Organizing for Action, a nonprofit founded by Barack Obama, is sending around a training manual for those in the anti-Donald Trump camp, to help make their opposition more effective.
It’s like the shadow government, in written form.
And among the teaching tools?
From the New York Post:
“[It] advises them to bully GOP lawmakers into backing off support for repealing ObamaCare, curbing immigration from high-risk Islamic nations, and building a border wall.”
The group has taken to Facebook to rally activists to fight Trump.
In a post called “Take a deep breath. Then take action,” Organizing for Action writes: “Keep in mind that progress never comes served on a silver platter; we’ve always had to work for it.”
Here are some excerpts from the Facebook post:
“From marriage equality to climate change to health care reform, it’s taken years—sometimes decades—of sustained effort from a broad base of citizens to bring these issues to the forefront and persuade decision-makers to move us forward. So in that sense, this new political climate is no different. We’ve been here before.
“When the news gets to be overwhelming, take a deep breath, think of how far we’ve come and how it came about, and remember that we community organizers carry that torch. Organizing, speaking out, and standing up for what’s right is what we do—and we’re not going to back down now. …
“If you’re worried about the prospect of Obamacare being repealed: Well, we are too. But this is a fight we can win—enough lawmakers can see that their constituents are truly worried about what will happen, and they’re starting to waver. Help keep the pressure on these legislators—here are just a few ways:
“Sign the petition to hear more about this ongoing campaign, including events in your area and ways to connect with other organizers. Stay tuned for online trainings and invitations to calls with coalition partners like Indivisible Guide.
“Then, call key senators. OFA’s call tool will connect you with specific lawmakers who can make or break the fight to protect the Affordable Care Act. In order to defend this law, the consumer protections it entails, and the 32 million Americans who depend on Obamacare for their health coverage, these legislators need to hear from you. They really, really need to hear from you. Make it part of your daily routine that you let them know you won’t stand for Obamacare repeal.
“Then, write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper. Share your personal story about why this issue is important to you. Through years of organizing experience, we’ve found that personal stories can be one of the most effective ways to change hearts and minds. (And make sure you select “Health Care” from the drop-down box.)
“Then, share your personal story at ACAworks.org. Coalition partners are compiling and publishing personal stories in an effort to show just how many lives and livelihoods have been saved by the law.
“Finally, be ready for recess. Representatives are going to be in their home districts from February 17 – 26—stay tuned with Town Hall Project 2018 to learn where you can meet your lawmakers in person.”
OFA offers similar Facebook-posted strategies for immigration.
And then there’s this, a special offering under the category of “getting organized,” the Facebook post notes:
“Apply for OFA’s Community Engagement Fellowship. Learn the ins and outs of effective organizing. The course is completely free-of-charge, but space is limited—apply before the February 20 deadline.”
OFA also recommends interested activists “find an OFA chapter near you,” or “host a planning meeting yourself” to start a new chapter.
“Finally,” the Facebook post notes, “make sure you’re getting the facts. Follow the OFA Truth Team on Facebook and Twitter and sign up for the Truth Team’s weekly digest of the news, delivered straight to your inbox every weekend.”