Resist! Actions, Ideas, Stories of the Resistance

Resist! Actions, Ideas, Stories of the Resistance. Click the title to read the full article. 

Resistance to the Trump regime is manifest, taking many different forms, offering many opinions and ideas. Some of the many, starting from the inauguration on, will be listed here.


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Iran’s ‘Exemplary’ Refugee Resettlement Efforts Praised By UN

In a file picture dated 03 April 2006, Iran's elite Revolutionary Guard special forces participate in military manoeuvers at an undisclosed location near the Gulf. AFP/Getty Images Iran, one of the states targeted by Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, is a country from which the US could learn a lot on the resettlement of refugees, the UN has said. The Soviet War in Afghanistan displaced six million people to neighbouring Iran and Pakistan in 1979. Almost four decades later, the Tehran government still shelters around one million registered Afghans, and up to two million are thought to also be living in the country – making Iran home to the world’s fourth largest refugee population. “The leadership demonstrated by the Iranian government has been exemplary in hosting refugees and keeping borders open,” Sivanka Dhanapala, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Tehran, said on Wednesday. -more-

By Bethan McKernan for the Independent  Popular Resistance  March 19, 2017

What My Mostly White Town Is Doing to Defeat Trumpism

The Dutch City That Offered Refugees a Permanent Home

San Francisco Gives Immigrant Parents a Voice Through Noncitizen Voting

The parent-led effort shows how cities can empower and protect noncitizens at a time of uncertainty for many immigrant families.

Are Americans Ready to Strike?

Blacks Need An Anti-War Movement; Not Anti-Russia Hysteria

. The Democrats seem to have an objective interest in having us focus on Donald Trump, the person, as opposed to this system, itself,” said Ajamu Baraka, the former Green Party vice presidential candidate, a founder of the U.S. Human Rights Network, and an editor and columnist for Black Agenda Report. In this environment, anti-war views are regarded as suspect. “I’m involved in building a Black Alliance for Peace, to try to revive the Black anti-war movement — the Black anti-war consciousness,” he said. “We think we have a perfect opportunity, now that people are waking up out of this eight-year stupor, to bring the Black community back to where we used to be, as the most consistent anti-war population in this country. But, it’s difficult to do this when our people are getting caught up in this anti-Russian hysteria, too,” said Baraka.

By Glen Ford and Nellie Bailey   www.blackagendareport.com   Popular Resistance  March 7, 2017

Opioid Crisis: Public Health Crisis Rooted In Poverty

1opioIt is hard, because all of us have lost people, I will say that. I have lost people that I love to this and I don’t know anyone who hasn’t. When we are talking about it, it is deeply personal for people because we are literally watching our communities die and that is really rough. To be in a moment where people are dying from using drugs and we are also shrinking whatever public safety net has been left, to me it is so ridiculous to live in a place where people don’t see that this is a public health crisis that has its roots in poverty. Also, I would say, in the white denial. People not wanting to believe that this could be such a big problem with white people. I would say that it is not just the Republican folks who have been pushing law enforcement over increasing access to care. Here in Portland, we have an all-Democratic City Council that chose to shut down one of the premier, in the country, clinics that had a needle exchange, that had an HIV positive program and did STD testing and counselling, that was serving folks on the street, really low income people, had incredible relationships to their providers. -more-

By Sarah Jaffe for In These Times  Popular Resistance  March 13, 2017

The Guardian is launching a new project that will aim to cover a diverse range of new activism.

Rise Up Times  February 27, 2017

Underground Network Readies Homes To Hide Undocumented Immigrants

Pastor Ada Valiente is putting her trust in God that faith leaders are doing the right thing.By Kyung Lah, Alberto Moya and Mallory Simon for CNN – Los Angeles (CNN)A hammer pounds away in the living room of a middle class home. A sanding machine smoothes the grain of the wood floor in the dining room. But this home Pastor Ada Valiente is showing off in Los Angeles, with its refurbished floors, is no ordinary home. “It would be three families we host here,” Valiente says. By “host,” she means provide refuge to people who may be sought by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE. The families staying here would be undocumented immigrants, fearing an ICE raid and possible deportation. The purchase of this home is part of a network formed by Los Angeles religious leaders across faiths in the wake of Donald Trump’s election. -more-

Popular Resistance  March 1, 2017

NAACP Calls For Boycott Of North Carolina

RALEIGH, NC—The NAACP Board of Directors announced a resolution calling for the discussion of the first steps of an international economic boycott of the state of North Carolina in response to actions of an all-white legislative caucus, which unconstitutionally designed racially-discriminatory gerrymandered districts, enacted a monster voter suppression law, passed Senate Bill 4 stripping the incoming Governor of power and passed House Bill 2. HB 2 is anti-transgender, anti-worker and anti-access to the state court for employment discrimination.

