|The Re-Alignment in Motion
by Jamala Rogers
Primary election results were not just a matter of who won and who lost. Organized communities are starting to see the fruits of their labor — from
the streets to the ballot box. Being intentional and tangible has helped to put forth a vision of what we want the country to be. This informs an
agenda of transformation. From here, it becomes easier to put your support behind candidates and ballot issues that line up with the agenda and
A broad network of groups — -some ad hoc, others in coalition with one another — are way past the sick and tired point. We are studying the
systems of oppressions along with the laws and policies that prop them up. We are honing our organizing skills to get more victories for our
families and our communities. We are converging into broader movements like Black Lives Matter.
Voters have sent a message that racism, sexism and cronyism will not be
tolerated. Backward thinking and protecting the status quo are unacceptable.
Communities are refusing to take the brunt of society’s political and
economic burdens while a few enjoy all of the benefits.
The trump administration is sharpening our understanding that regardless
of whether you live in the city, suburbia or in rural towns, we have more in
common than not and we are refusing to be divided by the racist dog
whistles of the Right. That’s why we’re seeing and feeling the desperation of
a wanna-be dictator as the country nears the November election.
With the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, trump is
continuing his power grab and consolidation by fast tracking her
replacement. Unlike her nemesis in the White House, the Notorious RBG
was a lover of the law and a true defender of the People’s rights. The attempt
to stack the court by ideologues must be stopped by any means necessary.
Further, trump has attacked or alienated so many sectors that we should be
united in building the biggest anti-trump movement ever. People of color,
women, veterans and active military personnel, LGBTQAI, workers, unions
and youth all have a vested destiny in the November election. Whose left is
the small segment of people who are longing for the days when white men
were in control. These folks are impeding progress for the majority and for
The continued re-alignment of forces will be seen and felt on all levels. It
also means some internal reflections. We have to do some housing
cleaning in the Democratic Party, in our organizations, in our unions, in our
places of worship and other institutions. When we see 2020 in our rear-view
mirrors, we must be headed into a period of true human enlightenment. Our
light must blind out the darkness that has engulfed us this year. The choices
are clear and the path to November 3 is in focus.