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Catron writes: "Organizers of inauguration protests speak to MintPress News about Jan. 20 and the prospects for mobilization under the Trump administration."

Protesters hold signs during a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Seattle, Wednesday, November 9, 2016. (photo: AP)
Protesters hold signs during a protest against the election of President-elect Donald Trump in downtown Seattle, Wednesday, November 9, 2016. (photo: AP)


Anti-Trump Organizers Plan Massive 'J20' Event to Mark Inauguration Day

By Joe Catron, MintPress News

27 December 16

 

Organizers of inauguration protests speak to MintPress News about Jan. 20 and the prospects for mobilization under the Trump administration.

housands of protesters who have mobilized nationally since the election of Donald Trump are planning a massive convergence in Washington against the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20.

“We believe that we are entering a new period of mass mobilization in the United States,” Walter Smolarek, a spokesperson for the ANSWER Coalition, told MintPress News.

ANSWER, which organized a number of major anti-war protests since its founding 15 years ago, is one of many groups mobilizing against the inauguration.

“In some cities, attendance at mass meetings focused on mobilizing for the inauguration protest has been in the hundreds,” Smolarek said.

Other groups planning inauguration protests range from anarchist collectives to networks of immigrants and women.

Online organizers, including some associated with Occupy Wall Street, have also floated proposals for a nationwide general strike.

‘A shift in awareness, concern and fear’

Organizers and observers expect events to swell with the thousands of demonstrators drawn into the streets since Nov. 8.

After the election, a weekly meeting of one protest group in New York City, the People’s Power Assemblies, grew to over 200 participants.

While the meeting’s one to two dozen regular participants normally fit comfortably around a conference table, newcomers the week after the election spilled out of a Midtown office, with some standing in a hallway to hear the discussion inside.

Many spoke of their participation in the protests that have taken place almost daily since the election, some of them for the first time.

The outpouring “indicate[s] a shift in awareness, concern, and fear,” Colin Ashley, a PPA organizer, told MintPress.

“They indicate the possibility of a larger, more radical movement, aligned with more left policies.”

‘They feel betrayed’

As new waves of protesters have joined gatherings across the country, their different perspectives have come into sharp contrast.

The night after the election, tension erupted at a demonstration outside Manhattan’s Trump Tower, as some participants chanted slogans against the New York Police Department while others tried to discourage them.

Stark differences between disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters and more radical Trump opponents persisted at demonstrations over the following weeks, and may even continue through the inauguration protests.

“The protests have marginalized long-time activists and people of color,” Ashley said.

“These protesters speak a language of peace and love, often not realizing that they are telling the most oppressed that they should love their oppressors.”

Others find cause for hope in the uneasy mix of ideas.

“Many people are newly entering the movement and engaging in protest for the first time,” Smolarek said.

“The more people stay engaged in the struggle and are welcomed and mentored by long-time activists, the more exposure they will have to radical ideas.”

And in the aftermath of stinging losses at every level, attempts by Democrats to steer reactions may produce few results.

“There is an effort by Clinton supporters and the Democratic Party machine to keep the message safe,” Sara Flounders, co-coordinator of the International Action Center, which plans to protest on Jan. 20, told MintPress.

“But people who believed in the current electoral system just days ago are changing. They feel betrayed.”

A very positive sign’

Organizers agree that the massive outpouring of post-election opposition, the scale of which is unprecedented in U.S. history, bodes well for both protests on Jan. 20 and the prospects for grassroots mobilization during the Trump administration.

The gatherings have dwarfed much smaller protests against the contested election of George W. Bush in 2000, while Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 saw little public opposition.

“These actions are overwhelmingly composed of young people who are completely fed up with the injustice and bigotry that Trump represents,” Smolarek said.

“Many have been organized spontaneously on very short notice. We consider this a very positive sign.”

“People who have never been in the streets before suddenly feel compelled to act,” Flounders said.

“They hated both choices. The election campaign exposed the corruption and decay of all political institutions in the U.S.”

The inauguration is only the beginning of what promises to be a tumultuous administration.

“We have tentatively started to plan a nationwide 100 days of action that would start with ‘J20,’” Ashley said.

“Pressure from people’s movements must be kept alive and continue to grow in an effort to produce real, systemic and lasting change.”

