Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump's political rallies in 2015-16 were disrupted by violent protesters who were part of a left-wing “mobocracy” active in American political life since the anti-WTO demonstrations in Seattle in 1999. Particularly notable was a March 11, 2016 campaign rally at the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) Pavilion, where hundreds of demonstrators clashed with Trump supporters inside the arena and caused the candidate to abruptly cancel the event, for fear that the violence would escalate out of control.
The anti-Trump protest movement has been organized and led by a number of hard-left organizations that typically seek to foment tribalism, interracial strife, and socialist economic values. Following is a list of the groups that have played key roles in the protests thus far:
Black Lives Matter
Members of Black Lives Matter (BLM) have had a visible presence at the anti-Trump protests, wearing T-shirts that identify them as members of the movement and chanting its motto—sometimes so disruptively that they have been ejected from the proceedings by security personnel.
BLM was established in 2013 by socialist activists Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullorsand Opal Tometi. Their objective was to stoke black rage and galvanize a protest movement in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman, the “white Hispanic” who was tried for murder and manslaughter after he had infamously shot and killed the black Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012. Before long, “Black Lives Matter” became a rallying cry for writers, public speakers, celebrities, demonstrators, and even rioters who took up the cause of demanding an end to what BLM terms the “virulent anti-Black racism” that “permeates our society.”
Emphasizing the permanence and intransigence of American depredations, BLM maintains that the nation's “corrupt democracy” was originally “built on Indigenous genocide and chattel slavery” and “continues to thrive on the brutal exploitation of people of color”; that “the ugly American traditions of patriarchy, classism, racism, and militarism” endure, unabated, to this day; that “structural oppression” still “prevents so many [African Americans] from realizing their dreams”; and that blacks in the U.S. are “collectively” subjected to “inhumane conditions” in a “white supremacist system.”
MoveOn.org—which has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in its effort to “lead, participate in, and win campaigns for progressive change”—played a key role in the mob-like protest that forced Donald Trump to cancel his March 11th rally at UIC. The organization not only disseminated a mass email in advance of the event, to inform its many members that a protest was being planned, but also donated 700 signs and a banner for the use of the demonstrators on campus.
Immediately after the UIC protest, the executive director of MoveOn Political Action, Ilya Sheyman, said: “Mr. Trump and the Republican leaders who support him and his hate-filled rhetoric should be on notice after tonight’s events. These protests are a direct result of the violence that has occurred at Trump rallies and that has been encouraged by Trump himself from the stage. Our country is better than the shameful, dangerous, and bigoted rhetoric that has been the hallmark of the Trump campaign. To all of those who took to the streets of Chicago, we say thank you for standing up and saying enough is enough. To Donald Trump, and the GOP, we say, welcome to the general election. Trump and those who peddle hate and incite violence have no place in our politics and most certainly do not belong in the White House.”
In another email which was disseminated the following day, MoveOn tried to raise money for further protest activities, saying: “We need to double down on our work, showing that America is better than Trump’s bullying, hate-baiting, and incitements to violence. We are committed to nonviolence, but we will not be silent. We will not be invisible.... We’ve been ramping up our efforts for months.... We’ll support MoveOn.org members to call out and nonviolently protest Trump’s racist, bigoted, misogynistic, xenophobic, and violent behavior—and show the world that America rejects Trump’s hate. And to keep it going, we’re counting on you to donate whatever you can to cover the costs of everything involved—the organizers, signs, online recruitment ads, training, and more.”
Service Employees International Union
Another key player in the UIC protest against Donald Trump was the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), a massive public-sector labor union that has donated countless millions of dollars to Democratic politicians who promote big government, high taxes, and all manner of left-wing public policies. Joe Iosbaker, a leader of SEIU Local 73 (which represents approximately 3,000 UIC employees), took part in the March 11th protest in Chicago. In an interview with David Axelrod two months earlier, SEIU president Mary Kay Henry had stated that her union's leadership viewed Trump as a threat and would thus be going into “hyperdrive” to discredit and undermine his campaign.
Employing highly aggressive methods of protest is something the SEIU has done for many years. Under John Sweeney, who served as SEIU's president from 1980-95, the union initiated the use of “Muscle for Money” (MfM), an Alinsky strategy featuring organized efforts not only to discredit and intimidate opponents, but also to pressure business leaders and public officials to support SEIU's agendas—i.e., its desire to unionize additional workforces. MfM campaigns commonly feature such tactics as attending and disrupting company functions like banquets.
Moreover, SEIU has parlayed MfM into aggressive “corporate campaigns”—coordinated assaults, often conducted in alliance with social and religious activist groups, against the reputations of companies resistant to unionization. Such campaigns typically consist of boycotts, picket lines, public demonstrations, literature distribution, letter-writing, and negative-publicity initiatives in the media. In April 2009, California Nurses Association executive director Rose Ann DeMoro condemned SEIU's “ugly pattern ... of physical abuse and tactics of intimidation that have no place in either our labor movement or a civilized society.”
The ANSWER Coalition
The ANSWER Coalition, which draws its name from the acronym for “Act Now to Stop War and End Racism,” was established on September 14, 2001—three days after al Qaeda's terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Run by Ramsey Clark’s International Action Center—an organization staffed in large part by members of the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party—the fledgling ANSWER became a leading organizer of post-9/11 demonstrations against the U.S. invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2002, the libertarian author Stephen Suleyman Schwartz described ANSWER as an “ultra-Stalinist network” whose members served as “active propaganda agents for Serbia, Iraq, and North Korea, as well as Cuba, countries they repeatedly visit and acclaim.” Throughout its history, ANSWER has consistently depicted the United States as a racist, imperialist, sexist, militaristic nation guilty of unspeakable crimes against humanity. Just prior to the March 11, 2016 anti-Trump disruption at UIC, ANSWER's Chicago chapter used its websiteto advertise the upcoming “Mass Protest to Stop Donald Trump,” adding: “Stand with All Immigrants, Muslims and People of Color! Shut Down White Supremacy! Spread the word. Organize everyone you can and get them to this very important protest. Everywhere Trump goes he and his racist mob must be shut down by the people!”
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights
The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) supports immigrant access to taxpayer-funded public benefits such as food, healthcare, childcare, and financial assistance; aims to help both legal and illegal immigrants attain U.S. citizenship; uses grassroots activismto promote the passage of legislation that benefits illegal immigrants; supports the DREAM Act, federal legislation that would allow illegal aliens who came to the U.S. as minors and are still younger than 35 to earn conditional permanent residency and a path to citizenship; and characterized SB 1070, a 2010 Arizona law authorizing state police to look into the immigration status of criminal suspects, as an “anti-immigrant law” that emblematized “the racial reign of terror surging across the U.S.”
