The weeks since Barack Obama passed the presidential baton to Donald Trump have been a whirlwind of executive orders and protests while the rest of the world looks on in bafflement. Even when you can't necessarily make it to a march, however, you know what you do have available most of the time? Your phone. In fact, there are plenty of ways to resist Trump's administration using your cell phone from virtually anywhere.
The transition of power has gone peacefully but not quietly. The Women's March on Jan. 21 shattered expectations, drawing an estimated crowd of 2.6 million worldwide to demonstrate against Trump's administration and policies. Since then, organizers of the protest have launched the 10 Actions for the First 100 Days campaign outlining a series of actions anyone can take to speak out against the current government. During the Trump-imposed social media blackout for some agencies, some National Park Service employees went rogue and tweeted several facts about climate change that were later removed. Protests at airports across the country have erupted in response to Trump's temporary immigration and travel ban, and some areas have reported an increase in political involvement since his inauguration.
So what are some steps you can take to speak out against an administration characterized by sexist, xenophobic policies? Here are seven suggestions that require nothing but your phone.
1Set Up Push Notifications For News
One of the most important parts of political involvement is staying informed. To keep up with breaking news, set up push notifications for your favorite news app. Open "settings," then navigate to "notifications." Find the app you're looking for, then turn "allow notifications" on.
3Follow The Women's March Instagram
The Women's March Instagram is great stress relief; there's nothing so comforting as scrolling through a series of photos from protests against Trump and knowing that you're not alone. It also posts about current events and their First 100 Days campaign, so it's a great way to keep up with ways to get involved with politics.
4Keep Up With Social Media
You don't have to be one of those people who's constantly going on political rants — in fact, please don't, as they're not always constructive — but don't be afraid to talk about it online or in person. People need to understand that politics aren't theoretical; Trump's policies affect actual human beings. So if you're at a protest, Instagram it. If you read a fantastic article from a former National Security Council member on Steve Bannon's appointment, share it. You get the idea.
5Listen To Podcasts
7Call Your Representatives
Finally, use your phone for its original purpose: Calling people. Make a list of your local representatives (you can find them here) and let you know what you think of their voting patterns.