A radical shift’

The scale of resistance under Trump may depend on his actions in office, whether they continue the bellicose, often offensive rhetoric of his campaign or settle into a more predictable presidential routine.

But his initial steps toward a transition into the Oval Office — particularly his unexpected appointments to key roles — indicate that his administration may prove less conventional than many had anticipated.

“As the Trump administration begins to take shape, it is becoming more and more clear that he has no intention of ‘draining the swamp’ and will fail to live up to the hopes of those who supported him under the impression that he was the ‘change candidate,’” Smolarek said.

The election itself, an unusually toxic one that left most voters without a nominee they felt they could actually support, may render the prospects of demobilization unlikely.

“There has been a radical shift in the thinking of millions of people and a shift in what they are willing to do,” Flounders said.

“There is motion that can not be channeled into the corrupt electoral system.”


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-9 # Saberoff 2016-12-27 10:37
J20 now?

This is one of the reasons we can't get anywhere. USians are too lazy; too hurried to write, spell or take any time to at least attemp to be understood.

You don't understand? Bad on you! Get a life!

It's just language; Communication. Who needs it?
 
 
+5 # Saberoff 2016-12-27 10:52
“We believe that we are entering a new period of mass mobilization in the United States...”

How nice.

I like and lend credence to this sentence:

“The more people stay engaged in the struggle and are welcomed and mentored by long-time activists, the more exposure they will have to radical ideas.”

This sounds right to me.
 
 
0 # LionMousePudding 2016-12-27 12:57
Voted Least Helpful Most Self-aggrandizi ng Comment of the week.
 
 
-1 # DongiC 2016-12-27 11:20
How will Trump react to all this turmoil? That is one of the key questions. If he takes a strong arm approach, then all hell will break loose and the business of governing America will become very difficult indeed. I hope that DJT avoids this, keeps his cool and allows things to play out naturally. But, I have no idea what the Trumpster will do on January 20.
 
 
-1 # savagem13 2016-12-27 11:51
THIS is one of the most important reasons why a Donald Trump win over Hillary Clinton is/was a good thing. Trump is scary, no doubt. But Clinton is very, very scary, as well. And under Clinton, many of these left-leaning citizens who are so riled up over Trump would have been more likely to go back to sleep. Trump's over-the-top style is energizing people and waking brainwashed progressives UP! Under Clinton, I fear they would have all remained brainwashed and compliant.

"The scale of resistance under Trump may depend on his actions in office, whether they continue the bellicose, often offensive rhetoric of his campaign or settle into a more predictable presidential routine."

I hope he keeps it up, and that progressives continue to become aware of just how much has gone wrong in this country.
 
 
-1 # savagem13 2016-12-27 13:37
Oooh, I'm in the red. Have I offended the Clinton zombies?
 
 
+7 # LionMousePudding 2016-12-27 12:59
This:

Stark differences between disgruntled Hillary Clinton supporters and more radical Trump opponents persisted at demonstrations over the following weeks, and may even continue through the inauguration protests.

“The protests have marginalized long-time activists and people of color,” Ashley said.

“These protesters speak a language of peace and love, often not realizing that they are telling the most oppressed that they should love their oppressors.”

...

Hillary people need to Get Out Of The Way. It's not about Hillary Should Have Won. It's about saving the PEOPLE of this country.
 
 
+7 # savagem13 2016-12-27 13:36
“Many people are newly entering the movement and engaging in protest for the first time,” Smolarek said.

The more people stay engaged in the struggle and are welcomed and mentored by long-time activists, the more exposure they will have to radical ideas.”

This is happening because Trump won. It would not have happened had Clinton won.
 
 
+7 # DongiC 2016-12-27 13:56
Judging from the cabinet selections and his personal advisers, Trump has put together an extraordinary number of real wealthy Americans, several generals, a couple of woman and nobody from the working class. Perhaps, labor will learn what happens to the minimum wage, pensions, and health care when it supports guys like Trump. I am afraid it will be a costly lesson.
 
