Like thousands and thousands of others since the Trump election, I have been hitting the streets protesting and organizing to save ourselves, our communities and the planet. The struggle is real in New York City; ICE is attacking immigrant communities; homelessness is at an all-time high; police violence remains pervasive, and many thousands of people could lose their health insurance. Through mass grassroots pressure people all over the country have successfully repelled the barrage of attacks from the Trump administration, but we don't want to not only stay on the defensive. Myself and hundreds of workers, organizers, activists, and students want to attend the People's Congress of Resistance to create a progressive vision for our society that will defeat the attacks of the right wing. The People's Congress convenes on September 16-17, and aims to launch a nation-wide campaign for progressive change. Our manifesto is titled "Society for the Many", and describes how we want to see a United States that puts the needs of its people before the needs of the rich. This would mean giving work, shelter, food, education and healthcare to those who need it, and not hoarding goods only for those who can pay. It would mean ending wars abroad, and investing in our transportation, water and electricity infrastructure at home. If you want more information about PCOR, check out congressofresistance.org.
This is effort is meant to serve the people, and as such is funded by the people, not foundations. Right now, many people who want to go to DC for the Congress are not able to make it because of a lack of funds. In NYC, these include families of police brutality victims, domestic workers and immigrant worker leaders. I am fundraising to go myself and get others there. We need the voices of people directly affected by exploitation and oppression to be there, and anything that you can give to make that happen would be amazing. Please reach out to me if you have any questions or you want to know more. The future is ours if we are willing to fight for it!