Protesting matters! If the president is perceived as unpopular, elected officials are much more likely to stand against him. Calling your representatives matters! One of the attorneys said it’s most effective to tell your reps what NOT to do (do NOT support this person or that bill). And to thank them when they do something you support. — ACLU workshop
- Bill to sell 3.3 million acres in 10 western states pulled within a week after Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) faced backlash from conservationists and sportsmen groups, replying with image of him in hunting camouflage.
For everyone who DID something, small or big, your efforts have been successful. Because of you:
- Federal hiring freeze is reversed for VA (Veteran Affairs).
- Court order partial stay of the immigration ban for those with valid visas.
- Green card holders can get back in country.
- Uber pledges $3M and immigration lawyers for its drivers after #DeleteUber trends on Twitter.
- Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) enrollment ads are still going to air.
- The ACLU raised $24M over one weekend (normally $3-4Mil/year).
- HHS, EPA, USDA gag order lifted.
- EPA climate data no longer scrubbed from website.
- More people of different career/religious/economic/race backgrounds are considering running for political office than ever before.
- MOST importantly, since we live in a participatory democracy, the people are engaged.
While more is needed, sometimes you have to celebrate your wins. Stay vigilant, but also take self care seriously. Activist burnout is a thing. Marathon, don’t sprint.