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SUMMER OF RESISTANCE UPDATE

11 Aug. 2017

Dear Friends and Patriots,

          I informed you over two months ago about the left’s Summer of Resistance, or Resistance Summer, depending on where you go to research those things.  I told you some of what it was intended to do, some of who was behind it, and some of how it was being organized.  Today I’d like to give a bit of an informational update. 

The three main organizers and funders are Greenpeace, MoveOn.org, and the Democratic National Committee. If you study their websites and Facebook pages you should realize marches and protests are just two of many parts of their efforts. They're sponsoring town cookouts in hopes that free food will interest people enough to make them amenable to listening to their pitch. They're going door to door, just like Mormon missionaries and the Jehova's Witnesses, only the religion they're promoting is the progressive agenda.  They’re showing up at the town hall events put on by Congressmen and Senators.  Yes, they’re everywhere.

And what exactly does the "other side" do about any of this? How do they counter it? How do they sway people to their ideas and program? They sit around and watch Congress do its usual dithering routine and fail to pass vital legislation; fail to enact the program they promised voters all during 2016.

Yes, the talking heads on Fox may question why the Democrats seem to have no discernable strategy; meanwhile the Democrats have gone back to the streets in an attempt to build their base up from the neighborhoods on up. They have thousands of trained field workers who are now training thousands more. The Republican and conservative groups dither, just as Congress dithers. It's easy to say "their side lost and has no coherent message." Tell that to people who are willing to cast their vote for someone just because that someone came to their home and talked to them on-on-one.

You have to understand exactly what's happening. This is precisely what Saul Alinsky taught for over 4 decades - people respond best when they are on their home turf and you're approaching them in seeming friendship, with an open hand and a message designed to their interests. One side went back to the basics, employing an Alinsky version of Vince Lombardi's training philosophy. The other side is focused on the wrong things. If this continues all that the one side, the supposedly conservative Republican side, has gained in the past six years will surely be lost. The basics here = a superior ground game. Why is this not clear?

The Republican National Committee should be spending its time shoring up the support it acquired from the Democrat side this last election.  It should be organizing door-knocking campaigns, too.   It should be putting Republican Party (RP) kiosks in malls and at any outdoor event held in any town of significance in the land.  The secret to getting voter support is talking to voters.  The secret to talking to voters isn’t to bother them at suppertime with robo-calls, phone surveys, and requests for donations to PAC funds, but to go to places you know they’ll be and ask politely to talk to them about the future the party hopes to build for all Americans.  The RP should have placards and handouts that detail the party’s vision of a government that imposes minimal controls and low taxes on the people; a government that returns to the principle of “of the people, for the people, and by the people.”  Party advocates should be trained in founding principles and taught how to convey those principles to the unknowing and undereducated.  But, that’s not what the RP is doing.  No, it’s sort of what those other guys, those progressive Democrats are doing.  From all outward appearances the RP is still frittering away time and energy trying to decide if it can live with President Trump as the standard bearer of the party. 

Just to demonstrate a bit so you’ll understand how far behind we are, I’ve copied down a few things from the Internet that relates to Resistance Summer.  This is stuff you need to know, and you need to know much, much more.  This is just a primer to open your eyes.  Pay attention now!

This is taken from the page:  ResistSummer.com  a website of the Democratic National Committee:

Why do we resist?

The majority of the economic gains in America are going to the top one percent, and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million.

Resistance Summer seeks to bring Americans together to resist the powers that are trying to rig the system against working families. Our work is inspired and influenced by 60 years of civil rights organizing and resistance.

We’re hiring organizers across the country to build the Democratic resistance. We’ll recruit and train thousands of volunteers. And, we’ll ask all Americans to hit the streets to protest the Republican agenda, talk to their neighbors about protecting affordable health care and building an economy that works for everyone, and register voters in our communities.

Together, we’ll stop Trump’s attacks on families, register voters, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.

Lasting change only comes when we work together. We need you to sign up today to be a part of Resistance Summer.

          Next is a rather comprehensive excerpt gleaned from  https://act.moveon.org/survey/resistancesummer; the web page of MoveOn.org.  For those who haven’t kept up, MoveOn.org was the campaign organization formed in 2008 to do the community organizing for the Obama campaign.  Yes, it’s still active; even more than ever, actually.  Read all this and you should agree:

Welcome to Resistance Summer.

