Donald Trump’s cabinet appointees tell a story, and it’s one that confirms our worst fears about his election: he and his team will likely continue the deregulatory, anti-environment and anti-voting rights agenda that we’ve seen from the likes of the Koch Brothers and the American Legislative Exchange Council. With this new administration, we’ll have to work even harder to protect our environment, our access to safe food and clean water, our civil rights, and our very democracy itself.
But as we approach Trump’s inauguration — and this week’s confirmation hearings for the cabinet of climate deniers, Wall Street billionaires and individuals who have worked to roll back social, economic and environmental justice — we must prepare ourselves to do everything we can to fight back. And to stand a chance against an administration as anti-democratic and bigoted as Trump’s, our resistance will need to look a little different this time around.
That’s why we’ve joined the United Resistance campaign, a movement of more than 40 organizations coming together to send one clear message: Together, we are stronger than Trump.
As the popular vote shows, and as his cabinet appointments demonstrate, Trump’s values are not consistent with the majority of Americans that want safe food, clean water, a stable climate, and a democracy that works for all people, not just billionaires.
Together, we must stand strong against efforts to privatize our public water systems, roll back food safety regulations, weaken the Environmental Protection Agency, and open up our public lands to more fossil fuel extraction. We must also stand strong against any efforts to strip our civil liberties from us—including the right to vote, the right to freedom of speech, and the right to peacefully assemble in protest.
Whether it’s racial justice, climate change, women’s rights, religious freedom, or countless other causes, we must protect the progress we have made and continue to fight the battles we are yet to win — and the only way we’ll be successful is to be more united in our struggles than ever before.
If xenophobia, racism, misogyny, and climate denial are going to be the default positions of the Trump White House, then united resistance will be the default position of the American people. We will need to work even harder to create the socially, economically and environmentally just world that we all want.