Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Resistance to Trump Continues

Greenpeace "Resist" flag
Greenpeace activists hung a "Resist banner from a crane near
White House Wednesday morning. Photo form NYT. 
WASHINGTON-Resistance to the administration of Donald Trump continues as many of the nearly three million Americans who  joined the Women’s March on Saturday continue to protest. Greenpeace activists hung a giant banner from a crane this morning near the former Washington Post building near the White House saying “Resist”.

On Tuesday, partnered with the Indivisible Guide, Working Families, and the Action Together network to protest Trump’s cabinet nominees and lobby their Members of Congress. They plan to regularly organize protests and lobbying regularly under the hashtag #TrumpTuesdays.

Make the Road New York, Planned Parenthood, the CWA, Citizen Action, and others are planning to protest Trump’s meeting with Congressional Republicans at their retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday. The Republican retreat is an annual event where many of their policy proposals are showcased.

On Tuesday, Trump signed an Executive Order approving the construction of the Dakota Access pipeline which has led to plans for further protests New York and elsewhere. Before leaving office, President Obama ordered a halt to the pipeline’s construction through Native American territory in North Dakota.

Speaker Paul Ryan’s office has shut down its phone lines to stop the surge of calls protesting the repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) otherwise known as “Obamacare”. Ryan has been leading the effort to repeal the ACA for years and seems near victory. Many fear the negative consequences of its repeal if Ryan is successful.

How to Fight

While protesting in a big city might not affect politicians whose constituents won’t attend such demonstrations, calling Members of Congress, writing letters, and petitions is likely to be more effective. Therefore, it’s necessary for various opposition groups to work together to organize protesters in swing districts.

Many Republicans are likely to remain indifferent to those from outside their district calling their office. If influential Republicans in their district turn urge them to reconsider their actions, they might be persuaded to halt their actions.

If huge marches, phone calls, and letters fail, it might be necessary to have protesters flood the halls of Congress to make it literally impossible for them to act. Sit-ins that disrupt operations would prove effective in halting Republicans from certain actions.

The demonstrations are already demoralizing Trump due to his need for adoration. And it’s only the first week. While this might seem minor, a leader needs to galvanize his followers to victory by keeping morale high. Thus, if Trump is demoralized, it will adversely affect his administration.

Join the Resistance to Trump’s policies here!