Agenda for Resisting the First 100 Days

The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda. We’re not going away.

By Robert Reich /

Trump’s First 100 Day agenda includes repealing environmental regulations, Obamacare, and the Dodd-Frank Act, giving the rich a huge tax cut, and much worse. Here’s the First 100 Day resistance agenda [with thanks to Alan Webber]:

1.  Get Democrats in the Congress and across the country to pledge
to oppose Trump’s agenda. Prolong the process of approving choices, draw out
hearings, stand up as sanctuary cities and states. Take a stand. Call your
senator and your representative (phone calls are always better than writing).
Your senator’s number:
Your representative’s number:

2.   March and demonstrate—in a coordinated, well-managed way. The
“1 Million Women March” is already scheduled for the Inauguration
—and will be executed with real skill. See here. There will be “sister” marches
around the country—in LA and elsewhere. They need to be coordinated and
orchestrated. And then? 1 Million Muslims? 1 Million Latinos? What would keep
the momentum alive and keep the message going?

3.   Boycott all Trump products, real estate, hotels, resorts,
everything. And then boycott all stores (like Nordstrom) that carry merchandise
from Trump family brands. See here and here.

4. Letters to Editors: A national
letter-writing campaign, from people all over the country, every walk of life
and every level of society, from celebrities to sports heroes to grassroots
Americans. In most papers, the Letters to the Editor section is the most-read
part of the paper.

5. Op-Eds: A steady flow of
arguments about the fallacies and dangers of Trump’s First 100 Day policies and
initiatives, from name-brand thinkers and doers to ordinary folk writing for
their city’s or community’s newspaper.

6. Social media: What about a new
YouTube channel devoted to video testimonials about resisting Trump’s First 100
Day Agenda? Crowd-sourced ideas, themes and memes. Who wants to start it?

7. Website containing up-to-date
daily bulletins on what actions people are planning around the country, and
where, so others can join in. Techies, get organized.

8. Investigative journalism: We
need investigative journalists to dig into the backgrounds of all of Trump’s
appointees, in the White House, the Cabinet, Ambassadors and judges.

9. Lawsuits: Our version of
“Drill, baby, drill” is “Sue, baby, sue.” Throw sand in the gears. Lawyers, get

10. Coordinated fund-raising:
Rather than having every public-interest group appeal on their own, have a
coordinated fundraising program to fill the coffers of the most endangered and
effective opposition groups. Is there a way to do a televised fundraiser with
celebrities raising money for the Resistance?

11. Symbolic opposition: Safety
pins are already appearing. What else? What more? Make the resistance visible
with bumper stickers, a label pin, a branding campaign that has great language,
great logo, great wrist band (remember the Lance Armstrong “Livestrong” yellow
wrist band—it sold millions!).

12. Intellectual opposition: Take
Trump on where he’s weakest—with serious ideas. I’ll try to do my part. You do
yours, too.

13. Serious accountability:
Establish performance metrics to evaluate his delivery on his campaign
promises. An updated web site of promises made and not kept. This is one
especially suited to public policy students.

14. Your idea goes here. Call a
meeting of family and friends this weekend. Come up with to-dos.

The First 100 Days Resistance Agenda. We’re not going away.

Robert Reich
Robert B. Reich is the Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and was Secretary of Labor in the Clinton administration. Time Magazine named him one of the ten…
Robert Reich

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