December 15, 2016
Close to a hundred people crowded into the Brooklyn Commons on a frigid winter night to attend a Brooklyn For Peace public meeting called to discuss the fight back needed in the face of Donald Trump’s election and the anticipated assault on civil liberties, peace and economic conditions that will result.
Speakers from many different Brooklyn organizations reported back on their plans and ongoing activites. Among them were Muslim-American activists, community organizers, climate protectors and peace activists. In the second half of the meeting the audience joined in with questions, suggestions and statements about what they thought had to be done. But there was a virtual unanimity on the need to unite across broad lines in order to join in building what many described as a united front against the Trump agenda.
Though no concrete plans resulted from the evening’s lively discussion and no specific plans were intended to be made, there was an understanding that these will develop in the weeks and months ahead. Many intended to travel to Washington (or to attend local events on the same day) on January 21st to join in the massive demonstration in defense of women’s rights.
This was only the beginning of what seems to be shaping up as a broad defense of gains made over the years and a determination not to allow Trump and his administration to turn back the clock of history.