Donald Trump is the president-elect, but he is not our president. Once a week until November 3, 2020, we will provide practical, pragmatic action plans for rejecting hate and prejudice, supporting those who need it, and demanding our concerns be acknowledged. This week, kc tells us how to fight the appointment of Steve Bannon as Trump’s chief strategist.
If you’re like me, this past week has been literal hell. In the Kubler-Moss model of grief, I have been vacillating between depression and anger. After crying at midnight on Tuesday, I immediately donated to Planned Parenthood and ACLU. I turned to social media for solace, and found myself surrounded by my wonderful like-minded friends who had already started tweeting and retweeting what we should do to move forward.
For those of you ready to take action (I’m talking to you, white people), your main focus should be to make your voice be heard in regards to holding Trump accountable for his new and unfortunate position. First and foremost, we cannot let Steve Bannon, an alt-right white supremacist and anti-Semite, be Trump’s chief strategist without making it known that we are NOT OKAY with this. Here is what you can do:
- Look up your representative here: http://www.house.gov/representatives/
- Call them using one of the scripts below. (Thanks to @katiemcvay for the first script and my friend Rachel for RTing it, and Samala for the rest)
- Look up your senator here: http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
- Call them using the same script below.
- Call House Speaker Paul Ryan @ (202) 225-3031. Use the same script.
- Call Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell @ (202) 224-2541. Same thing.
- Keep in mind you may have to leave contact information if you want them to get back to you. My awesome Dem. Representative called me back after I emailed her.
- Save those numbers in your phone and continue to call them. All of their hours are 8:30 AM – 6:00 PM.
“Hello, I am [NAME], your constituent from [INSERT LOCATION] and I was wondering when [INSERT NAME] was planning on releasing a statement condemning Steve Bannon, the white supremacist who Donald Trump has appointed as his chief strategist.”
For Democratic senators and representatives:
- “Hello, my name is [your name]. I am a constituent living in [address/area of district]. I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, as one of his closest advisors. Please publicly condemn this appointment.”
- “Does [legislator’s name] agree with Harry Reid that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists ‘will be represented at the highest levels’ in Trump’s administration? If so, please publicly condemn this appointment immediately.”
- “I am frightened by this as a [woman, Jewish, Muslim, black, queer, etc.] American and I am asking [legislator’s name] to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not acceptable. Can [legislator’s name] commit to standing with Harry Reid and speaking out publicly?”
For Republican senators and representatives:
- “Hello, my name is [your name]. I am a constituent living in [address/area of district]. I am horrified at the news of Trump appointing Steve Bannon, a white supremacist, as one of his closest advisors.
- “How does [legislator’s name] feel about this appointment? Does this appointment represent his/her views? I am frightened by this as a [woman, Jewish, Muslim, black, queer, etc.] American and I am asking [legislator’s name] to speak out against this appointment immediately, to make it clear that this is not okay with mainstream Republicans.”
- “I believe that Bannon’s appointment sends a dangerous signal that white supremacists will be represented at the highest levels in Trump’s administration. Can [legislator’s name] commit to speaking out publicly against this appointment?”
If they say that the person is not planning on doing so (or if they have not heard anything about it yet), say “I will call back tomorrow.” And actually do it. While you’re at it, call out the media for normalizing any of this. This isn’t normal.
If you’re not into phone calls, you can use those same websites to get their email addresses or mailing addresses. Type or write a letter. Our job is to prevent the normalization of racism, misogyny, xenophobia, anti-semitism, homophobia, and transphobia, and to insist that be part of our legislators’ jobs, too.
Don’t forget that action on a local level is equally important. Check your local newspaper for information on your city council, town halls, and other events where you can make your voice heard. If you can’t afford a subscription, social media can keep you updated as well.