Interviews for Resistance

A Moment of Urgency

Sarah JaffeFebruary 16, 2017
Desai at a charter signing event
Desai at a charter signing event

We are pleased to share a new, syndicated series of interviews by Sarah Jaffe. INTERVIEWS FOR RESISTANCE will introduce you to some of the key figures in the growing movement(s) against our reactionary new federal government. We hope you will find comfort in knowing the crucial work of fighting back has already begun in many (sometimes unexpected) places, and find tools in these conversations for your own part in the struggle.

Deportation Nation

Sarah JaffeFebruary 14, 2017
ICE police raid
ICE police raid

I think we sugarcoat it by making it very procedural, but actually, that night she was kidnapped from her family and there are many of us in the community that took action. We had them waiting outside in vigil for Lupita in hopes that the director would have released her.

Old-school Organizing in Iowa

Sarah JaffeFebruary 09, 2017
David Goodner coordinates a leadership team of rank and file workers and everyday people during a "Fight For A Fair Economy: Make Wall Street Pay" action outside of Wells Fargo in Iowa City. / Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
David Goodner coordinates a leadership team of rank and file workers and everyday people during a "Fight For A Fair Economy: Make Wall Street Pay" action outside of Wells Fargo in Iowa City. / Photo courtesy of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

There is also a lot of inspiring social organizing in Iowa. It is not to a scale compared to New York City or L.A. or anything, but in 2012 a grassroots community organization named Iowa CCI, bird-dogged Mitt Romney at the state fair and forced him into his “Corporations are people, my friend” gaffe.

Standing Rock Is Everywhere

Sarah JaffeFebruary 07, 2017
Standing Rock Tents
Standing Rock Tents

The median income at the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation is a little over $13,000. There are key issues of healthcare and economic development and education. In many ways, I think the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has really been showing how difficult and how important it is to build unity in support of protecting our larger rights, Indian Country-wide right to protect our sovereignty and that is what the fight in stopping the pipeline was about.

The Labor Movement We Need

Sarah JaffeFebruary 02, 2017
ben speight
ben speight

I don’t blame labor leaders for going to meet with Trump, but I think we should have had a much more deliberate plan for making sure that those that went to meet with Trump were representatives of a broader working class contingent that front-loaded issues that were of concern to our members.

Justice in—and from—the Classroom

Sarah JaffeJanuary 31, 2017
Undocumented Students: You are not alone
Undocumented Students: You are not alone

It really helped to expose the fact that there are a majority of us in the school district that see a much bigger purpose for education than just preparing our students for a low-wage job or shipping them through the school-to-prison pipeline, that we want education to be about empowering our students to create a better future.

Dispatch from the JFK Refugee Rally

Sarah JaffeJanuary 28, 2017
JFK airport Rally
JFK airport Rally

I’m at JFK Terminal 4, where hundreds of people and growing every minute are here to denounce the unconscionable and unconstitutional executive orders that Donald Trump signed yesterday and that now are tearing families apart here at JFK Airport, we know of at least twelve people who were detained overnight.

Putting Our Bodies on the Line

Sarah JaffeJanuary 26, 2017
BYP100 protestors were among those who created a blockade at Donald Trump's inauguration last week. / Democracy Now
BYP100 protestors were among those who created a blockade at Donald Trump's inauguration last week. / Democracy Now

I am not sure how someone goes from the Women’s March to direct action, frankly. I think the thing that would be closest would be the 350.org arrests that happened in Washington [against the Keystone XL pipeline]. That was people who decided to get arrested for climate change.

Justice for Janitors

Sarah JaffeJanuary 24, 2017
Home Depot Strike
Home Depot Strike

If workers don’t work, our economy doesn’t work, their communities don’t work, and it begins to break down for the corporations. I think the strike is such a critical tool because it really is a tremendous amount of power that workers have.

Beyond the March

Sarah JaffeJanuary 20, 2017
Sarah Jaffe talks with Erin Mahoney of National Womens' Liberation. / Photo courtesy of Erin Mahoney
Sarah Jaffe talks with Erin Mahoney of National Womens' Liberation. / Photo courtesy of Erin Mahoney

We need things, like national free childcare, paid parental leave like they have in other countries. Two years in these other countries! A minimum fifteen dollars an hour for all women, no exceptions, all sectors of the workforce. We want to save Medicare and expand it to national healthcare and national childcare.

Trump Interruption

Sarah JaffeJanuary 19, 2017
Artwork courtesy of DisruptJ20
Artwork courtesy of DisruptJ20

We are doing a lot of non-violent direct action trainings. Then, on Wednesday, we are doing a queer dance party at Mike Pence’s house. Thursday there is an action at an Alt-Right Trump inaugural ball called the Deploraball, trying to shut that down.

Ungovernable

Sarah JaffeJanuary 12, 2017
Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson, a project advancing a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi through a network of worker-owned coops. / Photo courtesy Kali Akuno/Cooperation Jackson
Kali Akuno, co-director of Cooperation Jackson, a project advancing a solidarity economy in Jackson, Mississippi through a network of worker-owned coops. / Photo courtesy Kali Akuno/Cooperation Jackson

Once it was clear that he had won the Electoral College, he was going to be the next president of The United States, a point that I raised was “Now we need to prepare to be ungovernable.” That lingered in my head.