While reviewing the index for American Resistance, I realized that it provides some interesting data for thinking about the Resistance (and the contents of the book). Here is a word cloud made up of the most common words/phrases in the index. The size of the word or phrase is based on how many times it is mentioned in the index. I removed the word “surveys” from the map because it was the most mentioned by far–since most of the data I collected for the book are survey data.
Last Friday night, the Lights for Liberty vigils swept across the country. Now that my colleagues at the Crowd Counting Consortium have estimated turnout (up to 120,080 people at 692 vigils around the US), I thought that I should update my figure of Resistance in the Streets since the 2018 midterm elections. Here’s the updated diagram:
Already, fall is looking like it will be pretty active, with Global Climate Strikes scheduled for the week of September 20th and the National Trans Visibility March scheduled for September 29 and it’s only July…
Today is the kickoff of the Youth Climate Summit in Miami, which aims to “uplift the citizens of Miami, and train more young people to be effective climate justice advocates.”
My new piece in the Monkey Cage at the Washington Post presents data from my recent survey of young climate activists, showing how those participating in the US are children of the Resistance: they cut their teeth at the US National School Walkout against gun violence, the March for Our Lives, as well as in 3 years of Women’s Marches.
Tomorrow, a coalition of progressive groups are organizing #CloseTheCamps demonstrations to take place outside local Congressional offices around the country. This event, which was announced on June 28th, is the most recent act of national resistance since the midterm elections in November 2018. This figure shows some of the biggest protests since the midterms. These protests have turned out participants in coordinated events around the US, in some cases, like the 2019 Women’s March mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people to participate across the country.
I’m happy to report that the proofs for American Resistance have been edited and resubmitted to the publisher! At this point, the next time I see a full draft of the book, it will be published. I am in the process of scheduling events for when the book comes out. Keep your eye on the events page for a schedule of upcoming events. Also, here are instructions to preorder the book at a discounted rate from Columbia University Press.
Yesterday, in response to a series of laws passed in states that restricted women’s access to abortion, people took to the streets once again. A coalition of groups including Reproductive Rights-focused organizations like NARAL and Planned Parenthood and more general political groups like ACLU, Indivisible, Move On and Swing Left worked together on the #StopTheBans day of action. Over 400 events were held around the US (a great collection of images is here).
In DC, the area in front of the Supreme Court that was allocated for the protest overflowed onto the street with people joining the demonstration. It is not surprising that this issue would spark so much outrage and collective action. As I have found in my work on Persistence in the Resistance (with Lorien Jasny), one of the main motivations for participants who have turned out again-and-again to protest is Reproductive Rights.
The book is in press at Columbia University Press and, as of today, you can pre-order it through the American Resistance page over at the publisher’s website. If you order through the publisher (as opposed to say, Amazon), the publisher is offering a 30% discount on the book. Just use the code “CUP30” at checkout.
I have decided to keep the very early drafts of the chapters that are up on this site live for now. Please note that the order of chapters as well as the content has changed a lot in the past many months, but I still believe it gives a sense of what’s in the book.
The American Resistance is highly educated, female, and mostly white. It is also predominantly middle- aged people. As the Resistance has marched in the streets and participated in events in Congressional districts and communities around the country, we have witnessed young people getting increasingly involved in activism as well. Since the school shooting in Parkland, Florida in February 2018, young people have participated in school walkouts, the March for Our Lives, and much more.
More recently, much has been said about the growing youth climate movement. As 16 year-old Greta Thunberg has been joined by a number of other young activists, the #FridaysforFuture movement has spread like wildfire around the world. On May 24th, another global strike for future is taking place. I wrote a piece about what this emerging youth movement means to the young people participating, their families, and the movement. Check it out at Nature Climate Change.
After a lot of fiddling with my protest t-shirts, the fine folks at Columbia University Press decided to go in a completely different direction. Here is the (very likely) cover for American Resistance! Stay tuned for information about upcoming talks and pre-orders should be available very soon.
While the world turns and attention focuses on what might be in the Mueller Report, American Resistance has gone to press at Columbia University Press. Sadly, the Report upstaged the 1 year anniversary of the March for Our Lives in much of the media (as well as the terrible news about some survivors of gun violence). Given the ups-and-downs of the American Resistance that I documented in the past 2 years, I am confident that attention will turn back to the Resistance and its efforts in the streets and communities across the country leading up to the 2020 Election.
Here is an outtake from the photo shoot yesterday in New York City–I will NOT be on the actual cover of the book.
It’s still super early days, but everyone seems to be asking who is running and who could win. I asked participants at the 2019 Women’s March on January 19th who they would support in 2020. Although many respondents outwardly groaned when they saw the question on the survey, the results are very interesting. Moreover, it’s pretty interesting to compare to the recent fivethirtyeight poll and the more recent one from FireHouse Stretegies, given their similarity and differences. Here are the results: