With Vows of Collective Power, Trump Opponents Plan for 'Day After Friday'

On Thursday, the day before President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in amid global protests and boycotts, his opponents are looking beyond inauguration day actions to create long-term strategies to resist the incoming right-wing agenda.

In an op-ed published in the Los Angeles Times, rights advocates and former Capitol Hill staffers Gonzalo Martínez de Vedia, Jeremy Haile, and Sarah Dohl issue the critical reminder that “ordinary Americans have the power to resist.”

The authors are part of a team of former congressional staffers under President Barack Obama who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party in 2009 and are now aiming to use the conservative movement’s tactics against them. The staffers recently published a manual known as the Indivisible Guide that instructs groups and individuals how to organize against Trump using the same opposition playbook that Republicans used under Obama.

That included organizing locally and pressuring their representatives to oppose Obama’s “every move” through legislation, letters, public statements, and interviews.

It also meant refusing to compromise. Rather than introducing their own legislation, which would have exposed their unified front to intra-party conflict, Republicans simply stood together and opposed Democrats’ plans, rather than putting forward their own.
“We pledge to create a resistance movement that makes Trump unable to govern our oppression.”
—Ungovernable 2017

“Americans against Trump are in the majority,” the activists write. “If we want to resist his agenda, we have to do it together, and we have to start now.”

Similar action plans are cropping up throughout the progressive sphere.


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