Strategically Resisting a Trump Presidency

Melanie Gleason
Nov 22, 2016 · 7 min read
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Occupy Wall Street, 2011 (courtesy of David Shankbone, Wikipedia)

Strategic Acts of Resistance: A Case Study

Recently, I visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia. Tour guides and informational placards told the same story: that one day, Rosa Parks decided to sit at the front of a segregated bus and refused to change seats. And that moment seemingly launched the rest of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

  1. an effective escalation strategy (creating a highly public-facing resistance campaign that would: hurt the bus company financially, gain a lot of public publicity for the movement, and the opportunity to ultimately file suit against the city of Montgomery to codify change into law) and
  2. strong tactics that furthered the strategy (choosing Rosa Parks as the public-facing resister of this strategy, identifying other resisters who were better candidates to file suit, organizing the community with leafleting and conversation so that people en masse would boycott and hurt the company’s bottom-line)
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An avalanche on Mount Everest: how it feels reading the news/my Facebook newsfeed every day

So, What’s the Strategy to Resist Trump?

Exactly two weeks ago, Trump was elected. In the aftermath that followed, there were protests that took to the streets. I actually think these protests were a necessary demonstration that there is a significant part of the American population who will actively be resisting Trump over these next 4 years.

  1. Demand Much, Much More Progressive Leadership from the Democratic Party and get as many Dems into leadership positions in 2018 and 2020
  2. Electoral College Reform
  3. Hard Advocacy on Issues Affecting Impacted/Marginalized Populations in the US under a Trump Administration
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Resist. Resist. Resist. (courtesy of David Shankbone, Wikipedia)

Priming Ourselves for More Resistance

While clearer theories of change emerge, there are many things we can do that still demonstrates resistance that we can enact ASAP:

  1. Someone Made a Guide For What To Do When You See Islamophobia And It’s Perfect (this is also great for all types of harassment)
  2. Speak Up: Responding to Everyday Bigotry, Southern Poverty Law Center, January 25, 2015
  1. John Oliver makes the case against normalizing Trump, Vox, November 14, 2016
  2. 60 Minutes is Already Helping Normalize Trump’s Presidency, Media Matters, November 13, 2016
  1. This Shopping Spreadsheet is a One-Stop Way to Boycott the Trumps, Huffington Post

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