9 victories for the resistance since Trump’s inauguration
1. HIRING FREEZE FOR VA (DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS’ AFFAIRS) WORKERS REVERSED
Originally, President Trump ordered a hiring freeze for all open federal positions at the VA. However, he recently made an exemption for 73 administrative positions, and 24 VA facilities will be able to continue plans to hire workers for necessary positions. This wouldn’t have been possible without enough people speaking out for veterans.
2. FEDERAL JUDGE ISSUED INJUNCTION ALLOWING IMMIGRANTS WITH VALID VISAS TO STAY IN THE US
After Trump issued his executive order halting the refugee resettlement program and indefinitely halting any immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, airports nationwide were flooded with protesters. Judge Ann Donnelly, of the Eastern District of New York, issued an injunction last weekend allowing those with valid visas to be released from U.S. customs detainment.
3. GREEN CARD HOLDERS CAN COME BACK TO THE US
Although Trump’s Muslim ban was ambiguous as to whether or not green card holders from the blacklisted countries could remain in the country, and even though they were initially detained, it was later clarified by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that green card holders would be allowed to stay. The Trump administration would likely not have made this clarifying statement if protesters hadn’t flooded airports.
4. UBER PLEDGES $3 MILLION IN IMMIGRATION LAWYERS FOR ITS DRIVERS
When protests erupted at JFK airport, New York-based taxi companies announced they would not be picking up or dropping off anyone at international terminals, in solidarity with the refugees who were being detained as a result of Trump’s executive order.
Roughly 40 minutes after that tweet was sent, Uber sent out a tweet from its official account that was interpreted by some as a means of breaking the strike, and crossing the picket line, so to speak:
Ride-sharing company Lyft quickly issued a statement of solidarity with the workers, with its CEO tweeting that not only did his company stand in solidarity with refugees, but that it would be donating $1 million to the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure the organization is equipped to defend the rights of all Americans:
1/ Lyft has worked hard to create an inclusive, diverse and conscientious community where all our drivers and passengers feel welcome.
2/ Trump’s immigration ban is antithetical to both Lyft’s and our nation’s core values.
3/ We are donating $1,000,000 over the next four years to the ACLU to defend our constitution. https://blog.lyft.com/posts/defending-our-values …
Defending Our Values
This weekend, Trump closed the country’s borders to refugees, immigrants, and even documented residents from around the world based on their country of origin. We stand firmly against these actions,…
In response to those tweets, the hashtag #DeleteUber became a top national trend, prompting the company to pledge $3 million to help its own drivers with legal help for their own immigration statuses. Uber CEO Travis Kalanick, who sits on President Trump’s tech council, also promised to lobby the president to reinstate the right of legal U.S. residents to travel, regardless of their country of origin.
5. AMERICAN CIVIL LIBERTIES UNION (ACLU) RAISES $24 MILLION IN ONE WEEKEND
In response to the massive outrage over Trump’s immigration ban, the ACLU had a record-breaking $24 million in donations come in from all parts of the country, to help it defend the rights of immigrants with valid visas and green card holders fighting to stay in the United States. Normally, the ACLU raises roughly $3 million to $4 million per year, making this weekend’s donations all the more impressive.
6. GAG ORDER LIFTED FOR U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, EPA GRANT FREEZE LIFTED
In the first week of his administration, Donald Trump issued a gag order on scientists researching how climate change affected the crop supply from releasing their work to the public. The Trump administration also placed an indefinite freeze on the EPA’s grant program, that provides funding for local universities conducting environmental research. But after enough public protest, that gag order was lifted just a few days after it was instituted. While the EPA’s gag order remains in place as of this writing, the Trump regime has reversed its decision to freeze the EPA’s grant programs.
7. EPA CLIMATE RESEARCH NO LONGER SCRUBBED FROM WEBSITE
Donald Trump, who ran on a platform of blatantly denying proven climate science, began his presidency by announcing he would scrub the Environmental Protection Agency’s website of all references to climate change, essentially making all the research EPA scientists had done on climate change over the years all for naught. However, popular outcry forced Trump’s hand, who recently announced that he would be dropping his plans to scrub climate science from the EPA website.
8. MORE PEOPLE OF DIVERSE CULTURAL/RELIGIOUS/ETHNIC BACKGROUNDS RUNNING FOR OFFICE THAN EVER BEFORE
Trump’s actions have prompted a flurry of people to run for local and state office on unabashedly progressive platforms. Voice of America reported that women who attended the Women’s March on Washington are planning campaigns for local office on platforms of environmental sustainability, equal pay for women, and other progressive issue planks. In addition to those women, hundreds of scientists are also planning to run for elected office to protect and respect scientific research and empirical science in all its forms.
9. THE LARGEST PROTEST IN U.S. HISTORY OCCURRED THE DAY AFTER TRUMP’S INAUGURATION
Perhaps the greatest victory for the resistance to date is the Women’s March on Washington, and all of the respective women’s marches that took place in over 600 cities across the U.S. and multiple cities around the world. After all the numbers came in, a professor at the University of Connecticut found that the women’s marches were, collectively, the largest mass demonstration in American history, with over 3 million participants in America and another 2 million around the world.
Remember- the resistance is a marathon, not a sprint. While we’re fighting, make sure to keep track of and celebrate each small victory.
Tom Cahill is a writer for US Uncut based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. You can contact him via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Facebook.