Resistance is a Ground Game: Grab Your Tools

Jeff Gates2017-02-20

Chamomile Tea Party

Chamomile Tea Party
Washington, DC, United States

Donald Trump's supporters voted for him because they were angry at being ignored: ignored by both political parties and left out of the social changes they saw around them. They voted for Trump because he said things no other politician would say—connecting his words to their rage (even when voters knew what he was saying was outlandish). In order to bridge the partisan divide, we have to find ways of engaging others and offering tangible alternatives.

There is another group of people who supported Trump for a different reason: power. Leaders of the GOP and many other conservative elites supported him because they wanted to retain their power in the legislature, in business, and on Wall Street. The only way to upend their hold is to ensure the election process is fair. As the Republican Party gained majorities in state offices, they gerrymandered congressional and state legislative districts in their favor (note: the Democrats have done similar things when given the opportunity). In order to restore our representational democracy to truly represent Americans, we must work to end gerrymandering and state laws that limit access to the voting booth.

To make these changes, real work has to be done: organizing at the local level and running for office. Grab your tools and pick your issues.

The posters in this series reflect the conflicts the American political system has been experiencing during the turbulent period between 2010-2018. They are meant to encourage an exploration and a dialogue about the cultural minefield we now find ourselves in.


  • Title: Resistance is a Ground Game: Grab Your Tools
  • Creator: Jeff Gates
  • Date Created: 2017-02-20
  • Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

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