A congresswoman's public forum on how to survive a Trump presidency
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on the line,” Clark told the audience. "This isn't about Democrats or Republicans. This is about what we have for our future. We need our citizens more than ever to be involved.”
As one of the better states to reside in during a Trump presidency, Christian Miron told attendees, “Here in Massachusetts, we are uniquely positioned to act as the forefront of the resistance to the Trump administration’s policies to roll back civil rights, to roll back access to health care, and we can do that through our state Legislature.”
A Trump presidency is what I can best depict as a “disastrous opportunity,” I shared with the audience. For those of us across multiple identities and concerns, like myself, Trump encourages an intersectional dialogue as well as activism against potential erosion if not dismantling of decades-long civil rights gains.
We all on the panel encourage building alliances and coalition building outside of attendees comfort zones.;
For example, Dr. John Robbins suggested “Could we have an Islam 101 talk? Could we have a meet-your-Muslim-neighbor talk? Could we have a class where we take turns reading the Quran or the Torah or the Bible?'"
I suggested to a predominantly white audience interested in building bridges across various demographic groups outside their communities and comfort zones by becoming race conscious, and introspective by investigating their intentions and impact of using race-distancing strategies. In order to take those bold steps I suggest they, first deconstruct their whiteness and white privilege, and, second, ask the questions: How are you white? How white are you?
Overwhelmingly attendees gave the public forum two thumbs up, and looking forward to more.
"Today's discussion was a good start. We all need spaces to share our shock and fears, and even hopes. As several of the questions revealed, the challenge for all of us is going to be to climb out of our silos to really understand and align with the issues of others,” Susan Fleischmann, Executive Director of Cambridge Community Television told me.
“Will white women support Black Lives Matter? Will Muslims or gay men support reproductive rights? is will be the true test of this time in history.”
In order for our voices to be collectively heard in the halls of Congress they first must be heard and acted upon by our elected officials.
With over more than 100 people from across Clark’s 5th Congressional District she closed the event stating “As we move forward as a nation, the path we take starts with our communities. Their passion and commitment will help build the future that our children deserve.”