The Rise Of Grassroots Organizations Against Trump’s Presidency

The Rise Of Grassroots Organizations

Against Trump’s Presidency

Four years is a long time. In four years a child can grow from a newborn to school bound toddler; a college dropout can create a social network and amass a fortune of $1.5 billion; a tyrannical leader can gain the hearts of a poverty-stricken nation and turn it into a war machine.

In four years, a lot can happen.

Some may say this approach is melodramatic, and certainly many have pointed to the futility of ongoing protests over a month after the presidential election has passed. However, for organization Women and Allies and groups alike, four years of Mr. Trump has kept them aghast and active against the president elect and loud on the streets around the U.S.

Its been a busy week for those who, in acts of defiance throughout the country, have decided this week might be their last chance to change the nation’s four-year future. An emboldened crowd stormed the streets of New York on Monday in a last ditch attempt to get the attention of the electoral college and perhaps sway their votes uncharacteristically in favor of the popular vote winner, Hilary Clinton.

Clinton’s 2.8 million vote win over Trump is null and void because of the electoral system, something which as a foreigner, is baffling.

This nonsensical and outdated system has outraged not only me, but thousands of other women across the country and has charged a revolt seen on 5th avenue over the past month. This week, in a march organized by group Women and Allies, people took Monday off work and abandoned holiday shopping plans to roast the system and march on Trump Tower, where the future president spent his week meeting up with Silicon Valley hotshots from Facebook, Amazon and Apple, and the controversial musician Kanye West.

These meetings come at a time when other hotshots – celebrity hotshots, have come out with a plea message aligned with that of Women and Allies – for the electors to ‘vote their conscience.’ Martin Sheen leads the way in the latest video from calling on Republican electors to change their vote, of which Clinton needs only 37 to ‘change the course of history.’

Women and Allies, one of many organizations fighting against the old system, have been wielding swords in much of the opposition to Trump, perhaps most notably by raising money for causes he has spoken out vehemently against – such as Planned Parenthood and LGBTQA.

Droves of people came out for the march and other such protests for the past week, devoted to disrupting the normalization of Trump’s presidential-elect status. They come at a crucial time not only in terms of the electoral vote, but also in protest of Trump’s newly appointed cabinet, which many believe threatens the very core of American values.

“This protest wasn’t just to get our voices out there before the electors vote, but it was also to show a strength in numbers – that united, the people are strong, to show solidarity.”

– Isabella G

Signs read ‘electors save us’ and ‘no compromises on bigotry’ while chants of ‘LOVE TRUMPS HATE’ rang out through the packed and rambunctious crowd. Isabella, one of the march’s organizers, was optimistic about the affect of the disturbance on the day. Commenting on the mood, she says it was positive – that a feeling of unity pervaded the predominantly female crowd, united in defiance against the misogynistic prospect of Mr. Trump. The movement has not merely grown out of defiance, but out of fear. There is the deepening divide in ideologies between what’s right and what’s wrong in Trump’s America. For these protestors, Trump is on the cusp of bulldozing over the very democracy this country has spent hundreds of years struggling to create. The change about to come is the likes of which the U.S and the wider world – our generation at least – has never seen before.

While there might be no indicator as to whether the litany of marches this past week has had any effect on the prospective electoral vote, a very clear message has been sent to the president elect should he succeed in attaining office in January.

We shall not be moved.

The day after the inauguration in January, a march has been scheduled in Washington D.C for which 100,000’s of people have expressed interest in via social media channels. Buses from New York City and along much of the East coast are being arranged already and hotels are reporting almost full capacity in anticipation of the exodus to the capital to protest the new president and his promise to change the country from its current standing.

Amy Corcoran

Head of Content at SWAAY: Amy is an Irish writer, avid foodie and feminist with an insatiable appetite for novels and empowering women's writing. She has enjoyed calling Dublin, Paris and now New York her home.

1 Comment
  1. Electoral system is fantastic because it makes counties and states relevant. Clinton won popular vote by CA only, without it trump wins by 1 million votes.

    While I don’t like the candidate that won (or the one that lost for that matter) this article is a joke. Our rights aren’t being taken away, we won’t be lynched or lose our rights to vote or reproduce. Maybe we should be a little more self sufficient instead of feeling entitled to everything. Most immigrants and minorities I know (I’m an immigrant) voted for trump. What does that say? Maybe nothing. We need to expand our line of thinking that goes beyond “he/she/they don’t think like me therefore they’re wrong/racist/misogynistic etc”.

    I’m aware that you live in a state where the majority thinks the same way, but that doesn’t mean that others in other states think that way. From my experience, dealing with people in healthcare-ACA did not do what you think it did. Majority were forced into Medicaid or had their premiums and deductibles increased…by a lot. Mine went from $700 to $3250 in 3 years – I have talked to people who’s went up to $14000 for a family from $4000. This means they have insurance but don’t wish to use it because they cannot afford it. People haven’t regained employment or meaningful employment at that. Maybe it’s time we think of those people as well.

    From sitting on the sidelines, there was no clear choice for president. You had a corrupt career politician who made tens of millions from politics, with no salary above $300k per year – how’s that possible? A foundation which is fraudulent, ties to terrorist nations and pay for play schemes. Someone who lied in front of congress and used an unsecured server. Versus someone who built a business on shaky grounds and lack of morals, someone who has antiquated views.

    Those of you who are critical thinkers and think “yes, Hillary is so much better than trump” are just partisan hacks, just like those who swap those names. Start thinking.

    My guess is that trump won’t focus on anything but national security and jobs, and from my service in rural, native, inner city communities, jobs just may be the answer for those who truly don’t need to give a fuck for how you get your birth control. They’re too busy worrying if they’ll have food or a place to live, or who will be the next death on their block.

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