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In These Times - October 6, 2020

"To help pro­tect the vote, the Demo­c­ra­t­ic Social­ists of Amer­i­ca (DSA), the largest social­ist orga­ni­za­tion in the Unit­ed States, is con­sid­er­ing ​“dif­fer­ent direct action options for the post-elec­tion, includ­ing protests, sit-ins and a num­ber of mobi­liza­tion tac­tics,” says Mar­i­anela D’Aprile, a mem­ber of the DSA’s Nation­al Polit­i­cal Com­mit­tee"

Dozens of grass­roots orga­ni­za­tions are prepar­ing coor­di­nat­ed respons­es to uphold democ­ra­cy in the Unit­ed States giv­en Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s refusal to com­mit to a peace­ful trans­fer of pow­er if the elec­tion results are unfa­vor­able to him. Draw­ing inspi­ra­tion from the Glob­al South, in which sev­er­al coup d’é­tats have been avoid­ed, activists are orga­niz­ing on the premise that, at some junc­tures, democ­ra­cy has to be defend­ed on the streets — and the only way to resist a pow­er grab is by send­ing the unequiv­o­cal mes­sage that reg­u­lar peo­ple will not accept an impo­si­tion. The mobi­liza­tion of mil­lions of ordi­nary cit­i­zens could be the cru­cial fac­tor pre­vent­ing Trump from steal­ing the elec­tion, these groups say.

“Democ­ra­cy is not sim­ply about vot­ing,” says Mau­rice Moe Mitchell, nation­al direc­tor of the Work­ing Fam­i­lies Par­ty. ​“A robust democ­ra­cy includes every­day peo­ple using all the tools at our dis­pos­al. That absolute­ly means vot­ing, but it also means orga­niz­ing and protests.” Come Novem­ber, Mitchell adds, it will also mean pres­sur­ing leg­is­la­tors and elect­ed offi­cials on every lev­el to make sure each vote is count­ed and respected.

Along with the Move­ment for Black Lives Elec­toral Jus­tice Project, the Work­ing Fam­i­lies Par­ty launched The Front­line, a Black-led, mul­tira­cial coali­tion that aims to car­ry the ener­gy of this sum­mer’s upris­ings to stop Trump­ism and white suprema­cy in both elec­toral and non-elec­toral forms.

“We are talk­ing to peo­ple across the move­ments — from the cli­mate move­ment to Black lives to the labor move­ment — about every­thing we have to do to ensure that Don­ald Trump is a one-term pres­i­dent,” Mitchell says. ​“We are not talk­ing about just one tac­tic, we are talk­ing about all the tactics.” ...
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