Photos and text by: Danielle Corcione
On September 16th and 17th, the People’s Congress of Resistance project – a call to form a new congress – met at Howard University. Their message was that the US Congress no longer represented them:
The United States Congress does not represent the people who live and work in the United States. Given the threat posed by the Trump regime, the people must take matters into our own hands, together, and claim the power we already have.
The People demand a new Congress, a fighting Congress of the working class of all racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders and ages. We must create a Congress of communities under attack by the reactionary Trump agenda and fighting back against it, a Congress of the grassroots and the working class, of resisters, organizers, and activists, of everyone who recognizes we can no longer continue as we have. Such a People’s Congress will confront the Congress of the millionaires. It will galvanize the energy of the many groups resisting Trump. It will demonstrate that this is what democracy looks like.
The People’s Congress has been endorsed by Showing Up for Racial Justice DC, several Black Lives Matter chapters, the Party for Socialism and Liberation, CODEPINK, Food & Water Watch, among other national and international organizations as well as individuals. After the Congress met and chose delegates, hundreds marched against imperialism from Howard University to the White House.