Deep down, the children of Sanders’ political revolution must have sensed that the people’s odds of any kind of victory last night were slim, at best. Much of our community is feeling crushed beneath the tragic weight of the outcome and even our relief that this mockery of an election is finally over feels hollow. But now is not the time to rest nor is it the time to cast blame — the democrats have failed to maintain control of any part of the government and, regardless of who’s fault it is, progressives have to figure out what to do, now that Donald J. Trump is going to be the 45th president of the United States.
Because the marginalized in our communities are threatened by the forces awakened during the elections & because the corrupted parties have robbed the majority of us of representation, we have few options left — which is why a broad coalition of people’s organizations are going to invade & occupy the presidential inauguration in Washington DC.
We Demand Representation
We reject the domination of Wall Street and we reject the rule of our society by billionaire elites. We oppose the rigged political and economic system and we do so with the firm belief that another world is possible. To reach that world, we will need to build a united struggle and a Party for the 99%, free from the influence of big money that has corrupted both parties so that it will be capable of putting the lives of our people & the future of our planet over profit.
Massive demonstrations at the inauguration will send a message to our government that we stand in solidarity with all movements for racial, social, environmental, & economic justice and any attacks on marginalized groups in our communities will not be tolerated. Unless & until our mis-representatives genuinely acknowledge & address the demands & grievances of the people, we are removing our consent to be governed.
This will give the president & the new administration an opportunity to listen to all of its people and, if they acknowledge & take action on our issues, to obtain as much legitimacy as they are willing to earn.
Solidarity & Cooperation
Can Prevail Over Division & Hate
By working together with as many causes & struggles as we can to organize & occupy the inauguration, we can move toward the formation of a new, coalition movement to break the stranglehold of the two-party duopoly and lift up the voices of the diverse majority who have been left out.
Occupy Inauguration is being endorsed by:
Everybody is welcome to participate as much or as little as they’d like to! I want to see people from as many walks of life as possible getting involved — this isn’t an exclusive club and our collective creativity is really the only limit on how people can help & become a part of this. If you’d like to be involved, the first step would be to visit & “like” the Occupy Inauguration Facebook Page at this link — then, if you’re either interested or totally committed or anywhere in between, RSVP to the rallies & marches on the events page. Don’t be shy, start talking & collaborating with others you meet on the page — take initiative! That’s how real democracy works!
You can sign up for email updates or let the organizers know you’d like to volunteer at www.occupyinauguration.org and, even if you think you can’t make it to DC, you can help out by sharing this article or the Occupy Inauguration website on social media. Tell your friends about it — spread the word! You can also help by donating to cover organizing costs at this link.
Our rigged, two-party system & the electoral college doesn’t give us much further choice about whether Trump is going to be president — that ship has sailed. We do, however, get to choose how we will respond and how we will resist.
Bernie Sanders said that, when millions of people stand together, there is nothing, nothing, nothing we cannot accomplish! I know the whole political revolution thing doesn’t seem to have worked out exactly like a lot of us had hoped — but, if this movement can hold together (& I think it can!) & even make some new friends along the way, then I say let’s put those words to the test!
I mean — what’ve we got to lose, at this point, anyway?
John Laurits #SeeYouInDC
P.S. Occupy Inauguration has now been endorsed by Jill Stein:
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