I just received an unsolicited broadcast email from MeetUp – see below.
It announced a world-wide formation of the #Resist campaign.
There are numerous #Resist meetups scheduling activities in our area.
… Apex, Raleigh, Durham, Morrisville, Chapel Hill, etc.
This appears to be a coordinated effort to defeat the Trump presidency and its' nationalist / conservative agenda. The following is an excerpt from the first thread on the discussion board of #Resist-Raleigh:
FOCUS ON IMPEACHABLE OFFENSES.
While we are consumed with outrage, the Trump administration and Congress have gutted or are currently abolishing environmental protections, financial protections, public education, and civil rights. They attempted to eliminate the independent Office of Congressional Ethics in a midnight session. Now they are trying to eliminate the Election Assistance Commission, an agency formed specifically to ensure the integrity of elections. The GOP is committed to eliminating all checks and balances in our system in this brazen power grab.
There is a clear signal here. Of course you are right to be disgusted with every ridiculous action he or his administration takes. But this will be a long fight, and it will be exhausting. Don't be derailed by the things we cannot change. There are plenty of things we can, and we must. But that requires paying attention to the signal hidden in the noise.
The link to #Resist for Raleigh …
February 19 meeting has Soviet era agitprop art on the facebook page:
.. Fellow Citizens Mobilization Meetup!
Speakers list for this event:
Janet Link: Founder of Fellow Citizens
Dan Wilkes: Co-District Coordinator for Centennial District, Precinct Chair for 1-23, Wake County Democratic Party
Willie Rowe: Vice Chair, 01-48 and Retired Major, Wake County Sheriff's Office
Subject: Why #Resist?
Date: Mon, 13 Feb 2017 21:17:25 +0000
Meetup has always served as an organizing platform for a wide range of political views, welcoming everyone from the Howard Deaniacs to the Tea Party. Meetup will always welcome people with different beliefs.
But after the recent executive order aimed to block people on the
basis of nationality and religion, a line was crossed. At a time when core democratic ideals feel under attack, we feel a duty to spark more civic participation.
Last week, we created 1,000+ #Resist Meetup Groups to act as local hubs for actions on behalf of democracy, equality, human rights, social justice, and sustainability. Already 50,000+ people have joined.
These #Resist Meetups are open to anyone who want to create a bright future that's rich with opportunity and freedom for all.
Meetup exists to connect people so they create opportunity and make the world they want. We hope members take these Meetups forward to be powerful together.