As you read this, there’s a Google doc encouraging feminist scholars to sign an open letter pledging resistance against President-elect Donald Trump’s campaign promises. In case you’ve forgotten, these promises include immediately deporting three million undocumented citizens, creating a Muslim registry, building a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, loosening libel laws to silence critical publications and other such hateful plans (did we mention his pledge to sign a law that would allow anyone to legally discriminate against LGBTQ people?).
So far over 500 feminist scholars have signed onto it, and it doesn’t hold back in its disgust of Trump and his policies:
The political shift we are witnessing, including the appointment of open bigots to the president-elect’s cabinet, reaffirms the structural disposability and systemic disregard for every person who is not white, male, straight, cisgender, able-bodied, and middle or upper class.
But more than that, it pledges to stand in solidarity with America’s most marginalized people:
We cannot endure four years of a Trump presidency without a plan. We must protect reproductive justice, fight for Black lives, defend the rights of LGBTQIA people, disrupt the displacement of indigenous people and the stealing of their resources, advocate and provide safe havens for the undocumented, stridently reject Islamophobia, and oppose the acceleration of neoliberal policies that divert resources to the top 1% and abandon those at the bottom of the economic hierarchy.
While the letter stops short of a plan, the sign-on form includes a place for e-mail addresses so that its authors can contact signers and, presumably, create a plan in anticipation of Trump’s January 20 inauguration. This is much better than waiting for German Chancellor Angela Merkel to save us.