I saw the Trump victory coming. I hoped with all my heart it wouldn’t happen, but I’ve known since the day he was nominated that my beloved country had fallen prey to a sickness that would not be easily cured.
I spent election night in New York City, hoping to celebrate a Hillary Clinton win but dreading the uncertainty, and I wandered Times Square as the shock of Trump’s likely victory set in. Trump is not popular in New York City, and before last night I’d never seen Times Square so filled with people and yet so desolate, so quiet, so sad.
A little after 1 am, I saw a small group of people sitting down on the long sidewalks and closed roads around 43rd Street and Broadway, as if holding a vigil or starting a new Occupy movement. Some were talking loudly, mouthing off, looking for arguments — others murmuring quietly to their friends. It made me feel good to sit there with them a few minutes, and to imagine that this was the beginning of a new sit-in, a new nonviolent protest movement. Maybe it called me back to the joyful hopes I felt five years earlier during the early weeks of the Occupy movement, which seems so far away now, though the experiences we shared in that protest uprising will surely inform us in the next protest uprising that must now begin.
A couple of days earlier, I had written an article for Pacifism21 titled “If Trump Wins, Our Fight Begins”. Dear friends, dear Litkicks readers, dear good people everywhere in the world … I don’t know how we will fight back now that we have made the dumb mistake of empowering a fascist authoritarian to have control over our own lives.
But we will fight back. Women feel incredibly threatened today, and women will fight back. The LGBT community feels threatened and they will fight back. Muslims, Mexicans, Hispanics, Jews and African-Americans all feel threatened. We will all fight back together. I don’t know how. But we will take guidance from the great freedom fighters of the past: Susan B. Anthony, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King. Our fight will be a fight on nonviolent resistance. The fascist candidate won, and our fight for freedom and human dignity has begun.
While I shore up and rethink my burgeoning Pacifism21 website, Litkicks is the biggest megaphone I’ve got, and I’ll be posting a few more times here in the next few days. I’ve got more to say and more to share. I think you do too. Our world changed yesterday. We’re getting our shit together today, and we’re beginning our organized resistance to American fascism, institutionalized racism and institutionalized abuse of women today.
I don’t know where this fight will end, but I know it’s going to be a long and serious fight, and I know we will never give up.