Ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20, the grassroots movement to resist the president-elect is picking up steam and spreading across the country.
One group of activists even released a highly detailed guide with strategies on how to effectively oppose the incoming president and try to limit the threat he poses to the country.
The 26-page document, titled ‘Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting Trump’, lays out a game plan for progressives and urges activists to give the Republicans who dominate D.C. a taste of their own medicine.
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The authors of this guide are former congressional staffers who witnessed the rise of the Tea Party. We saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress. We saw them organize locally and convince their own MoCs to reject President Obama’s agenda. Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism — and they won.
We believe that protecting our values, our neighbors, and ourselves will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda — but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness. Trump is not popular. He does not have a mandate. He does not have large congressional majorities. If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama, then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.
The guide started as a simple Google document but has gone viral in recent weeks as the country inches toward a Trump presidency and many Americans are wondering how they can get involved. It covers a range of topics, like how to build local grassroots organizations and which ways are most effective in influencing policymakers.
It also lays out Tea Party strategies that liberals can borrow in order to effectively oppose Trump:
The Tea Party focused on saying NO to Members of Congress (MoCs) on their home turf. While the Tea Party activists were united by a core set of shared beliefs, they actively avoided developing their own policy agenda. Instead, they had an extraordinary clarity of purpose, united in opposition to President Obama. They didn’t accept concessions and treated weak Republicans as traitors.
The document continues:
Stall the Trump agenda by forcing them to redirect energy away from their priorities. Congressional offices have limited time and limited people. A day that they spend worrying about you is a day that they’re not ending Medicare, privatizing public schools, or preparing a Muslim registry
There is no question that the next four years will be challenging for progressives – and the millions more Americans who cast their vote for somebody other than Trump. But that doesn’t mean liberals should just hide under a rock until the next presidential election cycle.
There are things that can be done right now to minimize or prevent some of the damage that the incoming president promises to do. None of them involve keeping your head in the sand for four years.
If Trump and his dangerous agenda are going to be stopped, millions of regular Americans from all across the country are going to have to stand up and get involved. With a little over two weeks until his inauguration, it appears the wheels of resistance are rapidly spinning.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.