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Galindez writes: "We must keep the pressure on. The unprecedented local marches around the world in over 600 locations showed that opposition to Trump exists in every community. This is not the time to rest."

Saturday's Women's March on Washington attracted over half a million people. (photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)
Saturday's Women's March on Washington attracted over half a million people. (photo: Shannon Stapleton/Reuters)


Resist and Disrupt

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

23 January 17

 

onald Trump is president of the United States. We can talk about how he is not our president all we want, but those are just words. It is time for action. Remember the Tea Party? Remember their reaction to the election of Barack Obama?

Say what you want about the Tea Party, but one thing they were was effective. We need to learn from their example. The Tea Party successfully put a monkey wrench in a lot of what Barack Obama wanted to accomplish. Imagine if members of Congress had not been disrupted in their town hall meetings during the winter recess in 2009. Is it possible that senators like Olympia Snow would have voted for Obamacare with a public option? I am convinced that with a public option Obamacare would not have had the same problem controlling costs that it is having now.

So what am I getting at? It is time to Tea Party Donald Trump and the GOP. We need to be at every public event our Members of Congress (MOCs) have. There is a document that is going viral on the internet called “Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda.” It was written by former congressional staffers who watched the Tea Party resist Obama’s agenda.

We thought they were racist nut jobs freaking out when a black man became president. Many of them were. Their leaders, however, were shrewd political operatives who were channeling the anger into an effective political movement. It is our turn.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Politics is local. We can have huge marches on Washington, but they are not as effective at influencing your MOC as local actions. A well-planned local action is on the evening news and covered in the local paper. MOCs are in constant re-election mode. They don’t care what people outside their district think of them – it is how they are viewed by constituents that matters.

They don’t like to be embarrassed or upstaged. We can use many tactics. Blending in with the crowd, asking questions, and making statements in opposition in a polite manner is one tactic. That could work, especially if there are many people in opposition spread throughout the room. This gives the impression that it wasn’t organized and that many voters in the district feel the way you do.

You can also be disruptive and treat it like a protest. When they tell you to sit down and wait your turn, remind them of 2009, when the Tea Party disrupted members of Congress when they held meetings with constituents. It is our turn to express our anger.

When they tell you the election is over and you should respect the results, tell them we are. More people voted against Donald Trump than voted for him. They are not respecting that. The American people rejected Trump’s agenda by 3 million votes. Tell them to respect the will of the people.

Join a Group

Our Revolution is a chance to get involved in a new grassroots group that is still defining its identity in your community. Some places like Des Moines have existing community groups that are affiliating with Our Revolution. Iowa CCI is where I will connect with Our Revolution. If there isn’t an affiliate in your community, start one.

Indivisible is also building a directory of groups resisting Trump in your area.

You should also get involved in other groups like MoveOn, Democracy for America (DFA) and Progressive Democrats of America (PDA). The important thing is to get involved. There is power in numbers.

We will need to lean on each other for support. It will not be an easy time, and it will be easy to get discouraged. Finding like-minded people to lean on will be important. When you do join a group, socialize. It shouldn’t be all work. Build community, go for coffee after a meeting, and make friends.

Keep the Pressure On!

This past weekend, the Women’s March showed the depth of the opposition to the Trump agenda. We must keep the pressure on. The unprecedented local marches around the world in over 600 locations showed that opposition to Trump exists in every community. This is not the time to rest. Don’t just point to the numbers and go back to your couches. Join a group. Organize, organize, organize. We must continue to build a progressive movement. Our day is coming.

Download the Guide: https://www.indivisibleguide.com/
Join Our Revolution: https://ourrevolution.com/



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott moved to Des Moines in 2015 to cover the Iowa Caucus.

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+26 # Ken Halt 2017-01-23 12:03
Have things in the US gotten dire enough with Trump's electoral victory that the US populace will be energized to political activism? People, and lots of them, protesting on Main St, on Wall St, on the Mall, at rallies, on picket lines, week after week, month after month, is what it's going to take, the fat cats and corporations aren't going to give up their hegemony without a struggle.
 
