rigorous and timely
    • Share the story with friends, family, neighbors, etc. via face-to-face conversations and social media. Complete strangers DO CARE!
    • Show your support for the victim and minority populations (see the SPLC’s Community Response Guide and “Support local groups” below)
  • Intercede when possible
    • Create a distraction. Ask for directions or the time to create a distraction. Or ask the person who is being harassed if he or she needs help.
    • If it’s safe, voice your disapproval and put yourself between the victim and the perpetrator. If it’s not safe, call the police.
    • Pull out your phone to record the incident
    • Report the incident on social media (see the Tweets of an actor who was harassed in a bar by a Trump-supporter )
    • Also see: https://www.ihollaback.org/responding-to-harassers/
  • Learn
  • Call people out for discriminatory remarks. Have the courage to question friends, family members, and perfect strangers when they make remarks (even “jokes”) that suggest discrimination.
  • Report use of hate speech on social media. Twitter and Facebook, for instance, provide links for reporting offensive communications are supposed to disable the accounts of users who employ hate speech.
  • Teach kids to recognize and reject discrimination. Monitor their use of media, their educational materials, and their interaction with friends. Model the behavior you want them to imitate. Encourage schools to foster diversity.
  • Get to know someone you wouldn’t normally associate with. A person from another race/religion/gender/class, etc. I assume that I don’t need to tell you why that’s worthwhile. But I probably do need to tell you why you should:
    • Get to know Trump voters and the people who chose not to vote. Get to know them not as adversaries, but as people, so that we can learn how to change their minds. They don’t like being called names, so don’t call them “stupid” or “racist,” etc. They say that this isn’t about discrimination, so ask them to fight Trump on these issues. Inoculate them against the ideas we oppose by giving them a little of the illness (anti-Muslim and immigrant rhetoric, for instance): “You know some people say the problem with the economy is the immigrants and the Muslims, but it’s really the rich 1% who don’t listen to us.” Get them to talk about that 1%, so that they focus on the real problem, the economy, instead of blaming minorities.
  • Boycott Trump’s hotels and his products Spreadsheet makes it easy; Also seethis free boycott tRump app (grabyourwallet.org)
  • Wear a safety pin/change your profile pic to black but know that this isn’t enough!
  • Take care of yourself. This is going to be a long, hard fight, and you’ll need to be strong.

Everyday Efforts to Keep Informed

  • Crosscheck news! EVERY SIDE agrees that media’s biased. So crosscheck!
  • Invest in the news! Biased as it is, today’s media is better than tomorrow’s state-run media. Buy subscriptions!
  • Share news!
    • Talk to friends/family/neighbors, send emails, Tweet, post to Facebook, start your own blog, etc.
  • Stay connected!
    • Consider using social media, and if you already are, optimize your usage
    • Follow ACLU and similar organizations to be aware of issues that may require your action (see “At least once a week” below).
    • Stay aware of new hate crimes in your area so that you can take action to ensure a proper response: https://www.splcenter.org/hatewatch?gclid=CMu9puiIv9ACFUZLDQodTLMN8g
    • Set up Google News Alerts (http://www.google.com/alerts) to receive an emails when stories or people you’re interested in make the news
    • Follow local reporters and develop relationships with them. If you become involved with local groups/events, invite these reporters to report about it, and give them all of the information they would need to make this easy for them (explanations and quotes).
    • Follow legislation and your representatives’ voting records on http://www.govtrack.us
  • Demand that the media cover the stories that you care about:
    • Email public@nytimes.com, ombudsman@washpost.com, rick.davis@turner.com, alias.shudofsky@nbcunic.com, etc.
    • Tweet @nytpolitics, @nytimes, @CNN, @MSNBC, @FoxNews, @CBSNews, @NBCNightlyNews, @washingtonpost, @ABCpolitics, etc.
    • Contact individual journalists/shows (this is more effective than contacting network), like @megynkelly, @Morning_Joe, @wolfblitzer, etc.
    • Write letters to the editor and share on social media
  • Know the enemy. Learn Trump’s promises and the Republican National Convention’s Platform. Keep track of Trump’s broken promises.

At Least Once a Week

  • Contact your elected state/federal/local officials to voice concerns (or to thank them for taking action). Text your zip code to 520-200-2223 and you will receive a text with the phone numbers of your federal and local government legislators. This spreadsheet gives you a running list of topics to act on each week. Be specific and pick one cause at a time (which is why you’ll be doing this at least once a week).
    • Most effective: Call local offices for state/national officials and local mayors, etc. Sample scripts in the above spreadsheet make this easy. The person on the phone isn’t going to argue with you! They’re just going to take your information.
    • Also effective: Call the national offices for senators/representatives.
    • Still effective: Emailing and writing letters isn’t as effective as calling, but it still helps. Share sample letters.
    • Less effective: Contacting officials via Twitter and Facebook
    • Use Face-to-face communications, Email, Twitter, Facebook, etc. to encourage friends, family, and neighbors to follow your example in contacting officials. “Like” and “Share” stories about friends/politicians taking action
    • Encourage influential figures to take a stand – business leaders, college presidents, high profile sports figures, celebrities, church leaders, etc.
  • Pick a petition to sign, for instanceAmericans Against Steve Bannon as Chief Strategist
  • Consider contacting Trump directly at @realDonaldTrump

