Trump’s first few months in office have been likened to many things. One that I have not heard is that he’s like a bear knocking various hives over. His actions have gone after; women, refugees, especially Muslim refugees, people of color, urban areas, the media, entertainers, and other groups.
His decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreements, likely a way to please parts of his rural base of support, added environmentalists to the list.
With all these various groups in various states of anger and outrage, what impact could be had if they could all form one “swarm”; combining resources and activists and tools and tactics.
Alas, as someone who has members of several communities as allies both virtually and in real-time, I see the obstacles to creating such a hive. Many of these groups do not agree with each other; a “Cult of Machismo” in parts of the African-American and Latino community may make building alliances with the LGBT community difficult. Organized labor and environmental groups have long had disagreements.
Rifts can also be tactical, groups that want to take a more direct action approach and those who seek solutions through the political process for example. I continue to see The Nation reluctant to fully back groups like It’s Going Down or the One People’s Project.
We who are concerned about the planet and its people and creatures, who want to see a fair and just economy, and see all this as possible need to realize we are against a common enemy. Wouldn’t it be great in November of 2018 to know that in January of 2019 that Congress would be buzzing with good, progressive, Democrats as majority in the US House and Senate.