5 New Year’s Resolutions for the #Resistance

Want to fight the good fight for the #resistance and make the world a better place in the new year? Here are five concrete actions you can take, most of them right on January 1st.

Subscribe to a Newspaper

Subscriptions to national papers like the New York Times and Washington Post jumped after Inauguration Day, and it’s not too late to get on the bandwagon. Print news remains critically important in speaking truth to power and contributing to an informed citizenry. However, a lot of the major legwork occurs at the local level, with major TV networks reporting on stories only after a local reporter has broken it. So subscribe to your local newspaper. If you can afford to pair that with a digital subscription to a national paper (and it doesn’t have to be from the United States: Canada’s Globe and Mail and Britain’s Guardian are two international examples of papers that do great work that includes American and global coverage), even better.

Watch More Fox News

Alright, you don’t have to watch Fox News actually, but following more diverse media is incredibly important to challenge your own views and to be able to have informed discussions with family members, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances with different viewpoints. We can’t win a hearts and minds campaign to get a progressive shift in government unless we understand where the people Trump and his ilk have duped are coming from, and we’re more likely to change the minds of conservative and right-leaning centrist voters if we can speak some of their language.

Show Up

Inauguration Day was followed up the very next day by a massive march against Trump, misogyny, and the worst and most regressive aspects of humanity. I’ll bet many of us don’t see ourselves as the “in the streets” foot soldier type of activist, yet in 2017 vast numbers of people must have marched and protested who had never done those things before.

In 2018, march, protest, show up to town halls and hold your representatives accountable as so many Americans did this past year. You can use Resistance Near Me to find protests and events, and you can follow your local representatives town hall and appearance schedule as well.

These actions make a difference. They can wear away at the resolve of almost any person in power to face such a wave of physically-present opposition wherever they go. Republicans control the House, Senate and the White House and have failed time and again to pass legislation, because individual members of Congress and the Senate have been peeled off to vote against their party. This is one reason why.

Call Your Elected Representatives

This is the other reason why the GOP’s nefarious plans have so frequently been blocked. Phone calls matter. Emails are great too, but jamming the phone lines sends a message that a full inbox may not. You need to do this every time there is a major harmful bill, be it to do with health care, tax policy, environmental regulations, or net neutrality.

What you can do right now to be prepared is to find your representatives and add their offices to your phone’s contacts right now. Include at least your two Senate representatives and your own member of Congress. You may want to include state representatives as well.

Be an Ally to Women, Communities of Color, and LGBTQ+ People, and Other Threatened Groups

No matter what the predator-in-chief says, we can keep our fellow citizens and human beings safe on the ground by standing up against bigots, misogynists, and abusers in public, the workplace, and other situations. He’s given tacit permission for bigots and bullies to let out their worst impulses, but we can loudly rescind that invitation on a daily basis. That said, you don’t have to wait for a chance to swoop in and confront a bully. You can and should also make it known that you are a safe person to ask for help, to share concerns with, and to ask for back-up. I use the word ally inclusively: women and men of any orientation can and should be allies to all of the above and more. Let’s all stand together, and be very clear what our response will be to those who would prey on the vulnerable.

Make Your Resolutions

Chances are you’re already doing some of these things, but why not make New Year’s resolutions to do all of them in 2018? Please sign this petition and commit to resisting in the new year, and share with your friends so they can do the same!

Photo credit: Pax Ahimsa Gethen

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Jim V
Jim V14 days ago

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Jim V14 days ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S14 days ago

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Jerome S
Jerome S14 days ago

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Eric L
Eric Lees18 days ago

@Marty
"So yes I agree educate yourself on the issues and know what you're voting for but quit being 2 faced about it as it serves no purpose."

How am I being 2 faced on anything?

"Eric L..You are right but this is not a political forum this is Care2 and it's causes"

Um actually this is the political section. And like you said politics effect the causes people support.

If we fail to understand the root causes of the problems then how do we know what solutions to advocate for?

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John B
John B20 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Danuta W
Danuta W20 days ago

thanks for sharing

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