Stay Woke: The Okayplayer Guide To Fighting The Trump Presidency
Donald Trump's presidency is already off to a terrible start (if you need a refresher of what his administration has been up to since inauguration, check out our Drumpf Digest), and between the overflow of "Alternative Facts," Steven Bannon's overall sketchy past and Trump's Twitter fingers, we understand how difficult it may be to feel like you're properly informed.
So, Okayplayer has created a post with resources that include everything from Resistance Manuals to rogue Twitter accounts from federal agencies. The resources are divided into sections, so that way you can navigate them with ease, and will be updated accordingly.
Bookmark this. Tell a friend to tell a friend. We can't know how to move if we aren't armed with information.
Alternative / Rogue Twitter Accounts (Federal Agencies):
Each one of the following Twitter accounts have been created (primarily) in opposition to the handling of climate change by the Trump administration, as well as the gag orders placed on those agencies. Each account is run by non-government individuals. Although the nominees that would oversee environmental policy have now stated that climate change is real, environmental regulation will reportedly be affected by Trump. Here is a rundown of how the Environmental Protection Agency's budget will be cut: $513 million from grants to states and Native American tribes; $193 million from climate programs; and $109 million from a category labeled "environment programs and management."
Alternative NIH (National Institute of Health)
There's also this Twitter list that features a number of other alternative / rogue accounts.
Created by DeRay Mckesson and other activists, the Resistance Manual is an open-source platform in which users can add and use material to "harness the collective power of the people to resist the impact of a Trump presidency and to continue to make progress in our communities." There's a number of topics available to read up on, including: immigration, mass incarceration; LGBTQ equality; and others. From there you can also inform yourself on how to take action against Trump, with the manual offering contact information for U.S. senators and house representatives.
Screenshot via the Resistance Manual
Countable: The app offers users brief and concise descriptions of different bills that are going through Congress, and also allows you to contact your representative so you can voice your support or opposition to the legislation that's being considered.
Screenshot via Countable
We understand that even in the midst of this chaos you're still having to live life. You have to go to work, take care of your children, and still try to engage in activities that will help you not lose your sanity. But you've got to remain informed. Hence, Pocket.
Through this app you can save and revisit stories and videos that maybe you didn't have time in the day to check out. Instead of creeping on someone's Instagram, maybe read up on how Donald Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway cited a non-existent massacre to defend Trump's recent immigration ban (or do both, but more importantly, the latter).
Kamala Harris, U.S. Senate for California
Chances are, you not only use Twitter to express your existential woes (especially now) but to remain informed. Below are a combination of news outlets, politicians and political journalists to remain as up-to-date as possible.
Maxine Waters (@MaxineWaters): U.S. Representative for California who isn't afraid to call out Donald Trump both in person and on Twitter.
Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris): U.S. Senate for California (and also the second black woman to serve in the U.S. Senate).
Mark Knoller (@markknoller): CBS News White House Correspondent.
Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy): NBC Nightly News Senior Editor & Writer, who offers timely updates on Trump through his Twitter account.
James Hohmann (@jameshohmann): National Political Correspondent for The Washington Post (and is also the author of The Daily 202)
Keith Ellison (@EllisonCampaign): Currently running for chair of the Democratic National Committee.
DeRay Mckesson (@deray): You know who he is.
Screenshot via Next Protest
This list includes not only other news sources you should visit, but sites that will inform you of protests as well as businesses that you can boycott.
The New York Times: Although Trump continues to refer to the news outlet (and any other source of news that holds him accountable) as "fake news," The New York Times has provided in-depth reporting on everything occurring with Trump's presidency and more.
The Washington Post: The Washington Post currently has The Daily 202, which offers constant updates on anything related to Trump's presidency. Most recently, they've written about companies that have limited or completely stopped their affiliation with Trump, after being pressured by customers.
Next Protest: With so many protests popping up this website is updated daily to let you know when the next major protest is occurring in your city. All you've got to do is sign up with your e-mail, and you're good to go.
Grab Your Wallet: You can never go wrong with using your money as a means of protest. This website includes a list of companies affiliated with Trump that you can boycott.
And of course...
Go outside, go dancing, go watch a movie, hang out with family and friends, listen to music (seriously, Syd and Sampha's new albums are out) and, most importantly, just dedicate some time to taking care of yourself.
*If you have any suggestions for who or what should be added to the Okayplayer guide, hit up @ElijahCWatson on Twitter.