Book Excerpt! American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave, by Dana R. Fisher (preface)
“American Resistance charts the course of the anti-Trump surge in activism and organizing, shedding light on crucial realities and busting myths along the way. This is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand the people-powered movements that are changing American politics in the Trump era.”
~Leah Greenberg, co-executive director, Indivisible
The 2016 elections sparked national resistance movements across the country protesting the Trump administration’s stance on immigration, climate change, women’s rights, and more. The largest of the protests was that January 20, 2017 Women’s March on Washington, during which more than 470,000 people in the U.S. and an estimated total of 7 million people world-wide united to make their voices heard. On the anniversary of this historic day, we ask, “Who are the millions of people marching against the Trump administration? How are they connected to the Blue Wave that washed over the U.S. Congress in 2018? And, what does it all mean for the future of American democracy?”
In American Resistance: From the Women’s March to the Blue Wave, Dana R. Fisher traces activists from the streets back to the communities and congressional districts around the country where they live, work, and vote. Using innovative survey data and interviews with key players, Dana R. Fisher analyzes how Resistance groups have channeled outrage into activism, using distributed organizing to make activism possible by anyone from anywhere, whenever and wherever it is needed most.
Read the excerpt above, and explore the media coverage below to learn more about these grassroots movements and how they can affect political change.
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Additional media coverage:
Watch Fisher discuss grassroots movements and the Women’s March on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
Listen to Fisher discuss how she defines “the resistance” and the “counter movement” in this podcast on the New Book Network.
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