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This Trump resistance guide follows the Tea Party’s playbook

'We will win.'


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Dec 15, 2016   Updated on May 25, 2021, 9:18 am CDT

Between reports of Russian hackers and President-elect Donald Trump‘s swath of cabinet appointments, his detractors may feel helpless in the weeks before the inauguration. However, a group of former congressional staffers have put together a guide to help even the most dissuaded of spirits resist Trump.

Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda,” outlines a series of steps that people can take to organize and challenge Trump and conservative lawmakers over the course of the next four years. For the most part, the guide follows example of the Tea Party, which resisted the changes of the Obama administration. 

According to the Google document, which was first shared on Wednesday, the guide was put together by former congressional staffers who watched Tea Party activists organize locally during President Barack Obama‘s two terms. 

“Their ideas were wrong, cruel, and tinged with racism—and they won,” the document reads. “We believe that protecting our values and neighbors will require mounting a similar resistance to the Trump agenda—but a resistance built on the values of inclusion, tolerance, and fairness.” 

The guide is lengthy but relatively straightforward, breaking down the fields of activism into chapters and breakout boxes. 

Over the course of 23 pages, four chapters explain how grassroots advocacy affected Obama’s influence, how members of Congress can be targeted for change, and how to effectively develop and organize local advocacy groups.

The guide also mentions that the creators developed the document on their own time, without any intent to organize or profit from the guide. In the conclusion the authors write that they created the guide to provide a practical understanding for leading this unprecedented movement. 

“This is not a panacea, nor is it intended to stand alone,” the guide reads. “We strongly urge you to marry the strategy in this guide with a broader commitment to creating a more just society, building local power, and addressing systemic injustice and racism.”

Since the guide’s promotion on Wednesday, it’s already picked up significant grassroots-style steam on Twitter.

While some former staffers behind the guide are unnamed, the Twitter handles of Ezra Levin, Jeremy Haile, and Angel Padilla are mentioned twice. Levin served as the deputy policy director for Texas Congressman Lloyd Doggett from 2009 to 2011; Haile served as legislative counsel for Doggett from 2009 to 2012; and Padilla served as the scheduler for Illinois Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez from 2009 to 2011, according to InsideGov.

“Good luck,” the guide ends. “We will win.” 

The authors of the guide did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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*First Published: Dec 15, 2016, 7:45 pm CST