Robert Reich: 14 Ways to Resist Trump

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A girl adds a message on a Post-it note to a display started in reaction to the election of Donald Trump in New York City on November 15. Robert Reich urges those who oppose Trump to prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings and stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative. Lucas Jackson/reuters

This article first appeared on RobertReich.org.

Donald Trump’s first-100-days agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut and much worse. Here’s the first-100-days resistance agenda (with thanks to Alan Webber):

1. Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing). Your senator’s number. Your representative’s number.

2. March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way. The 1 Million Women March is already scheduled for the inauguration—and will be executed with real skill. See here. There will be “sister” marches around the country—in L.A. and elsewhere. They need to be coordinated and orchestrated.

And then? One million Muslims? One million Latinos? What would keep the momentum alive and keep the message going?

3. Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts, everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise from Trump family brands. See here.

4. Letters to editors: A national letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots Americans. In most papers, the letters-to-the-editor section is the most-read part of the paper.

5. Op-eds: A steady flow of arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s first-100-days policies and initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for their city’s or community’s newspaper.

6. Social media: What about a new YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s first-100-days agenda? Crowd-sourced ideas, themes and memes. Who wants to start it?

7. Set up a website containing up-to-date daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and where, so others can join in. Techies, get organized.

8. Investigative journalism: We need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s appointees in the White House, in the Cabinet, ambassadors and judges.

9. Lawsuits: Our version of “Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.” Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get organized.

10. Coordinated fundraising: Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a coordinated fundraising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and effective opposition groups. Is there a way to do a televised fundraiser with celebrities raising money for the resistance?

11. Symbolic opposition: Safety pins are already appearing. What else? What more? Make the resistance visible with bumper stickers, lapel pins, a branding campaign that has great language, a great logo, a great wristband (remember the Lance Armstrong “Livestrong” yellow wristband—it sold millions!).

12. Intellectual opposition: Take Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do yours too.

13. Serious accountability: Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign promises. An updated website of promises made and not kept. This is one especially suited to public-policy students.

14. Your idea goes here. Call a meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos.

The first-100-days resistance agenda. We’re not going away.

Robert Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and a senior fellow at the Blum Center for Developing Economies. He served as secretary of labor in the Clinton administration, and Time magazine named him one of the 10 most effective Cabinet secretaries of the 20th century. He has written 14 books, including the best-sellers Aftershock, The Work of Nations and Beyond Outrage and, most recently, Saving Capitalism. He is also a founding editor of The American Prospect magazine, chairman of Common Cause, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and co-creator of the award-winning documentary Inequality for All.