This Is My Oath

Preserve Protect Defend

Who are we?

On January 20th, a new President swore to “preserve, protect and defend” our Constitution.

Now it's our turn.

Step 1

Take an Oath

I, Your name here, Swear to preserve, Protect, and Defend Pick an issue

Thanks for taking your Oath! We hope you'll post it and encourage others to take one as well.

Sharing on social media is a great start, but this is a time for action. Can we count on you?

TAKE ACTION

Next: Go Beyond the Hashtag

Step 2

Beyond the Hashtag

Hashtag Activism is a great first step, but this is a time to go further.

Choose your issue. Do the work.

Participate

Now do some more research. Systemic racism is difficult to find “actions” for, because educating yourself—which will help support people doing the work on the ground—is the best and most useful thing you can do. Here are some additional resources:

Find an Action Group working in this specific area!

Communicate

Take a look at this Flowchart by Mira Jacobs. (If it pisses you off, that's okay. Sit with it for a while and then look again. Or ask someone if they'll unpack it with you.)

TWEET: Fight systemic racism. POC deserve access to education, jobs, housing, and other economic opportunities. #thisismyoath

FB STATUS: I will defend the rights of people of color to have access to education, jobs, housing and other economic opportunities. The United States still struggles with our history of racism. We have made progress but not enough. First we listen, then we learn, finally we fight. #thisismyoath

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Communicate

  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: “I'm [NAME], a constituent calling to let [REP] know that I support a woman's right to make her own healthcare decisions, including her right to plan when and if she wants to have a child. I am appalled by Donald Trump's promises to appoint anti-abortion judges to the Supreme Court and to undermine Roe v. Wade. 70% of Americans support that landmark decision, and I’m asking that [REP] publicly support and fight for a woman’s constitutional right to have access to safe and legal abortions within her own community.”

TWEET: Dear @[NAME]: Please preserve, protect and defend a woman's constitutional right to safe and legal #abortions in her own community!

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CALL: “I'm [NAME], a constituent calling to let [REP] know that I strongly advocate furthering the rights of the disabled, and preserving access to the Medicaid programs that support the disabled community. I am concerned by the Trump Administration’s disregard of this community and I’m asking that [REP] publicly support the ADA and keep disability rights a non-partisan issue.”

TWEET: Dear @[REP]: Please preserve, protect and defend the #ADA and the rights of adults and children with disabilities in our community. #thisismyoath

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Communicate

  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: "Hello, I am your constituent from [LOCATION] and I was wondering when [REP] will release a statement denouncing Donald Trump’s attacks on the media. A free press is one of the cornerstones of our democracy. Please ask [REP] to demand safe and reasonable access to the White House for journalists. This issue is very important to me and I will vote accordingly in upcoming elections.”

TWEET: I want to protect the freedom of the press and will vote accordingly! Stop Trump’s attacks on the media. #thisismyoath #PPD

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Communicate

Become penpals with someone in Immigration Detention.

  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

WRITE: Dear [REP]: As your constituent, I am writing today to urge you to support humane and comprehensive immigration reform legislation that provides hard-working immigrants with a pathway to earning citizenship, protects families and the most vulnerable members of our society, and respects the rights of workers and border communities. It is imperative that Congress works to fix the broken immigration system this year.

The current system is not only broken, but unjust. Insufficient family-based visas and application backlogs force family members to choose between being separated for extended periods of time or illegally entering the country. Undocumented youth face deportation to countries they may have never known, and are prevented from realizing their dreams of contributing to American society. Congress must address these issues.

Fixing the broken immigration system is particularly important to me because [include personal story or share what inspired you to write this letter].

Therefore, I urge you to support humane and comprehensive immigration reform legislation which:

  • includes an accessible pathway to citizenship for all 11 million people without documentation, Including those who would benefit from the DREAM act;
  • works to maintain family unity in all elements of the immigration system;
  • protects the most vulnerable, especially refugees and asylum seekers;
  • respects the rights of U.S. and immigrant workers and ensure the human rights of immigrant families are protected as immigration laws are enforced

Sincerely, [NAME]

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Communicate

  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: “I'm [NAME], a constituent calling to let [REP] know that I support raising the federal minimum wage. 2/3 of minimum-wage jobs are held by women, and it simply isn't sufficient. I am appalled by Donald Trump's appointment of Andrew Pudzer, an opponent of raising the minimum wage as Labor Secretary, and I’m asking that [REP] publicly support and fight for a living wage by voting against his appointment.”

TWEET: Women’s Rights are Human Rights! Insist on eradicating the gender gap and promoting safe work environments for women! #PPD #thisismyoath

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Participate

Find an Action Group working in this specific area!

