100 Days: Compare and Contrast

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Today marks the 100th day of Trump’s presidency. Of his major goals for his first 100 days, this is what he has accomplished:

1. Failed to “repeal and replace Obamacare” 3 times
2. Failed to implement Muslim ban. Federal judges have knocked it down 5 times
3. Failed to muscle a budget through Congress
4. Failed to get Congress to approve funding for the border wall
5. Failed to get tax “reform” (aka tax breaks for the rich) approved in Congress
6. Failed to return “millions of jobs” to the industrial sector
7. Failed to “drain the swamp”
8. Failed to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants
9. Failed to implement tariffs
10. Failed to send Hillary to prison

We, on the other hand, have accomplished a great deal.

1) January 21 — The Women’s March. 5–6 million people marched all over the globe in protest of Trump the day after his inauguration, making this the largest demonstration of all time.

2) January 28 — No Muslim Ban protests. Thousands of people showed up spontaneously at airports when Trump signed an order prohibiting people from seven Muslim countries from entering the US.

3) February 2 — Bodega protests. More than 1,000 Yemeni bodega owners closed their stores to protest the Muslim Ban on Yemenis.

4) February 4 — Thousands of people marched on Mar-a-Lago to protest the Muslim Ban. Thousands more demonstrated in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Canada.

5) February 11–12 — Tens of thousands of people participated in protests against Trump’s immigration policies. In addition to the US, protests were held in Scotland, Prague, and in 18 cities in Mexico.

6) February 16 — A Day Without Immigrants — a national strike and boycott. Restaurants were closed in over a dozen US cities. Nearly all of the stores in Brooklyn were closed, and over 1,000 businesses were closed in Dallas.

7) February 20 — Not My President’s Day. Tens of thousands demonstrated against Trump on President’s Day in dozens of cities, as well as in the UK.

8) March 8 — A Day Without a Woman. The general women’s strike was held on International Women’s Day. In Washington, D.C., House Democratic representatives walked out of the Capitol in solidarity with the strike. Women held protests all over the world.

9) April 15 — Tax Day March. 125,000 people protested Trump’s refusal to show his tax returns in 150 locations in the US. International marches were held in Stuttgart, Germany, Tokyo, Japan, Auckland, New Zealand and London.

10) April 22 — March for Science. Hundreds of thousands of people marched in over 600 cities all over the world in protest of Trump’s denial of scientific evidence. Over half a million marched in the US alone. Scientists demonstrated in the Arctic, in Guam (under water!) in Africa, in Europe, South America, and in too many cities and towns to count.

11) April 29 — People’s Climate March. 150,000 people descended on Washington, with many thousands more all over the US and abroad, in protest of Trump’s efforts to deny climate change.

And those are just the major demonstrations. There have been so many protests, rallies, teach-ins, and gatherings, it would be impossible to list them all.

In addition to on-the-streets resistance, we have also launched many activist organizations.

1) Indivisible has chapters all over the country. During the Congressional recesses, they filled hundreds of town hall meetings, prompting many Republican representatives to flee from their constituents.

2) Swingleft has partnered Democratic districts with nearby Republican districts to help turn red districts blue.

3) Run for Something has begun training thousands of young progressive Democrats to run for office.

Innumerable online activist groups have sprung up as well, like 5 Calls (over a million calls to representatives have been made), Wall-of-Us (four weekly actions), and Grab Your Wallet, which has organized a boycott of Trump products. Again, there are more than I can name, all working hard to resist Trump and his policies. (Find more resistance groups here.)

In addition to all the new groups, established civil rights groups have gotten quite a boost over the past 100 days. Planned Parenthood, the ACLU, CAIR, Southern Poverty Law Center, and many others are seeing record numbers of donations.

This list could go on forever, because not a day goes by without hundreds of thousands of people organizing, demonstrating, signing petitions, calling their representatives, donating, and resisting in countless ways.

Trump is only one person. His allies can be counted on your fingers and toes, and his “base” consists largely of people who have no idea what is going on and who will vote for anyone — Democrat or Republican — who catches their fancy. We do know what is going on, and we are not only a very active, but very vocal majority.

We have, in a mere 100 days, revitalized our democracy, woken up sleepy Democrats, and transformed ourselves into a force to be reckoned with. And when mid-terms come around in 2018, we will carry our resistance to the polls.

Let’s hear it for the next 100 days!

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About the author: Erica Verrillo has published five books, none of which has to do with Trump. You can find her at Publishing … and Other Forms of Insanity, where she takes on the publishing world with both fists (and no gloves).

Helping writers get published and bolstering their flagging spirits at http://publishedtodeath.blogspot.com/

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