Other Guides and How-Tos

A selection of relevant guides & resources.

General advice & preparations

Concrete Suggestions in Preparation for January 2017’s change in American government / Sugerencias concretas en preparación para Enero 2017: advice sorted by demographic issue.

Okay, Fine. Here’s What You Should Do Post-Election: action steps to prepare for potentially destructive policies in a range of areas.

Rebel Well: A Starter Survival Guide To A Trumped America: multi-issue guide for various things to consider, sorted by demographic issue. Focused on teens, but applicable to everyone.

Protecting yourself

Everything Is Awful and I’m Not Okay: Questions To Ask Before Giving Up: self-care checklist for difficult times.

Forming Solidarity Networks: different types of solidarity networks, why they are important & how to build them.

How to #StayOutraged Without Losing Your Mind: Self-Care Lessons for the Resistance: advice from organizers & activists.

Self-Care as Resistance: self-care for difficult times.

Self-Care Tips for Those Who Are Terrified of Trump’s Presidency: tips for coping with negative emotions.

What to Do When Things Get Exciting: survivalist guide to prepare for & handle emergency situations.

Political discussions

A Handy Self-Care Guide For When Politics Come Up At Thanksgiving: how to cope with political conversations.

Helping Kids Process the Election Aftermath: How To Talk To Kids About the Election and the Aftermath: advice for families.

How to Argue Fairly and Without Rancor (Hello Thanksgiving!): strategies to engage in productive argument.

How to talk to your loved ones about a Trump Presidency: advice & suggested scripts for discussing various issues.

I grew up in the Westboro Baptist Church. Here’s why I left: “[…] In this extraordinary talk, [Megan Phelps-Roper] shares her personal experience of extreme polarization, along with some sharp ways we can learn to successfully engage across ideological lines.”

Your Guide to Dealing With Uncle Bob: how to handle political conversations with right-wing loved ones.

Standing against tyranny

Autocracy: Rules for Survival: advice to prevent normalization of autocracy & bigotry, and fight to defend civil rights & freedoms.

Time to Fight Like Hell: on fighting “the threat of authoritarianism”.

We’re heading into dark times. This is how to be your own light in the Age of Trump: “preparing to live like a nation of dissidents”.

What you — yes, you — can do to save America from tyranny: steps to take, learning lessons from history, to fight against tyranny.

Taking action

4 positive ways to take action after Trump’s victory: action steps to support progressive ideals & social progress.

7 extremely useful sites and apps to help you organize in Trump’s America: to aid in working together & taking action.

Activism in America Handout: step-by-step guide to choosing causes & engaging in action to support them.

An Introduction to Effective Altruism: how to ‘do good’ through causes, ethical careers, and charities.


We’ve Got a Month Until Inauguration Day. Here’s What We Can Do Right Now.: “Here is what to do: Stand up and defend those most at risk at this crucial moment in America’s political history.”

Resistance Is Patriotic—and Christian: A 6-Point Strategy: “a strategy to block dangerous and destructive public practices and policies and turn public opinion against them”.

Active outreach

How to effectively talk to your member of Congress: suggestions from a former Congressional staffer.

How to Host a Political Letter-Writing Party: advice for hosting an event to write letters to government officials & representatives.

Publish Letters to the Editor: how to write effective op-eds & letters to the editor and get them published. By the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

What to Call Your Reps About: A Topic List: suggested topics & concerns to discuss with government representatives.

Community organizing

Community Tool Box: tools for taking action, building & working with community groups. By the Work Group for Community Health and Development at the University of Kansas.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda: guide to “making Congress listen”. By former Congressional staffers.

Unite: A Practical Guide for Using Social Media To Build Groups For Action: guide to grassroots organizing using social media.

Constructive response

5 Ways You Can Fight Back Against Donald Trump: why it’s important to take action & how to get involved.

It’s Time to Fight: information on current issues at home & abroad.

What Can I Do?: ways to promote & support progressive causes.

What Do I Do About Trump?: how to get involved with activism.

Finding resources

Pantsuit Resources: resources for self-care, learning about various issues & taking action for progressive change.

Resource List: collection of various resources.

Stay Nasty America: state-by-state resources & organizations that support progressive causes.

Planning for a Trump Administration When You're Not A Straight Rich White Dude