Time to Resist
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The Trump administration is entering the White House with promises to round up and deport millions of undocumented immigrants, treat Muslims as security threats to be registered and surveilled, criminalize and defund women’s reproductive rights and healthcare, attack the basic rights of LGBTQ people, gut healthcare services and public education, crack down on dissent, and reinforce white supremacy in the face of growing opposition to the police murders of Black people. Dismissing climate change and environmental destruction, the new administration threatens to roll back what little environmental protections have been enacted in recent years. And Trump, his advisors, and his appointees have arrogantly declared the right of the United States to flex its military might against the people of the world. Furthermore, Trump’s scapegoating tactics and open espousal of bigotry, all too reminiscent of fascism’s rise to power, have unleashed the violence of organized and everyday white-supremacists who now feel emboldened to attack Muslims, immigrants, Black people, and the LGBTQ community. The question we must all answer is: what are we going to do to stop this? **As an organization, we are not affiliated with any political party, large or small.** Our group currently consists of individuals who have been involved in various resistance movements. Our backgrounds include, but are not limited to: Organizing committee for the Sylvia Rivera Law Project's - Small Works for Big Change, Not In Our Name National Steering Committee, Organizing Committee member for New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense, National Lawyers Guild NYC executive committee, etc. We came together after Donald Trump was elected to figure out what we could do. We decided that the best way to really stop this is if everyone who is against this new dystopian reality was involved and actively resisting. We aim to use our knowledge of different movements and our passion for everything we stand to lose to stop this shit from continuing. From our bi-monthly meetings, we want to foster a community of resistance where the attendees become leaders, supporting each other's actions. After the election, far too many of those in power have pledged to find common ground and work with the Trump administration. But all those who declare “not my president” and have taken to the streets know that conciliating with a Trump presidency can only bring about disaster. In that spirit, we aim to build resistance independent of the political process; rather than begging those in power to save us, we will take action ourselves. History, and recent events such as the Dakota Access Pipeline protests at Standing Rock and protests against police murder, prove that the more we step outside of official channels, the greater the power of our resistance. We envision building a culture of commitment to defend those communities coming under attack in Trump’s America. We aim to reach out to those communities, dialogue with them, forge alliances, and build networks that can stand against attacks. We aim to hold public forums and provide resources that enable us all to understand the severity of the problems we now face and the paths of resistance. We see the need to take bold action to prevent a fascistic future, be it by confronting manifestations of emboldened white-supremacists and bigots or by standing in the way of government attempts to round up immigrants and register Muslims.Activity status unknown.