This is not a dystopian novel—this is real life—and we’re going to have to show up for each other and our communities. That means doing big things and small things and things we never thought we’d be doing. We’re going to have to get creative, and we’re going to have to be loud. Here are a six ways to be heard this week.
1. How to stay up to date.
It feels like bad thing after bad thing is happening without a moment to rest—and that’s just how Trump and his no-good very-bad cabinet want it. Know that you don’t have to spend every moment reading through social media and the news to be able to take action on the issues you care about. Daily Action gives you one action to take every day, and so does the Injustice Boycott. The Women’s March has put together 10 actions to take in the next 100 days.
2. Keep talking to your reps.
We’ve heard over and over again that interacting with your representatives in Congress works. This guide tells you what your reps have said about the “Muslim ban”—and it includes their phone number and address. Here’s a handy guide to calling your reps if you have social anxiety—I write a script out for these calls and sometimes I call after-hours so I can leave a voicemail. Want to take it a step further? Ask your representative to have coffee with you to talk about an issue or bill you care about. It’s literally their job to meet with you so they can better represent you.
3. Remember that there are ways to get involved beyond the streets.
4. Make a team.
Invite your friends over for a postcard or sign-making party. Join or start an Indivisible group. Make extra time to be with your loved ones, even if it’s just a call on the phone—the only thing scarier than these troubled times is going through these troubled times alone. Community matters more than ever.
5. Consider running for office.
Even if you’ve never thought about it before, think about it now. Be the change you want to see! This country needs feminist politicians. Run For Something is recruiting young people (under 35) to run for offices like state legislatures, mayorships, city council seats, and more with the ultimate goal of building a progressive bench for the future. Emily’s List spent the day after the Women’s March teaching 500 women how to run for office—and they can teach you, too.
6. Don’t forget to take care of yourself.
I have often been the person that thinks, “I don’t need self care! I’m strong!” when I hear those words, but this weekend I realized that even as strong as every single one of us put together is, we’re not going to be able to sustain that strength for another three years, 11 months, and three weeks without taking care of ourselves. After I come home from work, I’ve started implementing a “no news, no politics” policy so that I can spend time connecting with my loved ones and having important cat time. And after a day of writing postcards for my legislators, I’m writing some nice postcards for my friends, too.