You’d think a bill that revamps a sixth of the American economy and stands to strip 23 million Americans of their health care might warrant a debate, a public comment period, or god forbid, a public release. Unfortunately, this is Donald Trump’s America, where the most exclusive club is wherever Mitch McConnell and his gang of 13 white men are hiding the latest version of the health care bill—from fellow Republicans, Democrats, the press, and the public.
On June 8, Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was planning to attend his high school prom. Instead, the Ossining, New York high school senior was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed into deportation proceedings. Diego came to America with his mother in 2014, fleeing gang violence in his native Ecuador, according to a statement from the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy organization. His mother was detained June 7, according to NBC News New York, and Diego had escaped to a cousin’s apartment, fearing he might be next.
Conservatives have long had a monopoly on the love of states’ rights and local government, but in Trump’s America, it’s the left that has seized the opportunities of what Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis called “laboratories of democracy.” Even as the Dakota Access Pipeline inches toward completion, multiple cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Raleigh, and Philadelphia have spoken with their wallets, severing ties with the oil pipeline-funding banks—in particular, Wells Fargo.
On June 3, a coalition of activists will take to the streets in Washington, D.C., New York City and more than 100 other cities around the world to March for Truth and demand Trump be held accountable for any crimes he may have committed.
During Jeff Sessions’ confirmation hearings, Senator Richard Selby claimed that the Alabama senator’s history of “treating all Americans equally under the law is clear and well-documented.” At that, activist and CodePink member Desiree Fairooz laughed, since Sessions is actually best known for being deemed too racist for a federal judgeship in the 1980s. As the Huffington Post reports, a rookie cop with no appreciation for irony arrested Fairooz, and prosecutors are charging the 61-year-old with attempting to “impede, disrupt, and disturb the orderly conduct” of the hearings.
Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday.
On April 29th, President Trump will be forgoing his usual jaunt to Florida in favor of a Pennsylvania rally commemorating 100 days in office. Trump’s tweets claim it will be a “big” rally, but in reality he will face stiff competition from tens of thousands of Americans descending on Washington, D.C., for the second People’s Climate March. Its timing serves as both a rebuke to that grim milestone, as well as a national message from Americans concerned that the president’s agenda will exacerbate climate change.
Don’t put away that protest sign or cut down on the calls to Congress just yet. The Trump administration has more fuel for the resistance fire, shocking Americans back into action just in time for three anti-Trump marches scheduled this month.
Activists have targeted Donald Trump’s vision of himself as a successful businessman by staging boycotts of his and his daughter Ivanka’s companies. But while “the name Trump is easy to find,” as C. Brooks points out, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner’s business tentacles are spread more covertly than his father-in-law’s, though just as widely.
In the meantime, Sister District encourages groups to use non-election time to follow groups like Indivisible for advice on meeting with their members of Congress, or focus on fighting for or against specific legislation or specific issues when there is not a campaign toward which they can direct their energy. The best part, she said, is that “I haven’t seen people let up with the growth and establishment of resistance groups… it’s not coming from the Democratic Party, but it is coming from groups like mine.”
You can attend a rally before or after work, wear red, decline to shop, or decline to perform unpaid labor if taking the day off from paid labor is not an option.
The Republican Party spent the last 8 years being the party of opposition. Now, when it comes to crafting policy rather than opposing the Democrats, the Republican Party has no idea what it’s doing.
The rollout of the order will occur over two weeks, perhaps in an effort to avoid the chaos and confusion of — and fierce opposition to — the previous plan’s same-day implementation.
The anti-Trump resistance faced the first of many post-Trump electoral tests this past week, with Democrats fighting for four state senate seats, one in Delaware and three in Connecticut.
According to a coalition of advocacy groups, including MoveOn.org and the Working Families Party, an estimated 40,000 people attended town hall meetings in 300 cities and 49 states around the country last week.
As researchers David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler explain, “The biggest and most definitive study of what happens to death rates when Medicaid coverage is expanded found that for every 455 people who gained coverage across several states, one life was saved per year. Applying that figure to even a conservative estimate of 20 million losing coverage in the event of an ACA repeal yields an estimate of 43,956 deaths annually.”
On Saturday we marched. This week, the work continues. Multiple progressive groups will continue to issue specific calls to actions, call scripts, and meeting guidelines for various appointments and legislation in the coming days. Get ready. The Resistance is a marathon, not a sprint.
With less than a week until Inauguration Day, many Americans have a busy schedule of crying and looking at slideshows of President Obama. But much like George W. Bush reminded America when he wanted us to go shopping again after 9/11, we can’t let the terrorists win. Grab a phone, a pair of comfortable shoes, and some friends. It’s time to put the pressure on.
The biggest and most well-known way women are objecting to Trump is the Women’s March on Washington, but women are leading the resistance in many other ways from a teen magazine that called out Trump when the rest of the media still dealt in false equivalencies to a flood of Planned Parenthood donations made in Mike Pence’s name.
Rudy Giuliani must be able to communicate with the dead telling Jake Tapper “I’m sorry, dead people generally vote for Democrats rather than Republicans.”
Analyzing crime data from researchers at the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernadino found that hate crimes against American Muslims were up 78 percent in 2015. Attacks against those perceived as Arab rose even more.