Knowledge is power. Power to the people. No change can come without joy. Build ecstatically. Look at the leaves, trees and forests. Listen. Step aside (that means long time held beliefs, too) to reach a goal. Be unconditional in your love. Love and take care of yourself.
Actions you can take from home or on a break at work:
Call your state representatives voicing your opinion about daily legislation which is privatizing government, rolling back protective regulations and civil rights (U.S. exit from the U.N., Trump’s plan to kill NEA, PBS, NPR, EPA, REINS, voter suppression, making marijuana illegal, expanding private prisons, Personhood bill, Public Education). Here’s a website where you can look up current congressional legislation and find the issues you care most about. Here’s the best guide on how to be effective when calling and one for people who are shy on the phone.
Is Congress on recess? Here’s how to take advantage of that time.
Articles and Manuals for Organizing:
The Ideology of the Young Lords Party (PDF)
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire (PDF)
The Black Panther Party: Service to the People Programs, edited by David Hilliard (PDF)
Blood in My Eye by George Jackson (PDF)
Peoples’ War, Peoples’ Army by Vo Nguyen Giap (PDF)
Poor People’s Movements by Frances Fox Piven
Policing the Planet, edited by Jordan T. Camp and Christina Heatherton
American Civil Liberty’s Union: Know Your Rights
Seattleites Form Neighborhood Groups to Resist Trump
In the Shadow of the Shadow State
A Concise History of Liberation Theology
Organizing Lessons from Civil Rights Leader Ella Baker
The Jackson Kush Plan (by Cooperation Jackson/MXGM)
Fuck Trump, But Fuck You Too: No Unity with Liberals
the past didn’t go anywhere — making resistance to antisemitism part of all our movements
10 Points on Black Bloc (Text or Youtube)
How To Set Up an Anti-Fascist Group
On Strategic Non-Violent Conflict: Thinking about the Fundamentals
Ori Brafman and Rod Beckstrom’s The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations
Nonviolent struggle: 50 crucial points
Rick Falkvinge’s Swarmwise — The Tactical Manual To Changing The World
198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
Pussy hats, Black Lives Matter and Black Bloc: How To Build Power to Counter Trump- America’s Dictator in the Making
How to resist Donald Trump from 9 Leaders
Reflections on the recent election
In Times Like These by David O’Bryant
How cities can protect people threatened by Trumpism by Arun Gupta
Nunca Mas! People Powered Strategy in the Time of Trump by Doyle Canning
Autocracy: Rules for Survival by Masha Green
Living and Surviving in the Partisans: Shelter
America Needs a Network of Rebel Cities to Stand Up to Trump
Shock Waves: A Syllabus for the End Times by Fuck Theory
Learning from Grief, Learning from Rage- Progressive Survival under Donald Trump will Require Both
So You’re Going to Protest, Here’s How to Do It the Smart Way
How To Survive A Knife Attack: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4
Assertive Responses to Street Harassment
Dealing with Street Harassment
Conflict Resolutions/Alternatives to Calling the Police:
What To Do Instead of Calling the Police
Safe Party Toolkit – Toolkit on preventing and addressing different types of violence at parties
Navigating Crisis (The Icarus Project) – Crisis response toolkit for people with mental health problems
A Practical Guide to Stop Interpersonal Violence (Creative Interventions Toolkit) – Staying Safe includes concerns, plans and actions all meant to minimize the current, potential and future levels of harm or increase the level of safety.
The Revolution Starts at Home – (an updated version has recently been published, but this version is still pretty good) community accountability, experiences of folks who’ve survived intimate partner violence in radical community, etc. Definitely applicable to other kinds of in-community violence.
Hold your elected officials accountable:
We need the support of local and national politicians. They need to be held accountable. Know who they are. Put their phone numbers in your contact list.
Emails and online petitions are great. But, they don’t get results. Take a few minutes and call your representative.
How to make your congressman listen to you by a former staffer
Call the Halls: Contacting your Representative the Smart Way
Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.
How to Call Your Reps When You Have Social Anxiety
Here is a list of very detailed sample draft resolutions and ordinances that local governments can pass to protect all those under attack by Trump and Trumpism.
Resources for Allies:
On being an ally or comrade:
Being an ally or a comrade means understanding and checking your white privilege. It means standing up and being a shield against racism. It means listening. It means putting your ego and fragility at the door. It means stepping up and refusing to allow your privilege to harm others. It means white women understanding intersectional feminism.
White privilege: unpacking the invisible knapsack by Peggy McIntosh
Discussion Guide for Moving White Women to Take Action for Racial Justice
White women, you need to talk about racism
Syllabus for White People to Educate Themselves
If you’re white, don’t call yourself an “intersectional feminist” and don’t use “intersectionality” for white people
What to Do if You are Witnessing Islamophobic Harassment
Class is More Intersectional than Intersectionality
Know Your Rights:
If an Agent Knocks (Center for Constitutional Rights) – Federal law enforcement; available in English, Spanish, Urdu, and Arabic
When the FBI knocks (Muslim Justice League)
CUNY CLEAR also provides know your rights trainings on the following issues:
Law enforcement in the street and in home encounters (materials here in English, here in Arabic)
Charitable giving (materials here in English, here in Arabic)
Traveling while Muslim/No Fly List (materials here in English, here in Arabic)
KYR! Learn how to protect you and your family during immigration raids
KYR In Case of Immigration/Police Raid (INCITE!)
KYR: What To Do If You’re Stopped by the Police, Immigration Agents, or the FBI (ACLU)
Survival Guide for Trans Women in California State Prisons (TGIJP)
KYR in home and street encounters with ICE (Immigrant Defense Project)
Tools for self care and community care
Tools for navigating mental health crisis
Exercises for practicing compassion for oneself
Self and Community Care for LGBTQ+ and POC
Mad Maps guide designed to help you understand power structures and the effect they have had on you