Communicate

So many ways to fight anti-Trans policies!

Use all of your social media platforms to link to this page and bring awareness to LGBTQIA issues.

Example: "Protect LGBTQIA rights! Find ways to Educate, Donate, and Participate on thisismyoath.com."

SAMPLE TWEETS:

"Protect the rights of LGBTQIA people! Take action and go to (LINK)! #thisismyoath #ppd"

"Love Trumps Hate - Stand up for marriage equality! #thisismyoath #ppd"

"What can I do? Donate to organizations protecting LGBTQIA rights (LINK)! #thisismyoath #ppdoath"

ALSO: Stay tuned for updates! Once we get a sense of the Trump administration's direction around LGBTQIA issues, there will be more direct communication items.

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Communicate

  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: “I'm [NAME], a constituent calling to let [REP] know that I have serious concerns about the hateful anti-Muslim rhetoric espoused by Donald Trump during his campaign. As he enters office, does [REP] plan to publicly stand with the Muslim American Community to fight any discriminatory actions or legislation that may come from this administration?

TWEET: Islam and ISIS are NOT the same. Educate yourself and others and help stop the spread of Islamophobia. #thisismyoath

FB Status: Our country was founded by people seeking a homeland free of religious persecution. Muslim Americans deserve the same rights, respects and freedoms as every other American. I stand with my Muslim friends and neighbors, do you? #thisismyoath #ppd

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  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: “Hello. With the incoming Presidency of Donald Trump, there is undeniable evidence, based on the choices he has made for his administration, that the quality and health of our air, water, wildlife and public land is in grave danger. I am calling to ask that [REP] publicly pledge their support to prioritize issues, policies and actions that seek to preserve, protect and defend the vital health of our environment. I intend to vote accordingly.”

TWEET/Facebook: [@REP], without a healthy water supply and clean air communities cannot thrive! Our vote will be cast for who protects them! #thisismyoath #PPD

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Communicate

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Be a part of #Say Her Name

TWEET: “Mass incarceration & criminalization of communities of color must stop. I will defend their rights! #newjimcrow #thisismyoath”

FB STATUS: “The United States has the world’s highest per capita incarceration rate. The incarceration rate disproportionately impacts young men of color. Did you know that one in every 15 black men and 1 in every 36 Latino men are in prison compared to 1 in every 106 white men? President Trump’s rhetoric promised to be tougher on crime, as the “law and order” candidate. Such policies only lead to the criminalization and incarceration of young people of color. I will defend the rights of people of color from the over policing and criminalization of their communities. #newjimcrow #blacklivesmatter #thisismyoath”

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  • Text 520-200-2223 with your zip code to immediately receive a text back with the contact info for your reps. Then:

CALL: "Hello, I am your constituent from [LOCATION] and I was wondering when [REP] was planning on releasing a statement condemning Donald Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare and gut Medicaid and Medicare. This action will deprive millions of Americans of essential healthcare and result in preventable illness and deaths. This issue is very important to me and I will vote accordingly in upcoming elections.”

TWEET: I want to protect healthcare 4 all Americans & will vote accordingly! Stop Trump’s repeal of the ACA & cuts 2 medicaid. #thisismyoath #PPD

I want to protect health care for all Americans and will vote accordingly! Stop Trump’s repeal of Obamacare. #thisismyoath #PPD

I want to protect health care for all Americans and will vote accordingly! Stop Trump’s attack on Medicaid. #thisismyoath #ppd

I want to protect health care for all Americans and will vote accordingly! Stop Trump’s and Ryan’s attack on Medicare. #thisismyoath #ppd

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Step 3

Beyond the Bubble

We’re so glad you decided to move forward to Step 3. Ultimately, this may be the most important section of the project, because it’s all about how to bridge the divides in this country—which can only happen if we leave our personal comfort zones and try to understand why this election ended the way it did, and what we need to do about that now.

It's not about the candidates anymore, or who voted for whom, or who didn't vote at all. Now it has to be about the people whose lives will be negatively impacted by the election's outcome. No more finger-pointing. This isn’t about “moving on” or getting over anything, but about figuring out how we can all fight for what matters, now that the fight for president is over.

So. How do we do that??? Here are some ideas. If you have others, email us. We want to know!

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We are This Is My Oath.

On January 20th, a new President swore to “preserve, protect and defend” our Constitution.

We want to make sure that actually happens, which is why we aim to inspire every American—no matter who you voted for—to take your own oath to fight for the rights of already vulnerable communities being targeted by Trump and his administration.

And since an oath without action is an empty promise, we will provide the resources, ideas, and support you need to go farther than hashtag activism and the confines of your social bubble.

Three steps. A million reasons why.

If you’re ready to do more, we’re ready to help.

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