Reflect on a year of resistance.
A New Year’s Revolution was born in the wake of the 2016 election as a way to sustain ourselves and our communities as we fight against the racism, sexism, capitalism, and hatred of a newly elected Donald Trump (aka 45). We never could have imagined what this year would bring, or how we would come together to face the challenges it has presented. Today’s #DailyRevolution is to take pride in all that we’ve accomplished in 2017, and start prepping your new year’s revolution for 2018.
Starting on January 1, 2017, our group of scrappy, dedicated volunteers set out to give you, our socially conscious readers, the tools to make civic engagement a daily habit. Since that day, together we have completed 364 acts of resistance against 45’s administration. We are so grateful for your energy, ideas, art, and commitment throughout this year. Thanks to you, we truly are stronger together.
45’s presidency kicked off with the Women’s March, the single largest protest in America’s history – and we were only getting started. We hit the streets more than 30 times in 2017 – from LA to St. Louis to NYC and DC; fighting for Black lives, rallying for Dreamers, supporting equal rights, trans rights, women’s rights, immigrants’ rights and Indigenous Peoples’ rights; marching for science and education, against Trumpcare, and in acknowledgement of climate change; demanding that 45 release his tax returns; defending trans service members; and defunding DAPL; rallying for equal access to birth control; challenging 45’s bigoted nominees; and fighting a Muslim ban, another Muslim ban, and ANOTHER Muslim ban.
We contacted our government representatives at every level, from local police departments and city council members, to mayors, governors, and state representatives; to the White House. We contacted nearly every office of nearly every federal agency – from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, to the Environmental Protection Agency, Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Communications Commission, and even the Department of Defense.
And we called our members of Congress 83 times – to fight tax reform, protect children’s health insurance, fight for workers’ rights, investigate 45’s collusion with Russia, oppose big budget cuts, defend Dreamers, demand bail reform, and save Obamacare (again, and again, and again).
If we couldn’t get through on the phone lines, we found other means. We got crafty with sending snail mail to stand with Standing Rock, defending our national parks, fighting the ban on words at the CDC, and showing some love to our representatives who are fighting the good fight.
And we didn’t stop there. We demanded more from the media, our own workplaces, and our alma maters. We supported our local communities by fighting for queer rights on bathroom doors; Honoring Native Land in our local coffee shops; collecting coats, period products, and donations for those experiencing homelessness; helping our communities #GetCovered, and fighting racist and sexist policies at school and at work.
And we made big personal changes, too. We challenged ourselves to face our own biases around race, gender, culture, and climate change. We grabbed our wallets to vote with our dollars against those companies who support 45’s administration and policies. We divested from big banks and businesses supporting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and we saved our hard-earned dollars for local small businesses. We made personal commitments to the Paris Climate Agreement and worked every day to reduce our energy, trash, and water footprints – from going meatless on Mondays and limiting food waste, to trading plastic for reusable bottles, cups, flatware (everything!), and ditching fast fashion trends.
And we voted. We knocked on doors, attended town halls, phone banked, registered voters, worked the polls, built up our town hall know-how, urged women to run for office, and fought for the right to vote for all Americans. But while 2017 beat back bigots (thanks to the leadership of Black Americans, especially women), and saw definite steps towards equal representation for all Americans – we know that there is still far to go.
We will be back in 2018 and together we will take back the House and the Senate in the Midterm Elections. Our sights are set on a more equitable future, and we look forward to supporting another year of resistance with our 2018 Calendar and Online Toolkit. As we look back on 2017, we hope you share our pride in the persistence of the resistance movement and this project, and remember the issues that have propelled you into action, and join us tomorrow for one last #DailyRevolution as we write our personal revolutions for 2018.