NAACP National President/CEO Cornell William Brooks and North Carolina State President and National Board Member Rev. Dr. William Barber II, will hold a press conference today (Friday, Feb. 24th @ 11:00 am) at the NC General Assembly to discuss the economic boycott and rally supporters for direct actions against the legislators.

“The federal court has declared and North Carolina citizens have discovered that partisan legislators are discriminating in the voting booth, school bathrooms, the workplace and across the state.  Seldom has such a poisonously partisan few violated the rights of a nonpartisan many: workers rights, LGBTQ rights, civil rights, and voting rights. Therefore, the NAACP must use the power of the purse to demonstrate the power of our democracy.  We will use economic leverage, moral persuasion, civil disobedience and litigation in North Carolina and across the nation–as needed and now. Unrelenting resistance is the order of the day,” said NAACP CEO and President Cornell William Brooks.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, stated, “The actions of the all white caucus of extremists in our legislature and the former Governor are out of control. They have consistently passed legislation that is a violation of our deepest moral values, voting rights, civil rights and the fundamental principle of equal protection under the law.”

By Staff, www.naacp.org  Popular Resistance  February 28th, 2017

A Day Without Immigrants: Last Week’s Protests Were a Foretaste of Strikes to Come, Organizers Say

Since election night 2016, the streets of the US have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this ongoing “Interviews for Resistance” series, experienced organizers, troublemakers and thinkers share their insights on what works, what doesn’t, what has changed, and what is still the same. Today’s interview is the fourteenth in the series. Click here for the most recent interview before this one the most recent interview before this one.

Across the country last week, immigrants went on strike to demonstrate what the country would be like if Donald Trump actually followed through on his promised deportations. The Day Without Immigrants actions kicked off in Wisconsin on Monday, February 13, where Voces De La Frontera and partner organizations held a Day Without Latinos, Immigrants and Refugees to protest Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke’s plans to collaborate with the Trump administration to deport people.

Interviews follow…click title for more.

By Sarah Jaffe, www.truth-out.org  Popular Resistance  February 28th, 2017

Strongmen are back in vogue, but these six people are determined to defy the despots

 Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid.Mauritanian anti-slavery activist Biram Dah Abeid. ‘This is the worst it has ever been,’ he says. Photograph: Seyllou/AFP/Getty Images

These are trying times. We live in an age of autocracy when strongmen (they are almost always men) abuse their power to silence their critics, use brute force to stop people championing the vulnerable and rob people of their agency in the pursuit of power.

In a world flooded with triumphant nationalist statements and declarations of war, who speaks for the other side? Who is willing to risk solitary confinement and be torn from loved ones to speak for the voiceless?

We caught up with six dissidents, who have been been imprisoned for a total of 26 years and three months, to understand what it is like to speak out in the age of despots.

in Geneva  The Guardian  Wednesday, February 22, 2017  Last modified Friday Fe bruary 24, 2017   @maeveshearlaw

The Guardian is launching a new project that will aim to cover a diverse range of new activism.

Rise Up Times  February 27, 2017

10-POINT ACTION PLAN TO STOP TRUMP

Reader Supported News   Rise Up Times  February 23, 2017

Actors dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump and Ku Klux Klan members at a protest in Mexico City

Actors dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump and Ku Klux Klan members at a protest in Mexico City | Photo: Twitter / @PRDMexico

 “We will defeat the xenophobic policy of Trump against Mexican migrants,” PRD Secretary-General Beatriz Mojica said.

Mexico’s leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution protested U.S. President Donald Trump’s border wall plans in Mexico City Monday, symbolically breaking down a “hate wall” constructed with cardboard boxes.

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Mexico Could Abandon Doing US ‘Dirty Work’ over Trump Policies

PRD members pushed the boxes over actors dressed as Trump and hooded members of the Ku Klux Klan. The symbolic protest, held in front of the city’s U.S. embassy, kicked off the party’s nationwide campaign to assist Mexican migrants and deportees.