If You Haven’t Already

  • Protect yourself from hackers and surveillance
  • Subscribe to groups like https://www.wall-of-us.org/ and/or http://whatdoidoabouttrump.com/ that regularly distribute information regarding issues that you can take action on
  • Fight voter suppression http://www.voteriders.org/ helps voters obtain required identification in states with voter ID laws. Educate yourself, contribute, sign-up for email updates, and find out how to help voters obtain the required IDs.
  • Support causes you care about – NAACP, ACLU, Planned Parenthood, National Resource Defense Council, National Organization for Women, etc. For list of organizations that you can support (financially or physically) see Unstoppable Together.
    • Become a member
    • Donate money
    • Contact local chapter, offer to volunteer and ask about events
  • Involve yourself in local government
    • Find out when your local city board is meeting and attend
  • Offer support to local groups that may be under fire
    • Call/email local groups to find out if they need any assistance.
      • For instance, abortion clinics might need help escorting women safely in and out.
    • Start fostering relationships within the community now (see the SPLC’s Community Response Guide)
  • Join political party in your state
  • Sign up, then contact to find out about meetings/volunteer opportunities
  • Pressure your local political party to carry out efforts that will have an immediate impact on local voters (like fundraising for school supplies) and show that your party is listening to them
  • Take action on voting
    • Contact local legislature demanding Automatic Voter Registration if your state doesn’t already have it. Then find out who’s working on trying to get it past (search internet for articles) and contact them to join the fight.
    • Urge your state legislature to enact the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, an agreement for each state and DC to award all of their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the overall popular vote
    • Contact federal legislature demanding Electoral College be abolished

Protest and Debate

  • If you attend protests, protest peacefully
    • Consider protesting in silence. Pro-tRump protesters are being planted in anti-tRump protests to stir up violence and to disseminate violent propaganda (like the “rape Melania” sign). Violence like this only hurts us, by making us look like the “bad guy” and providing a justification for military/police suppression. By protesting in silence, we undermine their efforts to subvert our cause.
    • Preparation for protest (see: https://cpj.org/2017/01/cpj-safety-advisory-covering-the-us-presidential-i.php, @amandablount2, and @AidaGray13)
      • Make sure phone is fully charged
      • Check any rules about what you can/can’t bring (consider using clear bags instead of purses, for instance)
      • Wear clothing and shoes that will allow you to move quickly
      • Bring a disposable raincoat (pocket-sized raincoats can be purchased for < $2 at sporting goods stores) – in case police use water hoses/cannons
      • Bring noise-cancelling headphones or ear plugs (latter can be purchased for very little at drug stores) – in case police use high-volume noises to try to disperse crowds
      • Bring a shower cap or wear old glasses/sunglasses if protection needed for tear gas/pepper spray
      • If protest allows spray bottles, bring one filled 1/2 with water and 1/2 with Maalox – to spray on face and mouth (swallow) if gassed
      • Have phone number of National Lawyers Guild written on your arm, along with emergency contact information and any other pertinent information (for example, medication that you are taking)
      • Bring a sharpie so that you can record important information
      • Know your rights
    • At protest:
      • Have an exit route planned in case violence breaks out and plan a rendezvous point if you get separated from others
      • Consider recording as much of the proceedings as possible, especially if violence is breaking out, but be aware that an attempt to record/take a picture of an aggressor may trigger him/her to attack
      • Use social media and post frequently during event
      • If gassed
        • Don’t touch mouth, nose, eyes or genitals until you wash thoroughly
        • Try to kick canister away from crowd
      • Follow instructions of police – if you resist arrest they can use force
        • If it looks like you’re being arrested, confirm that you are indeed arrested. If not, you’re free to leave.
        • If arrested,
          • Plead the 5th Amendment – Give name & address but say nothing else
          • If you need medical assistance, request medical attention and obtain copies of all of the records
          • Obtain names and badge numbers of police officers
          • Afterwards, write down everything that happened and obtain copies of all related records
      • If confronted by aggressive pro-tRump supporter,
        • Stay calm, don’t shout
        • Stay at least a foot away
        • Keep eye contact with aggressor
        • Use open-handed gestures
        • If attacked, cover your head and try to stay on your feet; if you’re attacked in a group, link arms and stay together
    • Report aggression to authorities/media
  • If you debate, be prepared for circular arguments and arguments based on “fake news” and conspiracy theories spouted by the right-wing media. If you’re not getting anywhere, get out of the conversation. For tips on debating, see How You Should be Using Social Media.
  • Avoid violent, discriminatory language. Recognizing the existence of prejudice doesn’t make you prejudiced, but you will be told that it does. Don’t give them any fuel. Peaceful resistance works!

Long Term

  • START PREPARING FOR 2018 NOW – And come 2018, encourage voting, whether this means urging your friends, family, and neighbors to register/use absentee voting or even giving people rides to polling stations.
  • PREPARE TO FIGHT FOR THE ENTIRE TICKET. We need to take local, state, and federal elections. We can’t afford to keep focusing solely on presidential elections. 38 governorships are up for grabs, and we need to take these in order to fight the gerrymandering that puts us at a disadvantage in the legislature.

Remember: NO ONE IS GOING TO SAVE YOU!

This election has proved that we can’t just pin our hopes on someone saving us. Politicians will say whatever it takes to get elected. Celebrities will say whatever it takes to make money. No one’s going to save us. Not Hillary Clinton, not the Rock, not Bernie Sanders, not Michael Moore, NO ONE. (And I like all of those people.) YOU HAVE TO BE IN THIS FOR THE LONG HAUL. This election has revealed the degree to which greed and discrimination still run rampant. If someone says that you should relax and stop doing everything listed above because they’re going to save you, DON’T TRUST THEM. We need to create a platform that we believe in and find a candidate who will support it, work our asses off to put that person into office, and HOLD THAT PERSON ACCOUNTABLE ONCE IN OFFICE. If you sucked at your job, you’d be fired. The same should hold true for them.

Also see:

Reading list: http://thenewinquiry.com/features/a-time-for-treason/

If something is missing from this list or an item could be improved, please let me know @JuliussenAnn. Goal: To create a one-stop shop for all of the suggestions I’m seeing out there.