Since the election of Donald Trump, donations and volunteer applicants to social and activist organizations around the U.S. have skyrocketed.
Groups that oppose Trump’s many discriminatory policy proposals and statements, such as women’s rights groups, environmental organizations, immigration groups, and civil liberties unions, are seeing growing contributions and an influx of volunteer applications. Progressive organizations such as Planned Parenthood, Sierra Club, and the ACLU, among others, have reported fundraising numbers and year-end donations at much higher levels than in previous years.
The potential dangers posed by Trump, one-party rule by Republicans in Congress, as well as a Republican Supreme Court pick have invigorated progressive groups in their efforts to fundraise and organize.
Those disillusioned by the results of the election are turning to Facebook for safe spaces to brainstorm ideas to fight back against conservative policies via secret Facebook groups, which even got a mention at Hillary Clinton’s poignant concession speech. Pantsuit Nation, which originally started as a group supporting Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and Still Stronger Together, which sprung up just hours after the election, are two such groups.
A grassroots movement to resist the Trump presidency and agenda involving well-funded super-PACs and organic groups on the ground is taking shape. The goal of those behind it is to become a progressive version of their ideological contrarians, the Tea Party, even going so far as borrowing guerrilla strategies from the radical group’s playbook.
The post-election period has also seen a rise in local from-the-ground-up efforts toward smaller state-run chapters for larger national groups and increasing focus on local elections to influence local politics.
This is certainly true in Philadelphia and the surrounding regions. Progressives are teaming up in an effort to resist the conservative agenda, and ensure that Republicans don’t unravel all the progress that has been made in the last eight years.
Minorities and disenfranchised groups, who are especially threatened by a Trump presidency are mobilizing more than ever.
A version of the Women’s March on Washington—an event to take place in Washington, D.C. the day after Trump’s inauguration—is being planned at Logan Square in Philly on the same day. The response has been staggering, with over 6000 RSVPs on Facebook.
A Philadelphia organization is preparing to disrupt immigration raids and provide “sanctuary in the streets”. The new sanctuary movement will provide “first responders” who will surround the house of anyone targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement for such raids. The group has a 24/7 emergency hotline that people can call if ICE shows up at their door.
With the upsurge in anti-Muslim attacks in the area following the election, many interfaith groups, including Muslim, Jewish and Christian groups have banded together to keep the Trump administration honest and respect civil rights of all citizens.
Clinton’s campaign slogan “Stronger Together” seems particularly appropriate at this time.