Last night, Socialist Alternative Columbus, OH organized a massive rally in downtown Columbus, drawing out a crowd of thousands. The energy of the crowd was unlike Columbus has ever seen. People roared for speakers who admonished the two-party system for inadequately addressing the needs of the people, calling for a political alternative, and roared in solidarity with refugees, Muslims and immigrants throughout the night. People took leadership in carrying chants and taking the streets. It's clear that Columbus is the furthest thing from shy in joining the wave of resistance against Trump.
As fantastic as the rally was, protesters were met with the repressive forces of the state. At an entirely peaceful rally, the Columbus Police Department (CPD) deployed pepper spray and riot techniques on a nonviolent, peaceful crowd occupying a downtown intersection. Here it should be noted that it was mainly Black youth being targeted, and as observed in the cases of Ty're King and Henry Green, CPD is known to use excessive force on Black youth.
An occupation of an intersection is not a violent act. There was little to no traffic, and drivers honked their horns in solidarity! ISO - Columbus unequivocally condemns CPD's use of tear gas and riot gear on last night's protesters. Our condolences go to all those who were afflicted, and we hope that everyone received swift medical attention.
Nevertheless, last night serves as a reminder of what we do when we're united, together. The struggle continues, and we're in this for the long haul with you. Solidarity!
Emily Shaw writes from Ohio about the right-wing offensive in Trump's America.
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AFTER HIS unexpected "victory" in the November election, it didn't take long for Donald Trump's right-wing fan club to begin putting his reactionary program into practice.
Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday officially abandoning the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the sweeping, 12-nation economic agreement negotiated by the outgoing Obama administration that Congress had yet to ratify. Trump was making good on a centerpiece of his right-wing presidential campaign--yet some on the left and the labor movement praised Trump. Bernie Sanders, for example, said in a statement: "If President Trump is serious about a new policy to help American workers, then I would be delighted to work with him"--and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka even claimed credit on behalf of "a powerful coalition of labor, environmental, consumer, public health and allied groups came together to stop the TPP."
Here, SW contributor Pranav Jani challenges the logic of the left lining up behind Trump's reaction, in an article based on a comment posted on Facebook.
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I HATE the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Donald Trump also opposes. But labor and the left need to make sure we don't fall into the trap of Trump's economic nationalism--which is just changing the terms by which U.S. capitalism exploits the working population at home, while trying to keep its global dominance against China's rise.