Today we swear in Donald J. Trump as our 45th United States President. A person who is bound to be the absolute worst President in history.
The best way for us to fight back and keep him from destroying our way of life is to stand up and fight. I am not talking about riots and looting. I am talking about our First Amendment right “to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.” It is time for civil disobedience through protest.
Today people are gathering around the country to protest the inauguration of Donald J. Trump. Tomorrow there is a countrywide Women’s March that aims to “send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
In the days and years to come, we must continue to speak out; to protest; to be civilly disobedient; to make our voices, concerns and disapproval known to the Trump Administration and to Republicans in Congress.
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda is a great place to start. Another place to start is Our Revolution. Our Revolution’s mission is to educate voters about issues, to get people involved in the political process and to organize and elect progressive candidates.
If protesting is not your thing, you can get involved in other ways. Members of Congress in your area regularly hold public, in-district events to show they are listening to their constituents. Don’t just show up to the town halls of representatives that you agree with, show up to the ones that you have issues with and make them listen to you and hold them accountable when they don’t.
Another non-protesting civil disobedience action you can take is to attend non town hall events that provide photo-ops for your Members of Congress. These events usually have many media there and are great opportunities to hold your representatives accountable by calling them out with questions about racism, authoritarianism, corruption or any other issue that is important to you.
If you are someone that does not like to call attention to themselves in public, you can organize and/or participate in one or your Members of Congress’ district offices to demand a meeting with them. If they refuse to listen, call them out on it. You can also organize a group of people to inundate your Members of Congress with phone calls on a specific issue.
The basic idea here is to make sure that your Members of Congress know that you oppose the things they are doing; to force your Members of Congress to redirect their energy away from horrible agendas to dealing with their constituent’s outrage; and to change your Members of Congress’ support of the disastrous, unpopular policies.
If Members of Congress have any hope of reelection, they must keep their constituents. Reelection is a very important priority for them. The above strategies focus on calling out your Members of Congress’ behavior for the whole world to see and bringing down their approval ratings, therefore jeopardizing the reelection chances. A secondary and equally important part of the above strategy is to inform people in your community, and the country, of the abysmal and unpopular policies that your Members of Congress are pushing and to get them involved.
A revolution united in civil disobedience, peaceful protest and holding Members of Congress accountable is far more powerful than the corporate interests that have negatively influenced our Members of Congress.