As mass demonstrations against President Donald Trump's Muslim ban rocked airports across the United States last weekend and after a week of mass demonstrations against Trump's memo pushing for the Dakota Access and Keystone Pipelines, I asked George Lakey, an author and organizer with six decades of experience in movement training and strategy thinking, to share his thoughts on these most recent developments, the overall threat posed by Trump, and the resistance that has grown up in opposition.
First, give up on that "equality and justice" stuff. Americans want justice for some, and have agreed that some people are just more equal than others. We're 20 years into our war on the poor, etc. As it is, we don't have jobs for all -- 7 jobs for every 10 jobless people who still have the means to pursue one (home address, phone etc.). How will refugees be able to provide for themselves? What happens to those who, like so many Americans, are unable to secure jobs?
We will just have to wait and see if any of the protests can bring any positive change, or just result in a crackdown. I'm not aware of a Plan B.