The DD:FF Challenge
What you need:
A jar Slips of paper Dedication and energy
At the end of every week, jot down what you did to defend democracy that week and put that slip of paper into the jar. Place your jar where friends & family will see it. At the end of the year, tally it up!
Challenge to sponsoring groups:
Provide a prize for anyone who has 50 or more actions (~one per week): patch, certificate, special recognition. Or assign points based on difficulty and have a friendly competition.
The rules are simple: Not everything counts.
These actions count:
- Attended a meeting that concluded with an action plan, specific assignments, and a way to measure and report the effectiveness of each planned action.
- Wrote a letter or email to an elected official about a specific bill.
- Attended and spoke up at an elected official’s town hall or made an appointment and presented your views/concerns to an elected official at his/her office.
- Reached out to a member of a marginalized group and asked them what you can do to help.
- Volunteered with a group, school, or religious organization that aids marginalized groups.
- Did voter registration or voter education.
- Helped develop, produce, or distribute voter education materials.
- Helped with a local, county, or state campaign.
- Ran for office.
- Researched and donated to an organization that is pro-democracy.
- Subscribed to a newspaper.
- Participated in, or enabled, a protest relevant to DD:FF. (‘Enabled’ means you provided food, transportation, legal observing, etc.)
- Attended and spoke at a public meeting of your municipal, county, school, or state government.
- Worked or volunteered at a polling place.
- Helped with a ‘sanctuary’ activity, such as providing housing or legal aid to an undocumented immigrant.
- Joined or rejoined a union.
- Bought local. ate, shopped, or used personal services only at locally owned businesses, not big chains.
- Recruited someone for a DD:FF action.
- Researched an issue and submitted a letter to the editor about it.
- Learned how to intervene when a stranger is being harassed or taught someone else what to do.
- Made a plan to reduce your use of fossil fuels: installed solar panels, cut back on driving, used the bus or biked instead of driving, turned down the thermostat.
- Organized an alternative activity to draw attention away from hate groups. The Southern Poverty Law Center’s “10 Ways to Fight Hate” has many examples you can follow or adapt. Turn a negative event into a positive counter-event to raise awareness and money for community-building efforts. www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/d6_legacy_files/downloads/publication/Ten_Ways_2010.pdf
- Moved money from a corporate bank to a local credit union or into a social-good investment fund.
These do not count:
- Attended a meeting that was just talk, no action plan.
- Posted something on Facebook or posted a comment on a web site
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