For those who are resisting the normalizing of the republican President-elect Donald Trump, there is “The Resistance.” This is all grass roots organized. Yesterday, there was a call out to folks throughout the country for an “Obamacare rally.” I showed up at the rally in my city to listen to Senator Bernie Sanders speak out on the subject of not repealing Obamacare without a replacement.
On, January 21, 2017, there is the “Million Women’s March” scheduled in Washington DC and in other cities. I plan to be in Washington DC to participate.
On 1/16/17 The Washington Post by James Hohmann, published an update on The Daily 202: listing recent Resistance activities:
–“Thousands came out for a Bernie Sanders rally in Michigan yesterday afternoon, aimed at showing support for the Affordable Care Act. From The Detroit Free Press: “Sanders called on the thousands at the rally to send a message that a repeal of the Affordable Care Act will not be tolerated. ‘If you want to improve the Affordable Care Act, let’s work together. But if you think you’re simply going to throw millions off of health insurance, you’ve got another guess coming,’ Sanders said outside Macomb Community College. ‘You’re going to have to worry about millions of people who are standing up, who are fighting back and who demand the day when health care will be a right of all people, not just a privilege.’” There were similar events around the country.”
–” A GOP congressman in Colorado left a community meeting after a large, angry crowd assembled. From The Denver Post: “A regularly scheduled meeting for U.S. representative Mike Coffman to meet one-on-one with constituents ended Saturday with many unhappy people who didn’t get a chance to meet him. The congressman … had booked a room at the main Aurora Public Library for 2 p.m. But according to many users posting on social media, Coffman limited the meeting to four people at a time. And two hours into the meeting around 4 p.m., Coffman left. ‘While more than 100 people were waiting to meet with him, Mike Coffman sneaks out early from his own community event,’ [a local reporter] tweeted.” (Watch a clip of his escape here.)
— Liberal groups are launching a two-month, cross-country bus tour aimed at saving Obamacare. Juliet Elperin Reports: “The bus tour will feature several mayors and will highlight the stories of Americans who have been helped by the ACA. … ‘The intent of the tour is get beyond the talking points and sound bites to put the focus on the reality that millions of people rely on the Affordable Care Act to get health care, Doctors for America director Alice Chen said. ‘Doctors and medical students are joining stops throughout the bus tour to highlight our experiences and our fears for our patients.’”
— “A group of A-list celebrities will gather outside Trump Tower with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio this Thursday night for a mass protest. Speakers will include chief SNL Trump impersonator Alex Baldwin, actors Mark Ruffalo and Rosie Perez, the Rev. Al Sharpton and documentarian Michael Moore. (Helena Andrews-Dyer)”
— “Katy Perry has produced a chilling PSA against creating a database of Muslims in the country. From Kristine Guerra: “The video opens with the story of 89-year-old Haru Kuromiya, a Japanese American who spent her childhood on a chicken farm in Riverside, Calif. Sitting on a chair, with a shawl covering her small frame, Kuromiya talks about that fateful day in were later given tags and numbers to wear, she said. Then they were placed on a train, and Kuromiya, who would have been in her teens, found herself living in an internment camp. … About a minute and a half into the video, Kuromiya stops talking. For a few seconds, she stares directly at the camera. She takes off her glasses and her wig. Nothing can be heard except the sound of a piano. Then she slowly peels off her prosthetic mask, revealing a young woman with black hair and dark eyes. ‘Don’t let history repeat itself,’ she said. The young actress is Hina Khan, a Los Angeles-based Muslim actress of Pakistani heritage.”
— “Grammy and Tony winner Jennifer Holliday canceled plans to perform at Trump’s inauguration, apologizing to her fans for even thinking about it. “I was honestly just thinking that I wanted my voice to be a healing and a unifying force for hope through music to help our deeply polarized country,” she wrote in an open letter to the LGBT community. “Regretfully, I did not take into consideration that my performing for the concert would actually instead be taken as a political act against my persona; beliefs and be mistaken for support of Donald Trump and Mike Pence…I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment.” (The Weap)”
— “Facing boycott threats, Toby Keith defended his decision to perform at a Thursday night concert at the Lincoln Memorial. “I don’t apologize for performing for our country or military,” the country star said in a statement to Entertainment Weekly. “I performed at events for previous presidents Bush and Obama and over 200 shows in Iraq and Afghanistan for the USO.” Also scheduled to perform at the “Make America Great Again! Welcome Celebration” are Three Doors Down and Lee Greenwood.”