Weekly Resistance: How to Take Action November 5-11

Welcome back to Weekly Resistance, just in time for the 2018 midterms!†Following a number of†October surprises, there are lots of ways you and†fellow Care2 activists can take action†on†Election Day†and in the days to follow.

You can find information on how to†contact your officials at all levels of government here. As always, if you havenít had a chance yet,†sign up for our newsletter,†and stay up-to-date on the latest!

1. Vote

If you’re eligible to vote and you’ve already sent in your ballot or joined record-breaking numbers of Americans in voting early, congratulations!

If you haven’t participated yet, have you made a plan to vote and rounded up a friend to keep you company? Checked with your employer to secure time off work, if you need it? Asked the person down the block who can’t drive if they want a ride? Added 866.OUR.VOTE to your phone so you have a contact if you get into trouble? You can also text “election protection” to 97779 to get help.

If you aren’t eligible to vote and you’re tired of hearing exhortations to vote — whether you’re not a citizen, underage, barred by felon disenfranchisement or facing other barriers to access — I hear you. I can’t imagine how frustrating it must be to be sidelined during events like these, and this is a good time†for those of us who are eligible to vote to remember that we should work harder to extend this fundamental right to you, too.

2. Fight Trump’s Transphobic Administration

The Department of Health and Human Services wants to define trans people out of existence, and the Department of Education doesn’t think trans students are worth protecting. Meanwhile,†state legislatures will be taking up bathroom bills in the new session. It’s a scary time to be trans in the United States, and trans people need your help.

I rounded up some things you can do right now, from donating to trans causes to calling representatives — but as we enter the holiday season, it’s important to remember that many trans people will be struggling. Some may be rejected by their families; others may experience discomfort around the dinner table. The bottom line? All of them could use your support.

Consider checking in with the trans people in your life and inviting them to holiday events. If you hear someone at the table say something transphobic, speak up — even if you don’t think there are any trans people in the room.

If being confrontational is scary, go low-key! All you have to say is: “Really? I don’t think that’s true.” or “It’s a†shame you believe that.”

3. Defend Immigrants: Leave Birthright Citizenship Alone!

The Trump administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has ramped up, and if you’re struggling with a response, there are two things you can take action on:

  • The Public Charge Rule: The Department of Homeland Security wants to deny immigrants considered a “public charge” because they have used — or will use — public benefits that they are allowed to access. This applies to current and future immigrants, and it turns immigration into a pay-for-play activity. You can comment in the Federal Register to express concerns about this proposal.
  • Birthright citizenship: The president inexplicably claimed that he wants to be able to revoke birthright citizenship — even though he most certainly cannot, according to legal authorities from all points of the political spectrum. Contact your federal elected officials to ask them to apply pressure to the president. This kind of rhetoric is inflammatory. It frightens people, and it turns public sentiment against immigrants. If you were born in the U.S., you’re a citizen. Period.

4. Hold Elected Officials Accountable for Recent Violence

A devastating mass murder in a Pittsburgh synagogue, a†series of attempted mail bombings, and a racist attack that killed two black elders are only some of the more heinous recent examples of†white supremacist violence in the United States. This kind of violence is enabled and emboldened by rhetoric from elected officials†–†and that includes the failure to speak out or act on violence.

Contact your elected officials to ask them to clearly express their opinions about white supremacy in public, and to push state and federal agencies to take it seriously. That includes the Department of Justice, which should be investigating and prosecuting white supremacists. Local police should also be alert to signs of such violence in your community.

5. Support Veterans

Sunday is Veterans Day, and while you’re likely to see a lot of politicians taking advantage of some photo ops, this is a good time to press them on action. We have troops stationed all over the world right now, with veterans returning to the United States in need of medical care, housing, jobs and other supports — and the Pentagon is letting them down.

However you feel about war, the government has an obligation to those who serve — and it needs to dedicate real money to the homelessness crisis, mental health services, job training, addressing the backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and other veteran support programs. Contact your federal officials to tell them what you think.

Take Action Right Now: Sign a Petition!

Care2 activists like you are writing petitions every day to send the word to elected officials, companies and others in positions of power. You can add your name — whether you’re concerned about animal welfare, racism, voting rights or something else entirely!

Here are a few of my favorite recent petitions:

Already signed all of these petitions and recruited friends, too? Creating a Care2 petition is easy. If you have an issue you care deeply about, why not start your own? Here are†some guidelines to help you get started†and soon the Care2 community will be signing up to support you.

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35 comments

Chad A
Chad Anderson4 days ago

Thank you.

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Mia B
Mia B10 days ago

Thank you

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Leo C
Leo C11 days ago

Thank you for posting!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O11 days ago

I vote every time I have the opportunity.

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O11 days ago

hope you folks all voted!

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Clare O'Beara
Clare O11 days ago

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Danuta W
Danuta W12 days ago

Thanks for posting

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Sue H
Sue H12 days ago

Thanks for keeping us up to date on the resistance.

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Brian F
Brian F12 days ago

Sadly, even when the Democrats had a majority, nothing got done. Obama had a Democratic majority in both houses, when he first got elected, and still didn't get Medicare for all, marijuana legalization, a $15.00 minimum wage, or a jobs program. Obama didn't prosecute one banker, bailed out the corrupt banks, and did nothing to help the working poor. So we need to vote blue and keep the horrible tax cuts for the rich criminal Republicans out of office, but the Democrats will not give us the progressive policies like Medicare for all, that we desperately need in this country either. Obama proved that, as he sold out to Wall Street for $400,000 for a speech as a reward for not prosecuting one banker. Obama's neoliberalism is not the answer to the criminal Republicans. We need a real progressive like Bernie Sanders.

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Alea C
Alea C12 days ago

99% of the votes have been counted in Florida and it looks like Trump and his ilk will be staying in power so the planet is doomed and so are we.

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