The new group, co-sponsored by Temple’s Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, Bridge TU, and Defend Our Future, hosted speakers including members of FMLA, Bridge TU, Defend Our Future, and Temple Student Government. Congressional candidate for the 6th district of Pennsylvania, Lindy Li, and co-author of the Indivisible Guide, Billy Fleming, also gave speeches at the rally.
The rally focused on the importance of maintaining multiculturalism and intersectionality throughout these acts of resistance. Speakers encouraged the crowd to resist the agenda of the Trump administration through open discussions, contact with congresspeople and senators, and political action such as rallies and marches.
Speakers from Temple student organizations also sought to raise awareness about the issues facing our country and provided rally-goers with information about their groups in order to get people involved. Jaid Munczinski of Temple’s FMLA said , “We are tackling issues of climate change, we are tackling a broad variety, not just feminine issues, not just reproductive rights.” She adds, “We wanted to make it known FMLA’s stance on the current issues in our country.”
Rally for Resistance was created in response to the policies of the Trump Administration. Rally organizer and Temple student Amanda Morrison was initially approached by fellow organizer and student, Alex Mark, with the idea for the rally. Morrison said, “he just wanted it to be a rally for resistance where everyone who resists the Trump agenda, whether Republican or Democrat or whatever identity, comes together.” The pair, along with students Jacob Kurtz, Tyler Lum, and Benjamin Aitoumeziane worked to bring together a group of speakers and spread the word on social media.
These students are also playing a major role in making, Indivisible Temple, an organization at the university. Indivisible Temple was created after students learned about the mission of the Indivisible movement. Created in response to the election, the Indivisible movement was based on the Indivisible Guide, which highlights the best ways to take action in resisting the Trump administration’s agenda.
According to Morrison, “this rally will really determine the direction that we take with this organization”. She adds that the group is debating whether the organization will take on the format of a typical student organization, with weekly meetings and discussions, or if the organization will focus more on organizing rallies, organizing groups of students to go to marches and events, and keeping in touch with congresspeople.