10 things you can do to fight trump-era nazism

Like all good people, I am horrified by recent developments in the US, and like everyone who has been paying attention, not surprised. I take hope from the immediate and powerful resistance that has been set in motion. But also at the resistance, I am angry, too. What took you so long? Let's hope it's not too late.

Here are a few things you can do to fight back.

1. Donate to the American Civil Liberties Union. For nearly 100 years, the ACLU has been fighting for the civil rights of people marginalized or targeted by the dominant culture. These are the people best equipped to fight back -- the best and the brightest of the resistance. Even a small one-time or monthly donation can make a difference.

2. Canadians, sign a petition calling on Prime Minister Trudeau and Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Ahmed Hussen, demanding that they repeal the so-called Safe Third Country Agreement with the United States, which would allow Canada to welcome people fleeing violence from Muslim-majority countries and/or deportation by the United States.

You've probably seen Trudeau's tweet saying that Canada welcomes those fleeing persecution "regardless of faith". Here's an opportunity for Trudeau to make good on that statement.

Currently, if an asylum seeker residing in the US tried to enter Canada to escape deportation, Canada would turn them away, based on the "Safe Third Country Agreement". Read more about it here. Please sign the petition and ask your contacts to do the same.

3. Call or email your MP and ask them to support the above. Say it is a matter of great importance to you, because this is the Canada you want to live in. You can find your MP here by postal code.

4. Attend a demonstration against Trump's order and in solidarity with those it targets. In the Toronto area, it's this Saturday, February 4, 12:30-2:30 pm, outside the US Consulate on University Avenue. In cities across the US and Canada, it will not be difficult to find a demo. When you find this community, keep in touch.

5. Send a letter of support to a mosque or Islamic cultural group in your community. A simple act of solidarity goes a long way.

6. Share facts. I'm always surprised by what people know, and what they don't know. I've learned not to assume. Share what you learn with your faith group, your union, your spin class, your online community, your Facebook contacts. (This one comes with a caveat. Social media is great for many things, but it is not actually a form of protest. It can be the drug that keeps us docile and not protesting.)

Photo montage thanks to Dave Zirin
7. Write a letter to your local media outlet. These still matter. Keep it short and it's more likely to be published.

8. Pledge to register. If Muslims are ever required to register with the government, be prepared to register in solidarity. If you have doubts or fears about this, now is the time to discuss with your family and friends. Vow to yourself and to your community that you will do this. It would be very fitting if the first, say, 10,000 registrants were Jewish.

9. Delete Uber from your phone, and don't forget to tell them why in the "share details" box. On Saturday night, protesters streamed into airports around the US to protest Trump’s anti-Muslim executive order. The New York Taxi Workers Alliance posted this:

Uber did the opposite.

Lyft, Uber's principal competitor, has pledged to donate $1 million to the ACLU.

I heart NYC
I freely admit that this is another excuse to ask people to #DeleteUber and never use them again. Their abhorrent labour practises drag precarious work into new depths. More info here.

10. Check out Bustle. They're full of great ideas.

And a bonus: 11. Don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed. Each one, reach one. Take a small action. Then another. Eat, sleep, repeat.


Amy said...

Good suggestions, and I've already done several (and can't do the ones that involve Canadian officials, but have done the equivalent with US officials), including giving to the ACLU among other organizations (NARAL, SPLC, Planned Parenthood, etc.) My personal goal is to do at least one thing a day---make a call, write a letter, sign a petition, attend a meeting or protest, make a donation, etc. But as your post wisely advises, I also know that I need to take a break from it and not bite off more than I can chew.

Sometimes things have to be completely and clearly awful before people are sufficiently outraged to act. Maybe it has taken too long for too many of us, and it is too late for all those who suffered or died under previous administrations, but it's not too late to stop the current administration and future suffering. At least I hope not. If it is, then all the protesting in the world won't make a difference, and we are all headed for doomsday.

laura k said...

One act a day -- an excellent goal! A great use of your retirement. :)

I know it's not necessarily right or kind or useful or rational for me to feel this way, but feelings are feelings. I don't understand why more people haven't recognized "completely and clearly awful" before this. I believe it's largely because there was a Democrat in the White House, so liberal Americans returned to complacency. And that outrages me. Can't help it.

And it outrages and disgusts me that US liberals still blame people who didn't support Hillary Clinton -- rather than the Democrats themselves.

Whether it's too late or not, we don't know -- so we must continue to act as if it is not.

Amy said...

I won't get into a debate about the Democrats or HRC or Obama. The US system is seriously flawed, and we get what we get because our system is flawed and the people who live here (many of them) are uninformed, ignorant, angry, frustrated, self-centered, closed-minded, racist, xenophobic, etc, etc.

But maybe we had to reach this new low in order to see the light. Maybe the two party system as we know it will now be radically changed. Maybe people will learn to read and think and vote rationally. We can hope.

We will know that the tide is turning when those who voted for Trump believing he was somehow going to get them jobs (that no longer exist), protect them from terrorism (while not getting rid of guns or providing better mental health care), and bring back "Christian" values (which he doesn't at all embrace) finally voice their own anger and frustration. I don't expect that to happen overnight, and maybe not at all. As with most issues (Vietnam, drugs, marriage equality, etc.), most people don't get upset until an issue touches them directly. But if those people also get fed up, maybe then the system will change for the better.

And yes, your last sentence has to be what I believe or else I will just despair and give up.

laura k said...

Debate? You should know I have no interest in debating you or anyone else, here or in any other forum.

Amy said...

Yes, that is exactly why I said I wouldn't get into a debate. :)

impudent strumpet said...

Thank you for the link to the petition! I was thinking someone must have started a petition about the safe third country thing by now, but I didn't find it in the 10 seconds I spend googling.

I'm glad the issue is finally getting attention, although it's unfortunate that this is what it took for it to get attention.

laura k said...

Note to self: always blog important stuff. Not everyone sees everything.

Thanks for the reminder. :)