The Resistance Now: Obama loyalists run for office

Amber Jamieson
Former members of the Obama administration are running for office or helping others run in order to preserve Barack Obama’s presidential legacy. Photograph: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

It’s about how you run the race

Alejandra Campoverdi grew up in Los Angeles the daughter of a single mother from Mexico and went on to become deputy director of Hispanic media in the Obama administration.

This week, she was on the ballot in California’s congressional special election.

Campoverdi is among the Obama alums we profiled this week who are running for office, or helping others run, determined to protect the progressive legacy they helped to create.

Campoverdi didn’t win her race on Tuesday. But in a post on Instagram, she speaks about the importance of running – even if you’re not a traditional candidate.

“When you come from certain places and sets of experiences, as many of us do, the privilege of running for Congress is an improbable victory for our brave and resilient communities,” she wrote.

See, it makes a difference

Boy bye. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

This week, the “alt-right” favorite Steve Bannon lost his seat on the National Security Council.

The activist group Daily Action says it helped organize 40,000 constituent calls to senators, specifically calling to oust Bannon. Daily Action members report that Bannon is their biggest concern in the Trump administration.

Oh, and 86% of the calls made were by women.

Resistance hero of the week

Nine-year-old Ridhima Pandey, an Indian schoolgirl and daughter of activists, is suing her government over its lack of climate change action.

“As a young person [Ridhima] is part of a class that amongst all Indians is most vulnerable to changes in climate, yet are not part of the decision-making process,” reads the suit.

Quote of the week

Twirl on them haters. Photograph: Angela Weiss/AFP/Getty Images

By the time they finished with me, I was Typhoid Mary.

– Hillary Clinton, speaking at the Women in the World summit in New York on Thursday, pointed out how she’d been popular in the role of secretary of state, but encountered huge criticism as a woman open in her desire to be president. It was her first interview since the election.

Up next in the resistance

  • The Tax March, calling on Trump to release his tax forms, takes place 15 April.
  • A special congressional election in Kansas on 11 April to replace Mike Pompeo, now director of the CIA. The Democratic nominee, James Thomson, is trying to get Democrats throughout the country to phone bank on his behalf.

Meme of the week

What a fizzer. Pepsi had to embarrassingly remove its latest ad, starring Kendall Jenner of Kardashian family fame, after the uproar against it co-opting the Black Lives Matter and other resistance movements to sell soda.

But at least the memes that resulted were refreshing.

Even Bernice King, the daughter of the civil rights luminaries Martin Luther King Jr and Coretta Scott King, joined in:

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