Objecting to Donald Trump's rhetoric about the dangers posed by unchecked immigration across America's porous southern border, ICIRR senior policy counsel Fred Tsao says: “There’s a lot of really hateful rhetoric with respect to immigrants being voiced by candidates out there. We want to show that immigrants are patriotic, contributing and eager to participate in the political process and to integrate into society.”
National Council of La Raza
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR) is currently the largest and most influential Hispanic civil-rights and advocacy organization in America. Among other things, the Council supports the policy of permitting illegal aliens to acquire driver's licenses; believes that illegal-alien students who attend college should be eligible for in-state tuition discounts that law-abiding U.S. citizens and legal immigrants cannot obtain; opposes the cooperative enforcement of immigration laws by local, state and federal authorities; opposes the construction of a physical barrier designed to prevent illegal immigration across America's southern border; opposes legislation that would cut off welfare benefits to illegal aliens; denounces Voter ID provisions as an “absolute disgrace”; portrays illegal immigrants as vital contributors to the American economy; and supports “sanctuary city” policies that prevent police from checking the immigration status of criminals, verifying resident status in the workplace, and securing the nation’s borders.
Members of NCLR's Chicago branch participated in the March 11, 2016 anti-Trump protest at UIC.
Young Leaders Alliance
The Chicago-based Young Leaders Alliance (YLA) describes itself as “a multicultural direct-action organization” that provides aspiring activists with training in the arts of “leadership, civic responsibility, alliance building, and public demonstrations.” By YLA's calculus, “the impoverished, racial minorities, and the young” experience disproportionately high levels of unemployment because of “inexcusable political inaction” and “indifference” by U.S. legislators and policymakers. Steeped in identity politics, YLA openly encourages African Americans to protect “the needs of the black community” by voting in elections as a racial bloc. In December 2014, the Alliance staged a rally to: (a) condemn the purported epidemics of “police brutality” and “mass incarceration” against African Americans; (b) implore President Barack Obama to directly address the American people about the urgency of “committing to end the war on black and brown lives”; and (c) “stand in solidarity … to declare that black lives matter.”
At the March 11th anti-Trump demonstration in Chicago, YLA founder Jedidiah Brown, an ordained Christian minister and “anti-violence activist,” rushed the stage in protest but was quickly grabbed by Secret Service agents who then released him back into the crowd. Brown later punched a Trump supporter at the scene and was eventually taken into custody by campus police.
Brown is a race-obsessed demagogue who laments that “still today we [blacks] are portrayed as lazy, aggressive, suspicious … poor, consciousless [sic] animals.” “No longer will we settle for what others have called us,” he said in a 2013 speech. “No longer are we coons, ni**ers, negroes, or colored. We will not accept what the media has said and continues to say.” “America’s soul needs cleansing,” Brown added, “… if it will not properly acknowledge the color that made it great! Black made it great.”
More recently, Brown said: “[W]e are in a war where we feel like it is time for America to stop the battles against Black and Brown peoples that don’t allow freedom to truly be experienced at its full capacity.... The fabric of American society has been conditioned to view the Black man as a subjugated individual that is less than and not worthy of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That’s why we have the concept of White privilege. There shouldn’t be any privilege. That right should be extended to all races.”
Members of the Occupy Wall Street (OWS) movement have also been involved in anti-Donald Trump protests. Launched some four-and-a-half years ago, OWS is a strongly anti-capitalist movement that characterizesAmerica as a “ruthless,” materialistic society where the chief objective is to “always minimize costs and maximize profits”; where “lives are commodities to be bought and sold on the open market”; and where “the economic transaction has become the dominant way of relating to the culture and artifacts of human civilization.” The “deep spiritual sickness” that necessarily results from this repugnant philosophy of perpetual economic “growth for the sake of growth,” says OWS, has caused “vast deprivation, oppression and despoliation ... to cover the world.” OWS's prescribed remedy is to replace the foregoing arrangement “with a society of cooperation and community”—i.e., a socialist economy.
People For Bernie
PeopleForBernie (PFB) is a pro-Bernie Sanders activist group that organizes on Facebook and Twitter, and has proudly claimed credit for helping to disrupt the March 11th Trump campaign rally at UIC. One of PFB's key leaders is its co-founder Charles Lenchner, who previously helped establish Ready for Warren, a group exhorting U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren to run for president. Lenchner also has served as digital director for the pro-socialist Working Families Party, and for the 2014 New York State gubernatorial campaign of Zephyr Teachout. Another PFB co-founder, Winnie Wong, was a founding organizer of the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011 and helped launch Ready For Warren in 2014.
A noteworthy participant at the March 11, 2016 anti-Trump protest at UIC, Assata's Daughters is a group named after Assata Olugbala Shakur (formerly Joanne Chesimard of the Black Panther Party), who, while serving a life prison sentence for her role in the 1973 murderof a New Jersey state trooper, escaped from prison in 1979 and fled to Cuba, where she has remained as a fugitive ever since. Assata's Daughters describe themselves as “a grassroots, intergenerational collective” of “radical” and “unapologetically Black” women who deeply admire Shakur and seek to ally themselves with “the current Black Lives Matter movement.”
Revolutionary Communist Party As the premier Maoist entity in the United States, the Revolutionary Communist Party (RCP) views America as the principal threat to world peace; considers capitalism the root cause of the world’s most destructive social ills; and contends that “revolutionary war” is the only means by which people can ultimately be freed from capitalism’s shackles.
Many of the signs on display at anti-Trump protests bear RCP's distinctive Internet URL: #Revcom.us. According to RCP: “Trump is the perfect representative of the ugliest, most rotten, most parasitical, and most corrupt parts of the already extremely ugly, vicious, and oppressive American empire and the social values that embody that empire. Not only his political stances, but the whole way he moves through life—the bullying, the sleaze, the worship of and glorying in money, the pride in ignorance, the crude chauvinism of 'USA Number One,' the leering nastiness toward women: this is exactly where the so-called American Dream leads. He embodies the exploitation and plunder that is capitalism, and the me-first mentality it spawns.”
