Earlier this summer, MoveOn.org launched the Resistance Summer, which was created to mobilize people around action and create tangible victories for environmental and social movements. We’re joining in with our Eight Weeks of Action series.
We want to harness the energy that people have for resistance this summer. Each week, we’ll give you seven actions you can take towards combating hate, protecting the environment, supporting green businesses, and holding corporations responsible. Some of these actions will be harder or more time consuming than others, but we think if you’re able to take action every day, or even a few days a week, you’ll know you’ve made an impact.
We’re moving forward, with or without Washington. Will you join us?
Day 1: Regularly visit reputable news sites to stay up to date on topics you care about, and favorite them in your browser. When you come across news from an unknown or questionable source, keep fact-checking, and encourage others to do the same. Politifact is a Pulitzer Prize-winning fact checking website.
Day 2: Learn how recycling works and why it’s so often done wrong—if you already know, share with someone who may not.
Day 3: Sign a petition: Godiva’s golden boxes of chocolates and decadent chocolate-covered strawberries contain some unsavory ingredients: poverty and child labor. Nearly 70 percent of the world’s cocoa, including Godiva’s, is sourced from Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire, where cocoa farmers and their families live on less than $1 per day—well below the global poverty line of $1.25/day. Join us in sending Godiva a message to show support for the workers in its supply chain.
Day 4: Buy an organic, free trade chocolate bar and enjoy!
Day 5: Find out who runs your town or city—a mayor, board of selectmen, or other municipal leadership . Ask them to support the Paris Agreement. They won’t be alone—343 mayors have already agreed to uphold the goals of the agreement. If yours already has, send a message of your support.
Day 6: Declare a “Hate-Free Zone” in your neighborhood, or push local politicians to have your town or city declared a Hate-Free Zone. Or, ask your town's leaders to officially have a welcoming stance to refugees and immigrants.
Day 7: If a hate group plans a rally in your city, hold a unity rally to take the spotlight from it. The Southern Poverty Law Center suggests holding your rally some distance away from the hate group, to literally draw people away.