[Marxism] ‘Resist’ Is a Battle Cry, but What Does It Mean?

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Feb 15 06:56:57 MST 2017

(As a movement develops against Trumpism, it will require adroit 
strategic and tactical maneuvers for the left to develop its own base 
within the dominant Democratic Party hegemon. The easiest thing would be 
to stand apart to preserve ideological purity but revolutionary politics 
has never been easy.)

NY Times, Feb. 15 2017
‘Resist’ Is a Battle Cry, but What Does It Mean?
by Yamiche Alcindor

‘Resist’ has become a one-word battle cry for the anti-Trump forces. But 
what does it mean?

Charlene Carruthers, 31, the national director of Black Youth Project 100.

Bayard Rustin’s call for civil disobedience and direct action tells us 
that “the only weapon we have is our bodies and we have to tuck them in 
places so wheels don’t turn.” Even if it that’s not your jam, everyone 
has a role in creating a society where we divest from things that punish 
and invest in real community-based measures that keep us safe. It will 
take community organizers, cultural workers, farmers, caretakers and 
builders. Now is the time to go big; we have everything to gain.

Enrique Morones, 60, of San Diego, executive director and founder of 
Border Angels.

On Nov. 9, 2016, thousands came to our doors and website saying: “Que 
paso? What do we do now?” Resist, we told them. Be informed about your 
rights, join the masses, register to vote or get others to vote. This 
April, for the fourth time, Border Angels will open the door of hope, 
and children will hug deported parents and grandparents at the wall.

Bob Bland, fashion designer in New York, co-chairwoman of the Women’s 
March on Washington.

It’s a daily mental practice to galvanize yourself and to remind 
yourself to not become acclimated to this barrage of executive orders 
and then people being stripped of their rights because that is not what 
this country was founded on, and we should be moving forward not 
backwards. And that is why we all have to get out onto the streets and act.

Tamika D. Mallory, 36, gun control activist and co-chairwoman of the 
Women’s March on Washington.

I think it looks like a variety of things that all make people 
uncomfortable and not able to rest well and feel like what they are 
doing is O.K. And I think it’s important that white people particularly 
go on record and say we don’t agree with the actions of this 
administration because there are some who will sit back and say, “The 
majority population was O.K. with this.” So it’s important that white 
people are on the record saying, “We don’t stand with you on what you 
are doing to these marginalized communities.”

Aisha Dew, political and arts consultant living in Charlotte, N.C.

“Resist” means to stand for the people who already make America great. 
The United States is diverse because we are a country of immigrants who 
came to America for freedom and a better way of life. Although I am the 
descendant of slaves, I recognize that there are many who came here to 
escape starvation, death, persecution and war. And as a descendant of 
slaves, I know that America has been challenged throughout history to 
deliver on its promise of freedom for all, but has also been slowly 
moving toward justice for all.

Symone D. Sanders, 27, of Washington, former national press secretary 
for the Bernie Sanders campaign.

We have to resist the urge to roll over and go with the flow. We have to 
resist the want to normalize what has happened over the last year and 
resist the tendency to take our eye off of the ball of the issues. It is 
so easy to just subscribe to the notion that “this is the world we live 
in,” but the resistance demands we challenge that. The resistance 
demands that we stand up for what we know is right and true, not because 
it is popular, but because it is necessary.

Dusty Klass, 30, a rabbi in Charlotte, N.C., who has been protesting 
police killings.

For me, to resist means resisting the temptation to assume, to decide 
who a person is before spending time with him or her. Resist writing 
other people’s stories for them. Resist the urge to hide, to click over 
to something else when that difficult truth pops up on your screen. 
Resist the opportunity to just keep walking, to avoid eye contact. And 
more than anything, resist the ease of just being angry — dig down past 
that anger, toward the pain.

Jimmy Dahman, 25, former organizer for Hillary Clinton who runs Town 
Hall Project 2018, which created a Google spreadsheet listing the public 
appearances of members of Congress.

We have worked hard to get to where we are, and it’s a little scary that 
we could move backwards in the next two or four years. So to me it’s 
making sure we are protecting what we have gained and pushing the 
envelope further and working to engage more people in the process

Kristin Rowe-Finkbeiner, 47, of Seattle, executive director of MomsRising.

One of the things that resistance means to me is not buying into Donald 
Trump’s ridiculous and wrong vision of America as only a place of 
carnage and understanding that we need to resist his description of what 
we are and know that it is the diversity of our country that has made us 
a strong and prosperous nation and not the opposite.

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