“Trump has pulled together a section of the fascist movement in America in a much more visible and aggressive way,” adds RCP. “He is organizing those who feel left out and 'disrespected,' who have been taught that their white skin and American identity make them special but who don’t 'feel special' anymore, and who blame it on those they have been taught to despise as being 'beneath them' in society. This sense of frustrated 'white male entitlement' runs deep in the marrow of white America … and now Trump has taken it to a whole other level. He is aiming these angry people at immigrants, at Black people—against, in short, the most oppressed; he is aiming them against 'foreigners' and 'the different,' and in particular against all Muslims.”
National Lawyers Guild
The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) describes itself as “a non-profit federation of lawyers, legal workers, and law students” that uses the law “to advance social justice and support progressive social movements.” By the NLG's definition, such movements promote “basic change in the structure of our political and [capitalist] economic system,” a system where “vast disparities in individual and social wealth” render “neither democracy nor social justice … possible.” Regarding “human rights” as “more sacred than property interests,” the NLG's crusade to transform society also includes the participation of so-called “jailhouse lawyers”—the Guild's term for incarcerated criminals claiming to have been wrongfully imprisoned by an oppressive state for reasons related to their race, ethnicity, class, or ideology. The NLG's overarching strategy is to “bring together,” into a unified revolutionary force, a host of groups whose members have allegedly been victimized by capitalism's inequities—“workers, women, farmers, people with disabilities and people of color.” “The welfare of the entire nation,” says the Guild, depends upon the efforts of these allied contingents to “eliminate racism” and “maintain and protect our civil rights and liberties in the face of persistent attacks upon them.”
The NLG dispatched numerous “legal observers” to the March 11, 2016 anti-Trump protest at UIC, and subsequently assigned representatives to legally represent those who had been arrested on criminal charges. This representation was carried out in conjunction with the Chicago Community Bond Fund, which raised many thousands of dollars for the cause.
Anonymous is a loose and decentralized international network of “hacktivists” who have been involved in a number of high-profile publicity stunts and hacking attacks against government, religious, and corporate websites.
In late 2015, Anonymous announced its plan to wage a cyber war against Donald Trump's presidential campaign, in response to his proposal to temporarily ban foreign Muslims from entering the United States. In March 2016, Anonymous reaffirmed its “call to arms” by asking hackers and activists around the world to pool their efforts to shut down Trump's websites and expose his private information to the public. In a video that was posted on YouTube in early March, a masked figure identifying himself as a member of Anonymous said: “Dear Donald Trump, we have been watching you for a long time and what we see is deeply disturbing.... Your inconsistent and hateful campaign has not only shocked the United States of America [but] you have shocked the entire planet with your appalling actions and ideas. You say what your audience wants to hear but in reality you don’t stand for anything except for your personal greed and power.... We are encouraging every able person with a computer watching this video to participate in this operation. You do not need to know how to hack to support this important operation.... This is not a warning. This is a declaration of total war.”
Yet another determined foe of Donald Trump's presidential campaign—Democracy Spring (DS)—emerged as an identifiable political movement in early 2016. Though it generally does not mention Trump by name, DS is clearly alluding to him in its vow to “make this  election a referendumon whether our democracy should belong to the People as a whole or to the billionaire class” wherein “the super-rich dominate the 'money primary' that decides who can run for office.”
In its earliest days, DS identified four specific reform bills that were already pending before Congress as “exemplary actions that can be taken” toward the goal of minimizing the influence of money in political elections: (a) Implement “small-dollar citizen-funded elections,” where candidates are required to accept public money for their campaigns in exchange for a promise to limit how much they spend on any election and how much they receive in donations from any one source; (b) “Combat voter suppression” efforts like the enactment of Voter ID laws, which DS falsely characterizes as efforts to “disenfranchise ... people of color and the poor”; (c) “Empower citizens with universal suffrage,” meaning that all adult U.S. residents should be eligible to vote in political elections, without any citizenship or voter-registration requirements; and (d) “Introduce a constitutional amendment overturning Citizens United,” a landmark 2010 Supreme Court decision that had struck down the McCain-Feigold Act's restrictions on what corporations could spend to support or oppose political candidates during the weeks immediately preceding primaries and general elections.
In March 2016, DS announced that its activities as an organized movement would begin officially on April 2, in “the heart of the [political] primary season,” with “one of the largest civil-disobedience actions in a generation”—thousands of participants making a ten-day, 140-mile march from the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia to the U.S. Capitol in the District of Columbia. Upon arriving in Washington, the demonstrators will proceed to stage a series of massive sit-ins at the Capitol and in Congressional offices throughout the week of April 11-18, to drive home their “demand” that Congress “take immediate action to end the corruption of big money in our politics and ensure free and fair elections in which every American has an equal voice.” Many of these protesters, says DS, will be quite willing to get arrested for their disruptive activities as a means of drawing public attention to their cause: “With hundreds of patriotic Americans being sent to jail, day after day for at least a week—simply for sitting in to save our democracy—the drama in Washington will rock the business-as-usual cycle of this election and catapult this critical issue onto center stage.”
Democratic Socialists of America
The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) describes itself as “the principalU.S. affiliate of the Socialist International” and ranks as the largest socialist organization in the United States. Its members seek to build “progressive movements for social change while establishing an openly socialist presence in American communities and politics.” “We are socialists,” reads the organization's boilerplate, “because we reject an international economic order sustained by private profit, alienated labor, race and gender discrimination, environmental destruction, and brutality and violence in defense of the status quo.”
DSA seeks to increase its political influence not by establishing its own political party but rather by working closely with the Democratic Party to promote leftist agendas. “Like our friends and allies in the feminist, labor, civil rights, religious, and community organizing movements, many of us have been active in the Democratic Party,” says DSA. “We work with those movements to strengthen the party’s left wing, represented by the Congressional Progressive Caucus.... Maybe sometime in the future ... an alternative national party will be viable. For now, we will continue to support progressives who have a real chance at winning elections, which usually means left-wing Democrats.”
In the run-up to Donald Trump's March 11, 2016 campaign rally at UIC, DSA’s Chicago chapter, which is one of the organization's most active and influential branches, provided a link from its websiteto a Facebook page that gave details and sign-up information for anyone wishing to infiltrate the rally. On the day of the protest, Chicago DSA drove its members to the Pavilion where Trump was scheduled to appear.
Meanwhile, both DSA National and the Chicago DSA were supporting Bernie Sanders for president.
