Take Action: Laying the Groundwork
If you’re part of our network, you may already know a lot of these things! We wanted to start our first blog post with ideas for laying the activist groundwork for yourself to most effectively channel your energy toward tangible steps of action and activism.
KEEPING YOURSELF INFORMED
These are recommendations for dealing with the constant barrage of information and action in ways that are sane and sustainable. Find the methods that work best for you, and remember that part of being a force for good in your community includes caring for yourself and knowing when you need to unplug.
- Want it sent to your email? We recommend The Daily Skimm Receive a concise daily briefing with a good dose of humor. Started by two badass women of action.
- Want a news update on your phone? We recommend the NPR One App. You can listen to 5 minutes of your national and local news cast (even while doing something else) anytime. No spin, click baity headlines or big league, HUGE, tremendous spray tans.
- Want to listen to a great podcast? Of course you do. We recommend Pod Save America a self-described “No-bullshit conversation about politics.” A political podcast for people not yet ready to give up or go insane hosted by some former Obama administration employees. Another great one is the Rachel Maddow Show Podcast.
- Want to save time knowing what your reps are up to? For smart phone users, you can get notifications through twitter every time your representatives tweet, saving you time and keeping you up to date on their actions and stances.
CONTACTING YOUR REPRESENTATIVES
- Find their information here, or text your zip code to (520) 200-2223 and it will send you your representatives’ contact information.
- Add their contact information to your cell phone. We recommend doing this to make it easier to call them any time an issue grabs your attention.
- For senators who are dealing with a higher call volume you may want to also save their district and local phone numbers in case you meet with busy signals or full voicemail boxes.
- Follow your reps on twitter, to keep up to date on what issues they’re focusing on. If you want your voice to be heard, Twitter is most effectively used for keeping your local and city representatives. Your voice, approval & disapproval is counted!
PUTTING YOUR MONEY WHERE YOUR MOUTH IS
- For even just 10 dollars a month, you can set up a recurring monthly donation and know that your money is going towards causes you are passionate about.
- For many organizations becoming a member means they can allocate your funds differently and in ways that are most useful for them. For example, a minimum yearly contribution of only $35 can make you a proud freedom-fighting, card-carrying member of the ACLU.
PROTESTS, MARCHES & TOWN HALL MEETINGS
With so much going on that there will always be protests you will miss, but if you're free, showing up to a protest is a very meaningful action. You can also plan in advance to make it to a march that speaks to your passion. Please see our site wide and local chapter calendars for more detailed information and check your rep's website to know their schedule. If there are specific actions and causes you'd like to see more events on please contact us and we will do our best to add them to our calendar.
These are suggested ways to take action, figure out which ones will work best for you and what you feel you have to offer. If you have any suggestions you'd care to share, please contact us, we'd love to hear from you!
The Women of WW4W