Four hundred budding organizers filled Verso Books’ Brooklyn Loft on November 19 for a meeting called by Brooklyn’s The Base anarchist collective to respond to Donald Trump’s impending presidency.
An additional 100 people arrived at the doors after the space reached capacity, and held an auxiliary meeting at a nearby park. Lead organizers from The Base conducted a teach-in about the Trump presidency and the history of anarchist organizing.
“Why would you give someone a chance who is appointing white nationalists to his cabinet?” asked one of The Base organizers.
Several ongoing projects were highlighted, including a Rapid Response Network that will train members to act as first responders for those facing mental health crises, 911-style emergencies, and instances of state repression.
Following these presentations, the centralized meeting split into several working groups, each focused on practical ways activists could respond to a Trump presidency. These included assisting immigrants, preventing hate crimes, and planning demonstrations.
For more information on the Base and their organizing efforts visit thebasebk.org.
Image via The Base (Anti-Copyright)