Viewing the United States as a nation plagued by “an alarming increase in xenophobia and anti-Hispanic sentiment,” LULAC in recent decades has: (a) opposed the “English Only” movement—an initiative designed to designate English as the official language of the United States—as “incredibly divisive because it sends the message that the culture of language minorities is inferior and illegal”; (b) maintained that America’s national security measures since 9/11 “have been focused on terrorizing good people simply because they are foreigners”; (c) called for comprehensive immigration reform that would convert, with some measure of expediency, all illegal immigrants into legalized residents or full citizens; (d) worked to defend the voting rights of non-citizens; and (e) called on the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security to place a moratorium on worksite raids designed to apprehend illegal aliens, on grounds that such raids “caus[e] psychological damage to the families who are being arrested and separated from loved ones.”
In September 2015, LULAC's North Texas chapter organized a “Dump the Trump” demonstration where hundreds of people marched through the streets of Dallas while shouting anti-Trump slogans and displaying Donald Trump piñatas. “We are not political piñatas,” said Domingo Garcia, president of LULAC Council 102. “Trump is turning Americans on each other with his hateful and racist rhetoric. We will show him that Americans believe in inclusion and being a country of immigrants.” Two months later, LULAC participated in a New York City street demonstrationcalled “Marcha to Stop the Hate,” protesting Trump's scheduled appearance on Saturday Night Live. “Allowing Trump to host Saturday Night Live … is nothing short of a slap in the face to the more than 57 million Latinos living in the U.S., whose only wish is to work hard, provide for their families and live the American dream,” said LULAC communications director Brent Wilkes. Another LULAC representative voiced his hope thatSNL executive producer Lorne Michaels would reconsider giving Trump “a platform to advance his racist and xenophobic views.”
In January 2016, LULAC's Iowa chapter ran a campaign urging Hispanics in that state to attend and vote in the upcoming caucuses on February 1.
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) participated in the March 11, 2016 anti-Trump protest at UIC. This organization wasfoundedin 1973 as a local branch of the National Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, which in turn was an outgrowth of the movement to “Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners.” CAARPR's goal is to: (a) facilitate “real systemic change” by forminga Civilian Police Accountability Council for the purpose of ending the “tyranny” of Chicago police officers; (b) promote prison reformdesigned to end “brutality and crimes committed by [prison] staff against prisoners”; and (c) “securefreedom for all [mostly black and Hispanic] political prisoners and people wrongfully convicted.”
Mijente is a Hispanic organizing collective that was involved in protesting against a March 19, 2016 Donald Trump campaign appearance in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Shortly before that rally, Mijente director Marisa Franco said: “People will not sit quietly as Trump campaigns to move us back in the shadows, to the back of the bus, or back in the closet. The greatest act of love we can show is to shut down hate where it rears its head and demand that we do better than the cheap politics and false solutions that Trump is peddling. The billionaire may want to pit poor people against each other, but our necks are not available for standing on.” On the day of Trump's rally, Mijente activists were among the many open-border activists who shut down traffic for two hours by illegally parking their vehicles across a highway leading to Fountain Hills.
Puente Human Rights Movement The Phoenix-based Puente Human Rights Movement (PHRM), which has spent years protesting against Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio (known for his tough stance against illegal immigration),describes itself as “a grassroots migrant justice organization” that aims to “develop, educate, and empower migrant communities to protect and defend” themselves and their families. “We organize to build our community’s power with a Closed Fist, Open Hand Strategy,” says PHRM. “With a closed fist, we fight enforcement that criminalizes our people through racial profiling, police-ICE collaboration, and the detention and deportation system. With an open hand, we combat attrition policies that try to make our lives unlivable, by building an inclusive community.”
PHRM was the chief organizer of a protest interrupting a large Donald Trump campaign rally which was held in Phoenix in June 2015. On March 19, 2016, PHRM activists helped block access to a scheduled Trump rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona by illegally parking their vehicles across a highway leading to that location. “In Arizona we’ve heard Trump’s hate before and we know where it gets us,” said PA executive director Carlos Garcia, referring to SB 1070, a 2010 Arizona law that had authorized state police to check with federal authorities on the immigration status of criminal suspects. “The Trump effect isn’t just about a candidate,” added Garcia. “Trump’s ugly rhetoric is being turned into policy proposals as we speak that threaten the wholeness of our families and the safety of our communities. All people of conscience have to unite to stop it.”
New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice
The New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice (NOWCRJ) organizes day laborers, guest workers, and homeless residents of that city to become political activists. On March 19, 2016, NOWCRJ members helped block access to a scheduled Trump rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona by illegally parking their vehicles across a highway leading to that location.
Congress of Day Laborers
Allied with the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice, the Congress of Day Laborers (CDL) “brings together Day Laborers and [post-Hurricane Katrina] reconstruction workers from day labor corners across the Greater New Orleans area.” On March 19, 2016, CDL activists helped block access to a scheduled Trump rally in Fountain Hills, Arizona by illegally parking their vehicles across a highway leading to that location. One CDL member, Jacinta Gonzalez, chained her neck to a pickup truck.
Centro Sin Fronteras
Founded in 1987, Centro Sin Fronteras (CSF) is a Chicago-based Mexican organization that has worked closely with Congressman Luis Gutierrez in an effort to help illegal aliens in the United States gain legal status and citizenship. Advocating a moratorium on all raids, deportations and “separation of families,” CSF says: “We want comprehensive immigration reform that provides legalization for the 12 million undocumented. We did not create the system of undocumented labor whose bitter fruit is the separation of families. We have only tried to survive and provide for our families within that system. We have paid our taxes and given our labor. We are not criminals. We are not terrorists.”
Members of CSF participated in the large-scale protest that forced Trump to shut down his March 11, 2016 campaign rally at UIC.
Fearless Undocumented Alliance
Yet another group that participated in the March 11, 2016 protest at Trump's UIC campaign rally was the Fearless Undocumented Alliance, an organization which “strives to create a supportive environment, academically, financially & mentally for undocumented students at UIC.”
The Cosmopolitan Antifascists (CA) are a New York City-based group of activists who “stand for inclusion, diversity, and human rights” on behalf of “refugees” and others victims of what CA views as America's rampant racism. CA endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign. Just prior to that protest, a CA spokesman said: “Donald J. Trump has made headlines in recent months with his divisive rhetoric, hate speech, and extremist plans to 'make America great again.' We, in fact, believe this will do the opposite to this nation. Trump’s policies threaten many of us in the Black, Latino, LGBTQIA+, Muslim, and other communities. These policies and type of speech has no place in this country, and certainly does not have a place in the city that Trump grew his empire in—a city known as a melting pot and home for many of the same people Trump continues to wage war on. Join us at Columbus Circle as we march to Trump Tower and say NO to hate, NO to divisiveness, NO to fascist policies, and most importantly, NO to Donald J. Trump.”
