Holiday Gifts to Keep the Democracy Strong

By Laura Foote Clark

Donald Trump is slated to take office on January 20th. Yeah. I know. We’ve collected a list of gifts to both enrich the lives of the receiver and keep our institutions strong. These gifts will hopefully keep you #FiredUpReadyToGo!


1. News Subscriptions
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Donald Trump lies. He lies so egregiously and consistently, he has managed to create his own alternate reality. The only thing that can stand against that is well-funded, quality, reality-based news. Buy your loved ones a little slice of reality.

Small local newspapers are in dire straights. We need to take back local state houses, and local newspapers are your first step to understanding your community.


2. Say it Loud, Say it Proud – With SWAG!

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Support these organizations and wear it on your sleeve! Your friends and family will love these beautiful expressions of everything that makes this country great.


3. Music, Documentaries, & Live Events

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Ok, yeah you probably don’t love them enough to buy them tickets to Hamilton, but you might get them…


4. Books!

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Here is a great list by Newsweek

And a few more that are on our list:

  • The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Season of the Witch by David Talbot
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert D. Putnam
  • March Graphic Novel by John Lewis

Or get them a gift card to a local bookstore!


5. Art & Other Cool Objects

These Feminist Playing Cards!

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Powerful Posters

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And support local artists and craft shows!


6. Local Food!

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Buy your friends a year long subscription to delicious Local Organic Produce with CSA boxes!

Or get a gift card to a local restaurant owned by folks from an at-risk population!


7. And for the Kids!

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Classics like Yertle the Turtle

There’s also this massive resource!

And chat with your local bookstores!

And last, but not least…


8. Donation in Their Name!

Watch this great John Oliver Clip for inspiration…

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