Resistance Summer has three core objectives:

  • build and demonstrate the electoral power of the Resistance;
  • develop new leadership and capacity—1,000 MoveOn Mobilizers building strategic capacity, organizing and mobilizing skills, and relationships, ready to take action in moments of rapid response; and
  • win tangible victories this summer against Trumpism and for a hopeful future.

As a Resistance Summer MoveOn Mobilizer, you will

  • take part in weekly online trainings in organizing and mobilizing skills from the nation's top organizers;
  • be matched with a cohort of 25 fellow MoveOn Mobilizers and an expert Resistance Facilitator who will support and coach you and your cohort;
  • put your training into practice by organizing one community event per month in June, July, and August, with the support of your cohort and your Resistance Facilitator (June Community Cookout, July Voter Contact Event, August Recess town halls and other accountability events), and by being ready to act in moments of rapid-response;
  • receive a $150 monthly reimbursement to help offset the often-hidden costs of volunteering: cell phone minutes, transportation, and oh, those snacks you bring to meetings!
  • upon successful completion of the Resistance Summer program, you'll have the opportunity to join MoveOn's national Rapid-Response Network to help your community respond to critical national moments by leading timely local actions.

Our first class of 1,200 MoveOn Mobilizers have just embarked on their Resistance Summer journey. Here's what they're engaged in every state in the nation:

Resistance Summer is built on the idea that in order to protect our communities and win back power, we must organize. Resistance with resilience.

Resistance Summer is a 12-week volunteer program for emerging community leaders and activists who want to gain organizing skills and be part of an ongoing national network of organizers standing up to Trump's agenda.

There are three key parts of the Resistance Summer program: Trainings, Actions, and Cohorts.

Trainings

You'll participate in weekly virtual trainings (webinar-style, Facebook Live, videos, or readings) that last about 60 minutes each. They will be offered on Sunday evenings, but you can complete them at a time that's convenient for you each week. Trainings will be led by expert trainers and cover key organizing principles and skills such as these:

  • Developing a campaign strategy
  • Effective recruitment
  • How to get media coverage for your actions and build relationships with reporters
  • Organizing vs. mobilizing
  • How did we get here? Political education and analysis
  • And much more!

Actions

The best learning comes from action, so we'll put our trainings into practice with national days of action in June, July, and August. By taking action together all across the country, our impact is amplified.

In June, we'll kick off the summer by gathering in fellowship for Community Cookouts. Getting neighbors and friends together builds relationships and community ties that make our readiness for action stronger and keep us invested for the long haul. They're also an opportunity to lay out the opportunities for action in July and August and get folks excited to join you in action. Check out the more than 450 events in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

In July, we'll demonstrate that the Resistance is building the power to win elections. We'll come together for a Voter Contact day of action, where we'll gain experience talking to voters in our communities about the issues that are important to them. We'll gain valuable skills of having the conversations that make a difference in elections, and we'll gather valuable information about the mood of voters where we live.

In August, when members of Congress are home for their month-long summer break, we'll hold them accountable for their actions and make our demands clear at town hall meetings and other events.

Cohorts

You will be organized into cohorts, or groups, of 25 MoveOn Mobilizers, grouped by strategic focus (e.g., do you live in a congressional district with a Republican representative who is vulnerable in the next election? Do you live in a big city with a Democratic mayor and want to support pro-active progressive policy?).

Each cohort will be matched with an expert Cohort Facilitator—an experienced organizer and movement leader who will support you through the trainings and actions. Cohort Facilitators are people such as veteran organizer and founder of the Midwest Academy Heather Booth, elections veteran Emmy Ruiz, and direct action organizer Yong Jung Cho.

What happens after Resistance Summer?

Why, the resistance continues! And you will have more tools in your toolbox and more inspiration for the long haul. Upon successful completion of the Resistance Summer program, you will have the opportunity to join a national network of local volunteer organizers ready to organize locally for nationally impactful campaigns, including responding to rapid-response crisis moments and preparing for elections.

Calendar

Here are some key dates to mark on your calendar for Resistance Summer:

Wednesday, May 24: Applications Due
Friday, June 2 - Friday, June 9: Program Participants Announced
Monday, June 19: Virtual Training Kickoff
JUNE ACTION: Saturday, June 24, and Sunday, June 25: June Action—Resistance Summer Community Cookouts
JULY ACTION: Weekends in July: July Action—Voter Contact Day of Action!
AUGUST ACTION: August 1-28: August Action—Congressional Summer Recess
August 29-September 1: Debrief

Expectations

We believe that good organizers set clear expectations and follow through on commitments. We have worked hard to make this learning and action opportunity available to the widest range of people of different backgrounds. If you can commit an average of 5 hours per week during the summer, can access a smartphone or computer with an internet connection, and want to organize events in your community that will make a difference, Resistance Summer could be for you!