Black and Pink: NYC
Black and Pink: NYC is a New York-based group that “support[s] LGBTQ people impacted by the prison industrial complex”—i.e., black and Hispanic homosexuals and transgendered people. This organization endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
ICE-Free NYC ICE-Free NYCis a campaign comprised of New Yorkers “who want Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) presence completely out of our city, which means an end to ICE collaboration with all New York City agencies.” Asserting that ICE “is shattering lives, families and communities through racial profiling, detention and deportation,” ICE-Free NYC endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
International Women's Day Coalition The International Women's Day Coalition (IWDC) describes itself as “an intergenerational grouping of women from various adversely impacted communities in New York City.” Its constituents are mostly “women of color” who allegedly have been denied their rights to public benefits, reasonable wages, “free preventive health care,” “affordable education,” and “quality … housing.” IWDC endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Millions March NYC A “multiracial grassroots collective of activists committed to building & strengthening the Black Lives Matter movement,” Millions March NYCendorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
NYC Shut It Down
NYC Shut It Down (a.k.a. The Grand Central Crew) describes itself as “a multi-ethnic, multigenerational group of anti-heteropatriarchal activists” who: “fight against militarized policing and racial injustice”; “call out police brutality and systemic racism … [against] marginalized communities and communities of color”; and “demand an end to racist police terror, mass incarceration and white supremacy.” This organization endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee The Revolutionary Student Coordinating Committee (RSCC) seeks to unite “revolutionary-minded youth and students throughout the CUNY [City University of New York] system in NYC.” Specifically, this organization calls for: “the seizure of CUNY by oppressed people as a form of reparations for slavery, colonialism and imperialism”; “guaranteed admission to every CUNY school for all poor, working-class and oppressed-nationality students”; “the abolition of systematically exclusive admission practices (e.g. placement exams, standardized tests) and an end to tuition”; replacing “the current reactionary white-supremacist patriarchal capitalist education system” with one that “exposes the exploitation and oppression of the U.S. Empire”; the removal of “teachers who suppress progressive and revolutionary ideas”; and massive public funding for “childcare, healthy food, transportation, tutoring, remedial classes, sports facilities, healthcare and housing.” RSCC endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
NYC Solidarity With Palestine
NYC Solidarity With Palestine (NYCSWP) is a New York-based group that seeks to “broaden the work being done on Palestine by opening up more expansive spaces of resistances” against Israel. In August 2014, this group hosted a “March for Palestine” to “affirm our support for the people of Palestine” and to promote the Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions(BDS) campaign against the Jewish state. NYCSWP endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Students for Justice in Palestine
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) is a North American consortium of more than 115 chaptersthat work to oppose the existence of Israel and to promote the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctionsmovement against the Jewish state. Rooted in the belief that Israel has no legitimate, legal right to exist as a sovereign entity, SJP's propaganda is virtually indistinguishable from that of the Islamic terrorist organization Hamas. SJP endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Peoples Power Assemblies
The New York-based Peoples Power Assemblies (PPA) “organize to empower workers & oppressed people to demand jobs, education & healthcare while fighting against racism, sexism & LGBT bigotry”; seek to “build a society based on [class] solidarity instead of profit”; and “mobilize in the streets to fight” against “police brutality,” “racism,” “sexism,” “LGBT oppression,” and other repugnant elements of “the status quo.” PPA endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Queer Detainee Empowerment Project
The Queer Detainee Empowerment Project(QDEP) is a New York-based entity that seeks to address “the structural barriers and state violence that LGBTQI detainee/undocumented folks face related to their immigration status, race, sexuality, and gender expression/ identity.” This organization endorsed a March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
Revolutionaries Against Gendered Oppression Everywhere This LGBTQI-rights group also endorsed the March 19, 2016 demonstration where thousands of people marched through the streets of Manhattan to protest against Donald Trump's presidential campaign.
A highly noteworthy individual supporter of the anti-Donald Trump protests is 71-year-old William Ayers, who was seen wearing a “Black Lives Matters” T-shirt while standing outside the Chicago Pavilion where the March 11, 2016 chaos took place at UIC. “We shut Trump down!” Ayers posted to his Twitter feed. “Beautiful gathering of anti-racist youth.”
In the late 1960s Ayers became a leader of the terrorist Weather Underground Organization (WUO). Characterizing WUO as “an American Red Army,” Ayers was an active participant in the 1969 “Days of Rage” riots in Chicago, which were led by WUO's antecedent group, Weatherman. In the mayhem, nearly 300 members of the organization engaged in vandalism, arson, and vicious attacks against police and civilians alike. Their immediate objective was to spread their anti-war, anti-American message. Their long-term goal, however, was to cause the collapse of the United States and to create, in its stead, a new communist society over which they themselves would rule. With regard to those Americans who might refuse to embrace communism, Ayers and his comrades—including Bernardine Dohrn, Mark Rudd, Linda Evans, Jeff Jones, and numerous others—proposed that such resisters should be sent to reeducation camps and killed. The terrorists estimated that it would be necessary to eliminate some 25 million people in this fashion, so as to advance the revolution.
In his 2001 memoir Fugitive Days, Ayers recounts his life as a Sixties radical and boasts that he “participated in the bombings of New York City Police Headquarters in 1970, of the Capitol building in 1971, and the Pentagon in 1972.” Of the day he bombed the Pentagon, Ayers writes: “Everything was absolutely ideal.... The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.” He further recalls his fascination with the fact that “a good bomb” could render even “big buildings and wide streets ... fragile and destructible,” leaving behind a “majestic scene” of utter destruction.
All told, Ayers and WUO were responsible for 30 bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructures of the United States. “I don't regret setting bombs,” said Ayers in 2001, “I feel we didn't do enough.” Contemplating whether or not he might again use bombs against the U.S. sometime in the future, he wrote: “I can’t imagine entirely dismissing the possibility.”
At a 2007 reunion of former WUO members, Ayers reemphasized his contempt for the United States, asserting that the nation's chief hallmarks include “oppression,” “authoritarianism,” and “a kind of rising incipient American form of fascism.” Moreover, he claimed that the U.S. was guilty of pursuing “empire unapologetic[ally]”; waging “war without end” against “an undefined enemy that’s supposed to be a rallying point for a new kind of energized jingoistic patriotism”; engaging in “unprecedented and unapologetic military expansion”; oppressing brown- and black-skinned people with “white supremacy”; perpetrating “violent attacks” against “women and girls”; expanding “surveillance in every sphere of our lives”; and “targeting ... gay and lesbian people as a kind of a scapegoating gesture.”
