Daily Actionsends users an alert every weekday with a simple action to take to push back on government stances they disagree with. The action usually consists of a call to your state representative, for instance, to ask them to vote against a cabinet nominationyou oppose.
Its one curated action a day to resist the Trump agenda. I came up with it in the weeks after the election I just wanted to do something more, founder Laura Moser told The Huffington Post. I think a lot of people are scared into action right now. I want our reps to be aware every day that were watching.
Since its launch on Dec. 14, nearly 100,000 users are engaging with Daily Action, according to Moser. The service has facilitated almost 10,000 calls per day in the week since President Donald Trumps inauguration. Before that, the service averaged 5,000 calls per day.
Itpromotes calling representatives, as opposed to signing petitions or posting on social media, because experts have found its the most effective way to get legislators attention, according to the New York Times.
The process is fairly simple: You text the word DAILY to 228466 and enter your postal code. Youll get one text alert every weekday: It gives you a number to call,where you can hear a 30-second recorded message about the issue of the day (in Lauras voice, but also available in writing onthe Facebook page).Then it patches you through to your relevant elected official.
When it comes to deciding which actions to push, Moser has a clearly progressive agenda: Past actions have included calling reps to oppose Trumps Attorney General nominee, Jeff Sessions, as well as signing upto join the Womens Marchandcalling banks to have them divest from the Dakota Access Pipeline.
I specifically didnt talk about resisting Trump at first I was hoping for the best, Moser said. But unfortunately hes gone completely extreme, from every cabinet appointee, to every policy. So I guess its pretty anti-Trump at this point.
Some recent moves by Trump that have provoked a backlash from progressives include proposals to restrict refugees and immigration from Muslim-majority countries, and an executive order to build a wall on the U.S. border with Mexico. On Wednesday, hundreds of people joined a rally in New York City to oppose Trump and support Muslims and immigrants, with chants of Resist!
Were not just gonna take it lying down, Moser said of Trumps recent actions. This is not normal. Its not OK.
Daily Action is one of a number of services that help individuals get more politically involved: Email services 5 Calls and Call Them In send contact information and scripts to people so they can call their reps based on their location. Prominent activists have also initiated email newsletters since the election, with lists of proposed actions to take, including the Womens Marchs 10 Actions 100 Days, Shaun Kings Injustice BoycottandMichael Skolniks Movement To Oppose Trump.
While Moser says she was never very politically engaged before November, Trumps electoral victory has spurred her to action.
Im the granddaughter of someone who fled Germany in 1938, and its scary to see a repeat and I dont use the word fascism lightly, she said. But rather than feel sick about it all the time, I feel everyone has to do a little more than theyve done before so this is my piece of that pie.