In the face of Donald Trump’s election and the Republican majority in Congress, we can exercise agency. We can resist the Trump era and the incoming Trump GOP regime. We can fight for the rule of law. Concrete actions that can be taken immediately:
- Stop subscribing to or watching cable news. No cable news outlet delivers the sort of information we actually need. There are individual television journalists, such as Joy Reid and, sometimes, Brian Stelter, who are worth some attention. Follow them on Twitter and you can get what you need.
- Subscribe to superior, although not perfect sources of information, and keep up with their coverage. These include the Washington Post, the Guardian, ProPublica, The New Yorker, Mother Jones, the London Review of Books. The New York Times has been a remarkably unreliable conveyor of information for years now. I am deliberately leaving them off this list. Paul Krugman, a NYT columnist worth reading, can be followed on Twitter.
- Consistently contribute money and/or time to organizations with experience in and demonstrated success and commitment to civil liberties, rule of law, anti-racism, and anti-religious-discrimination. These include NARAL, the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, the ACLU, the Southern Poverty Law Center, Planned Parenthood, Anti-Defamation League, and CAIR. Consistency matters in this effort: even if you can only contribute a few dollars per month sign up to make monthly donations. This develops the habit of supporting these causes and, even more critically, makes it easier for them to plan their activities, based on steady inflow of dollars. Likewise, sign up to work in a field office or on a project on a regular basis, building that into your weekly, monthly, or daily schedule.
- Wear the safety pin, and more generally, aid or get aid for vulnerable people. If you see something, say something. Report acts of violence and hatred to police, to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
- Boycott all retailers that sell Donald or Ivanka Trump brand items. Follow the boycott on twitter at #GrabYourWallet. More generally, use your spending power to empower manufacturers, retailers, and brands who stand against oppression and subordination.
- A longshot petition worth signing requests the electors of the Electoral College to vote for Hillary Clinton regardless of their state’s rules binding them to vote for Donald Trump.
- Join and volunteer to help the Women’s March on Washington. The most up to date information is currently available on Facebook, a forum I generally recommend against, but needs must.
- Support lawyers specifically fighting for rule of law. Organizations geared to this purpose include Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Alliance for Justice Action Campaign.