Robert Creamer's and Democracy Partners' Involvement in Provoking Violence at Republican Political Events
In October 2016, investigative journalist James O’Keefe’s “Project Veritas Action” (PVA) released a series of undercover, hidden-camera videos showing that Robert Creamer -- Hillary Clinton's campaign manager and the co-founder of the political consulting firm Democracy Partners -- was a leading orchestrator of an initiative where the Democratic Party and the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign had been using trained provocateurs to instigate violence and chaos at Republican events nationwide, throughout that year's election cycle. These disturbances were particularly common at rallies for then-presidential candidate Donald Trump and vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence. In one PVA video clip, Creamer was shown emphasizing the importance of beginning these disruptions as soon as possible: “I’m not suggesting we wait around. We need to start this shit right away on every one of these fronts.” In a separate clip, Creamer affirmed that the Clinton campaign “is fully in” on his strategy, and that “Hillary knows through the chain of command what’s going on.” Creamer also revealed that his own organization, Democracy Partners, coordinated its efforts with the Clinton campaign via daily telephone calls.
Yet another video segment featured one of Creamer’s consultants, Scott Foval – the former national field director of Americans United for Change, a former employee of People For the American Way, and the founder of a political consulting firm called the Foval Group. He explained that his own Foval Group played a key role in training and organizing the aforementioned provocateurs to carry out a Creamer-approved tactic called “bird-dogging,” whereby these Creamer/Foval operatives planned, in advance, their confrontations with carefully selected, targeted individuals. Said Foval: “So the term bird-dogging, you put people in the line at the front, which means they have to get there at six o’clock in the morning because they have to get in front of the rally, so what when Trump comes down the rope line they’re the ones asking him the question in front of the reporters, because they’re pre-placed there. To funnel that kind of operation, you have to start back with people two weeks ahead of time and train them how to ask questions. You have to train them to bird-dog.”
Moreover, Foval stated that he – and, by logical extension, Creamer – sometimes recruited homeless and mentally ill people to serve as their provocateurs: “I’m saying we have mentally ill people that we pay to do shit, make no mistake. Over the last 20 years I’ve paid off a few homeless guys to do some crazy stuff ...”
The purpose of bird-dogging, said Foval in the video, was to create a public perception of “anarchy” around Trump, on the theory that its shock value would undermine his political support.
Foval also explained that the Democrat bird-dogging operation was structured in a manner that – if the public were ever to find out about it – would allow the DNC and the Clinton campaign to pretend that they knew nothing about it. “The thing that we have to watch is making sure there’s a double-blind between the actual campaign and the actual DNC and what we’re doing,” said Foval. “There’s a double-blind there, so that they can plausibly deny that they heard anything about it.” To help ensure that this plausible deniability was not in any way compromised, Democratic funding for the Foval Group was channeled through a highly circuitous path. Said Foval: “The campaign pays DNC, DNC pays Democracy Partners, Democracy Partners pays the Foval Group, the Foval Group goes and executes the shit on the ground.”
In yet another video clip, Foval shed light on the relationship that existed between the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and the Creamer/Foval tactics: “We are contracted directly with the DNC and the campaign. I am contracted to [Robert Creamer] but I answer to the head of special events for the DNC and the head of special events and political for the campaign. Through Bob. We have certain people who do not get to talk to them, at all.”
Further, Foval explained that once his foot soldiers had either obtained their own video footage of a campaign-event disruption, or had caused various media outlets to cover the disruption, Creamer's Democracy Partners would promptly provide the relevant footage to the Clinton campaign, the DNC, and numerous pro-Clinton super PACs and activist organizations that were “involved in this project.” Among these groups, he said, were Americans United For Change, the Alliance for Change, the Alliance for Retired Americans, and Priorities USA.
On the same day that this video was released, Creamer resigned in disgrace from his post as Clinton campaign manager, explaining that he was "unwilling to become a distraction to the important task of electing Hilary Clinton and defeating Donald Trump in the upcoming election."
In a December 17, 2015 email that was later (in October 2016) made public by WikiLeaks, Mike Lux, who co-founded the progressive consulting firm Democracy Partners with Robert Creamer, revealed that Creamer had a "close" relationship with Robbie Mook, the manager of Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign. In an October 2016 interview with CNN, Mook falsely stated that Creamer and Foval had "never had a relationship" with the Clinton campaign.
Indivisible was established by a group of five former Democratic congressional staffers in the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump's victory over Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 presidential election. One of the five founders, Indivisible board president Ezra Levin, had previously served as associate director of government affairs at the Corporation for Enterprise Development, and as an AmeriCorpsVISTA employee in the Homeless Services Division of the San Jose Department of Housing. Another key founder, Indivisible board secretary Angel Padilla, had worked as an immigration policy consultant at the National Council of La Raza, and as an adviser to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Illinois) from 2009-11.
Upon its inception, Indivisible's first order of business was to launch a website devoted to providing leftists and liberals with strategies for countering the “radical, racist, and sexist” objectives of President Trump. This website features a tool kit for local Indivisible organizers, a daily calendar that lists national events and calls-to-action, and most importantly, the group's signature publication, Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda. During December 2016 and January 2017, this Guide was downloaded more than 1 million times.
Rejecting the very legitimacy of Donald Trump's presidency, the Indivisible Guideportrays him as “the biggest popular-vote loser in history to ever call himself President-Elect.” And because Trump “will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image” despite the fact that he “has no mandate” from the voters, Indivisible pledges to “stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and Members of Congress [MoC's] who would do his bidding.”
The tactics and strategies advanced in the Indivisible Guide are modeled on those of the conservative Tea Party movement that came to prominence during President Barack Obama's first term in office. Though the principles of the Tea Party are anathema to Indivisible, the Guide points out that “we saw these activists take on a popular president with a mandate for change and a supermajority in Congress.” “If a small minority in the Tea Party can stop President Obama,” Indivisible reasons, “then we the majority can stop a petty tyrant named Trump.”
Specifically, the Indivisible Guideadvises leftists to follow the Tea Party model of being “locally focused” rather than attempting to appeal to people across broad geographic areas, and “almost purely defensive” – meaning that they should expend their energies chiefly on opposing Trump rather than on “developing their own [alternative] policy agenda.” “Defining a proactive agenda,” said Indivisible in December 2016, “is time-intensive, divisive, and, quite frankly, a distraction, since there is zero chance that we as progressives will get to put our agenda into action at the federal level in the next four years.” The goal, therefore, should be to “stall the Trump agenda by forcing [Congressional Republicans] to redirect energy away from their priorities,” on the theory that “a day that they spend worrying about [rowdy Indivisible-affiliated protesters] is a day that they’re not ending Medicare, privatizing public schools, or preparing a Muslim registry.”
