by Black Rose / Rosa Negra/Press Release
Local activists are organizing a post election rally dubbed “Expect Resistance” in Utica this Thursday, November 17 from 5:00pm – 8:00pm at the Oneida Square roundabout. The organization Black Rose put the call-out for the rally.
No matter who won the election, troubling policies persist. Rather than simplifying this as an anti-Trump rally, organizers want to point out that the problems we face run much deeper than what one politician or even one political party will do.
Much of what Trump is calling for has been going on for a number of years. From endless wars, domestic spying, mass incarceration, mass deportations of immigrants, attacks on public education and beyond. The election of 2016 did not offer any solutions to the fights many have been organizing around for years already. Trump’s ascendancy to power marks a visceral embrace of what has already been going on. We have already seen this in the emboldened actions and activities of racists, the alt-right and white supremacists. Verbal abuse and vigilante violence against immigrants, Muslims, women, and the LGBTQIA community will not be tolerated. But we have also witnessed this bigotry through the systemic and structural violence of US domestic and foreign policies over the years, whether under a Democratic or Republican presidency. Any damage Trump can do will be possible in large part because of the policies of past demonstrations, Democrat and Republican.
Here in Utica, our Muslim community has been subjected to baseless suspicion in the form of Islamophobia in the media (for example, in the Utica Phoenix) and through political actions, like proposed moratoriums on refugees allowed to move here from Syria.
Many battles were waged during the Obama administration’s tenure. They continue on regardless of the outcome of the election. Yes, Trump won. But this is our line in the sand to send the message that we will continue where we left off and that we will show no quarter to fascist elements enjoying an increased profile in the wake of the election.
We are asking Uticans and other local residents to rally in support for Muslims, refugees, immigrants, the LGBTQIA community, women, people of color, and the working class. These are members of our community and we will continue to stand up for everyone’s rights.
We will continue to build broad based grassroots movements that will stand up for the rights of others and push back against oppressive conditions. We know that the solutions to the mess we are currently in cannot be found in a ballot box or the empty promises of any politician or political party, Republican or Democrat; rather, they will be found in the ability of people to push for social change from below in the form of mass movements.