 
+8 # economagic 2017-01-23 17:44
Mass rallies serve a purpose, but it's going to take more than marching to brush those forces back.
 
 
+5 # treerapper 2017-01-24 02:03
Yes, Economagic. Pushing for Divest and Defund. The Trumpets - Trump's Boys in the Band are all tied to Extraction. Taking it out of the ground and making lots of money - more and more money.

Hit them simultaneously where it hurts most - in their collective purses. Divest from ANY investment you might have in extractions, even if it's part of a mutual fund. Get your money out of any bank that's funding extractions. Don't buy anything that's Big Corporate, and damages the environment e.g. any Nestlé brands.

These wretched people are ALL about money so let's take that away from them as we rally, march, petition, make noise and rebel.
 
 
+1 # azei2n 2017-01-23 20:26
We wouldn't be in that situation if every concerned citizen has voted.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2017-01-24 15:10
True. But when has that ever happened? The U.S. has the lowest voter participation rate of any democracy in the world.
 
 
+21 # Navrongo80 2017-01-23 12:29
A colleague of my wife's was at the march. They had no cell service. There were announcements made that people should make prior arrangements to meet up after should they get separated. The service was turned back on later in the afternoon.

Interesting that someone, or group, would feel it necessary to block cell service.
 
 
+3 # warrior woman 2017-01-23 20:42
My area too.
 
 
+2 # RGV.REG 2017-01-24 02:21
Suggest people download the "firechat" apk for their phones... that way, when cell service is blocked, chatting between phones with firechat will possibly keep communications.
Check it out!
 
 
+14 # RLS 2017-01-23 13:35
A top priority must be shedding light on a taboo subject: computerized election fraud. Illegitimate elections are SUBVERTING OUR DEMOCRACY. There were exit poll discrepancies in the swing states favoring Trump, giving him an electoral college victory. Voter suppression of Bernie voters and exit poll discrepancies in the Democratic primaries gave Hillary the nomination.

Many races have been flipped at the local, state, and national levels to favor Republican candidates since we moved to electronic voting machines in 2002. As a result of the rigging, the Senate is controlled by Republicans – exit polls indicate that four races were flipped this year to favor Republican candidates. Races have been rigged for Republican candidates running for governor, state legislature, and House seats. In addition to the large majority that Republicans in the House, 2/3 of the states have Republican governors, and 70% of the state legislatures are controlled by Republicans.

To learn more about election fraud follow Jonathan Simon at http://codered2014.com/. I highly recommend his interviews and his book “Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century (2016 edition).”

#SayNoToFaithBasedVoting
#HandCountedBallotsNow!
 
 
+13 # grandlakeguy 2017-01-23 15:13
Scott:

We live in a fake democracy!

Until the American people wake up and realize that our elections are nothing more than a show to trick us into believing that we are free to elect representatives of our choosing we will never achieve a true progressive government that actually represents the 99%.

Opposition is meaningless if we cannot replace corrupt "elected" officials.

Please embrace the work of Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman and Greg Palast and join the ranks of those demanding hand counted paper ballots.

The Republicans AND the Democrats are both involved in election theft!
 
 
+2 # HowardMH 2017-01-23 15:19
Go here and join the protest group against Trump. Even without much publicity over 675,000 have accessed the site. We are just getting started.

