21 Feb 2017

Craftivist’s 10-point Action Plan to Stop Trump

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Adapted and abridged from a post by Michael Moore.

1. THE DAILY CALL: You must call Congress every day. Yes – YOU! 202-225-3121. It will take just TWO MINUTES! Make it part of your daily routine, one of those five things you do every morning without even thinking about it: 1. Wake up. 2. Brush teeth. 3. Walk dog (or stare at cat). 4. Make coffee. 5. Call Congress.
Go to the App Store and get 5 Calls. The app will dial the friggin’ phone for you and give you talking points for when you speak to your reps!
If you’d rather to write to your reps, you can find the best way to do that for each of them here by typing in your address on: democracy.io.

Remember — A call a day keeps the Trump away.

Craftivists: Just do it! 

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2. THE MONTHLY VISIT: To add even more pressure, SHOW UP! Your member of Congress has a local office in your town or somewhere nearby. So do both of your U.S. Senators (often in the nearest federal building). Go there and ask to speak to their aide about the issues we’re facing. Also, don’t forget to visit the local office (or the state capitol office) of your State Representative/Assemblyperson, and your State Senator.
I know not everyone has the time to do THE MONTHLY VISIT — but if you can, please do!
Craftivists: When you go to your reps’ offices, wear your pussyhat, Resist or Persist hat, or any politically meaningful clothing or buttons… even better if you made it by hand. 
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Buttons from my Zazzle store

3. YOUR OWN PERSONAL RAPID RESPONSE TEAM: You and 5 to 20 friends and family members must become your personal RAPID RESPONSE TEAM. Sign everybody up so that when we need to leap into action (like we did at the airports the hour after Trump signed his Muslim Ban), you can email and text each other and make an instant plan. On other days, you’ll share links to good investigative stories and TV news items. Come up with a name for your RAPID RESPONSE TEAM.

Craftivists: You’re on my team if you’re reading this! Create your own team with friends from your knitting group, Ravelry friends, social media followers, etc.

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4. JOIN! JOIN! JOIN!: We all know it’s time for all of us to be part of a greater whole, so let’s actually physically sign up online and JOIN some of our great national groups. I’ve joined Planned Parenthood, ACLU, Black Lives Matter, Democratic Socialists of America, and ERA Action. Some charge money to join, so if you don’t have much, pick the lowest amount ($5 for ACLU for example) — or join groups that don’t charge anything (but if you can help them financially, please do). They will keep you informed of national actions and fight for us in court.
Craftivists: Sell patterns and finished items to raise funds for these organizations. Or buy things from people who are donating part of their profits. We crafty folks know how to do the fund raising thang!

5. THE WOMEN’S MARCH NEVER ENDS: Every day — still! — dozens of actions continue to take place as if the Women’s March never ended. It hasn’t. Join it! [Michael Moore] has set up THE RESISTANCE CALENDAR (www.resistancecalendar.com) that is updated daily, where you can find out what actions are taking place near where you live. All you have to do is type in your city or state in the search bar.

And the official Women’s March on Washington — they’ve called for a national Women’s Strike on March 8th. Let’s join them!
Craftivists: Keep making pussyhats for the resistance!
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The Pussyhat Project is not over

6. TAKE OVER THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY: The old guard of the Party has twice in 16 years presided over the majority of Americans electing the Democrat to the White House — only for us all to see the losing Republican inaugurated as President. How is it that we have won the popular vote in SIX OF THE LAST SEVEN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS — the Republicans have only won ONCE since 1988 — and yet, we hold NO power in any branch of government?!

There are two things to do:

1. Let the DNC know that they MUST elect reform and progressive candidate, Congressman Keith Ellison, as the new DNC chair.

2. Locally, start attending your county Democratic meetings.

Craftivists: There’s no crafty version of this. We have to organize and act politically!

7. HELP FORM BLUE REGIONS OF RESISTANCE: People keep saying to me, “Mike – I live in a Blue State – what can I do?” If you live in a Blue State, you have one of the MOST important tasks to complete: Show the rest of America what it looks like when Trump isn’t in charge! Blue States and Blue Cities must do an end-run around Trump and create the America we want to live in. That means New York goes ahead and offers Free College for All. California can create its own Universal Health Care. Oregon can stop mass incarceration of African Americans. Hawaii can enact its own climate change laws. Blue States can show the rest of country how much better life can be.

Craftivists: Use your craft to make a better world. Knit and crochet for charity. Use planet-friendly and sustainably-created yarns. Support local, small, and women-owned business.

8. YOU MUST RUN FOR OFFICE: I realize most of you can’t do this — but there is one office every one of us can and SHOULD run for next year: PRECINCT DELEGATE. Every precinct, every neighborhood can elect x-number of Dems to the county Democratic Convention. It’s on the ballot and it’s usually blank – no one runs for it. So the precinct delegates end up being appointed by the party hacks. And that’s who ends up eventually at the national convention to pick the next presidential candidate. So this is an important position to run for. The time commitment is just 3 hours a year! You attend the county convention — that’s it. Call your city or county clerk and find out how to get on the ballot. If you’ll do it, I’ll do it. It’s the first step to making sure we put a candidate on the ballot who can win.

Craftivists: What if knitters, crocheters, and cross-stitchers ran the world? Let’s do it! 
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9. YOU MUST BECOME THE MEDIA: Stop complaining about the media, stop wishing they were something they’re not, find the ones who are doing a good job and then start your own “media empire” by sharing their work and your work on the internet. Use Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media sites to spread news and information. Make sure all your friends and family are signed up. Yes, I’m talking to you, Baby Boomers. Get over it, put down your postage stamps and your “TV clicker” and find a six-year old to show you how to start tweeting. You can be your own reporter, your own editor. You can curate the news for your friends. And now Facebook lets you have your own network with Facebook Live! It’s all free. Get on social media now. Imagine, your own CNN is in the palm of your hand…

Craftivists: Social media, we know how to spread the word! Keep sharing and make sure your friends, family, and colleagues get real news! 
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10. JOIN THE ARMY OF COMEDY: Trump’s Achilles heel is his massively thin skin. He can’t take mockery. So we all need to MOCK HIM UP! Not just the brilliant people at SNL or Colbert, Seth Myers or Samantha Bee — but YOU. Use your sense of humor and share it with people. Get them to do the same. Keep sending around the SNL links spoofing Sean Spicer, Trump and Kellyanne — there’s no such thing as watching them too many times! Hahaha. I truly believe the final tipping point for Trump will be when he implodes from all the laughter — the mocking, the unbearable ridicule of tens of millions of Americans that will discombobulate him and force him out of the White House. I know this seems like Mike’s fever dream, but I believe it can work. I don’t know what happened to Trump in boarding school at 13 and I don’t care. Whatever it was, let’s use it. He’s used all the other things he picked up over the years – misogyny, bigotry, greed – against the powerless and the unfortunate. It’s time to laugh him outta town. And if there’s one thing we all could use right now is a good laugh — AND the possibility of a much-shortened presidential term.

Craftivists: Make stuff like this! 
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Trump Voodoo Pincushion by Katrina Stiff

Let’s make Trump toast again.

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