Since the November election, Iowans have been speaking out, organizing and resisting the drastic changes being put forward by President Donald Trump, Gov. Kim Reynolds, and the Republican-controlled Congress and Legislature. Twenty-six thousand gathered in Des Moines for the women’s march in January, joining millions in Washington and across the country. Thousands more packed the state Capitol this spring when Republicans stripped away worker’s rights, gutted our public schools, and defunded Planned Parenthood.
There are some who have denounced those of us who speak out, called it disrespectful, or argued that it’s ineffective. But our right to resist is written into the Constitution, and honors the tradition of public discourse that began with the founders of our country.
It is critical for citizens to continue to speak out, exercising our right to resist the dramatic rollback of civil rights and the attacks being made on working families in favor of the extremely wealthy. Participating in the democratic process can seem daunting, but there are a number of ways we can all take action: