Originally posted on Mic’s Youtube page, Black Lives Matter co-founder and Executive Director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI) Opal Tometi offers 5 pieces of advice for how to resist under Trump.
People have been wondering what they should do since Trump has been elected. Here are 5 thoughts.
My name is Opal Tometi, I’m a human right’s activist, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and the Director of Black Alliance for Just Immigration.
1. Let’s nourish ourselves with words from our ancestors.
Ella Baker tells us,
“We who believe in freedom cannot rest.”
Sitting Bull says,
“Let us put our minds together to see what kind of future we can make for our children.”
And Grace Lee Boggs says,
“Building community is to the collective as spiritual practice is to the individual.”
2. Let’s remain explicit that we are fighting for racial justice with an intersectional lens.
We will center and show up for:
folks with records,
folks with disabilities,
and poor communities.
And we will defend ourselves from fascism, violence, rhetoric, and policies that harm us.
3. We’ll resist corporate takeovers of Mother Earth and what is sacred.
And we’ll work to make visible the sovereignty of Native people like the Water Protectors, and our kin in Flint, [Michigan].
4. We must perfect the art of organizing people — in person, and in public spaces.
If you aren’t organized, Find. Your. People.
5. We must know our rights.
Our organizations and First Amendment Right to assemble have been threatened. Organizers have been jailed, and we are living under extreme surveillance in a national security state. We must insure our security online and offline.
If you’re white, your work is to organize other white people to donate and challenge white supremacy. And if you find yourself in melanin spaces, learn to take direction from us. We’ll show you when and how we need your support.