It’s shocking to read those words, let alone consider the possibility of a coup in the U.S., but since a sitting president has cast doubt on the peaceful transfer of power and called into question democratic voting processes, there are groups actively preparing for the worst, while hoping for the best.
One of those groups is called Hold the Line. It has produced a citizen’s guide for defending democracy, educating people about their options and best practices learned from other countries. I interviewed Marium Navid, one of the guide’s authors. Marium Navid is a digital organizer and campaign strategist who works in a variety of issue areas including labor organizing and immigrants’ rights work. Some organizations she has worked with include the Center for Popular Democracy, Service Employees International Union, and the National Domestic Workers Alliance. She is a coauthor of the Hold the Line Guide: A Guide to Defending Democracy and is currently a graduate student at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Policy.
Here is a link to the guide: https://holdthelineguide.com/
The next person we hear from is Akiko Minami. Akiko Minami is a middle school teacher in Watsonville, teaching social studies. She is married with two daughters and has lived in SC since 1999. She has a strong commitment to social justice issues. Along with others in the Lighthouse Collective, she is planning a local training to take place November 1st.
For more information: lighthousecollectiveSC@gmail.