The DD:FF 2017 Challenge
You will need:
A jar Slips of paper Dedication and energy
How it works:
At the end of every week, jot down what you did to defend democracy that week and put that slip of paper into the jar. Place your jar where friends & family will see it. At the end of the year, tally it up!
The rules are simple: Not everything counts.
These actions count:
- Attended a meeting that concluded with an action plan, specific assignments, and a way to measure and report the effectiveness of each planned action.
- Wrote a letter or email to an elected official about a specific bill.
- Attended and spoke up at an elected official's town hall or mad. an appointment and presented your views/concerns to an electe. official at his/her office.
- Reached out to a member of a marginalized group and asked the. what you can do to help.
- Volunteered with a group, school, or religious organization that aids marginalized groups.
- Did voter registration or voter education.
- Helped develop, produce, or distribute voter education materials.
- Helped with a local, county, or state campaign.
- Ran for office.
- Researched and donated to an organization that is pro-democracy.
- Subscribed to a newspaper.
- Participated in, or enabled, a protest relevant to DD:FF. (‘Enabled. means you provided food, transportation, legal observing, etc..
- Attended and spoke at a public meeting of your municipal, county. school, or state government.
- Worked or volunteered at a polling place.
- Helped with a ‘sanctuary’ activity, such as providing housing or legal aid to an undocumented immigrant.
- Joined or rejoined a union.
- Bought local. Ate, shopped, or used personal services only a locally owned businesses, not big chains.
- Recruited someone for a DD:FF action.
- Researched an issue and submitted a letter to the editor about it.
- Learned how to intervene when a stranger is being harassed or taught someone else what to do.
- Made a plan to reduce your use of fossil fuels: installed sola. panels, cut back on driving, used the bus or biked instead or driving, turned down the thermostat.
- Organized an alternative activity to draw attention away from hate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate” has many examples you can follow or adapt. Turn a negative event into a positive counter-event to raise awareness and money for community-building efforts.
- Moved money from a corporate bank to a local credit union or into a social-good investment fund.
These do not count:
- Attended a meeting that was just talk, no action plan.
- Posted something on Facebook or posted a comment on a web site.
- Signed an online petition. (Most of these exist to mine your data, and they are not very effective. See www.indivisibleguide.com.)