A related objective of Indivisible is to “sap Representatives’ will to support or drive reactionary change.” “Every time your MoC signs on to a bill, takes a position, or makes a statement,” says the Guide, “a little part of his or her mind will be thinking: 'How am I going to explain this to the angry constituents who keep showing up at my events and demanding answers?'”
The Indivisible Guideadvises progressive activists to form local groups of people who reside in the same congressional district, to fight “the racism, authoritarianism, and corruption” of the Trump agenda which “explicitly targets immigrants, Muslims, people of color, LGBTQ people, the poor and working class, and women.” “We strongly recommend making a conscious effort to diversify your group,” adds the Guide, “and particularly to center around and defer to communities of people who are most directly affected by the Trump administration’s racism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, and antipathy toward the poor.” As of January 27, 2017, Indivisible claimed that “more than 4,500 local groups” had already been formed “in nearly every congressional district in the country.”
In addition, the Indivisible Guide instructs progressives to attend local “town halls” or public listening sessions held by Republican MoC's, where they should each try to ask at least one prepared question designed to put the MoC on the defensive. The Guide recommends that the Indivisible members in attendance should: (a) sit separately in different sections of the room, so as to avoid the appearance of collaboration and to “reinforce the impression of broad consensus”; (b) applaud in response to one another's questions and/or comments; (c) collectively boo in response to things said by the MoC; and (d) “record everything” with a smart phone or video camera, and subsequently post those clips on social media or make them available to reporters.
The Indivisible Guide also encourages activists to attend other local public events where MoC's sometimes appear, such as parades, infrastructure groundbreakings, etc. To “optimize visibility,” says Indivisible, these confederates should “stick together as a group, wear relatively similar clothing / message shirts, and carry signs in order to be sure that [their] presence is noticeable.” Further, they should “be prepared to interrupt and insist on [their] right to be heard”; chant slogans about an issue of concern; try to speak with reporters who are present at the scene; and threaten to hold local sponsors of the event accountable with bad publicity if they support MoC's who back the Trump agenda.
Moreover, the Indivisible Guide exhorts progressives to visit their MoC's District Office, where they can either confront the MoC directly or meetwith staffers, and to subsequently publicize their visits via social and traditional media. Similarly, Indivisible advocates the use of mass telephone and email campaigns targeting the offices of MoC's.
Indivisible's modus operandi is rooted in the organizing tactics of Saul Alinsky, who wrote:
“Wherever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy. Here you want to cause confusion, fear, and retreat.”
“Power is not only what you have but what the enemy thinks you have.”
“The threat is usually more terrifying than the thing itself. If your organization is small in numbers,… conceal the members in the dark but raise a din and clamor that will make the listener believe that your organization numbers many more than it does.”
On January 2, 2017, Ezra Levin, Angel Padilla, and fellow Indivisible founder Leah Greenberg co-authored a New York Timesop-ed introducing their fledgling organization to the American public. While characterizing the Tea Party's political success as “a disaster for President Obama’s agenda and for our country” because the movement's “ideas were wrong” and its “often racist rhetoric and physical threats were unacceptable,” the authors noted that the Tea Partiers “understood how to wield political power.” Specifically, said Levin et al, Tea Party activists had “rattled our elected officials” by: (a) waging “a relentless campaign to force Republicans away from compromise and [to] tank Democratic legislative priorities”; (b) “ensur[ing] that legislation that did pass, like the Affordable Care Act, was unpopular from the start”; and (c) “hijack[ing] the national narrative and creat[ing] the impression of broad discontent with President Obama.” Indivisible would seek to use these same tactics against President Trump and the Republicans.
On February 14, 2017, a group of Indivisible activists swarmed the office of Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-California). When Rohrabacher's 71-year-old office manager, Kathleen Staunton, attempted to leave through the front door to go to the bathroom, one of the protesters yanked the door and caused her to fall and injure her head. The door also hit a two-year-old child, who was uninjured. Paramedics rushed Staunton to a hospital.
Leaked audio from a February 24, 2017 protest at a town hall with Republican Senator Bill Cassidy in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, revealed a substantial number of Indivisible activists secretly plotting to manufacture a hostile environment and create the impression that Cassidy’s support for President Trump's agenda was unpopular with the residents of his district. The Daily Caller provided a detailed description of the Indivisible members' actions and private conversations that night:
The activists split up into an “inside team” — tasked with occupying “as many seats as we can” and an “outside team,” whose job was to “give [the media] the coverage they want” before joining the others inside. Activists were instructed to dress like conservatives and leave at home “any signifier that you’re a liberal” in order to blend in with constituents.
The leftist activists strategized how best to “dominate” the question-and-answer section of the town hall and keep anyone “sympathetic” to Cassidy from asking a question.... “Game plan number one is to fill as many seats as we can, right? If it’s all of us in there and the poor people of Breaux Bridge are sitting behind us, well then tough luck for them,” said one organizer, identified by KPEL [Radio] as James Proctor [leader of Indivisible Acadiana]. His “poor people” comment drew laughs from the other activists. “If we can arrange it so he doesn’t hear one sympathetic question–great. That only magnifies our impact,” Proctor said....
“The Indivisible Guide does say that when you start to lose the meeting, that’s when you boo and hiss,” one unidentified activist can be heard saying. “Right, I was going to say that,” another activist replied.
Local news outlet The Advertiser reported that members of the crowd “frequently interrupted, expressing disagreement with some of Cassidy’s positions and shouting out their own questions.”
“The outside team will join the inside team in the hall after media coverage,” Proctor states at one point. “So what we’ll do is we’ll try to dominate enough, because–remember, the camera people especially are looking for some ‘b-roll’ and some quotes.” …
Video from outside the event posted on YouTube shows protesters chanting, “Love not hate, that’s what makes America great.” One woman appears to be reading the chant from a script.
