One of the many failures of the Occupy Wall Street movement was that there was no real agenda, no specific plan, no leadership, and no clear articulation of aims. The abstractions of social justice and inequality are vast in proportion and overwhelming in substance. The practical challenges of 'doing something' about the rip-offs of the world economic system were too broad and amorphous to make into practical actions. Protests were all that resulted without a tangible outcome, except for the use of force to remove the protesters. That was the end of that. Occupy couldn't sustain civic engagement in a meaningful way.
Liberal ideals are often cast in abstract terms, such as freedom, equality, and justice, generalities without context or specific reference to the matters of ordinary people living lives with challenges of their own. Often, abstraction is a critical failing. In the real world, the application of these ideals must be tempered with a sense of proportion and discernment, balanced with consideration for others with whom our lives are lived. While it is easy to dismiss proponents of this or that abstraction, it is more difficult to deny specific individuals with particular kinds of problems, such as a child with cancer, a parent with Alzheimer's, a spouse looking for a job, or a family divided by borders and not by love. These realities are immediate and urgent, requiring people to plan and act in ways that challenge their abilities and resources and those of their families, friends, employers, and communities. These are not abstractions. These are specific people with specific problems that can be addressed with specific actions.
What is emerging in the resistance to the new administration is different. Opposition is based on specifics, particulars, and details. In the fact of forceful attempts to deny evidence of any kind, there is a growing recognition that the political reality of the moment is one of highly specific truths. In the face of dubious assertions about the legitimacy of the electoral system and probable foreign interference and hateful propaganda aimed at generating fear through social media and dubious partisan pundits, individual citizens are taking responsibility for standing up to poorly defined policies made in haste without consideration of the consequences to real people. Like all great moments of American history, a list of complaints has been produced to articulate the specific grievances of those who are resisting the widespread abuse of authority, with actionable details.
We have identified these in The Declaration of Resistance, an organically generated statement that has emerged from those who understand what America is about and what it is not. This has become a movement identified with the plan of action outline in a document written by congressional staffers and posted online at Indivisible. As a point of reference, please remember the founding of our country by re-reading our founding documents (link below).