Resister’s Digest: Nationwide Protests Swell as Trump Marks 100 Days in Office

Protesters will surround the White House on Saturday and march and strike on May Day.

Theo Anderson

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to take part in rallies and strikes next Monday, May Day, also known as International Workers’ Day. (SEIU United Service Workers West/ Facebook)

Resister’s Digest is a week­ly roundup that spot­lights ways read­ers can con­nect with and learn about cam­paigns to oppose Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s agen­da, pro­tect human rights and pro­mote equal­i­ty. Have ques­tions or tips? Con­tact writer Theo Ander­son at theo@​inthesetimes.​com.

"The May Day events and the People’s Climate March are connected by more than just the close scheduling. A recent state-level analysis published by two Boston College sociologists shows a link between increasing income inequality and rising carbon emissions."

A burst of con­cen­trat­ed, nation­wide ral­lies that began last week with the March for Sci­ence will cul­mi­nate with the People’s Cli­mate March this Sat­ur­day, April 29, and May Day on Mon­day, May 1.

There were about 600 march­es world­wide in sup­port of sci­ence last week. Chica­go had among the largest, with an esti­mat­ed 40,000 peo­ple turn­ing out and one of the nation’s most pop­u­lar sci­ence muse­ums, the Field Muse­um of Nat­ur­al His­to­ry, tak­ing part.

This Sat­ur­day is Don­ald Trump’s 100th day in office, and pro­test­ers will sur­round the White House to direct­ly con­front Don­ald Trump and chal­lenge those who are pur­su­ing a right-wing agen­da that destroys our envi­ron­ment,” said Paul Get­sos, nation­al coor­di­na­tor for the Peo­ples Cli­mate Move­ment. The People’s Cli­mate March will begin at the U.S. Capi­tol and con­clude with a ral­ly and con­cert at the Wash­ing­ton Monument.

In addi­tion to the event in Wash­ing­ton D.C., there will be more than 250 sis­ter” march­es in cities around the world. Search for a local march here. If you plan to attend the D.C. event, find the march route and time­line here.

The main event is pre­ced­ed by a full week of activism and edu­ca­tion. For exam­ple, there will be a Peo­ple and Plan­et First!” ral­ly orga­nized by People’s Action on Tues­day, a cli­mate emer­gency move­ment train­ing” on Wednes­day, a round dance” by indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties in front of the Trump Hotel on Thurs­day and a train­ing on how to lob­by Con­gress effec­tive­ly on Fri­day. Find the full sched­ule of events here. A wide range of reli­gious orga­ni­za­tions are also orga­niz­ing events. Find the sched­ule here.

The march and week of action come at a piv­otal moment for U.S. involve­ment in the Paris cli­mate agree­ment. Trump promised dur­ing his cam­paign to with­draw the Unit­ed States from the agree­ment, which went into effect last Novem­ber. The Unit­ed States has com­mit­ted to reduc­ing car­bon emis­sions by up to 28 per­cent from 2005 lev­els. Trump’s advis­ers are split on the path for­ward. A meet­ing to decide the fate of the U.S. com­mit­ment to the agree­ment was abrupt­ly post­poned last week.

Indige­nous women and the resistance

Dear Patri­archy,” a ben­e­fit show that pro­vides a space for Indige­nous com­mu­ni­ties and their allies to come togeth­er to sup­port art and music in rela­tion­ship to resis­tance and the pro­tec­tion for Moth­er Earth,” will be held Thurs­day in San­ta Fe, New Mex­i­co. Pro­ceeds from the event will, in part, sup­port the Indige­nous art move­ment as art plays a cru­cial role in resis­tance to extrac­tive indus­try.” Details here.

May Day strikes and rallies

Hun­dreds of thou­sands of peo­ple are expect­ed to take part in ral­lies and strikes next Mon­day, May Day, also known as Inter­na­tion­al Work­ers’ Day. The Unit­ed Ser­vice Work­ers West of the Ser­vice Employ­ees Inter­na­tion­al Union expects tens of thou­sands of work­ers to take part. It is part­ner­ing with sev­er­al orga­ni­za­tions on the Car­a­van Against Fear,” which is tour­ing the South­west, stag­ing ral­lies, cul­tur­al events, direct action train­ing, and com­mu­ni­ty strike votes.” Con­nect with or fol­low its jour­ney here. The car­a­van stops for a ral­ly in El Paso, Texas, on Sat­ur­day and will be in Cal­i­for­nia on May Day.

The work­er strikes and ral­lies this year have a spe­cial empha­sis on defend­ing immi­grants’ rights and dig­ni­ty against ongo­ing assaults by the Trump admin­is­tra­tion. Events are planned for all major cities, includ­ing ral­lies in Chica­go, New York City, San Fran­cis­co, Den­ver, Indi­anapo­lis, Kansas City, Min­neapo­lis, Seat­tle and Los Ange­les. There will be dozens of relat­ed ral­lies in small­er towns and cities as well, includ­ing Cheyenne, Wichi­ta, Tuc­son, Spring­field (Mass­a­chu­setts), Cedar Falls (Iowa) and Grand Rapids (Michi­gan). Rise­Up main­tains a search­able data­base of march­es. Search here as well. Indi­vis­i­ble, in part­ner­ship with sev­er­al immi­grant-rights groups, offers an immi­grant ally toolk­it, which includes tips on how to sup­port immi­grant fam­i­lies on May 1.

The May Day events and the People’s Cli­mate March are con­nect­ed by more than just the close sched­ul­ing. A recent state-lev­el analy­sis pub­lished by two Boston Col­lege soci­ol­o­gists, Andrew Jor­gen­son and Juli­et Schor, shows a link between increas­ing income inequal­i­ty and ris­ing car­bon emis­sions. Income con­cen­tra­tion leads to con­cen­trat­ed polit­i­cal pow­er and the abil­i­ty to pre­vent reg­u­la­tions on car­bon emis­sions,” Schor notes, and high-income con­sumers are dis­pro­por­tion­ate car­bon polluters.”

Con­tact­ing Congress

Con­gress returns after a two-week recess this week, and the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment faces a loom­ing shut­down if law­mak­ers fail to pass bud­get leg­is­la­tion. Trump’s bor­der wall has become key to the strug­gle, with Trump using Oba­macare fund­ing as a bar­gain­ing chip to get mon­ey for the wall. The GOP has also made nois­es about a renewed push for an Oba­macare repeal this week. Find con­tact infor­ma­tion for your rep­re­sen­ta­tives here. Facebook’s new town hall” tool, in the explore” sec­tion of the side­bar, also has con­tact details for fed­er­al and state representatives. 

Theo Ander­son is an In These Times con­tribut­ing writer. He has a Ph.D. in mod­ern U.S. his­to­ry from Yale and writes on the intel­lec­tu­al and reli­gious his­to­ry of con­ser­vatism and pro­gres­sivism in the Unit­ed States. Fol­low him on Twit­ter @Theoanderson7.
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