When It Comes to Stopping Trump, Petitions Aren’t Going to Do It

Frances Fox Piven - Professor of political science and sociology at the Graduate Center, City University of New York and author of Throw Sand in the Gears of Everything: When it comes to stopping Trump, petitions aren’t going to do it argues that resistance movements need numbers, but we also need a strategy that maps the impact of their defiance and the ensuing disruptions on the authority of decision-makers. "So how do resistance movements win—if they win—in the face of an unrelentingly hostile regime? The answer, I think, is that by blocking or sabotaging the policy initiatives of the regime, resistance movements can create or deepen elite and electoral cleavages."