“We do not want our country’s president bowing his head,” PRD Secretary-General Beatriz Mojica said at the protest, Informador reported.

“We want a government that stands with confidence at the negotiations that have to be done with the United States,” she added.

Telesur English  February 22, 2017

We Will Not Pay: The Americans Withholding Their Taxes To Fitght Trump

A protester urges Donald Trump to release his own tax returns. Photograph: Scott Olson/Getty ImagesBy Joanna Walters for The Guardian – The new president has driven some to make a statement with their bank accounts – despite fears such a protest could send demonstrators to jail. Andrew Newman always pays his taxes, even if he hates what the government is doing with them. But not this year. For him, Donald Trumpis the dealbreaker. He’ll pay his city and state taxes but will refuse to pay federal income tax as a cry of civil disobedience against the president and his new administration. Newman is not alone. A nascent movement has been detected to revive the popularity of tax resistance – last seen en masse in America during the Vietnam war but which has been, sporadically, a tradition in the US and beyond going back many centuries. “My tax money will be going towards putting up a wall on the Mexican border instead of helping sick people. -more-

Popular Resistance  February 22, 2017

North Carolina County Sued For Discriminating Against Black Voters

Voters line up during early voting in Raleigh, N.C. Fourteen states had new voting or registration restrictions in place for the 2016 presidential election, raising concerns that minority voters in particular would have a harder time accessing the ballot box. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry BroomeBy Kira Lerner for Think Progress – As Attorney General Jeff Session’s shifts the Department of Justice’s focusfrom protecting voting rights to investigating claims of nonexistent fraud, the rights of an increasing number of minority voters will likely go unprotected. But in that vacuum, a growing number of organizations and advocacy groups have said they will step up to protect voters. On Monday, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law filed the first major federal voting rights lawsuit of the year, alleging that Jones County, North Carolina’s voting system discriminates against African-American residents. Jones County is roughly one-third black, but the black population has not elected a candidate-of-choice to the Board of Commissions in over two decades. According to the lawsuit, this is due to the county’s at-large voting system — a Jim Crow-era tactic that allows localities with white majorities to dilute black voting power. -more-

Popular Resistance  February 22, 2017

Zapatistas Demand ‘Grassroots Resistance‘ Against Trump’s Walls

Signed by Subcomandante Moises and Subcomandante Galeano, the document reinforced the idea that migrants and refugees are “not alone.” | Photo: EFEBy Staff of Tele Sur – “We call for grassroots movements to resist, resist and rebel against the persecution, the arrests and deportations.” The Zapatista Army of National Liberation, EZLN, called on all of its members and supporters to rally behind the immigrants currently facing arrest, deportation and human rights abuses at the hands of U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration. “We call for grassroots movements to resist, resist and rebel against the persecution, the arrests and deportations … Because every human being has the right to live in freedom and dignity in the place he finds the best for himself, and has the right to fight to stay there,” said the communique, calling resistance an act of “duty.” Signed by Subcomandante Moises and Subcomandante Galeano, the document reinforced the idea that migrants and refugees are “not alone” and that the Zapatistas, “even with our limited possibilities,” fully support their struggle. -more-

Popular Resistance  February 22, 2017

Loving America and Resisting Trump: The New Patriotism

So reality has inexorably, inescapably penetrated my life.  It didn’t take long. Yes, Donald Trump is actually the president of the United States. In that guise, in just his first weeks in office, he’s already declared war on language, on loving, on people who are different from him — on the kind of world, in short, that I want to live in. He’s promised to erect high walls, keep some people in and others out and lock up those he despises, while threatening to torture and abuse with impunity.

(ANTIMEDIA)  —  On Friday morning, protesters blocked newly-confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos from entering a school in Washington, D.C.

The day before that, Representative ’s words were drowned out by taunts from a raucous crowd in Utah.

On Tuesday, over 100 protesters showed up at the congressional office of Arizona Representative Martha McSally.

And last weekend, California Representative Tom McClintock’s town hall speech was met with such hostility that he had to be escorted from the premises by police.

There may have been others. There certainly will be more in the days to come. We know that for certain because last week the Washington Post told us so.

“What’s organizing people is that they’re fearing for the country they grew up in,” Neera Tanden, Hillary Clinton advisor and president of the Center for American Progress, told the Post. “People are definitely seeing the purpose of working through the political process to oppose him.”

