Growing crowds—More protesters in June
The Crowd Counting Consortium tallied over 800 protests, demonstrations, rallies, and other actions during June. An estimated 950,000 to 1,170,000 people participated. Nearly two-thirds of events (65%) were opposed to Trump and his policies; 7 percent were in support; and the final 27 percent were on unrelated issues. More detail in the article.
Many of these protests are happening in the districts of powerful Representatives and Senators. California’s Darrell Issa has faced such consistent crowds of 200-300 protestors that his district office has taken to calling city officials to complain about their permitting. And House Speaker Paul Ryan can’t even go to another district without facing protests, like he visited a New Balance factory north of Boston.
Of course, some Representatives lead the way: John Lewis was at San Diego’s Comic Con for a panel on March, his graphic novel about the civil rights movement, which turned into an actual march through the convention center.
From civics to resistance—Radical PTA moms
The Intercept profiled a few women—in Boulder, in Wichita, and in Atlanta’s suburbs—who are using their civic ties for political activism in the Trump era. Networks and relationships built around schools or charities are important channels for engaging our neighbors. And when we engage them, we deepen those ties further.
The kids are alright—Quinceañera protest in Austin
Fifteen teenage girls held a quinceañera protest, adapting the typical coming-of-age celebration to protest against Texas’ sanctuary cities ban. In colorful gowns and sashes, they first danced in front of the capitol, and then went inside to lobby lawmakers.
City hall—Fighting back at the local level
From El Paso to L.A., cities are filing their own resolutions calling for impeachment, protecting their sanctuary status, implementing progressive taxes, and taking down Confederate monuments. When the federal level is gridlocked and retrograde, the local level steps up.
Urban climate—Cities and the Paris commitments
When Trump announced the U.S.’s withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, nearly 250 mayors signed onto a pledge to uphold it. This article describes what they can (and can’t) do to make that a reality.
Tactical tips—From canvassing to noncooperation
The national Indivisible team released an August Recess Toolkit—complete with a canvass training agenda and guides for public events. Plus: The new site Political How is creating video tutorials for canvassing, town halls, phone calls, and more.
Want to expand your toolkit even more? Here’s a famous list of 198 methods of nonviolent action, written by Gene Sharp in 1973. It has 13 kinds of symbolic public acts, 22 kinds of strikes, 5 kinds of processions, and a lot more. Never run out of ways to resist.
Photo: Make the Road NY, protest greeting Trump in Long Island on 7/28/17, via Twitter.