Strategic Thinking and Organizing Resistance
Date Written: 22/02/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20403
Argues the need for strategy and vision, and effective organizing, in forming a resistance movement to the Trump presidency, and provides several suggestions for organizers.
First of all, and most importantly, we're going to have to organize state-by-state. Electoral power is based at the state level in this country, and without establishing a firm foundation in every state that we can, we will fail at a national level. Let's say the Green Party won the presidency: great! But then what? Because they - or no other left "party" - do not have a solid foundation, they would be turned out of power quicker than Trump. We have to understand this down to our bones: we must build a solid foundation before trying to build a national "house" to sit on that foundation.
In any case, electoral activists (at least) will need to build organization across their state, and will have to meet - say in a state-wide convention - to decide their priorities and their policies. I would argue our (minimum) standard be that we demand that anything that is adopted be life-enhancing or reactionary-challenging. How that gets worked out will have to be decided by people living in those states.