FAC has made no bones about an anti-Trump position, but that position is in response to his comportment, politics and policies. If he was just some guy at a party, we could tell him to bog off, and be done with it- never engage with him again. So, it's tempting for sure to go make a big show of telling him how much (and how vigorously) we dissent, en masse. But he's not some tosser at a party- he’s the president, and the stuff he's doing has material and devastating impacts on the planet and the people on it, as well as fortifying and promoting the existing systems of oppression that destroy the lives of the most vulnerable and abused populations of our fellow humans. And the way he's doing it- with brutish and bombastic language, by disrespecting world leaders, by maligning and attacking venerated institutions and leaders? That's not how we want to do things.
If we want to preach respect and peace, we need to practice them. If we want to build, we need to build. This isn't a cocktail party, it’s the shaping of the world. We need all hands on deck. There is a time and a place for demonstration and vigorous rebellion. We saw that at the Women’s Marches as well as the peaceful demonstrations and protests around the country, drawing visibility and awareness to the pain, solidarity, and strength of our sisters, brothers, and human family in the Indigenous, African American, LGBTQIA (and so many more) communities. But this isn’t it. Right now, we don’t need to just fume - we can’t get anything done like that. We need to fight - fight smart, and fight together. Trump’s status as a bigot, a misogynist, and a buffoon are relevant only in that they drive his policies, and those are what we’re really opposing. The stuff that’s happening is cataclysmic for people and the planet, so right now, we would much rather take the fight to the policies, the day-to-day way we do politics, and ultimately, to the polls.
The truth is, something is happening nearly every day to resist Trump’s bigotry, his attacks on democracy, and his deliberate targeting of the most vulnerable among us. We entreat you to join us whenever and wherever you are able. You are just who we’ve been waiting for, we promise.
So on Wednesday, instead of attending or disrupting the rally, we’d like to encourage folks to attend any of the community events being held by organizations fighting regressive politics and systems of oppression. We hope you make time to feel the community and solidarity of this many voices, raised together, and this many shoulders, pressed to the same wheel. Our rally is everywhere, our rallying cry is “everyone,” and our event center is the whole world- no exceptions.
SOME EVENTS TO CONSIDER ATTENDING (If you have/know of more, please feel free to post them in the comments):
6/19 6:00 pm: Welcome Immigrants & Refugees, Not Trump!
“Join us in rejecting the policies that are tearing immigrant children from the arms of their parents, that are slamming the door on those fleeing war and destitution, and that seeks to divide working people along racist lines. Instead we want to show that our community is one that embraces people no matter where they were born, or what the color of their skin is.”
6/20 9:00 am-3pm: Warrant Resolution
“This is an opportunity to resolve outstanding warrants from anywhere in Minnesota. We will also have a free picnic lunch between 11:30 and 1:00.”
6/20 4:30 pm We Are One: A Community March
“This event will provide an opportunity for us to come together, stand in solidarity with each other while rejecting the policies and rhetoric of the current administration. It will be a safe space where all are welcome and respected. “
6/20 5:00 pm SOULstice
“a Celebration of Peace, Love and Democracy.”
6/20 6:30 pm: Blue Wave 2018- Rise and Resist Rally