Here are the expectations for Resistance Summer program participants:

I am available throughout most of the summer (gone for no more than 3 weeks total, with no more than 2 weeks at a time).

I understand the expectation that as part of Resistance Summer I will complete a weekly training module, a weekly organizing assignment, and a weekly report, and that I will participate in a monthly action to apply the trainings to practice (June community cookouts, July voter contact events, August town hall or other congressional recess action).

I can commit an average of 5 hours per week from June 19 to Sept. 6 (12 weeks).

I understand that this is a volunteer role. I understand that I can choose to receive a $150 monthly stipend (once per month for 3 months) contingent upon completing the requirements of the program.

I have or can get regular access to a smartphone or computer with internet access and enough data for about 60 minutes of video each week to complete the weekly assignments.

I agree with this Resistance Summer vision statement: I believe that we can build a country with room for all of us, with an economy that works for all of us, that welcomes refugees and immigrants, that takes action to address climate change, that makes it easier, not harder, to vote, that values Black lives, that stands against sexism, racism, Islamophobia. I share a commitment to nonviolent action to achieve this vision.

          Assuming you paid attention to all that you should easily grasp that many thousands of people are involved in the organizing aspect of this summer’s effort, how many aspects of the plan there are, and how they’re setting up to sustain themselves into the distant future.  You should understand how professional all this is, and how many are paid to train and lead.  When you estimate the thousands involved you can get a sense of the capital behind it.  This effort is funded by mighty deep pockets.

          As mentioned at the beginning, Greenpeace is a key player in all this.  Their web link to see proof of it is:  http://www.greenpeace.org/usa/get-ready-for-the-summer-of-resistance/   You may wonder what Greenpeace brings to the table.  Think about that for a bit.  Greenpeace has been around a long, long time now, and has thousands of field activist to call upon from their worldwide network.  They have their own infrastructure and funding sources.  They require little in the way of training, and in fact may be one of the principle sources of trainers for the whole effort.

          Next are a couple of sites that represent many on the Web you can consult if you want to keep track of resistance activities in your area:

https://www.resistancecalendar.org/

https://www.resistancemanual.org/Upcoming_Events/Opportunities

Both sites have search engines that will pinpoint activities to any Zip Code you plug into them.   As stated, there are many such sites.  Just Google terms like, “protest march calendar”, “ resistance marches”, “anti-trump marches”, etc.  In the string of hits you’ll run on other sites that list protest activities nationwide and others that are much more local.  These sites are the way activists keep track of the planning so they can plan their travels around the most fun events.  It may sound odd, but for these kinds of activists, these events are fun and they travel from place to place, often going to new places to march and protest solely because they’ve never been there before.  There are also weekend activists who have real jobs.  They use the sites to keep track of where and when to be each Saturday morning.  It’s how progressives spend their summer vacations now.

          What do I want you to get out of all this?  I want you to be concerned.  NO, not concerned; I want you all to be scared.  You better be scared because the progressive Democrat efforts this summer are sure to continue into next summer.  If they do, and are even partially successful, you should be prepared for RP losses in Congress in 2018.   It will almost certainly happen unless the RNC and RP get their acts together and formulate an effective counter strategy.  To date, I haven’t seen one.  Nor have I seen any Tea Party group seeming willing to mount any challenge.  All must keep in mind that President Trump is the REPUBLICAN President, and he was supported in the general election by virtually all Tea Parties.  While we may quibble with some things he says and does, and we my at times be uncomfortable with his style, think how horrible our attitudes, morale and even our daily life might have been if Hillary Clinton had been elected and the progressive reformation of America had accelerated in the ways she wanted.

          I’ve taken up quite enough of your time on this subject.  If you think it’s not worth your time to think any farther or to take any overt action, then go ahead and ignore all this.  But, if you do, don’t come around later and complain that the country is back-peddling and all the gains we hoped for are melting away.  All you’ll get from me is a blank stare and one question:   So, what did you do to try to keep it from happening?

          Every good thing seems to start with one.  One eventually becomes two, and two eventually becomes four.  Sooner or later momentum builds and what was once one can become a multitude.  Sort of like this:

Be that one!          MAGA, Baby!

In Liberty,
Steve