(Updated) We’re observing some chin-stroking to the effect that demonstrations, even gigantic ones, will be inadequate in blocking the medley of egregious policies oozing from the White House. The fact is that there is a lot of organizing going on, some of which can be credited with producing the impressive turn-outs we have been seeing, not just in big cities but in many other locales, off the beaten track. How far off? How about Antarctica.
Whenever I see some dilettante going off on how demonstrations are not a substitute for organizing, I am going to put up a link with the information that follows, a catalog of grassroots efforts, in alphabetical order. Undoubtedly it will be incomplete. If you know of ones I’ve left off, please post them here and I will maintain a running list.
When Nixon invaded Cambodia (geezer recollection alert), my entire campus rose up. People took over the student center, and it became a hive of organizing. It was totally fragmented. All sorts of different schemes were being cooked up. One was to boycott Coke. I forget the exact argument. At any rate, the purpose of this post is not to tell anybody what to do or not do. My own choice is indicated below.
My friend Joshua Holland provides more information on the array of initiatives at The Nation. I have pillaged his article to update the list below.
#AllOfUs2016. Anti-Trump/anti-Wall Street.
#KNOCKEVERYDOOR. “Organizing against Trump and the Republican agenda” by canvassing. Be the one who knocks.
Americans for Democratic Action. Venerable liberal group that I used to be in and will probably join again. Pro-Sanders, but connected to the liberal Members of Congress, most of whom endorsed Hillary. Sad!
Black Lives Matter. Not kidnapping white kids and torturing them.
BYP100. Black youth project.
Campaign Zero. Deray McKesson’s project to address police misconduct. Useful wonky proposals.
Cosecha. Focus on the undocumented.
Dailyaction.org. Daily calls for mobilization.
Democracy for America. Founded by Howard Dean, now run by his brother.
Democratic Socialists of America. Founded by Michael Harrington, long ago, now recruiting like crazy. (I joined.)
IfNotNow. Jewish resistance.
Impeach Trump Now. Self-explanatory. It’s the humane alternative.
Indivisible. “A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. Former congressional staffers reveal best practices for making Congress listen.” This has become a huge effort in a very short time.
Jewish Voice for Peace. Defense of Palestinian rights, against the Zionist occupation. (I’m a member.)
Justice Democrats. Why not you? Run for office.
Movement 2017. Directing contributions to smaller, local groups.
Movement Match. Take an online quiz, get suggestions on which groups to join.
OPERATION 45. Doing an FOIA blitzkrieg of Federal agencies.
Organizing For Action. This was the Obama vehicle that was basically shut down once he was elected. Bad mistake. Now it is waking up.
Pantsuit Nation. Enraged Hillary people forming local groups on Facebook, some of them closed to block harassment. Search on FB to find them. Chances are a friend can get you in if your local group is closed.
Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Been at this for a while.
Progressive Democrats of America. Begun with alumni of the Dean and Kucinich campaigns of 2004.
Public Leadership Institute. Aiding the defense of reproductive rights in the states.
The Pussy Hat Project. Activist knitting circles. I am not making this up. Supplying hats to the masses.
Run for Something. Focused on millennials, otherwise self-explanatory.
Scientists’ March. Real scientists to protest Trump. Sadly, economists not allowed to participate.
SwingLeft. Flip the House. Does it ever need it.
Townhall Project 2018. Go to your congresspersons’ local “town hall” meetings and torment them.
Unite for America. Calls itself “cross partisan,” which triggers my bullshit detector. But probably anti-Trump, so that’s something.
Women’s March on Washington. On short notice they organized one of the biggest set of marches in history. Connected to local affiliates, and still running.
Working Families Party. Active in some states, huge in New York. (I know, I know.)
Many more here. I can’t vouch for all of them. The ones above are all legit. Some I like more than others, but YMMV.
Have fun and kick ass.