Malaga Resistance, a group co-founded by five women following the Women's March in Granada on 21st January, held its first meeting last night in which members discussed their fears of what life for American citizens at home and abroad will involve under Donald Trump, and consequent actions that it wishes to take.
The group expressed concerns over Trump's latest controversial cabinet appointments, namely Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary and Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, as well as strongly condemning the travel ban and Dodd Frank rollback that Trump has introduced with varying success.
Nevertheless, Malaga Resistance emphasised the need to take action here in Spain, which would involve calling representatives from members' local districts in the US on Skype at least once a week in meetings and at home to keep up the pressure on them with the Senate elections in November 2018 in mind.
At the meeting, attended by 15 people, the group confirmed its desire to involve the local community in Malaga by inviting local environmental groups and universities to take part in a climate change march planned on 29th April to show solidarity with the main march that is taking place in Washington D.C. on the same date.
The other initiative from Malaga Resistance members mirrors that of its Granada counterparts, who drafted and sent out a letter to the Islamic community in Spain to protest against Trump's policy towards the Muslim community in America and around the world.
The letter, which was subsequently translated into Arabic, French and Spanish, demonstrates both groups' willingness to reach out to mosques and Islamic centres such as the Centro Cultural Andalusi “to enhance tolerance” between the two communities by offering their “assistance with any projects in which you might find our collaboration helpful” which could include “question-and-answer discussion sessions about religion or politics.”
One of the co-founders, Clare Alexandra Conrad, reinforced the importance of the group in the local community in Malaga to work with those that may have misconceptions over US citizens' attitude regarding the situation in America. “Everything that has happened in the past couple of weeks has been very difficult to live through, particularly as we are United States citizens abroad,” she stated.
She also added that as a consequence of the turmoil of the last fortnight, it was necessary to show the local community and people all over the world that this is not something that they agree with, given that they are representing their community abroad.
Conrad also urged as many people from the local community as possible to get involved, given previous encounters with people from all over the world in Spain who had expressed how they had been affected by the policies. “These issues do affect everybody. We want this to be a group that is focused on progressive issues, and one that although may not be very big, will hopefully be very active,” she added.