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.
Resist Trump is a protest by spontaneous combustion trigged by tweets and Facebook posts. Too often, however, such uprisings lack staying power. We should know by now that without organizational infrastructure such wondrous uprisings are fragile at best.
Moore recently unleashed “The Michael Moore Easy-to-Follow 10-Point Plan to Stop Trump,” which contains Moore’s list of tactics for resisters all over the country to take on. Part of Moore’s plan is to take over the Democratic Party, which means to him getting Congressman Keith Ellison elected to head the DNC when it meets this Saturday, February 25.
With anti-abortion groups expecting protests at up to 225 clinics, Planned Parenthood supporters organized 150 protests of their own at parks, government buildings, and other sites, including clinics. At some of those clinics, the counter-demonstrators outnumbered those demanding an end to federal funding for Planned Parenthood.
Oh, brother — civil war is churning and burning, and an awakening is in the air after a deeply wrong election, which the loser won. Yes, sisters are stepping up to save the day. That’s what President Trump hates most: when women judge, challenge, or dare to defy him — or get three million more votes on Election Day.
I first noticed this influx of visitors from the past — men, mostly — shortly after the election. Filling my email inbox. Trolling my Twitter and Facebook feeds. Offering one unsolicited directive after another about how women should be conducting themselves. Lately, I’m wondering whether time travel isn’t contagious. Spreads like a syndrome maybe.
Studies show it takes just 3.5 percent of a population engaged in sustained nonviolent resistance to topple a dictatorship. Of America’s 200 million registered voters, about 70 million voted against Donald Trump. According to the 3.5 percent rule, it’d take about 1 out of every 6 of those voters to topple the Trump regime.
The fight over the future of the Democratic Party has been decided in the streets. The swelling crowds at women’s marches and the chanting airport cadres protesting President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan have finally pushed the party to the left after years of mincing steps in that direction.
At the end of last week’s Women’s March, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children wearing knitted pink pussy (cat) hats exited the Mall and poured up 15th street, next to the Treasury Building and just one block from the East Wing of the White House. Only 24 hours after his swearing-in, the 45th president was publicly pilloried in Nixon-era-like protests. As one veteran sixties agitator predicted after spending the day at the march in Washington, “Trump is our new Vietnam.”
Trump has been behaving, in word and deed, in ways that most of us raise our children to understand are unacceptable. How do we explain this to our children? Well, we tell them what we’ve always told them. We do not lie. We do not bully. We do not hate. Because we are Americans, and this is our country to save.
Trump’s ban created predictable chaos around the world. Watching the stranded travelers and bewildered families, I kept wishing I could apologize to those whose lives, careers, and plans were thrown into needless turmoil because a minority of American voters chose to invest a fear-mongering man-baby with the awesome powers of the presidency.
Many Democrats hope the massive demonstrations against Donald Trump will evolve into a Democratic tea party. Sloppy rollouts of incoherent policy dressed in malevolence can rile people up. But Democrats must first understand what made the tea party powerful. Its great success came not from the members’ anger, but from the ability to turn that anger into a show of force on Election Day.
It is disturbing to Bill Maher that Trump sees “multitudes that don’t exist,” suggesting that the president’s obsession with the crowd sizes at his inauguration versus Barack Obama’s may reflect an even deeper (and darker) insecurity.
Authoritarians love walls. That will be his scrawl across America. It will make an enemy of our neighbor, Mexico, but who cares? That may be his foreign policy in a nutshell. We’re living in Donald Trump’s reality now, and the “truth” is what Trump says it is.
Every time I hear another lie come out of Trump’s mouth — about his inauguration crowd (smaller than Barack Obama’s and the Women’s March), voter fraud (it didn’t exist), the media’s accusing him of attacking the intelligence community (he compared them to the Nazis) — I feel as if I’m back in junior high school trying to break up with the boy my mother warned me wasn’t stable.
Thomas Jefferson was so dismayed by political deceptions that he coined a word for it. “Twistifications” referred to a brew of willful misinformation, tortured logic, and artful language designed to sway credulous audiences. Can President Trump get away with his multiple misdirections and twistifications for 1,460 days of intense scrutiny?
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.
The day after the Women’s March brought half a million people to Washington, 500 women from across the country spent Sunday learning how to run for office. The candidate training held by EMILY’s List, the largest Democratic women’s group in the country, focused on overcoming the “intimidation factor” when navigating political campaigning.
The march, believed to be one of the largest-ever demonstrations in the history of the United States, started as a Facebook post in the days after the 2016 presidential election. Within two months, it morphed into the largest event in defiance of Trump’s presidency over inauguration weekend.
Mothers brought their sons, fathers brought their daughters, and countless attendees brought their most refined placard game. Here are just a few of the more inspired and inspiring offerings from New York, Los Angeles and beyond:
“This was the largest audience ever to witness an inauguration, period. Both in person and around the globe,” White House press secretary Spicer said in a brief statement. “These attempts to lessen the enthusiasm about the inauguration are shameful and wrong.”
Maybe all that fuss is to compensate for the fact that Trump’s inauguration will have half the number of attendees as incoming President Obama’s did, and no big-name draw upon which to base a comparison of the two events. You can bet this infuriates Trump.