The Operating System


*Most recent update : 8/13/17*


Now is the time to organize.

The way I see it, while folks are unusually… awake… to the horrors going on in this country, it’s essential that we all take this opportunity to take a long hard look at the “normal” we’ve gotten used to, and what most choose to ignore on a daily basis to live a semblance of an “ordinary” life, even if made possible by a litany of human rights violations and extraordinary damage to both human health and safety as well as to the only planet that can support our survival.

It is the time to insist upon change, for ourselves, for our communities, and for the system.

Every day presents to us yet another seemingly impossible, shocking announcement — of the type that makes one question the very nature of reality.

Do you feel sometimes that every day is a test to demonstrate how absurd this mockery of a “democracy” has gotten? Under a woefully unqualified, publicly racist and misogynist “POTUS” who lost the popular vote, a team that threatens to make *him* look moderate. No question, we’re on a runaway train with no conductor.

Question: where is the emergency break? Is there no fail safe, have none of our laws or treaties or global bodies been given adequate power to prevent (or now stop) this disaster? And, if not — we must. Or, we must say, we are no longer citizens, this is not my nation, and not stop building on our own until the fight is so big they are shown for the small, sad people that they are.

In the meanwhile, I’m very concerned about our already highly stressed, bioprecarious, overly exhausted populace. We must find a balance, must take time for self care, which at times may request rest and a break from action — and yet action is required, from all of us, as much as our bandwidth allows. To that end, it will do us great good to be efficient and keep our resources easily accessible. Please email me at with links, resources, or any suggestions for this guide.

– Lynne DeSilva-Johnson, Founder / Lead Facilitator


Charlottesville Syllabus

a resource created by the Graduate Student Coalition for Liberation to be used to educate readers about the long history of white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia. With resources selected and summaries written by UVa graduate students, this abridged version of the Syllabus is organized into six sections that offer contemporary and archival primary and secondary sources (articles, books, responses, a documentary, databases) and a list of important terms for discussing white supremacy. Only “additional resources” are not available online (but can be found either through JSTOR, at the library, or for purchase).

Stand in Solidarity With Charlottesville : Find an Event

Southern Poverty Law Center Campus Guide to Countering “Alt-Right”  (direct link to pdf)


Firstly, if you’re hitting the streets, you should know your rights as a protestor.

if you feel, on any day, that what you need to do most is get informed/learn, their “resistance tools” wiki is full of videos, podcasts, and strategic tools.


“We’re his problem now” calling sheet –> **Migrated to The 65 [edit 3/7]
(Includes Weekly Calls to Action, Calling Scripts, Party Leadership Contact Info, Tips &Strategies

Weekly Actions to Resist Trump (contact info and call sheets, deliverable to your inbox)

What to do this week – weekly actions list / email list (curated by Jennifer Hofmann)

Concrete Suggestions in Preparation for #45’s term (by demographic; in English and Spanish)
—->**Now migrated/updated to Proactive Steps, with specific guides for these at risk communities: LGBTQI, Disabled, Immigrant, Trans, and People with a Uterus, but tools for ALL.

A 70 Day Web Security Action Plan for Artists and Activists Under Siege

ICE Raids Toolkit (from the Immigrant Defense Project)

If you’re in NYC, like we are: NYC activism resources and calendar:


Many of the above lists will include daily action alerts, call lists, call sheets, scripts, etc.

You can locate any of your elected officials and their contact information on Common Cause.

You can find out what bills are being voted on, what your reps voted, all their information, and far far more on the COUNTABLE app, conveniently scaled to mobile device use.

**Nervous about calling? we’ve got an article for that: How to Call Your Reps When You Have Social Anxiety

Retailers to boycott

EDUCATE YOURSELF AND OTHERS: Curricular Guides, Courses, and Reading Lists

Feeling rusty in your basic understanding of how US government works? You are not alone. So many people have sheepishly told me they feel they’re not capable of fully engaging in resistance because they don’t really understand how the government really works. Luckily, there’s lots of resources to help you out with that.

Education about civics / american government

– Free course on Harvard Edx, “American Government”
– – free online textbook, organized by institution, process, etc
– crashcourse on US Govt & Politics (youtube series)

#IAmNotAfraid Curriculum for All Educators and Organizers, for our Children (A Response to the Results of the US Presidential Election and Donald Trump) — Jana Lynne Umipig, prepared for students and staff at El Puente

Material suggested by anthropologists and others in response to question of what we should read/discuss in light of victories of both Donald Trump in US and Brexit campaign in UK
(This list includes explicitly ethnographic accounts, journalism prioritising ‘voices’ from conservative (or conservative-voting in 2016) communities, first-person memoirs and commentary. Some are slightly older, many are recent. Some are a little more tangential than others, of course this is a pretty nebulous area, communities that are ill defined, not homogenous, not necessarily ‘conservative’ in universally accepted ways, not always White, not always poor etc etc.)

Black Lives Matter Syllabus

Standing Rock Syllabus

Trump 101 Syllabus

Trump 2.0 Syllabus

Building a Movement to End the New Jim Crow: an organizing guide (kindle edition, 99 cents)

GET OUT Syllabus

STANDING ROCK / #NoDAPL :: these warriors still need our help

Donate to Sacred Stone Camp:
Contribute to the legal defense fund:
Healer Medic Council:
Buy & send supplies on Amazon:
Standing Rock Two Spirit Nation:
Send items on the list:
202 Main Street
Fort Yates, ND 58538
#NoDAPL #StandingRock


Demilitarize Standing Rock []
Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline [ACLU]
Intervene to Protect Civilians at Standing Rock, and Launch Federal Civil Rights Investigation of Law Enforcement in ND []
Senator Heidi Heitkamp (Dem-ND), Stand with Standing Rock Sioux Against the Dakota Access Pipeline []

To voice your opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline, call:
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, at 701-328-2200.
The White House, at 202-456-1111.
Energy Transfer Partners, the pipeline owner ― Lee Hanse, executive vice president, 210-403-6455; Glenn Emery, vice president, 210-403-6762; Michael (Cliff) Waters, lead analyst, 713-989-2404.
Army Corps of Engineers, which issued the permit allowing construction of the pipeline, even though it would cross under the Missouri River within a half-mile of the Sioux reservation boundary, at 202-761-5903.

How to contact the 17 banks funding the pipeline

Volunteer remotely with legal or media skills:
Email, or phone 701-301-2238.


Charles Eisenstein: The Election: Of Hate, Grief, and a New Story

Leader of the Standing Rock Sioux on Prayers and a President Trump

How to be Your Own Light In The Age of Trump

Why Trump-Sanders Phenomenon Signals an Oligarchy on the Brink of a Civilization-Threatening Collapse

Don’t Mourn, Fight Like Hell