‘These issues affect all of us’: this is what the resistance movement looks like

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We asked readers to show us what the resistance movement looks like. What we got back shows it has taken root in many forms

Resistance, in its simplest form, is refusing to accept what you are told by those with power. As part of The Resistance Now, a new project from the Guardian dedicated to covering the people, ideas and discussions of the resistance movement, we asked our readers to show us how they were taking a stand.

Photographing the resistance

Communities of photographers across the country are working to document the resistance, often providing their images for free to not-for-profit organizations. Daniel Hosterman, from Durham, North Carolina, is chronicling protests and rallies in his home state, as well as Washington DC. This shot is from a rally against Donald Trumps first travel ban.

Im not a great organizer or a powerful speaker, Hosterman said. But I love photography, so I hope that sharing these images will amplify the voices of those who are.

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A lone counter-protester kindles tempers at rally in favor of Trumps first travel ban at Raleigh-Durham international airport in January. Photograph: Daniel Hosterman/GuardianWItness

Were making ourselves heard; now let us be seen, says David Moriya, another photographer capturing the resistance to Trumps presidency. Moriya launched the Resistance Photography Project, which shares images of demonstrations with people who march with non-profits to use free of charge. Take a look at more of his work.

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Womens March, NYC. Photograph: David Masami Moriya

How to get organized

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A march in Seattles Capitol Hill neighborhood to support LGBT rights and people of color. Photograph: Demi Wetzel/GuardianWitness

Demi Wetzel, of Washington state, used GuardianWitness to tell us how she organized a march in Seattle from scratch and found plenty of helping hands from community groups to not-for-profit organizations and individual donations.

In three weeks, we created an online community of nearly 20,000 people and the march itself brought out around 5,000 of them, Wetzel said. Together we marched through the streets fully permitted and ended the day with zero arrests and zero altercations. It was through this community of activists that we were able to peacefully stand up against hate.

Join our Facebook community

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Carolyn Street, of Castro Valley, California, organized a postcard party to voice concerns to elected officials. Photograph: Carolyn Street/Facebook

In addition to following this series, you can also join our Facebook group to discuss and explore the movement. So far, members have shared digital security advice for protesters, organized mailing campaigns to contact elected officials, and collaborated on how to get organized and encourage engagement across partisan lines.

Common ground in concerns we all share must be the meeting place, said a group member, Deni McHenry, of Kansas. These issues affect all of us right now and will come down most cruelly on the heads of our children if we dont find a way to come together as advocates.

Resistance with art

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Klaus Enrique used Cheetos left to grow mold to depict Trumps face. Photograph: Klaus Enrique/GuardianWitness

Klaus Enrique is a Mexican German photographer and sculptor who focuses on the human condition. Recently, hes turned his attention to Trump and has created numerous pieces as a form of protest against the president. Enrique says this mask, made mostly with Cheetos left to grow mold, depicts Trumps face and his impact on the nation: The piece evokes a cancerous growth that has taken over its host as an analogy of how Trump is undermining the American republic.

Artists have also seized on one of Trumps signature agenda items: the border wall. The US-Mexico border has become a hub for protest art in an effort thats taken on, as one artist described it, a guerrilla DIY sensibility.

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