By: Jonah Brown
In our fast-paced culture, longstanding movements are hard to achieve. Our collective attention is constantly being pulled in various directions. One of the dangers of this Trump presidency continues to be the threat of normalization of the ignorance, hatred, violence, racism, sexism, xenophobia and degradation of the body politics generated by this administration. One of the ways that this vitriolic era becomes normalized is through our own fading resistance, as our collective screams wane into muted eye rolls and deep sighs, with little actual effort towards standing up to the injustices of a President Trump.
But take heart – because we’re more than 30 days in, and the resistance continues to fight on!
We began the Trump administration with just as many protesters at the inauguration as supporters. Less than 24 hours later, we saw one of the largest collective marches in the world descend upon Washington D.C., New York, Chicago, Los Angeles with hundreds of thousands of supporters showing up to be heard, with tens of thousands more being seen and heard in small towns across the country and the world.
Just one week later, the brothers and sisters of the resistance mobilized in quick fashion after President Trump signed an executive order essentially instituting one of his most outrageous campaign promises – the travel ban against individuals from seven countries, an order which disproportionately, intentionally and unconstitutionally impacted Muslims attempting to travel to the United States. As soon as this surprise order was enacted, hundreds of individuals and families were wrongfully detained at airports all over the world. But the courageous voices of protest showed up and again proclaimed that these types of actions do not represent the freedoms that have always made this country special.
This past week, as Congress went home to their districts, many Republican officials were met with throngs of constituents seeking answers on Donald Trump’s ties with Russia, how their party would hold Trump accountable, and their support for a reckless repeal of Obamacare, among other things. The crowds at these local town halls have been undeniably large, and equally passionate.
Reports of new protests continue to surface on a seemingly daily basis, whether by college students standing up to the presence of a racist troll like Milo Yiannopoulus, or a demonstration of solidarity organized by high school students who wanted to speak up in favor of immigrants who have been wrongly persecuted by this administration, or the efforts of the various Indivisible chapters popping up all over the country since Nov. 8th. Regardless of the cause, or the constituency, it’s clear that Americans are still angry, but more importantly, FOCUSED on moving forward. It’s never been more important to show up, to speak out, and to stand up against injustice than it is right now.
Sure, we’ve been here before on Civil Rights, Women’s Rights, LGBTQ rights, etc. But this modern movement is made even more significant because of the many battles we are being forced to revisit, as conservatives roll back decades of progress in the name of returning the country to a fictional era of greatness. For many who protest, their fight seems to have morphed into one of surviving and sustaining, leaving the fight for forward progress for another day. Nevertheless, allies around the world can take hope in the reports of ongoing protests, rallies, and demonstrations, knowing that there are millions of global citizens who are committed to fighting against the normalization of everything dangerous that this new era in politics has come to represent.