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[personal profile] jack
I'm sorry for not having done more earlier.

Several American friends have started following a couple of sites designed for "if you can't do everything, here's one thing a day (or less) that's worthwhile". Designed to fight despair, and to maintain momentum in the longer term, not just burn out with the initial burst of outrage. Is there anything similar with a UK softening-Brexit focus, however futile? Or what else is worthwhile, if I have some energy, but admit I don't have an infinite amount? :(

My immediate thoughts were, donate money to somewhere appropriate, and write to MP, because I haven't even done that yet.

Date: 2017-01-26 10:17 am (UTC)
From: [personal profile] ewt
I don't have any short, formulaic answers.

It's probably a good time to get involved with and/or financially support some of the following organisations:
Open Rights Group
Medecins Sans Frontiers
Amnesty International

It's probably a good idea to use Signal or another encrypted messaging system.

It's probably a good time to get involved in local community in some way: get to know people who live around you, on your street or block, rather than those in family/interest bubbles (I am not suggesting that you personally exist in such a bubble; rather that it is important to connect with people who only really share geography with you).

Making connections with areas of activism that are important to you will probably result in finding some concrete actions that you can do.

Date: 2017-01-26 03:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] rmc28

(Admittedly I found it yesterday, and the first action was to send a postcard to Teresa May before she met Trump today, so I've not done that.) I quite like the suggestion that you get friends/neighbours together to do the actions - write the postcards or whatever.

I think, find an existing org that is being active and join them in some small way is the way to go. [personal profile] ewt's suggestions are good; ORG is actively seeking volunteer input which might appeal? https://wiki.openrightsgroup.org/wiki/Main_Page

https://twitter.com/gembarrett/status/824361091002232832 is a twitter thread all about how techies specifically can volunteer

And don't forget not burning out: https://medium.com/the-coffeelicious/how-to-stayoutraged-without-losing-your-mind-fc0c41aa68f3

Date: 2017-01-26 07:22 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] cesy
Onesmallthing on Twitter are helpful for that.