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Tuesday Senate Protests Mark The Next Step In The Resistance


Tuesday Senate Protests Mark The Next Step In The Resistance

Libero Della Piana

The massive Women’s March in Washington last Saturday started off with a bang the resistance to the incoming administration of Donald Trump and his policies. The breadth and scale of the myriad sister marches held around the country and the globe, from big cities to small towns, amplified that even more.

But everyone is asking, what now? How do we harness the energy, excitement and momentum of that day of protest into an organized and ongoing resistance needed to constrain the political options of the new administration and block its worst plans?


Four days into this administration, and you're ready for the next step. OK. But it's just silly to confuse protests with an actual resistance movement. If you have the money and means, and can get time off from work, go for it. Let off some steam. Just make sure you punch in at work on time. Jobs are still in short supply (after decades of shutting down/shipping out US jobs), and there's nothing to fall back on. We have no mercy on those who get phased out of the job market.


Didn't Trump get elected because of the failure of Congress to respond to We the People's needs? Wasn't that his whole populist message? 'They're not listening to you; I'll drain the swamp.' I was really hoping the upshot of all this would be more than scheduled weekly protests/vigils directed at Congress.

Co-optation is already occurring. People’s Action, MoveOn.org, Working Families Party are allied with the Democratic Party in one way or another. Lobbying/protesting your elected officials should be happening (should have been happening all along), but it should not be confused with resistance.

A resistance movement is defined as: "an organized effort by some portion of the civil population of a country to resist the legally established government or an occupying power and to disrupt civil order and stability.

Doing this action is worthwhile because it is one way to make your voice heard; it contributes to a record of events, and provides lessons in citizenship. But expecting that your views will be considered is naive at best. Actual massive unrest in the streets and grinding the gears of government to a halt is the only thing that will force Congress to represent We the People rather than corporations and the moneyed special interests.