Sat. Morning update the new number that have accessed the site is 1.7 MILLION. This is OVER a million more in JUST 2 Days. Thank you Rachael Maddow and all the people so very much. A week later there are OVER 3000 Groups organized.

http://www.occupy.com/article/indivisible-practical-guide-resisting-trump-agenda#sthash.JrOQ45dY.dpbs

Thank Daily Kos and go here to get the phone number of ALL in congress and CALL, CALL, CALL.

http://www.dailykos.com/stories/2017/1/3/1616776/-The-simplest-resistance-tactic-is-right-at-your-fingertips-and-it-only-takes-a-minute

It just keeps growing and growing. Check out the Daily Kos article on Indivisible
 
 
+7 # Maybe 2017-01-23 15:37
I have written to my Congressman more times than he can count. I was told by a sympathetic aide that he just "deletes" them. If I were not pushing 80 and could stand and walk without difficulty, I would be at his office daily. But how can you reach a Congressman who simply doesn't want to be reached? If someone knows, tell me. The phone calls, politely answered by staff, are ignored. Eric Paulson has effectively shut all Democrats out, and he's a terrible Congressman. He was challenged by a popular democrat in the last election, but in the last two weeks millions of dollars from the Koch Bros. poured in and she was defeated. I hope she keeps trying.
 
 
+3 # grandlakeguy 2017-01-23 20:29
Was she really defeated or was the counting of the votes just "adjusted" to conform to the maintenance of the status quo?

No one will ever know...except those involved in the epidemic of election theft in the USA.

Our elections are a joke and it is not funny!
 
 
+6 # Texas Aggie 2017-01-23 16:21
One problem that has already cropped up is that the MOC who know they are on the wrong side of history are no longer exposing themselves to things like town hall meetings or anywhere else that they will be exposed to public questions and outcry. It started when that turkey in CO fled out the back door and has continued with various congress critters not showing up for their meetings. Now they are restricting themselves to one on one.
 
 
+8 # janie1893 2017-01-23 16:56
Does it not seem a little odd that a man who bragged about not paying millions of dollars to his homeland government because he was 'smart' is now the leader of the same government and is telling fellow citizens that the previous leaders have done a disastrous job but that he will fix everything?
 
 
+5 # Scott Galindez 2017-01-23 17:47
While I wouldn't put it past them the truth is when you have a million people in one place its hard to get a signal...
 
 
+2 # Navrongo80 2017-01-24 06:18
Did not know that. Thanks.
 
 
-3 # babaregi 2017-01-23 18:06
Going to Washington DC ?
Don't ask these guys how to get there!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jNzN3q-VgwI
 
 
+3 # Logic 2017-01-23 18:53
Global and Local
Ralph Nader pointed out problems caused by NAFTA.

Then along came TPP. Liberals did not like TPP. The Dems could not make the leap to stop it. Why could’t the Democrats stop TPP? They were beholden to special interests that wanted special privileges

Trump stopped TPP. At least we got one good thing out of him before the Pink Hats impeach him.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2017-01-23 21:06
The grass roots had stopped the TPP before T-Rump was elected, with lots of messages and direct visits with lots of Representatives . It was not that hard as the odds were pretty good; it just took perseverance.
 
 
0 # candida 2017-01-29 22:34
Hardly worth the pain and agony of Trump!! There are better ways of stopping the TPP!! Hillary was being moved to the left on this issue by progressives.
 
 
+3 # elkingo 2017-01-23 21:20
Even if the elections were honest, they were rigged: if only the likes of Hillary and Trump - capitalist monsters both - are the only viable candidates - the rigging is baked in. We need a much broader spectrum of ideology. We need socialism. Bernie would'a been OK.
 
 
+2 # DudeistPriest 2017-01-24 12:59
Marches accomplish nothing that matters. The administration will just ignore them, and a couple of days after the march, it's forgotten.

General strikes are what is called for, learn from the French. Hurt the bankers and business people, and Trump will be history.
 
 
+1 # ericlipps 2017-01-24 15:08
At risk of beg thumb-bombed, don't resist Trump. Resist the foolish, loopy and threatening things he says and does.

Like it or not, we're stuck with him. Barring assassination, death, incapacitation or impeachment (resignation is out of the question), he'll be our president for at least four years. And if an of the above happens to him, we'll get Mike Pence.
 

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