All out for January 20 and January 21!
A statement from Resistance
There are numerous events and demonstrations planned for the Inauguration Day and the day after. As Trump takes the oath of office, many will protest his ascension to the White House. We regret that the different left organizations involved in Inaugural protests couldn’t find a way to unite in some sort of unified mass action. Instead, each of the formations involved seem to be taking the opportunity to build their own organizations.
There is nothing wrong with a socialist organization recruiting to itself. That said, organization building can and should take place in the context of building healthy and independent social movements.
The January 20 counter-inaugural actions, in part because of the lack of a United Front approach bringing together many different organizations, may be smaller, and more isolated politically, than necessary. Hopefully, as we go forward, we can overcome these limitations. The United Front method is crucial as we seek to shift the balance of class forces in the struggle against Trump and his allies on the far right.
We would also like to push back against sectarian notions about the Women’s March on January 21. The organizers are dismissed by some as “middle class” or as “straight white” activists who are not inclusive of the various liberation struggles of Black and Latinx people, of LGBTQI people, of working class women. The march is dismissed as a “pantsuit” parade of disgruntled Clinton supporters. And, surely, the march itself will be a creature of the Democratic Party.
It’s our estimation that the class character of the organizers doesn’t matter as much as the opportunity presented by a mass mobilization that may activate hundreds of thousands against the reactionary, anti-woman, anti-labor, agenda of the incoming administration. Major labor unions are mobilizing their members for J21, which has now been endorsed by the main women’s rights organizations as well as civil rights groups.
The political evolution of the Women’s March itself is encouraging. Having begun without political demands, the organizers have released a progressive set of demands. In their statement they affirm the “legacy of the movements before us—the suffragists and abolitionists, the Civil Rights Movement, the feminist movement, the American Indian Movement, Occupy Wall Street, Marriage Equality, Black Lives Matter, and more…” The organizers defend unions, reproductive rights, and the rights of people regardless of their sexuality.
We urge people to take part in the Washington demonstrations if possible. If not, we urge participation in local and regional actions.
List of events:
Occupy inauguration, Speakers include Sawant, Jill Stein, Chris Hedges
J20 Resist festival of resistance gather Union Station 6 am 10 am march on white house
The Anti-Inauguration – Why Trump won, what he’ll do, and how we can fight him with Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, and Anand Gopal. Sponsored by Jacobin Magazine, Haymarket Books, and Verso Books.
ANSWER Coalition, Stand Against Trump, gather Freedom Plaza, 7 am – 5 pm