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Invite a Friend to Come With You to Marches

This OTYCD entry originally posted in July 2017.

 

Are you going to a protest or a march in your area? Invite at least one friend to come with you.

 

First, please read the post titled Learn to Welcome People to the Movement, Period, Full Stop:

https://onethingyoucando.com/2017/04/03/learn-to-welcome-others-to-the-movement-period-full-stop-2/

 

Part of your power is the power to encourage others to join you in protest. If you’re going to any of the marches this month, make a point of inviting others to come with you. If you’ve already invited people to come with you, try to add someone who has never come to a protest march before, or hasn’t come to one in the Trump era.

 

Be prepared to offer extra help. Do they need a ride? Do they need money for lunch or snacks? Do they need cold-weather gear? See what you can do to remove whatever’s standing in the way of their participation.

 

It’s not about offering someone an engraved invitation. It’s about using your power as someone your friend respects and trusts for good. You matter, and they matter. Going to protests matter. Join forces and do so together.

 

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Believe It: You Matter, Part II: You Matter to Other People

This OTYCD entry originally posted in May 2017.

Believe it. You matter to other people. 

One of the most pernicious lies that authoritarians and their ilk try to push is that you don’t matter. That’s bullshit. You matter. If you didn’t matter, Trump and those who do his bidding wouldn’t be so hot and bothered about suppressing the vote under the guise of routing out voter fraud.

No matter who you are, no matter where you are, you have people who care about you and your opinions. For serious.

You can push back against Trump by believing, wholeheartedly, that you matter, and that the people around you care about what you have to say.

Stand up. Be calm. Be respectful. Be heard. Lather, rinse, repeat.

Keep speaking out against Trump and his sick, destructive worldview.

And most of all, keep finding ways to invite people to join you in your resistance. You are powerful alone, but you are more powerful with friends.

Don’t be put off if they say no. Keep asking people who you like to join you until someone says yes. If you are kind and deferential and no-strings-attached about it, someone will, eventually.