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01/12/2017

Knitter’s First 100 Day Resistance Agenda

I am adapting Robert Reich’s First 100 Day RESISTANCE Agenda for knitters.

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Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda:

1.  Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda.

Reich: Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing). Senator’s numbers. Representative’s  numbers. For Knitters: The same. While the following items include knitting-specific suggestions, it is also important that each of us participate in the democratic process as much as we can.

2.   March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way.

Reich: The “Women’s March on Washington” [and 220 sister marches] is already scheduled for the Inauguration—and will be executed with real skill. What would keep the momentum alive and keep the message going? Knitters: Knit, wear, and share Pussyhats, Resist hats, and other accessories with a message. Be visible in your local community and join together with others. Wear your RESIST swag to marches and protests in your area and travel to bigger protests if and when you can.

3.   Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything.

Reich: And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands. See this and this. Support the businesses that Trump supporters are boycotting, such as Penzeys Spices, Pepsi, Oreos, and Netflix. Knitters: Support designers and shops who speak out against injustice, racism, and Trump’s agenda. Boycott any you discover who support moments of hate, discrimination, and women’s rights. Share the good and the bad boldly on social media. Oh, and Netflix and Knitting! 

4. Letters to Editors.

Reich: A national letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots Americans. In most papers, the Letters to the Editor section is the most-read part of the paper. Knitters: Write letters to the editor to knitting magazines and comment on blogs. Tell them about what you are doing and include links to patterns like the ones I mentioned above. 

5. Op-Eds.

Reich: A steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for their city’s or community’s newspaper. Knitters: Ask your favorite knitting magazines and blogs to publish articles and posts about craftivism and craftivist designers and knitters who are working to resist hatefulness and spread peace and love. Also request articles about earth-friendly yarns and sustainably produced products. Comment on articles and posts that you like and send thank you notes to the authors. It means a lot to us! If you’re a designer, submit ideas for articles like these.

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6. Social media.

Reich: What about a new YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s First 100 Day Agenda? Crowd-sourced ideas, themes and memes. Who wants to start it? Knitters: What about a YouTube channel for knitters and designers wearing Pussyhats or other resistance accessories and garments speaking out against racism and homophobia, supporting women’s rights, promoting Black Lives Matter, and so forth? Who wants to start it? Share videos and pictures of your protest knitting on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the new #knittersforrevolution hashtag. Like and follow other knitters, designers, and craftivists on social media. Let’s all help each other spread the word.

7. Website.

Reich: A site containing up-to-date daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and where, so others can join in. Techies, get organized. Knitters: Watch here! I will be posting regularly. Also join the Compassionate Craftivists group if you’re on Facebook. If you have a blog or website that is part of the KNITTING RESISTANCE let me know, because I’m making a blog roll.

8. Investigative journalism.

Reich: We need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s appointees, in the White House, the Cabinet, Ambassadors and judges. Knitters: Nothing really for knitters to do here. But share news with your friends, family, and community to make sure we’re all up to date on what’s happening.

9. Lawsuits.

Reich: Our version of “Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.” Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized. Knitters: Nothing really for knitters to do here but just like DAPL, we can support those who are doing good work.

10. Coordinated fund-raising.

Reich: Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a coordinated fundraising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups. Is there a way to do a televised fundraiser with celebrities raising money for the Resistance? Knitters: Yeah baby, we know how to do this! Sell patterns or finished items to raise money for causes. Buy patterns and finished items from others who are doing the same. Let’s put our money to work for us and for the greater good.

My #LoveIsLove Pi Shawl mystery KAL raised over $1500 for the families of the Pulse shooting victims in Orlando last year. Many other designers sell patterns as fundraisers like this.

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11. Symbolic opposition.

Reich: Safety pins are already appearing. What else? What more? Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, a label pin, a branding campaign that has great language, great logo, great wrist band (remember the Lance Armstrong “Livestrong” yellow wrist band—it sold millions!). Knitters: Do the same. With knitted garments and accessories that have messages, as well as getting knitting bags and other swag that has a political message featuring knitting. I’ve set up a Zazzle store with my art on knitting bags, stickers, buttons, and other goodies. A percentage of my profits go to the Southern Poverty Law Center
 

12. Intellectual opposition.

Reich: Take Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do yours, too. Knitters: Have a knitting get together with others in your area and talk about the news and share your ideas on how to resist and make change locally. Create bigger events to gather knitters together and talk. The Knit200Together event in Boston in February should be the first of many. Watch their website for updates and a guide that will be coming on how to organize and promote your own!

13. Serious accountability.

Reich: Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign promises. An updated web site of promises made and not kept. This is one especially suited to public policy students. Knitters: Same thing. Does someone want to help me by writing monthly blog posts about this for Knitting as a Political Act? And each month we can link to knitting projects or events that relate to the items in discussion and talk about ways to bring attention to important issues.

14. Your idea goes here.

Reich: Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos. Knitters: What ideas do you have? Share them in the comments. Let’s spread the word and get this RESISTANCE going! The First 100 Days RESISTANCE Agenda. We’re not going away. 

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(If you want to follow someone who knows how our government should work, understands the law and our democratic institutions, and who can provide sanity via a daily 5-minute video to help you understand what’s going on as well as a weekly action video and daily news updates, Reich is the person to follow on his FB page.)  
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9 Comments
  1. Donna – I just read yesterday that Craftsy, WEBS and Blue Sky Fibers are among the businesses that have banned advertising on Breitbart since the election. These are good businesses to thank and support!
    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/breitbart-advertising-activists-campaign-petition-milo-yiannopoulos-a7559441.html

  2. I started a knitting group to make Pussy Hats for the Women’s March. The intent was for it to be a one time meet-up. In two weeks we will be having our inaugural meeting as an activist group. We’re going to begin by knitting for a charity, and work out way into knitting with them. So instead making hats for the homeless, we’re going to make hats with them. We’re also going to plan knit-one as a means to bring awareness. I’m 51, I marched for a lot of things in the 80’s, especially HIV awareness. This is my first time organizing.

    • This is awesome. I am writing a blog post right now and one of the points is encouraging people to turn knitting groups into political activist groups — now that the first march is over. Would you like to do an interview or write a guest post for my blog about what you’re doing? I’d love to share it!

      Also, check this out: knit200together.com — they are working on a guide for people to use to set up similar meetings.

  3. I would like to see the next set of protests/ marches happen on Earth day for the environment where we all knit or make hats or some gear to wear. Could be green hats for the environment and going more green and/or crazy mixed up things made with all the little leftovers as in using up and recycling. Could be cut up old tshirts turned to yarn, or plastic bags.

    • Awesome idea. When is Earth Day? Let’s start mentioning this in social media and see if we can get it to catch on.

      By the way my fall Vermont knitting retreat is on the topics of Reuse, Recycle, Repurpose. We’ll be seeking old sweaters to turn them to cardigans and making a rug out of cut up t-shirts!

      This is also the topic of Stories In Stitches 6.

      Thanks for writing,

      D

      • April 22nd is Earth Day this year… Well worth thinking about what can be done for that date. Based on the news I saw today about coal, it looks like we will need every possible earth day participant to speak out.

  4. I would add to #8 that we can SUBSCRIBE to the newspapers and magazines who are doing the investigative journalism. Subscribers support these publications and pay for the journalists. My first real indepth look into fracking, for example, came from a Mother Jones article. Keep the press in business!

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