Grassroots resistance and ennui have greeted the Democratic National Committee’s recently announced plans for a ‘Resistance Summer’ against the Trump administration. The campaign rolled out a new web site (resistsummer.com) with interactive features and a video exhorting Democrats to get involved–but no one is getting involved.
The Resistance Summer interactive map of the fifty United States shows party activists have only scheduled about two dozen meet-ups for the June 3rd roll-out of Resistance Summer–with no meetings announced in half the states in the Union. Large swaths of the nation are devoid of Resistance Summer meet-ups: the Pacific Northwest, much of New England, much of the Midwest and Southwest. No meet-ups are announced in either Hawaii or Alaska according to the map.
Screen grab of map taken Monday afternoon, May 29, 2017.
A YouTube video promoting Resistance Summer posted on May 25 has garnered just over 500 (that’s right, only five hundred) views in four days. Comments were disabled by the DNC for some reason. Which is just as well as the speakers featured in the video come off as the political equivalent of used car dealers pitching last year’s model.
Screen image taken Monday afternoon, May 29, 2017.
The Democrats’ Resistance manifesto posted to the web site opens with an unwitting attack on the state of the economy after eight years of President Barack Obama, as President Donald Trump’s economic policies are still being implemented with the important ones–tax cuts and health insurance reform–stuck in Congress. The second paragraph vows to resist powers that are rigging the system–something the Democrats did to ensure Hillary Clinton secured the party’s 2016 presidential nomination over grassroots favorite Bernie Sanders.
WHY DO WE RESIST?
The majority of the economic gains in America are going to the top one percent, and the richest 20 people in our country own more wealth than the bottom 150 million.
Resistance Summer seeks to bring Americans together to resist the powers that are trying to rig the system against working families. Our work is inspired and influenced by 60 years of civil rights organizing and resistance.
We’re hiring organizers across the country to build the Democratic resistance. We’ll recruit and train thousands of volunteers. And, we’ll ask all Americans to hit the streets to protest the Republican agenda, talk to their neighbors about protecting affordable health care and building an economy that works for everyone, and register voters in our communities.
Together, we’ll stop Trump’s attacks on families, register voters, and elect Democrats up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, and beyond.
Lasting change only comes when we work together. We need you to sign up today to be a part of Resistance Summer.
The Democrats’ Resistance Summer is meeting with resistance as feminists in the party are objecting to the woman-instigated anti-Trump movement being led by two men, Tom Perez and Rep. Keith Ellison.
— JW4Progress (@JW4Hillary) May 29, 2017
Ellison replied with a link to MoveOn, which is holding its own ‘Resistance Summer’, but not to his own Democratic Party’s Resistance Summer.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) May 29, 2017
At least MoveOn is offering $150 monthly reimbursement for expenses during Resistance Summer.
“receive a $150 monthly reimbursement to help offset the often-hidden costs of volunteering: cell phone minutes, transportation, and oh, those snacks you bring to meetings!”