Home for the Holidays Action Plan

You’re headed home for the holidays. Most years, this could be something you somewhat dread, but this time it might be vitally important to the future of our country. By going back to your hometown, you can gain insight into what the actual issues and challenges are in the states that chose our new President.

Here are three simple ways to help us understand our neighbors.

Buy the local newspaper. In addition to supporting local professional journalism, it will help us understand what’s really going on in your hometown beyond the lens of national media.

  • Bring back a copy to San Francisco.
  • Keep an eye out for factory closings, local issues (i.e. Flint’s water), op-eds especially if they’re about the recent Election.

Introduce yourself to the local Democratic party. These are the folks in the trenches. Don’t emphasize your connection to California, but simply look to to learn and extend our offer to help however we can.

  • Questions to ask them:
    • In your opinion, what could the Democratic Party have done better in 2016?
    • What are your plans for 2017?
    • What do you need?
      • Options for us to help include fundraising, technology help, extra phone bank capacity and more.

And most importantly … talk to your relatives and friends who voted for Donald Trump.

It might seem impossible to understand and empathize with someone you know and love who voted for Trump, but doing so will help us understand how we can connect with them and make America Sane Again.

Some tips to make it as productive a conversation as possible:

  • Listen more than you talk.
  • Try to understand them, not change their mind.
  • Don’t be pushy.

The questions below are guidelines, but we encourage you to let them come up as naturally as possible in conversation. Friends and family members won’t appreciate it if we approach the conversation with an overt agenda.

  • How is your town doing?
  • What is the most recent news in your town?
  • What are you doing for a living?
  • Do you expect to do it for another 20 years? If not, what’s your plan?
  • Do you feel hopeful?
  • What do you want for your kids?
  • What does retirement look like for you?

Still not ready? No worries, check out these additional guides to help you have this important conversation:

Remember, as our namesake said …

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself, but each of us can work to change a small portion of events. It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.”

Good luck.