Why the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement Should Not Initiate Violence
Smith, Michael Stevenhttp://indypendent.org/2017/02/01/why-anti-trump-resistance-movement-should-not-initiate-violence
Date Written: 2017-02-01
Publisher: The Indypendent
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20423
One hazard we must avoid in our struggle is to allow violence to be used in the movement. We can't afford to give our approval to this by green lighting the burning of limousines and the breaking of store windows, as happened in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017, or by punching the Nazi Richard Spencer in the face, which is satisfying but unproductive.
The historic Women's March on January 21 saw more than four million people gathered in America's streets. This was important not just because it sent a message to the bad guys. It was important because we sent a message to each other; namely that "we are many, they are few". We rose from slumber. We have the power.
We have to continue to mobilize and organize. If the ruling elite is able through their propaganda machine to scare people away because they say we promote violence, then we will not be able to grow this movement and see it thrive. If we don't draw a clear line against violence, our organizations will be open to infiltration by agent provocateurs.