Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Link to this page: https://www.socialistparty.org.uk/issue/926/23990

From The Socialist newspaper, 23 November 2016

USA: mass protests break out to #ResistTrump

Seattle protest against Trump's victory called by Socialist Alternative, photo Socialist Alternative

Seattle protest against Trump's victory called by Socialist Alternative, photo Socialist Alternative   (Click to enlarge)

Calvin Priest and Kailyn Nicholson, Socialist Alternative (US co-thinkers of the Socialist Party)

Donald Trump's shocking victory was met with a mixture of anger, confusion, and very real fear among ordinary people in the US and around the world.

Millions asked, how could Trump win? And further, what will his presidency mean for immigrants, women, Muslims, and all others targeted by his viciously right-wing campaign?

But the election of one of the most right-wing presidents in US history was also met immediately by determined mass protests. Within hours of Trump's election, Socialist Alternative, Socialist Students, and Movement for the 99% organised protests in cities around the country.

Wall

The call was met by 5,000 people in Oakland, 6,000 in Boston, 3,000 in Philadelphia, 6,000 in Seattle, and nearly 10,000 in New York City.

At Seattle's Westlake Park, the rally was addressed by a range of speakers representing different groups including young Latino activist and member of Socialist Alternative, Manuel Carrillo.

He responded to Trump's infamous call for a wall along the Mexico border by saying the movement would build its own wall: "Ours will be a wall of resistance, built on solidarity, struggle, and a socialist alternative."

Protests have been marked by frustration and disillusionment in Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party and their failure to defeat Trump.

Many recognised that the calculated undermining of Bernie Sanders' campaign by the Democratic Party establishment - despite polls showing Bernie matching up far better against Trump than Clinton - was a major factor in Trump's improbable victory.

Seattle City councillor and Socialist Alternative member Kshama Sawant addressed the crowd at Seattle's Westlake Park: "We cannot even trust the Wall Street-dominated Democratic Party to beat the most unpopular candidate the Republicans could ever find to run for president.

"Their politics prepared the ground. Look at Nafta and the TPP [job-losing free trade deals]. Look at cuts to social security and welfare...

"To build the resistance against Trump, to stop the growth of his movement, we need to build our own movements, we need our own mobilisations. Working people and youth need an independent party of, for and by the 99%. Are you with me?" She was answered with a deafening cheer.

The question is whether we can turn the initial protests and solidarity into sustained and powerful movements. The burgeoning resistance has crystallised around another date of protest: Trump's inauguration on 20 January.

Already, in Boston, Socialist Alternative members held a public meeting to discuss the way forward for the movement that attracted over 400 people.

Attack

Building the kind of resistance necessary to block Trump's attacks will require rejecting the calls of Democratic Party leaders and others to silence our movement. After calling Trump "profoundly dangerous," Clinton is now telling her supporters: "We owe him an open mind and the chance to lead."

But we cannot wish Trump any "success" in his 'Contract with the American Voter' or the rest of his bigoted agenda. This would be a dangerous mistake.

Trump seeks to attack immigrant workers to divert anger from the failure of capitalism to provide decent jobs for millions of working class people.

We need unity of ordinary people to stand up against his call for mass deportations, registration of Muslims, and other vicious attacks on the working class and oppressed people.

Donate to the Socialist Party

Finance appeal

The coronavirus crisis has laid bare the class character of society in numerous ways. It is making clear to many that it is the working class that keeps society running, not the CEOs of major corporations.

The results of austerity have been graphically demonstrated as public services strain to cope with the crisis.

The government has now ripped up its 'austerity' mantra and turned to policies that not long ago were denounced as socialist. But after the corona crisis, it will try to make the working class pay for it, by trying to claw back what has been given.

  • The Socialist Party's material is more vital than ever, so we can continue to report from workers who are fighting for better health and safety measures, against layoffs, for adequate staffing levels, etc.
  • When the health crisis subsides, we must be ready for the stormy events ahead and the need to arm workers' movements with a socialist programme - one which puts the health and needs of humanity before the profits of a few.
Inevitably, during the crisis we have not been able to sell the Socialist and raise funds in the ways we normally would.
We therefore urgently appeal to all our viewers to donate to our Fighting Fund.

Please donate here.

All payments are made through a secure server.

My donation

 

Your message: 

 


In The Socialist 23 November 2016:


Socialist Party news and analysis

Cash for rich and royals, cuts for the 99%

Tories drop 'pay to stay'

Tories plan pain with Brexit Autumn Statement

3.5bn on temporary housing for councils

'Just about managing': 2,500 worse off by 2020

Job figures mask casualisation

What We Saw


What we think

The Socialist Party and support for the Corbyn movement


Socialist Students

Fight back to save education!

