(while you still can) Right now, protest rallies and marches are happening on a regular basis. Tune in to your favorite cause – be that climate, noDAPL, Flint water, immigration, voters rights, BlackLivesMatter, gun control, anything that is threatened. And participate in physical rallies whenever you can spare the time.
Phone calls and letterwriting campaigns COUNT to politicians (emails, social media, and online petitions not so much). Contact the career politicians – such as your US senator, US House of Representatives – because they will worry about their ongoing game face beyond this particular four years. Keep it short, polite, direct (mention a specific piece of legislation if you can), and contact them often.
while you’re at it, if your political representatives are doing what you like, send them a Thank You to encourage them to keep up the fight
Understand how our free speech and freedom to peaceably assemble and Bill of Rights are being systematically dismantled. This is how dictatorships are formed: one step at a time. You are witnessing a take-down of democracy at the point at which you can help fight it.
The image in this post is a poster that I painted in 1979. Little did I know what lay ahead in my life. Please join me in fighting for that which we hold dear and precious: a liveable environment, our American rights, our children’s future.