As previously mentioned the wealth of resources for facing the coming Trump administration means there is something for every activist. Clara Beyer’s Holy Fuck is the most aptly-named resource of the bunch (kudos to the melanin in that middle finger emoji), as well as one of the most structurally streamlined and intelligently written.
Users are first asked, “Are You Okay?” to gauge whether some self-help (in the form of puppy & kitten videos, topical coloring books, or inspirational Buzzfeed ‘content’) is needed or whether one is “ready to fuck shit up.” The latter response feeds into several banner issues that arose during the election cycle: increasing Democrat representation, racism, LGBTQ, misogyny/sexual assault, and climate change. Each topic is sub-divided by whether the user can spare “money” or “time,” and then branches out again to other resources to explore.
The tone of the site strikes a balance of outrage, humor, and compassion, which is helpful for people less familiar or put-off by the language of progressive politics and/or activism.
Less than a month after Election 2016 there are already a number of fantastic resources for collecting one’s thoughts, researching issues, and taking concrete steps to plan a full-court press on the coming Trump Administration.
One site that collects a broad range of resources is What Do I Do About Trump? The site emphasizes individual and collective action. Individuals looking to commit to a document can create a customized action plan via the “Make A Plan” section. Individuals looking to browse different methods of activism can explore the “Get Involved” section, which links to resources ranging from prescribed daily/weekly action lists, calling elected officials, interpersonal connections, and more.
Of note is the “Protect Yourself” section on security. There are separate sections based on types of security—web, sexual/gender identity, personal—all of which are worth investigation, regardless of one’s background.
Also worth highlighting is the site’s resources for fostering new collective/group action. The “Inspire Friends” section provides resources for creating “Action Pods” to structure, support, and direct the energies of an individual and a manageable number of loved ones.
Thanks to Marit for sharing this and several other fantastic resources (which will be shared in the coming days)!
Like Public Books’ Trump Syllabus 2.0, Prof. Frank Leon Roberts’ Black Lives Matter (BLM) Syllabus comes from the pre-11/9. And, of course, is not specifically about the 2016 Election. That said, given the subsequent liberal call-to-arms following 11/9, BLM is even more relevant now for understanding the nature of injustice in this country.
The online version is in standard syllabus form, but also contains useful video resources.
The BLM Syllabus in PDF form is here: black-lives-matter-fall-2016-syllabus-black-lives-matter-syllabus