 
+1 # RicKelis 2016-12-27 14:46
Time to establish a shadow cabinet/governm ent to check every move of the Trumpster cabinet. Establish lobbying entities to be able to impinge upon and affect the impostor's agenda and thus go up against the shadow government the Corpsters have going.
The Corporation shadow gov't is not as invisible as the shadow government Teddy Roosevelt warned us about; you see it in action in the Koch Bros network organized and activated by such groups as ALEC, etc. Members of the Corpster shadow government have been brought directly into the Trumpster cabinet.
From the Center for Media Democracy:
"We feared it might happen and it has: a ready-made gang of Koch allies are being tapped by Donald Trump for positions of power within our government. 
* Trump’s VP pick, Governor Mike Pence, is a big Koch and ALEC booster. David Koch is one of his top funders.
* Trump’s UN pick, Governor Nikki Haley, is an ALEC alum who has attends Koch summits. 
* Trump’s CIA pick, Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, represents Koch Industries in Congress and was staked by the Kochs in business.
* Trump’s EPA pick, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, has received Koch Industry campaign funds.
* Trump’s Education pick, Betsy De Vos, is a long-time ally of the Kochs. They have worked together through ALEC, the State Policy Network, and more to advance bills to privatize public schools in America."
 
 
-4 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 19:21
PART 1

We must cease protesting Trump, THE MAN and the IDENTITIES of his proposed appointees & speak against Trump’s PARTICULAR troublous ADAMANT assertions of OFFICIAL intent & otherwise wait to see whether Trump's & his administration' s OFFICIAL ACTIONS deserve protest.

Often Trump blurts statements that do not reflect firm intentions of post-inaugurati on OFFICIAL acts, and he may have chosen proposed appointees NOT for their political pasts or Wall Street, Big Oil, Big Pharma, or war-industry ties, but for, e.g., manifest intellect, business/econom ics acumen, negotiation skills......

Mostly Trump's proposed appointees scored high success for being very smart & keenly skilled (albeit some may bear some deplorable values). Trump may treat them mostly as tools of execution of HIS policies, which include populist, even progressive ones — these:

* Re-enact Glass-Steagall & strengthen it.
* Audit/regulate the Fed.
* Protect medicare & social security
* Resist mega-corporatio n mergers.
* Negotiate with any nation.
* Establish détente with Russia
* Work with Russia to cure troubles like Syria's civil war & ISIS.
* Impose heavy tariffs on products of U.S. firms that use foreign work-forces
* Renegotiate NAFTA or kill it & reject TPP & TTIP.
* End regime change efforts.
* Avoid military adventures & foreign entanglements.

CONTINUED WITH PART 2
 
 
-5 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 19:22
PART 2

If Trump's official acts depart from those GOOD policies, protest THOSE DEPARTURES — but NOT TRUMP.

If, now, before inauguration, Trump espouses, adamantly, a CLEAR intention of rendering a bad Official act after inauguration, then press him to abandon such intent, but do not protest Trump, THE MAN.

Trump has stated some unfortunate or dangerous policies or views. But reports indicate that he is reconsidering some of them.

One example is his moderating his view of climate change. Trump has acknowledged global warming & the role of carbon fuels. But he has not acknowledged the DEGREE of the warming or the DEGREE of carbon fuel’s role. We need to press him to see the whole climate-change truth & act accordingly.

Trump seems to be holding fast to some troublous policies. An example is his threat of repudiating the Iran accord. We need to press him hard to let the accord stand.

In 2015, Trump said that he opposed new, even existing, illegal Israeli West Bank settlements & Israel’s siege of Gaza & that he would press Israel to agree to establishment of a state of Palestine. He seems to be dishonoring those positions — perhaps because Bannon has lobbied him (Trump) effectively. Witness Trump’s criticism of the U.S.’s abstaining from voting on the U.N. Security Council’s resolution that condemned Israel’s illegal settlements. We need to press Trump not to support, but to oppose, Zionism.

CONTINUED WITH PART 3
 
 
+2 # savagem13 2016-12-28 07:52
Quoting Kropotkinesque:


One example is his moderating his view of climate change. Trump has acknowledged global warming & the role of carbon fuels. But he has not acknowledged the DEGREE of the warming or the DEGREE of carbon fuel’s role. We need to press him to see the whole climate-change truth & act accordingly.


Ivanka reportedly is NOT a climate-change denier. Most people easily acknowledge that Trump measures pretty high on the narcissistic personality disorder spectrum. Ivanka is clearly his golden child. As such, she has the potential to wield tremendous influence over her father. And with plenty of experience in dealing with him, she is in the best position to know how to get him to listen. She is probably our best bet as an avenue to persuade Trump on this particular issue.
 
