Since election night 2016, the streets of the United States have rung with resistance. People all over the country have woken up with the conviction that they must do something to fight inequality in all its forms. But many are wondering what it is they can do. In this series, we'll be talking with experienced organizers, troublemakers, and thinkers who have been doing the hard work of fighting for a long time. They'll be sharing their insights on what works, what doesn't, and what has changed, and what is still the same.
Nijmie Dzurinko: My name is Nijmie Dzurinko, a lifelong Pennsylvanian and a black and indigenous woman who grew up in Monessen in Westmoreland County. I have lived in Philadelphia for over twenty years.
Sarah Jaffe: Shortly after the election, you sent me a piece that one of the members of Put People First Pennsylvania had written about her husband being an almost-Trump voter. I still think about this, because it was in that moment when there was a lot of panic, distrust and anger, and there still is. This was a piece about how somebody goes from being an almost-Trump voter to not being a Trump voter through an organization. I wonder if you could talk about that piece and what it says about the organizing philosophy of Put People First.
Read the entire interview with Nijmie Dzurinko of Resist grantee Put People First over at In The Times.