New York-based grassroots resistance group Time to Resist held its first public meeting to discuss meaningful ways for the community to fight back against Donald Trump’s administration and executive orders.
Around 200 people attended the meeting at Community Church in Manhattan on Friday January 27.
The group is not affiliated with any political party but was founded by past and present activists who have worked for a range of organizations, including the Sylvia Rivera Law Project’s Small Works for Big Change, Not In Our Name, the New York Coalition for Abortion Clinic Defense, and the National Lawyers Guild NYC.
The meeting was an open forum for members of the public to suggest tangible ways to resist Trump’s policies, although the group will not be lobbying politicians who are trying to find common ground with the Trump administration.
“Right now, there are organized efforts to send postcards to senators and make phone calls—and that has a place—but this meeting is not about those things. We will not be asking elected officials to take a stand. This is about us taking our own stand, independent of the political process,” the organizers said.
According to the call to action on Time to Resist’s Facebook page, the group envisions building “a culture of commitment to defend those communities coming under attack in Trump’s America.”
The group plans to reach out to communities under threat, hold public forums, provide resources – such as bystander invention training – and after the events of this weekend, stand in the way of government attempts to round up immigrants and register Muslims.
The next Time to Resist meeting will be held on Friday February 10 at a location to be announced on the group’s Facebook page.
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