What is your cause…

stl_protest_struesdell_007We all come to this movement for different reasons. Let’s be honest, we are not all going to fight for the same thing. Some people will come out to a demonstration to protest Trump while others in the group are protesting police brutality. You know what, that is okay! What matters is that we are all in agreement that a Trump/Pence administration is bad for us all. This is the common thread.

During the last several weeks, I have marched alongside women’s rights advocates, climate change advocates and immigrant rights advocates. I have seen how people listen to each other and lift each other up at rallies and marches.

We are organizing and strategizing as we settle in for a long fight over the next four years. We would love to see you at one of our strategy meetings.

  • Women’s Sexual Health
  • LGBTQIA Rights
  • Freedom of Speech
  • Immigrant Rights
  • Campaign Finance Reform
  • Political Reform
  • Finance Reform
  • College Loan Reform
  • Police Brutality/Accountability
  • etc.

When we say #STLsolidarity it is because we are all in this thing together. Comment below and let us know why you are standing against the Trump/Pence administration. Tell us what you are fighting for!



You are the movement!

calling-all-comradesYou might be asking yourself, how can I help to fight against fear, hate and oppression? You might think that you have nothing to add to the movement however that is not true. Everyone has something to add to the cause. Right now, the most important thing is that we keep the movement going in the streets. We must stand in solidarity with our comrades around the country. We truly are the only thing standing against Donal Trump and his reign of terror.

You might not be a person to organize a rally or march however you can be there to stand in solidarity, spreading the word via social media. We need people who are willing to live stream the rallies and marches. This allows the world to see that we are standing against Donald Trump.

This movement is more  than one person. We are all uniting to stand against Donal Trump and the ideology that he is bringing, not only to the White House but also the United States.

Here is a list of things that people can do to assist while with actions:

  • Live Streamers using phone
  • Rally/March Coordinators
  • Traffic Coordinators for marches
  • Cop Watchers while we are at events
  • Sign Makers
  • Live Tweeters for events
  • People to assist with recruitment at events

This is certainly not an exhaustive list however it should show you that we need people with various skill sets. Regardless of what it is, you have something that can assist with the fight against fear, hate and oppression. For more information about getting involved send an email to info@stlsolidarity to learn more.


In Solidarity!


Obama calls for resistance to Putin



BERLIN—President Barack Obama warned President-elect Donald Trump to stand up to Russia when necessary as he and German Chancellor Angela Merkel vowed to address the inequities of globalization that propelled the populist tycoon to the White House.

“What unites us is the common conviction that globalization needs to be defined humanely and politically but also that there is not turning back from it,” Ms. Merkel said after the two leaders met for several hours on Thursday.

The chancellor said she would “do everything to establish a good relationship” with Mr. Trump, stressing the importance of the trans-Atlantic relationship as the pillar of Germany’s foreign policy. She said she hoped Germany and the U.S. would continue to share common positions on international issues from climate change to trade deals and the fight against terrorism.

The long-planned talks between the two leaders—Mr. Obama’s sixth visit to Germany as president—have turned into high-stakes strategy sessions on how to maintain the longtime alliance and shared worldview between America and Europe, given that Mr. Trump has put into question a number of the institutions and policies that underpin the postwar world order.

Without Mr. Obama, though, Ms. Merkel could find herself isolated in the effort to push back against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who has militarily intervened in Ukraine and in Syria to back the Assad regime.
Speaking at a joint news conference Thursday, President Obama urged a constructive approach to Russia, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel said they are interested in a good relationship. But both leaders said they would maintain economic sanctions. Photo: Getty
Mr. Obama said he hoped Mr. Trump—who has praised Mr. Putin as a strong leader—would take a “constructive” approach to Russia that seeks cooperation. But he warned the president-elect against cutting deals with Mr. Putin out of convenience “even if it violates international norms, or even if it leaves smaller countries vulnerable or creates long-term problems in regions like Syria.”

Mr. Obama said he and the German chancellor also agreed to maintain sanctions on Russia over Moscow’s intervention in Ukraine. They also discussed ways to ease economic inequalities that have resulted from globalization and the need to preserve both the international climate-change agreement reached in Paris last year and the deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear program, he said.

For Mr. Obama, the German chancellor—not someone from his own political party in the U.S.—has become his best hope for redirecting a tide of grass-roots populism has sent shock waves through America and Europe, aides to the president say. The president called Ms. Merkel his closest international partner before leaving for his farewell trip abroad.

“It’s absolutely true that Ms. Merkel will—has had—extraordinary responsibility,” Mr. Obama said of the chancellor, who is expected to see a fourth term next year. “If she chooses to continue, she will have big burdens. I wish I could be there to lighten her road, but she’s tough.”