Campaigning Socialist Students groups needed to hold student unions to account


N30 strike: five years on

Lessons of the 'N30' 2011 pension strike: when workers showed their power


International socialist news and analysis

USA: mass protests break out to #ResistTrump

Ireland: repeal the 8th Amendment - fight for abortion rights

Spain: Students' Union surges forward in historic congress

Hundreds rally to celebrate anniversary of Students' Union and Izquierda Revolucionaria

UN climate change summit: more hot air from Marrakech


Workplace news and analysis

"I don't always feel that I'm a carer anymore" - a day in the life

Southern Rail Strike


Socialist Party reports and campaigns

Reselection motion passed at Labour Party branch

Packed-out Socialist Party meetings hear American socialist and Black Lives Matter activist

School talk on the struggle for the vote and its importance today


Socialist readers' comments and reviews

The Socialist inbox

"I can't stop thinking about Socialism 2016 - it was truly brilliant"

Socialism 2016: what you thought


 

Home   |   The Socialist 23 November 2016   |   Join the Socialist Party

Subscribe   |   Donate   |   Audio  |   PDF  |   ebook






Related links:

US:

triangleCuban protests - what do they represent?

triangleEngland football team

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs is back

triangle"It's great to be back": Come to a Socialist Party in-person meeting

triangleRising against a rigged and rotten system

USA:

triangleWe don't want a USA-style healthcare system

triangleBiden's policies will not solve underlying US crisis

triangleUSA: cop killings and the anti-racist movement

triangleUSA in crisis - the need for a socialist alternative

Socialist:

triangleCumbria Socialist Party: Socialism - from Utopian to Scientific

triangleWaltham Forest Socialist Party: Flooding, homelessness, cuts... Walthamstow needs a re-set - what's the socialist plan?

triangleEast London Socialist Party: Cuba protests - what do they represent?

Socialist Alternative:

triangleFight the rotten establishment

triangleGreensill scandal, Corruption ... Build a socialist alternative

Seattle:

triangleAmazon bosses defeated in Seattle - Kshama Sawant reelected

Working class:

triangleLabour expulsions confirm need for new mass workers' party

Solidarity:

triangleKazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces

Right-wing:

triangleRight-wing study concludes youth like socialism

Workers:

triangleIsrael: Hospital ancillary workers' strike suspended

Protest:

triangleJobs and homes for all

Kshama Sawant:

triangleKshama Sawant reelected in Seattle

Far right:

triangleNottingham: Socialists and anti-racists oppose right-wing march

Women:

triangleCaerphilly and RCT Socialist Party: Defend women's right to choose

Youth:

triangleYouth Fight for Jobs is officially relaunched

International

International

28/7/21

Workers

In brief: News, reports & analysis from the CWI

28/7/21

Hospital

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers' strike suspended

28/7/21

Cuba

Cuban protests - what do they represent?

19/7/21

Africa

South Africa: Build working class unity for way forward for all

19/7/21

Germany

Germany: Flood disaster affects hundreds of thousands

14/7/21

Latin America

New wave of radicalisation in Latin America

14/7/21

Olympics

Putting the Olympic gravy train ahead of public health

14/7/21

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Solidarity with protesters attacked by regime forces

12/7/21

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan: Nur Otan regime attacks peaceful protest

7/7/21

Israel

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload

30/6/21

Israel

The Israeli working class

30/6/21

Hospital

Israel: Hospital ancillary workers strike over pay parity and workload

30/6/21

Green

German Greens: The image and reality

23/6/21

Immigration

Are Biden's immigration policies a break with Trump's?

23/6/21

Iran

Iran's presidential election

triangleMore International articles...


Join the Socialist Party
Subscribe to Socialist Party publications
Donate to the Socialist Party
Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

LATEST POSTS

CONTACT US

Phone our national office on 020 8988 8777

Email: [email protected]

Locate your nearest Socialist Party branch Text your name and postcode to 07761 818 206

Regional Socialist Party organisers:

Eastern: 079 8202 1969

East Mids: 077 3797 8057

London: 075 4018 9052

North East: 078 4114 4890

North West 079 5437 6096

South West: 077 5979 6478

Southern: 078 3368 1910

Wales: 077 7221 5281

West Mids: 024 7655 5620

Yorkshire: 078 0983 9793

ABOUT US

ARCHIVE

Alphabetical listing


July 2021

June 2021

May 2021

April 2021

March 2021

February 2021

January 2021

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

2012

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

2005

2004

2003

2002

2001

2000

1999