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Thanks to concerned citizens taking a cue from Barack Obama's farewell address, community organizing is making a comeback in response to Donald Trump's actions as President.
Whether you're talking about Trump's recent travel ban or the fact that he's appointed a white supremacist journalist to the National Security Council, many citizens are taking action to resist Donald Trump's efforts as President. In an era where free speech is threatened both by "alternative facts" and the media being declared "the opposition party", many people are using community organizing skills in an effort to begin pushing back against a seemingly autocratic presidential administration.
Even Mayor Rahm Emanuel has openly challenged Trump's efforts, meaning that every community impacted by recent events is rising up, organizing to openly resist Trump's administration and their sudden, extreme policies.
Technology is making a huge impact on that process, allowing people to engage like-minded citizens and stay informed about current events. Not just through Twitter hashtags, but in websites, mobile applications, and other tools geared towards community organizing to resist Trump's Presidential efforts. (NOTE: Fast Company has also provided information on other resources to check out as well).
In that spirit, here are some great resources for organizing your local community around resisting Trump. Although some are geared more towards larger scale community organizing, many of these resources can help you as individuals feel informed and engaged.
- Consider reading Organizing for Social Change, Rules for Radicals, and other related books about community organizing...and checking them out through your local branch of the Chicago Public Library, which has plenty of resources (including Internet-To-Go portable hotspots and free meeting rooms) to make your efforts to resist Trump much easier.
- With an increased amount of "fake news" and "alternative facts" distributed via social media, you should watch this video to develop an "Internet Truth Kit". Having an ability to look behind the obvious headlines is always a great place to start.
- If you're looking to track community organizing efforts around demonstrations and rallies that resist Trump, Research Buzz has a great how-to page to help you track such events on Twitter, IFTTT, and other online tools.
- Although the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives allow you to find your elected officials, you might want to consider checking out 5 Calls - this site allows you to find and develop scripts for you to advocate around key legislation. (Although the Countable app allows you some insight, we find that directly contacting your legislators is much more effective for driving change).
- Want to know the progress of bills as they move through Congress? Track it via You can also track key legislation using GovTrack.us
- A great how-to resource for community organizing to resist Trump is Indivisible, a guide written by former congressional staffers on effective strategies for engaging your legislators.
- If you're looking for allies in other parts of the country, consider adopting a "sister district"
- For many government workers, the media blackout (open in some areas) means a direct attack on whistle blowing - however, ProPublica has a great listing of how to contact them to release information.
For many of us, our lives are impacted by the recent, immediate actions of the incoming Presidential administration. Community organizing around resisting Trump is growing, and perhaps this is a sign of increased civic and social engagement on behalf of our citizens. Hopefully, this trend will continue to grow as we begin building and strengthening our communities, both in Chicago and throughout the rest of our country.
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