Ms. Merkel said she felt humbled about the president’s trust. But she is facing her own populist insurgency, leaving some to question whether she will have the bandwidth to take on the role of leader of the internationalist West.

“We can’t replace America in leading the world,” said Josef Braml, an expert on international affairs at think tank German Council on Foreign Relations. “Our task is foremost now to keep our own country together and her agenda is already stretched enough to keep Europe together.”
Hinting that Germany was ready to play a greater role internationally, Ms. Merkel said her country would need to gradually engage more in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. President-elect Trump has questioned whether the U.S. should be committed to defend countries that fail to spend enough on their armed forces, and German military spending is below the benchmark of 2% of gross domestic product that NATO has set for member countries.

“Germany now must play an even greater role when it comes to keeping Europe together,” said lawmaker Rolf Mützenich, a foreign-policy specialist for Germany’s center-left Social Democrats, who are Ms. Merkel’s junior coalition partners. “I don’t think that Ms. Merkel yearns for this role, but she has no other choice.”

Germans are concerned about a Trump presidency. According to a recent poll from research institute Allensbach, 85% of Germans have a negative opinion of Mr. Trump, and 77% a positive one of Mr. Obama. The poll was conducted between Oct. 28 and Nov. 10.

Despite a drop in approval ratings over her open-door migrant policy, opinion surveys suggest Ms. Merkel was still likely to win the general election if she were to run again next year. Still, the country’s refugee crisis, the Brexit vote and now Mr. Trump’s victory have energized Germany’s populists.

After a rocky start between Ms. Merkel and Obama in 2008, the relationship between Washington and Berlin evolved gradually into one of the world’s most important strategic partnerships. Mr. Obama has turned to Ms. Merkel more than any other European leader from the outbreak of the financial crisis to Russia’s intervention in Ukraine and defended Ms. Merkel’s controversial refugee policy.

On Friday, Mr. Obama and Ms. Merkel will hold an expanded meeting with the leaders of France, the U.K., Italy and Spain. Mr. Trump will visit Germany next July at the latest, when Germany hosts next year’s summit of the G-20 group of the world’s largest economies.



We Reject Steve Bannon


Friends, if you have been paying attention to who Donald Trump is placing into key-positions, then you are as worried as we are. Donald Trump has chosen to place Steven Bannon who is a “White Nationalist”. His appointment has been cheered by the Ku Klux Klan and other white supremacy groups.

We cannot allow this to happen without standing up and continuing to let our voices be heard. Tomorrow is another chance to stand up and tell the St. Louis community that we do not support or endorse fear, hate or oppression.

Join us as we rally and march on 11/17/16 at 1217 N. 20th St, (DeSoto Park) in St. Louis. We will start to gather at 7pm.

Here is a post from the organizing of that event:

Guys below will be a map of our official route, it is about 3.5 miles long. Feel free to join us at the start, or meet up with us along the way. Route will be subject to change in the heat of the event. Updates of our current location will be broadcast on this page.
20th st to Washington Ave
Washington Ave to 4th st
4th st to Market
Market to 14th st
14th st to Clark
Clark to 18th
18th back to Market- back to 20th


We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!

In Solidarity!

Thank you so much!!!

St. Louis, you showed up yesterday! It was so beautiful to see people from all races, ethnicities, religious backgrounds, causes and agendas come together for one cause… to stand up against fear, hate and oppression!  Today, many saw for the first time how our brothers and sisters are singled-out during demonstrations. Today, we said in one voice that “We Shall Not Be Moved!”

img_0280-jpgThousands of you took to the streets of downtown St. Louis to let the world know that the fear, hate and oppression that is synonymous with the Trump campaign will not be tolerated. As we marched through the streets, we made noise and we shut it down. The world around us came to a halt to hear the one message that we had for the world.

In the days and weeks ahead we will be organizing community sessions, trainings and other helpful resources that will allow us to continue the fight against fear, hate and oppression.

Today, we stand on the brink of an era when the United States stands to reverse decades of policy which has brought equality to millions of Americans. All of that is directly under attack by a Trump/Pence Administration.

If you agree that we cannot simply watch as hate and bigotry become a common place in the United States, please join with us.

In the coming weeks we will be having workshops and training sessions for anyone wanting to engage in civil disobedience. We will train everyone how to conduct public events in a safe but meaningful way. Other trainings will include:

  • How to engage the media for the cause
  • Controlling the message
  • Civil Disobedience
  • Keeping our privilege in check
  • Utilizing Legal Observers
  • Knowing your rights
  • Can you film the police?

Remember if you have not already done so, please text “solidarity” to 228-28 to be added to our contact list.





In Solidarity!

Your Fellow Citizen