 
-6 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 19:22
PART 3

Now & after Trump’s inauguration, we must APPLAUD Trump’s UTILE statements & acts & continued assurances of good policies, ENCOURAGE him to honor his utile policy declarations, and press him — DECOROUSLY, not with adolescent emotional noise — to change course concerning specific matters respecting which he shows himself very inclined to act against the interests of the whole public’s welfare or the welfare of the planet & all its inhabitants.

Trump is not a very appealing creature. Sometimes he behaves obnoxiously, as by acting rudely seemingly for the love of it. In some ways, he regards women as good old boys do. He seems to harbor some irrational fear of Muslims. [Some such fear is rational, if not overbroad.] Trump’s apparent character-struc ture includes a substantial component of repulsive narcissism. [Even is he — to MY eyes — physically ugly, partly because of how his countenance & physical demeanor reflect his psyche’s regrettable ingredients.]

But we have elected him President. And the matter is not his personality, social grace or clumsiness, view of women or Muslims, or the degree of his narcissism. The matter is: What will be his actual Presidential actions and those of his Cabinet members & executive appointees?

CONTINUED WITH PART 4
 
 
-5 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 19:23
PART 4

Among our former Presidents were too many (including Clinton) whose personal traits were at best unattractive. And Presidents tend to be narcissists. But we have inclined to judge them for their Official Executive behaviors, NOT their personal psychological structures or even their UNOFFICIAL acts (those that do not impinge upon the status of the Office of the President, the Executive’s official conduct, or the effecting of the duties of the Presidency or the securing of the public interest or the nation’s safety).

Give Trump a FAIR chance. Otherwise you hurt yourselves & the rest of the U.S. public & the world.

I would have preferred a different President — though NOT Hillary Clinton, an evil far, far worse than Trump. I voted for Bernie Sanders, contributed thrice to his campaign, rendered advice to his campaign’s management.

Maybe we can make Sanders President next time. But we must try to make the best of what we have; and we cannot do so by protesting the President-elect ’s "identity" (especially so rabidly as with the protests that have occurred) — rather than dealing with what will be his post-inaugurati on OFFICIAL ACTS & those of his actual administration.
 
 
-4 # DongiC 2016-12-27 20:35
I can't believe what I have just read. It's amost like an apology for Adolph Hitler. He has a few character faults, you know, but you must judge him for his "Official Executive behaviors."

If we don't give Hitler, I mean Trump a fair chance then we hurt ourselves, the US public and the rest of the world. Oh and when he does something utile we should applaud him decorously and not with"adolescent emotional noise."

What we have here over four pages is a court manual dictating
how we are to comport ourselves before the emperor, Donald Trump the First. It is an amazing document with certain key parts in capital letters and certain not too subtle threats woven throughout. "Otherwise you hurt yourselves & the rest of the U.S.public & the world."

The author did not vote for Clinton - too evil - but Bernie Sanders whom she contributed money to thrice and to whose campaign management she rendered advice. In my opinion she is a troll upon whom I have wasted far too much time. The things Trump's people will resort to. Perhaps, they are feeling a little nervous as Jan 20 approaches and the protests get really geared up.
 
 
-5 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 20:56
DongiC 2016-12-27 20:35

You do not READ. You edit and interpolate, and then attack your own substitute text, not the text you pretend to address.

You seem paranoid.

You lean on Hitler-"analogy ," which signifies your argument's, perception's, and cognition's impotence.
 
 
-5 # Kropotkinesque 2016-12-27 21:16
DongiC 2016-12-27 20:35

Yours: "Perhaps, they are feeling a little nervous as Jan 20 approaches and the protests get really geared up."

No. I am an adult, not a post-pubescent- but-still-mere- child ranter screaming a tantrum because I did not get the Christmas present I wished.

"ranter"? Two denotations. (a) A person who rants. (b) Quasi-metaphori c reference: see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ranter
 
 
+1 # revhen 2016-12-28 14:00
Protests as planned only bring attention to Trump and his ego feeds on attention. Instead of demonstrating loudly, JUST TURN YOUR BACK ON TRUMP AS HE GOES BY. Or sing some upbeat songs. or anything that totally ignores him.
 

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