Happy New Year fellow RUWMI activists!
Here’s hoping that 2018 is a year filled with more peace, tolerance, love, and renewed energy for the resistance!
We are starting this year by building our 2018 Toolkit. Below you will find a variety of resources to help you stay informed and be an active part of the resistance. There are links to resources for action items, events, ways to contact your MoCs and more! Please note that this list is in no way exhaustive, but hopefully it will be enough to get your year started.
- RUWMOneSmallThing –This week’s #RUWMOneSmallThing, one small thing you can do that will make a difference, is to take two minutes and fill out our survey. We are gearing up for the new year and we need your input. Please let us know what issues you want us to focus on in 2018. You can find the survey here.
Mark Your Calendars – Upcoming Events
- Rise Up Western Mass Meeting – January 10th, 6:30-7:30 PM, Springfield Central Library, Community Room (lower level). Come and join us as we re-engage for the new year and make signs for the march on Jan 20th! View the Facebook event here.
- Women’s March 2018 – January 20th in various locations nationwide. As a group we will be attending the march in Northampton (see the first link below).
- Northampton – The Women’s March: Year One (Hosted by Pioneer Valley Women’s March)
- Hartford – Women’s March-Second Annual-Marching On (Hosted by Women’s March CT – We March On)
- Providence – Women’s March – 2018 (Hosted by Women’s March on Washington – Rhode Island)
- New York – 2018 Women’s March on NYC (Hosted by Women’s March Alliance)
- To get the most up to date list of events, go to Rise Up Western Mass’s event calendar here. Also bookmark the National Resistance Calendar for additional events.
- Daily Action – Just text the word “DAILY” TO 228466 to be signed up to receive a daily text message with a single action item.
- Resist Bot – Just text the word “RESIST” to 50409 to start. Resistbot will find out who represents you in Congress, and deliver your message to them in under 2 minutes. No downloads or apps required.
- 5 Calls – Just search 5 Calls in the app store. With this app you can easily call your MoCs about issues that are important to you – with call scripts provided.
- Countable – Just search Countable in the app store. With this app you get a list of your legislators. Countable users even get to see how they voted on important pieces of legislation.
- Every Election – Just search Every Election in the app store. The EveryElection app contains information about rolling elections in the United States, from federal to local, and graphs them over google maps based your district. For each election we give you all the information available for each office on the ballot–including but not limited to the incumbent, the challengers, their parties, early and absentee voting info and your local polling place.
- Indivisible – Website for Indivisible National. The site provides information, resources, action items and links to local indivisible groups.
- 2 Hours a Week – “a community fostering a new level of civic engagement following the 2016 election by offering you 2 hours a week of tangible action.”
- Resistance Calendar – A comprehensive site for events searchable by zip code and date.
- ACLU – You can find action items on a variety of issues on the ACLU website.
- Wall of Us – This site provides four weekly acts of resistance.
- Org – Among other things, this site has a host of petitions you can sign.
- All the good we can – “a movement dedicated to raising awareness as to how you, individually, can better the lives of those who need us to keep fighting for them.” The have action items that can even be done in 5 minutes
- Contacting Congress – One stop resource for in depth contact information for your MoCs, just by entering your zip code.
- The Loyal Opposition – Provide a daily call to action
- Grab Your Wallet – An up to date list of companies that carry Trump brands, have endorsed Trump, advertise on Fox/Hannity etc. to boycott.
- Flippable – They identify the most flappable congressional seats and pool resources to help democrats win. Sign up to get on their mailing list for news and updates.
- 413 Staying Connected for Action – Sign up for this bi-weekly email with events and action items in the 413 area.
- What Went Right – sign up to follow and receive this blog via email, because sometimes you really need good news to focus on.
- Rogan’s List – “Rogan’s List is a daily, thoroughly vetted action list for people who are unhappy with the current administration and who want to become more politically involved, but do not have time for the research.”
To Follow on Social Media
- Rise Up Western Mass Indivisible – Shout out to our own Facebook page!
- Your MoCs, Federal, State and Local – just type the name into the search bar on Facebook. Here are some popular ones on FB. They all also have Twitter accounts you can follow as well.
- 7 Minutes of Justice – This Facebook page offers an “easy daily action for busy/lazy/shy people”.
- Pete Souza on Instagram. He was Obama’s photographer and he does a brilliant job of trolling Trump by posting photos from the Obama days.
- Amy Siskind – you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. She is the author of the weekly Authoritarian List.
- Elizabeth Cronise McLaughlin – on Facebook. She posts a daily video resistance report, focusing on legal issues and issues of Trump’s mental health.
- Robert Reich – Former US Secretary of Labor. He posts periodic videos with clear explanations and illustrations and he also posts a resistance report.
- Most of your favorite social justice organizations, media sources and journalists have Facebook pages and Twitter accounts. Just search their names and follow them!
- The Daily – Twenty minutes a day, five days a week, hosted by Michael Barbaro and powered by New York Times journalism.
- Stay Tuned with Preet Bharara – Join Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney (fired by Trump) who fought corruption, financial fraud and violent crime, in a podcast about justice and fairness.
- Start Making Sense – Start Making Sense is The Nation’s podcast, featuring lively conversations with the writers, activists, and artists who shape the week in news, hosted by Jon Wiener. It’s political talk without the boring parts.
- Pod Save America – Four former aides to President Obama — Jon Favreau, Dan Pfeiffer, Jon Lovett, and Tommy Vietor, are joined by journalists, politicians, comedians, and activists for a freewheeling conversation about politics, the press and the challenges posed by the Trump presidency.
- Civics 101 – Everything you forgot from your high school civics class. Why does the U.S. have an Electoral College? How do congressional investigations work? What does the minority whip actually do? Civics 101 is the podcast refresher course on the basics of how our democracy works.
- The New Washington – Go inside Trump’s Washington with a new interview series from “The Daily.” Carl Hulse, Michael Barbaro and their colleagues talk with the political characters you want to hear from most.
- Many of your favorite news talk shows (Rachel Maddow, Morning Joe, Fareed Zakaria GPS, etc.) are archived on Podcast for convenient listening at your convenience. Just search in your app store.
- Resistance School – “Resistance School provides training for communities to make issue-based and electoral progressive change that advance values of fairness, equity, and inclusivity.” They offer online training and resources.
- Madison – “Elected officials share policy documents on Madison for public collaboration. The people can read the documents, vote on the documents, and leave feedback on the documents, and their comments are sent directly to the officials. Officials respond to these comments and even make changes to the documents based on the feedback.”
- Gov – On this website you can get public access to federal regulatory content and submit a comment, follow regulations that are trending and more.