striking, marching, and publishing

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In These Times, under the pseudonym Marianne Hastings, calls for a general strike on Inauguration Day:

The message of a nationwide Sick Out on Inauguration Day will help prepare people for the multiple acts of resistance that will be required by us over the next four years. The only thing holding us back from engaging in this collective action is our hesitancy to believe that it is possible. [...]

A general strike and boycott, or Sick Out, would be a commitment not to go to work or buy anything on January 20. It would not focus on any single cause or demand; instead, it would be a show of our collective power in opposition to Trump's extremism. [...] We cannot allow Trump's extremism to be normalized and take shape in our institutions of government.

Plans for a Million Woman March are being laid as well:

Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton came as a shock to many -- and for many women who opposed Trump in particular, Clinton's loss was personally devastating. But in the days since the election, desperation and fear have swelled into a plan for action: a "Women's March on Washington" on January 21, the day after Trump's inauguration and the first full day of his administration.

What started as a viral idea on social media has snowballed into a potentially massive event, with more than 100,000 people already saying on Facebook that they plan to attend. It has the potential to be the biggest mass mobilization yet that America has seen in response to a presidential inauguration -- about 60,000 people protested Richard Nixon's 1973 inauguration at the height of the Vietnam War, and thousands protested George W. Bush's 2001 inauguration. [...] Now that professional organizers have taken the reins, it looks like the logistics will come together, although the broader impact remains to be seen.

One hopes so; we need some glimmers of hope, as "the huge, spontaneous groundswell behind the march says a lot about this moment in American politics:"

It's another sign that Trump could spark a new golden age of activism on the left. And it's a sobering reminder of why that might be the case: People are genuinely afraid for their civil rights under Trump, and women in particular could have a lot to lose.

"Especially for women of color, queer and trans women, and women who belong to other marginalized groups," the piece continues, "a Trump presidency could present an existential threat:"

...from a Justice Department that could roll back major civil rights gains, to families being torn apart through mass deportation, to Muslim women feeling too afraid of hateful acts and violence to wear the hijab and freely express their religion, to drastic reductions in access to reproductive health care that would disproportionately harm poor women and women of color.

"The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us -- immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault," a statement from organizers reads. "The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights."

Melville House is working on a book entitled What We Do Now (the same title as their 2004 book discussing the path forward after Bush was re-elected). In the announcement, Dennis Johnson writes that "the question of the moment for those of us devastated by the takeover of our country by the fascist right: What are we going to do now?"

Let me suggest, simply, that we all do what we can with what we have. What Valerie and I have is a publishing company, and what we've decided to do most immediately is to make a book. We had the title first: What We Do Now.

Which is to say that for the last week or so I've been contacting lots of prominent progressives, begging them for a short essay on exactly that--in whatever their field of expertise is, what can people do to somehow move forward, to keep heart, to not give up?

My idea is to get the book in bookstores for the inauguration. We want to give people a chance to greet that grim day with a sense of community, purpose, and forward motion--and galvanizing them for the long four years ahead wouldn't be a bad thing, either.

Noting that "The normal pre-publication cycle for a book in America is about 18 months," he poses some questions:

What happens when you try to get a book out in less than two months? How does your sales team get the word out to booksellers? How do you get 18 months' worth of marketing done in that time? How do you print and ship the book in time?

Even before you get to that, how do you simply gather the materials and prep them for printing in such a short amount of time?

I'm looking forward to his "mad dash to get the book done, printed, and shipping to stores before election day."

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