The him, of course, is Donald Trump. There could be no other him in a Democrat’s mind. But the “process” being referred to by Tanden is, as we speak, going through a metamorphosis — one the Clinton aide seems not to notice.

The Post’s article on Sunday opened with the following:

“A super PAC formed to reelect Barack Obama in 2012 is driving activists to congressional town halls.”

It doesn’t seem like much. Innocuous, even. But upon reflection, it’s actually a game changer.

 Written by   AntiMedia  February 14, 2017

Amid the Chaos in Berkeley, a Grinning Face, Covered in Blood

While images of Brock’s bloody face, and clips of other Yiannopoulos fans being assaulted with flag poles, bike locks, and pepper spray, did ensure that the radical minority of aggressive protesters dominated the news coverage, accounts of his own behavior prior to the attack suggest that Brock might have come to campus looking for trouble.

Robert Mackay  The Intercept  February 5, 2017

TRP Strategy #1: Disconnect from Trump
TRP Strategy #2: Seek the Truth
TRP Strategy #3: Fight Back

“It is not in numbers, but in unity, that our great strength lies…”

How to Fight Trump’s Racist Immigration Policies

Contact your representatives, get involved locally, and learn about what’s at stake.

After bracing for the worst, it’s finally here. Every day since he was inaugurated, Donald Trump has taken steps to implement more of his hate-filled, fear-mongering agenda. Just this week, he began moving forward with a ban on refugees, a wall along the Mexico-US border, a suspension of visas for anyone from particular Middle Eastern and African countries, and cuts to federal funding for sanctuary cities.

By Ariana Rosas  The Nation  January 27, 2017

When a mass movement is united against the power elites it is unstoppable.

In the midst of a terrible national illness, we organize and march for the known and solid cures.

Rise Up Times  Solartopia  January 22, 2017

Millions have done something together’ – why the Women’s March will spark the resistance

The weekend’s Women’s Marches were historic events that showed the world the depth and passion of the anti-Trump movement. But we have to keep it going…

A woman’s march in Germany at the weekend.
A woman’s march in Germany at the weekend. Photograph: Steffi Loos/Getty Images

I know it annoyed them because I walked with them. In the absolute silence, I could hear they were angry and afraid. They looked, collectively, like a George Grosz painting of the Weimar elite come to life.

And then, to annoy them some more, one out of every 100 people in America marched to reject Trump’s project in its entirety. In the US, nearly 3.5 million people marched, the majority of them women, a huge proportion of them wearing pink, woolly “pussy hats” (There were marches against Trump in 20 countries around the world).

Mocking, Marching, Stopping Hate, Dumping Trump Are Not Enough

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By Bruce Dixon for Black 2Agenda Report. If we aim to build a movement that cannot be co-opted by Democrats again and again, our hashtags, memes and messages have to educate our people, not just eviscerate Trump. Sure denouncing and hitting the streets to make fun of Big Cheeto is just that. It’s fun, and maybe theraputic too. But as good as they make us feel, storms of ridicule failed to drive Ronald Reagan or George W. Bush from office, and our scorn of Reagan didn’t prevent two presidents Bush or Clinton either. Our mocking of “W” didn’t hold Obama accountable either. Big protests, especially the permitted kind that take place on weekends, marching through canyons of empty office buildings, sometime with hilarious puppets, some of us being chased by police are routine, almost traditional pageantry by now. Mass protests don’t have magical powers.

By Bruce Dixon, www.blackagendareport.com  Popular Resistance
January 22, 2017

Revolt Is the Only Barrier to a Fascist America

Donald Trump waits to assume power before his inauguration Friday. (Patrick Semansky / AP)

This is a transcript of a talk Chris Hedges gave at the Inaugurate the Resistance rally in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, January 21, 2017

The ruling elites, terrified by the mobilization of the left in the 1960s, or by what [political scientist] Samuel P. Huntington called America’s “excess of democracy,” built counter-institutions to delegitimize and marginalize critics of corporate capitalism and imperialism. They bought the allegiances of the two main political parties. They imposed … obedience to the neoliberal ideology within academia and the press. This campaign, laid out by Lewis Powell in his 1971 memorandum titled “Attack on American Free Enterprise System,” was the blueprint for the creeping corporate coup d’état that 45 years later is complete.

By Chris Hedges  Truthdig  January 22, 2017

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