Activism That Matters – How to Uphold Your Vision for America

About 3 weeks ago, Donald J. Trump became the 45th President of the United States of America and the de facto leader of the free world.

But many Americans and other nations feel anything but free.

Whether it’s the Trump administration’s potentially unconstitutional executive order to ban citizens from 7 Muslim-majority nations, the looming far-right nationalist agenda of Trump’s chief strategist, contradictory foreign policy positions toward Russia, or the need to reassure Asian allies that America still has their back, the upending of the current world order seems more chaotic than transformative.

Do you share this angst with the world, and do you want to defend the rights and liberties you treasure?

Then know you’re not alone.

And know that there are many tangible and influential things you can do about it. I’ve been tracking some promising nationwide/global movements that are bubbling up, and I invite you to join them.

Women’s March

On January 21, the Women’s March made history when over 5 Million worldwide and over 1 Million in Washington, D.C. showed up to march, speak and make their voices heard. Now the March organizers have launched a 10 ACTIONS / 100 DAYS campaign to keep us involved in making the change we seek both locally and nationwide. Sign up here.

Indivisible Guide

A set of best practices created by former congressional staffers for making Congress listen.

What began as a poorly formatted, typo-filled Google Doc has now been downloaded over a million times. More than 4,500 local groups have signed up to resist the Trump agenda in nearly every congressional district in America. Find a group near you.

5 Calls

Calling members of Congress is the most effective way to have your voice heard. Calls are tallied by staffers and the count is given to your representatives, informing them how strongly their constituents feel about a current issue. The sooner your reach out, the more likely it is that your voice will influence their position.

Best of all, 5 Calls does the heavy lifting for you by researching the issues and providing phone numbers and call scripts tailored to your local representatives. Make your voice heard.

March for Science

This Earth Day, April 22 2017, scientists will walk out of the lab and into the streets.

Recent US policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Learn more here.

People’s Climate Movement

The People’s Climate Movement successfully stages a historic People’s Climate March on the eve of the UN Climate Summit on Sept. 21, 2014.

Now, throughout the first 100 days in office, the People’s Climate Movement is re-booting their cause with a country-wide arc of action, culminating on April 29th 2017 in Washington DC in a powerful mobilization. Sign up here.

Daily Engagement

Need more inspiration or guidance? Flavorwire’s Daily Engagement posts one easy thing that people can do to continue to resist the current state of politics, focusing on the creative ways that citizens are finding to resist. Search their posts here.

And last but not least, remember…

This is a marathon, not a sprint. The wheels of democracy turn slowly, but they do turn. And with each mindful action we take, we inch ever closer to that ideal of justice and equality for all.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Leaving behind nights of terror and fear I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.

from Maya Angelou's 'Still I Rise'

About the author

Maya Mathias

Maya Mathias is a global leadership veteran, with a life and career spanning 3 continents and 5 job transitions. She is a peaceful leadership advocate and mentor, bringing her unique blend of East & West to her leadership development and innovation management practice. Maya’s life began with a lower-middle class upbringing in Asia, surrounded by poultry & vegetable farms and the ‘simple life’. She doesn’t forget her humble roots, and her body of work seeks to bring more equality, justice and personal purpose in troubling times. Learn more about Maya here.

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