Indy Blog

Mira Veikley and Gisele Begler — New York, New York

 

Rebecca Lowe — Orange County, California 

The protests and marches this weekend mark the beginning of the resistance to Trump. Keep up with all the action in the streets here or on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

When two hundred thousand women and their allies march on Washington D.C. Saturday, The Indypendent will be there too distributing tens of thousands of copies of our Women’s March special edition. To reach as many people as possible, we need your help.

“In a dark time, the eye begins to see.” Writing decades ago, the poet Theodore Roethke could not have foreseen these dimmest of times. Piercing the dark ages of this presidency, bulging with billionaires, climate deniers, generals where civilians should be, and thieves of women’s rights, let’s look beyond the Beltway to where democratic action, community building and compassion are at work in our country.

I have no idea what I am doing. I have an excellent idea of what I am doing. I am officially a mother underground. I am doing everything I can to keep my earnings from work out of reach from student loan garnishment and exorbitant healthcare payments. Half of my month is spent looking for work; the other half is spent doing the work so I can receive payment to slide to my landlord and keep my daughter and myself housed and fed.

Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor (right) is the author of From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation (Haymarket Books, 2016). Fellow Princeton professor Dr. Cornel West has described Taylor as “the most sophisticated and courageous radical intellectual of her generation.”

Inauguration Day marks the official transfer of power from Barack Obama to Donald Trump, but the real transition became painfully apparent earlier this month.

Sascha Altman DuBrul is a lifelong activist, a former member of the punk band Choking Victim, and co-founder of the Icarus Project, a peer-to-peer mental-health support network.

Arizona state representative Bob Thorpe, a Republican, has just proposed a bill that would ban any school courses or extracurricular activities that "promote" any kind of "social justice" or "solidarity" based on race, class, gender, politics, or religion.

Mariame Kaba is a longtime organizer around issues of prisons, policing and criminalization. She is the founder and director of Project NIA, which has as its goal the ending of youth incarceration.