19 Nov 2016

Can Cities Counter the Power of President-Elect Trump?

Submitted by editor

In the interdependent world in which we live, however, an American civics lesson is not enough. We also have a responsibility to give expression to the global perspective that defines and emanates from the rest of the world — and also, crucially, from oases of diversity and inclusion within our own borders. Trump’s winning “America First” message (USA! USA!) hardly does the job.

Today it is America’s cities that can confront President Trump, asserting, 'You are our president, but you are not the representative of our principles.'The Constitution empowers us to defend our sacred beliefs and rights — inclusion, diversity, climate action and social justice. And when a Washington patriot cries 'USA USA!' an urban patriot will proudly respond 'Planet Earth!'