Tag: culture

Proactive Things To Do

The Proactive things to do to not be defeated by the next 4 years is a starting point for those approaching the Trump election from the perspective of, “Fuck, how do I help un-fuck this situation?” It’s literally a simple to-do list of modest actions.

The list highlights bureaucratic protest (e.g., calling elected officials), administrative tasks (filing labor complaints, downloading public data sets) and daily routines (media consumption, donating) that seem mundane, but can form the basis for solving larger problems down the road. Some of these tasks are manageable and easily actionable, which can give clear guidance and goals for the user. Others make assumptions about users’ access to resources (paying parking tickets, clearing criminal records). Most of these are best viewed as individual long-term tasks to incrementally chip away at injustice.

Some notes are geared towards white people, with its mention of being an accomplice and not an ally, and for recommending the SNL episode hosted by Dave Chappelle (“You guys aren’t as full of surprises as you used to be“).

I came across the list on Facebook and I can’t trace where I found this, so I can’t provide source information. Anyone recall where this came from?

 

Slate’s To-Do List

Published on 9 November 2016, Slate’s “How to Channel Your Post-Election Anger, Sadness, and Fear Into Action” was one of the first comprehensive post-election to-do lists to be shared. The list contains areas of interest—reproductive rights, representation of women in government, climate, Islamophobia, freedom of press, bridging cultural divides, income inequality, immigration, hunger and poverty, and (my favorite) the future of liberal governance—each with a couple manageable action items.

Dividing the work in terms of subject allows the user to pick and choose, based on one’s interest and/or comfort. The list, by no means comprehensive, also demonstrates the breadth of the impact of Trump’s presidency.

PDF print-out of the web page here: how-liberals-can-channel-their-post-election-anxiety-into-action.