Power to Resist – in Big and Small Ways

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Meanwhile we have yet to persuade the working-class voters who elected Trump that their leader is not acting in their best interests, and that their very real economic problems are not the fault of industrious immigrants or uppity women.

So the hard work remains before us. A national day of opposition (no work, no travel, no spending) has been called for 17 February. A women’s strike is scheduled for 8 March. On Earth Day, scientists will be marching on Washington, and I’ve heard reports of a labor strike planned for 1 May.

But even as we support these protests, it seems just as important to define resistance as widely and as broadly as we can.

A phone call or visit to the office of one’s congressional representative is an act of resistance. Everyone who knits or wears a pink pussy hat is resisting, as are the ACLU and the Dakota pipeline protesters, as were the lawyers who set up pop-up immigration-law offices in our nation’s airports when the travel ban went into effect.

Everyone can do something; each of us should do as much as we can. And no one should feel guilty for not doing something else – or something more. The important thing is to keep saying no to each new outrage, and not to become complacent or inattentive.

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