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Progressive Groups Aim To Resist Trump Policies With Tea Party Tactics - KPBS Midday Edition

By Steve Walsh

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A collection of progressive groups continue to converge on the San Diego offices of federal lawmakers. The groups are part of a loosely-coordinated national movement which sprang up after President Trump took office. 

Roughly 200 people gathered Tuesday in front of the San Diego offices of U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein. They’ve been there every Tuesday since the inauguration. This Tuesday they wanted lawmakers to vote against Sen. Jeff Sessions for attorney general and Trump’s pick for the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Judge Neil Gorsuch. It’s part of a grassroots effort to force lawmakers to push back against the Trump administration the way the Tea Party pushed Republican lawmakers to the right eight years ago.

“We definitely saw the GOP run a really strong campaign around not allowing everything to pass,” said Jabez Lebret of Together We Will San Diego. “They really put up a wall between Obama and his administration. We want to put up a wall between number 45 and his administration on some of the actions they are taking.”

Together We Will is one of several progressive groups which sprung up, coming out of protests like the Women’s March on Washington. They’re under the loose umbrella of Indivisible, from the Indivisible Guide, an organizing handbook created by a group of former Congressional staffers.

Calling it Resist Trump Tuesday — protesters gave a staffer at Feinstein’s office a copy of that day’s agenda. A week earlier organizers said they promised to bring cookies, so the note came with a bag of chocolate chips. The group also appeared at the offices of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris, along with Congressmen Duncan Hunter and Darrell Issa. 

In 2010, Republicans were able to end the Democratic majority in the House and their super majority in the Senate.

The idea behind Indivisible, Lebret said, is to keep coming every week, with an eye toward allowing progressives to make similar gains in the midterm elections in 2018.

Allison Stratton