Rise and Resist

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Rise and Resist (RAR) is a 501c(4) non-profit group[1] formed because they were "astounded by the results of the 2016 presidential election" and therefore, "aim to oust the Trump administration, fight for equality, and collaborate on a wide variety of social justice issues."

Many of Rise and Resist's members are also members of Gays Against Guns[2] and is based in New York City, New York.

Protesting ICE on July 4 2018

Rise and Resist members, including Jay W. Walker, protesting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 4 2018

On July 4 2018, Rise and Resist members protested Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Statue of Liberty. One of the Rise and Resist members, Patricia Okoumou climbed the Statue of Liberty, which led to quite a bit of positive mainstream media coverage. For example, Joy Reid of MSNBC interviewed Patricia Okoumou and Jay W. Walker, members of Rise and Resist. MSNBC did not mention Jay W. Walker's association with the Revolutionary Communist Party.

Protest President Trump

In May 2018, Rise and Resist member Jay W. Walker took part in a protest against President Trump.[3] Other protesters interviewed were Wrolf Courtney, who "helped organize the protest with the group Rise and Resist," Philip Shubin and Betsy Malcolm.

Rallies for a 'Blue Wave'

In April 2018, Rise and Resist hosted a string of rallies for a "blue wave," meaning their hope for democrats to win elections in November 2018:

Here are the candidates they supported: Zellnor Myrie, Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi, Jasmine Robinson, Rachel May, Robert Jackson.[4]

'Birddogging for Single Payer' with DSA

In April 2018, Rise and Resist teamed with the Democratic Socialists of America, Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) - NY Metro Chapter and Housing Works Inc. for "birddogging" training "in the movement to win single-payer."[5]

From the invitation:

"Our friends at Housing Works have offered to train us in the art of “birddogging."" Please come join us in this free training for friends and allies of single-payer healthcare.
"“Birddogging” is the activist tactic of putting a policymaker or power-broker on the spot, in public, and hopefully on camera, with inescapable, bulletproof questions. This form of simple, direct advocacy, when applied consistently, is amazingly effective — and yet, astonishingly rare. Birddoggers played a leading role in AIDS activism, halting the ACA repeal, and bottling up a lot of the Trump Administration’s legislative agenda. In this election year, birddogging is one way we can win the policies we need!
"Experienced trainers and organizers from Housing Works, the nation’s largest community-based AIDS service and activist organization, have set up a nationwide network of people in 80+ cities and 40+ states who are linked up, trained up, and challenging their Members of Congress and other elected officials in the districts and in DC for high-profile national-level direct actions. And when our elected officials are refusing to hold public meetings, this team helps us develop strategies to make our politicians respond to community needs.
"Come learn how to birddog and let's talk about how to use birddogging in the movement to win single-payer!"


According to Facebook, the attendees were as follows:

Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training with DSA

Rise and Resist teamed with the Democratic Socialists of America in March 2018 for "Nonviolent Civil Disobedience Training" held at New York University's Vanderbilt Hall.[6]


According to Facebook, the attendees were as follows:

Meeting with Tereza Lee

Rise and Resist Meeting with guest Original Dreamer Tereza Lee

Rise and Resist held a meeting with guest "Original Dreamer" Tereza Lee in March 2018.[7]