Today, Bernie Sanders dropped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination. In November, Joe Biden will run against Donald Trump in the general election. Based on my research in September and conversations across the country more recently, it is pretty clear that Biden has not been a favorite among progressive activists and Resisters.
At the same time, COVID-19 continues to spread across the United States and the death rate climbs. In response to the pandemic, all sorts of Resistance has moved online. Organizations including Indivisible, Swing Left, and Another ACRONYM have launched digital toolkits and specific campaigns to keep people digitally connected and involved leading up to the 2020 Election.
Those groups that had been focused on organizing a three-day national climate strike to take place during the 50th anniversary of Earth Day later in April have also been forced to move their activism online. In the words of the Earth Day Live site, “On April 22-24, the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, millions of people around the world are going online for a three-day mobilization to stop the climate emergency.”
In the next week, I will be fielding surveys with the hosts from Earth Day Live, as well as with participants in the Indivisible movement to see how the American Resistance is responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic and gearing up for November. As usual, I will share findings as I have them.