The Resistance Movement
As the American people came to terms on Nov. 4 with the reality of a Trump presidency, Council Member Williams, like so many others, began to ponder what the next four years would look like for the millions of people who would not benefit from Trump’s goal of “making America great again.”
Council Member Williams realized just how much racism, xenophobia, jingoism and misogyny were a part of America’s fabric and the role it played in the election.
“We are constantly told those ideologies are not a part of America,” Williams said the day after the election. “Yet, all the ideas we are consistently told aren’t a part of America propelled a man to the presidency of the country of my birth.”
However, instead of being despondent, Williams decided to be hopeful and invigorated by this setback. He took solace in know that “this too shall pass” and that he, along with countless of others, were “on the right side of history.”
“It’s ok to grieve for a night. Still, we all must prepare to put on our boots, organize, and prepare for the morning.”
In the months that have followed since Trump’s inauguration, Council Member Williams has worked with his colleagues and partners in the community to fight back against Trump’s divisive policies against Muslims, immigrants and resisting from day one.
SELECTED PRESS COVERAGE
Democratic New York City Councilman Jumaane Williams and others sat on Fifth Avenue and were taken away in a police vehicle.
More than a dozen protesters and a handful of supporters gathered across the street from Trump Tower in midtown on Friday, shortly after Donald Trump was sworn in as the nation’s 45th president.