Organizing For Action
In the immediate aftermath of Donald Trump’s upset victory over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, Organizing For Action (OFA) increased the size of its staff and ramped up its efforts to recruit young liberal activists to its cause. Declaring on its website that “We’re not backing down,” the organization doubled down on its resolve to preserve President Obama’s legacy vis à vis such issues as immigration, healthcare, race relations, climate change, and wealth redistribution. Obama himself tried to encourage OFA allies by telling them: “You’re going to see me early next year, and we’re going to be in a position where we can start cooking up all kinds of great stuff.” “Now is the time for some organizing,” he said, adding: “I promise you that next year Michelle and I are going to be right there with you, and the clouds are going to start parting, and we’re going to be busy. I’ve got all kinds of thoughts and ideas about it.... I’m still fired up and ready to go, and I hope that all of you are, as well.”
As journalist Paul Sperry wrote in February 2017: “[Obama is] working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government to not only protect his threatened legacy, but to sabotage the incoming administration and its popular 'America First' agenda. He’s doing it through a network of leftist nonprofits led by Organizing for Action.” At that point, OFA had 250 offices and 32,525 volunteers nationwide. Meanwhile, an additional 25,000 volunteers were in the process of being trained.
OFA has been a major participant in, and organizer of, the many anti-Trump protests that have taken place across the United States since the 2016 presidential election. As Paul Sperry writes: “OFA activists helped organize anti-Trump marches across U.S. cities, some of which turned into riots. After Trump issued a temporary ban on immigration from seven terror-prone Muslim nations, the demonstrators jammed airports, chanting: 'No ban, no wall, sanctuary for all!'” Notably, Obama praised the airport rabble-rousers, saying through a spokesman that he was “heartened by the level of engagement taking place in communities around the country.”
Shortly before the congressional recess of mid-to-late February 2017, when Republican lawmakers nationwide were scheduled to hold a series of town hall meetings and other functions in their respective districts, OFA distributed a training manual -- titled Indivisible: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda-- which was designed to teach anti-Trump activists how to intimidate GOP congressmen into renouncing their support for Trump's major agenda items. Among those items were restrictions on immigration from hotbeds of Islamic terrorism, a repeal of Obamacare, and the construction of a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The manual was published jointly by OFA and its partner organization, “Indivisible.” For details about the contents of the manual, click here.
In a separate initiative, OFA in early 2017 laid out a plan to stage some 400 rallies across 42 states during the rest of that calendar year, specifically to attack Trump and the Republicans over the matter of an Obamacare repeal.
Founded in September 2016 by the civil-rights lawyer, filmmaker, and Sikh interfaith leader Valarie Kaur, the Revolutionary Love Project (RLP) is a volunteer-run initiative based at the University of Southern California. Committed to “fight[ing] for social justice through the ethic of love,” RLP employs “protest, music, dance, and direct action” strategies designed to combat what it describes as “hate”—most notably that of Republican President Donald Trump.
American Civil Liberties Union
At the University of Miami campus on March 11, 2017, the ACLU staged a nationwide town-hall-style event -- livestreamed to some 2,000 locations across all 50 U.S. states -- to train Americans in tactics of organized, public resistance to the policies of President Donald Trump. ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said that approximately 200,000 people had signed up to attend the local events, where the priority issues were immigration, the First Amendment, civil rights, abortion rights, and LGBT rights. "We will bring all the lawsuits necessary to defend these rights," Romero pledged. "We'll do the work in the courts. You do the work in the streets. People are motivated. They want to be engaged." ACLU national political director Faiz Shakir added that his organization was also planning to designate a number of "freedom cities" across the United States that would encourage local officials to pass laws resisting Trump policies such as the more aggressive deportation of illegal aliens. And according to an Associated Press report: "The ACLU also launched a new grassroots online organizing platform called PeoplePower.org. It's billed as a way for people considering a local protest or rally to connect and coordinate with others around the country with similar intentions, and to provide details of ACLU initiatives."
The groups that have targeted the Trump campaign for increasingly violent protests are part of an opportunistic coalition always on the lookout for occasions to create violence that will highlight its view of the U.S. as corrupt and hard-hearted, and propagandize in behalf of radical left political and social alternatives. The Trump protests are not the first appearance of this coalition and will not be the last. It is just another in a series of occasions for the various manifestations of the hardcore left to state its agenda and grow its influence in America.
 An April 29, 2016 Los Angeles Times account of the Costa Mesa protest reported the following:
Hundreds of demonstrators filled the street outside the Orange County amphitheater where Donald Trump held a rally Thursday night [April 28], stomping on cars, hurling rocks at motorists and forcefully declaring their opposition to the Republican presidential candidate. Traffic came to a halt as a boisterous crowd walked in the roadway, some waving American and Mexican flags. Protesters smashed a window on at least one police cruiser, punctured the tires of a police sport utility vehicle, and at one point tried to flip a police car. About five police cars were damaged in total, police said, adding that some will require thousands of dollars' worth of repairs.
"Dump the Trump," one sign read. Another protester scrawled anti-Trump messages on Costa Mesa police cars. "I'm protesting because I want equal rights for everybody, and I want peaceful protest," said 19-year-old Daniel Lujan, one of hundreds in a crowd that appeared to be mostly Latinos in their late teens and 20s. "I knew this was going to happen," Lujan added. "It was going to be a riot. He deserves what he gets."
Video footage showed some anti-Trump demonstrators hurling debris at a passing pickup truck. One group of protesters carried benches and blocked the entrance to the 55 Freeway along Newport Boulevard, with some tossing rocks at motorists near the on-ramp. By 10:15 p.m., the bedlam had largely subsided and Lt. Mark Stichter of the Orange County sheriff's department said no major injuries were reported. Costa Mesa police confirmed that 17 people -- 10 males and seven females -- were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly. Details on the ages and names of those arrested were not released.
The violent demonstration was underway after Trump concluded his speech before a crowd of thousands. "This is the anger people have against Trump," said Jose Cruz, 21, as he pointed to the protesters running in the middle of the street. "It's not because he's white -- it's because of what he's said." Several echoed the comments, saying they were drawn to the streets to counter Trump's stated policies on immigration and his inflammatory remarks about Mexicans.... Holding a Mexican flag, Juan Carlos, 16, said his parents came to the U.S. from Mexico and that he was protesting to support others like him....
[A]s the hundreds of protesters overwhelmed the streets, it was apparent to some that the sizable police presence was wrestling with a larger crowd than expected. "It definitely got out of control," said Megan Iyall, 20, who was visiting from Seattle. "I shouldn't feel this unsafe." … To Arianna Perez, 19, the flaring of tempers over Trump were a necessary reaction to the inflammatory rhetoric of his campaign. "We could be peaceful and do things different," she said, "but if we did, we wouldn't get our voice heard."