Who We Are
In the wake of the 2016 election, the United States has seen an uprising of grassroots energy and action in opposition to the election of Donald Trump and his demagogic, authoritarian, un-American policies and rhetoric. Collectively known as the Resistance, this movement seeks to protect our democracy, restore competence and trust in our government, and promote inclusive, equitable progress for all Americans.
In January of 2017, a group of neighbors in the Rockville, Maryland area came together to find ways to work together on resisting Trumpism and promoting progressive values and policies in our communities. This group became Rockville Resistance. We welcome anyone to join us who is interested in working together to resist and counter the destructive Trump administration, and achieve progressive objectives we believe in.
How We Work
Our group meets once a month to review our progress and support each other in next steps. We are organized into smaller issue groups that focus on a specific topic. Those groups also meet about once a month, or more frequently in some cases. We also coordinate, communicate, and take action through various social media and our website. Our group actions range from phone call campaigns, visits to Capitol Hill or other official offices, organizing events such as town halls and speaker series, and other types of action. We publish and circulate Weekly Action Plans that go out to the group via email and provide opportunities for action each week on timely topics.
We also work to help each other stay “strategically informed,” that is, not overwhelmed by bad news! And we alert each other to other opportunities for action initiated by similar groups across the state and country. We are affiliated with the Maryland Resistance Coalition – an organization of similar grassroots groups across the state, and with the Indivisible movement.
Rockville Resistance was founded by Ailea Sneller, a Rockville resident, mom, wife, writer, and entrepreneur. She now serves as the group’s principal coordinator and cheerleader. Leadership of the group’s initiatives is carried out by Issue Group Leads for each topic, and by an Organizing Committee that focuses on internal and external coordination, communications, and administration. The group is an entirely volunteer force (still waiting on our big checks from George Soros…) and is powered by the passion, commitment, and talent of all our members.