I am a millennial in the era of Trumpism. Like many of my twenty-something’s, I am caught in a tug-of war. Rage tugs at my limbs on one side. I see the typhoon of hazards looming ahead for our nation and our planet as the Trump inauguration more closely approaches — threats to the environment, to democracy, to national security, to the working class, to vulnerable communities within the nation, to the very body that I live in – and I feel ignited with anger and desperate for action. I want to do whatever I can to fight back, to build and collaborate and innovate in a way that will allow our generation to stand a chance during and after a Trump administration
On the other hand, however, the gravity of real life pulls heavily on me. I work full time and go to school part time, and I try to maintain some semblance of social connectedness and normalcy in the endless hustle-and-bustle of early adulthood. I’m busy most of the time. When I’m not busy, I’m exhausted. Life is busy, and complicated, and packed with things to do and places to go and people to see. As important as I know it is to fight the creep of neo-fascism onto American soil, I’m also just trying to function on a day to day basis.
And so, find myself stuck in limbo. I am caught between the urgent yearning to do something to protect myself, my loved ones and my society from deterioration and demagoguery, and the equally imperative daily requirement of sustaining my livelihood and practicing self-care. I want to help, but my time and energy are precious and limited natural resources. Does this sound familiar to you?
If it does, I’ve used my first piece of writing for Liberal Resistance to help you out. Really, I’m helping myself out, but if you’re a busy, passionate, ambitious, tired millennial like me, who wants to contribute but doesn’t know where to start, then this piece is for you, too. I have created a breakdown of easy to access technological resources that put civic engagement right at your over-active, always-typing fingertips. I like to think of it as Civil Disobedience Spark Notes for my pissed off co-patriots who want to do their part to speak out and fight back while still paying bills and living life. If you are simultaneously seething and strapped for time, the resources below are a good place to start to throw punches at the system in between classes or during your lunch break.
- Countable. – This app is rad! First, it accessibly and concisely breaks down the bills that senators and representatives are currently debating on. Gone are the days when we have no idea what the hell is actually going down on Capitol Hill. You can read up on legislative matters in line for coffee or while you scroll through your phone before crawling out of bed and back into the Rat Race in the morning. Once you’re read up, countable allows you to send e-mails to your representative instantly to tell them how you’d like them to vote on the bill.
- Icitizen – This website is the best place to start if you’re looking to engage meaningfully on the local, state or national level. It provides nonpartisan content to help you read up on what’s going on politically in your local community or across the country, and then allows users to build greater impact and spread awareness on the issues that matter most to them by providing an easy format for crowd-sourcing, which is one of the best tools we can use to spread awareness and garner support. Icitizen capitalizes on the legislative sway of hard data by collecting polls and using those polls to directly influence lawmakers on the state, local and national level. If you’re looking for a way to quickly and efficiently get in touch with your lawmaker and have your voice hear about an issue that matters to you, this is your place to look.
- Flippable – The makers of Flippable know that you’re busy. That’s why they’ve made if their mission to radically simplify the political process. Their site aims to make getting educated on upcoming races simpler and more efficient than ever. They provide a succinct and no-nonsense breakdown of what elections are approaching, who is running for office, which races matter most, and how you can support the candidates that are championing progressive causes throughout the nation. This is the place to look to know which races are approaching, who’s running, how to vote, and how you can help the push towards victory.
- Wall of Us – It can be a tremendously daunting task to sort through all the information at our disposal to figure out what action to take to make the most impact in the least amount of time. Don’t you wish that there was a website which could just provide you with a “To Do” list for weekly political participation? If so, Wall of Us has you covered. This site provides four actions each week that will help you make the most impact and contribute the most resistance with your limited time. The makers of this site have made it their mission “To make it simply irresistible to resist Trump.” How can you argue with that?
- Weekly Resistance – Itching to vent, to make your voice heard in a deliciously tangible way? Weekly resistance provides you with everything you need to pick up your phone and make the calls that matter to save our country from the Neo-Nazi nuzzling narcissist that is about to lead the Free World. Weekly Resistance provides the information and resources to let you know what types of calls to make, who to make them to, and what to say. They provide all the scripts and contact information you need to raise your voice and fight the good fight in this tumultuous time.
So, there you have it, five easy to access, technology-driven apps and websites that make civic engagement and civil disobedience more accessible and impactful than ever before.
The future of this nation and the trajectory of this planet are ours for the molding, if we would actually pick up the tools and raise our damn voices. We make up the same percentage of the voting-age population in the United States as the baby boomers. By the next congressional election, we will have surpassed them. The problem is, our turnout numbers are abysmal.
It’s time for us to stop the excuses. I understand the disillusionment and skepticism that so many of my peers feel about the political process. I understand that the system is broken. But the stakes are too high for us to rest within lazy apathy or dismissive resignation to an irreparably corrupt system. It’s time to utilize the immense technological resources that we have at our disposal to network, educate, collaborate and resist like never before. While life may be busy and we may be exhausted, it’s never been easier to inform ourselves and to make our voices heard. None of us know what the next four years will hold. What I do know, though, is that I want to be able to look back on this administration and say that I did what I could to fight like hell against the threats that encroached upon our planet and our respective communities. I hope you join me in this fight. Pick one of the resources listed above and get moving. I promise you I’ll do the same.
Chief Editor and Content Contributor – Liberal Resistance