The other day I was all wound up telling Rich about my latest Resistance project, and when my eloquence, passion, and ability to blather on was finally exhausted and I stopped talking, he said, “You know, I almost feel sorry for the poor bastards you’re going up against.”
I like to think conversations like that are happening at breakfast tables all around the world. And in fact, they probably are. There are millions of American women who are standing up to tell the world, “We are not going to be silent. We are not going away. In fact, we are just getting started.”
I got to thinking about all the women who, like me, are finding themselves in the unexpected position of standing on the front lines of opposition to the most powerful political machine on the planet. Are we nuts? Is all this activity working? Can we win?
I’ve decided to find out.
I’m going to spend the summer talking with the women who are driving the American Resistance: leaders, behind-the-scene workers, lifelong political activists, first-time protesters, Pussyhat knitters, people with disabilities doing online activism, neighbors, friends, and women who are finding creative ways to mount effective protest in some of the most remote corners of the planet. I’ll do interviews — in person when possible, but more often recorded online — and make short videos to post on YouTube. They'll be reposted on Americans Resisting Overseas, this blog, American Resistance Sevilla, and other sites I'll be adding as the project progresses.
Do you know a Resister doing interesting work? I would love to share her story with the world. Send me a note in the comments below or email me at email@example.com.
My goal is to learn from my sisters in the Resistance. And to share the truth that sustains me in the work: We are not helpless. We are not alone. There are millions of us. We have plenty to say, and thanks to the Women’s March and the global Resistance movement, the world is listening. Stay tuned, ladies and gentlemen, because we are just getting started.
This video is Episode 1 of my ongoing series Women of the American Resistance. You can view the complete series on YouTube, this blog, and American Resistance Sevilla; many episodes appear on Americans Resisting Overseas and other social media sites. Feel free to repost this video or link to this content. My goal is to tell the world about these remarkable American women and the work they're doing to help fix the mess we're in.
“The great value of travel is the opportunity it offers you to pry open your hometown blinders and broaden your perspective. And when we implement that world view as citizens of our great nation, we make travel a political act."
6/4/2017 08:01:36 pm
Oh brilliant! I will so look forward to reading this series. What a fascinating project. I wish I knew some Americans for you to interview. This is going to be amazing x
6/5/2017 03:27:27 pm
Thanks, Polly. I'm very excited about the project and looking forward to conversations with lots of remarkable women. Stay tuned!
6/4/2017 08:05:32 pm
Bravo! Looking forward to reading much more about the Resistance.... and loved the way the flag was incorporated into the word AMERICAN.
6/5/2017 03:32:51 pm
Glad you like the idea of the video project, Milt! I'm embracing a lot of new technology to make it happen. But the best bits are old school, like the sign. American Resistance Sevilla made it for the March 8 Women's Day march. It was designed by Kathy from our group and everyone had a hand in it; there's a slide show of the process here: http://www.americanresistancesevilla.com/about.html. It's a pleasure to march with it!
6/4/2017 08:58:02 pm
Love your video and your enthusiasm. It's people like you that keep me going.
6/5/2017 03:34:12 pm
Wonderful, Nancy. I hope to hear from Patricia. The best part of the project is the people I'm meeting. It so inspiring to learn about their stories!
6/4/2017 11:01:11 pm
Love it and thank you. I marched in St Pete, Florida with my 11 year old daughter and it was truly memorable to be with so many inspiring, strong, and amazing people. I don't think she or I will forget it BUT we need to keep going. Our rights are being eroded by the minute.
6/5/2017 03:36:58 pm
How fabulous that you marched with your daughter. I remember marching in civil rights and peace demonstrations with my mother, starting when I was 11. It's something you carry with you all your life — not only the wonderful memory but the sense of part of something that really matters. And yes, we all need to keep going!
6/5/2017 01:52:02 am
Fantastic, Karen. You (and we) are the backbone of the world.
6/5/2017 03:37:48 pm
Well said, Tobey. As the backbone of the world it's our job to stand tall. Good to know so many great women are on it!
6/5/2017 02:28:24 am
6/5/2017 03:39:27 pm
Yes! We have this amazing window of opportunity, with an energized and outraged population ready to take action. Onward indeed, Kathi!
6/5/2017 02:49:43 am
Please remove me from your listserv. I was interested in your travels not your politics.
6/5/2017 03:42:37 pm
Liz, I changed your mailing list status to "Do not contact" on 5/27. I have no idea why you are still receiving notifications. RSS feed perhaps?
6/5/2017 01:35:06 pm
Womyn in the movement as what is your preferred pronoun. This is a legit question because our appearance doesn't always match the gender we identify with.
6/5/2017 03:52:39 pm
You're right, Minga, that gender is a matter of profound personal identity. Gender pronouns are always complicated for writers, as the pronouns lack the nuances we see in real life. The Resistance is proud to stand with the LGBTQ community, whose rights — like so many these days — are under attack. Thanks for bringing up this important issue.
6/5/2017 02:52:55 pm
I'm with Rich on this, if you need a coroner to inspect the remaining body parts of your opposition after you have finished. I know just the person .
6/5/2017 03:59:27 pm
Hey, they're the ones who started this fight. You can't attack the entire female population of America and expect to get away with it. They poked the bear, they gotta beware.
6/6/2017 06:48:18 am
You will win - maybe - at the next election in 3 1/2 years time. Right now, what you are 'Resisting' is democracy.
6/6/2017 02:57:47 pm
Holding elected officials accountable is an essential part of democracy, Marj. They work for us and we are responsible for making sure they do their job properly. Without citizen participation, it's simply a dictatorship. I think we can agree that's not the form of government that we have or wish to see in our country.
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