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This Week in The Resistance: From Selma to Stonewall

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The week Meryl Streep took on Trump.


President Obama delivered a moving farewell speech Tuesday, which was followed by an unforgettable press conference from President-elect Donald Trump Wednesday.

During his speech, President Obama spoke about the divisiveness of partisan politics and how the country must come together, not fall victim to blaming one group over another, whereas Trump took his press conference as an opportunity to say he will not be releasing his tax returns and then refuse to answer a question from a CNN reporter, telling him that his news organization publishes "fake news."

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So what's happening in The Resistance this week?

JANUARY 6: Michelle Obama Gives Her Last Speech as First Lady
(And it was awesome.)

* In her farewell speech, the first lady celebrated America's diversity, telling young people, "Do not ever let anyone make you feel like you don't matter." (Politico)

* The state of California showed that it's taking itself seriously when it comes to resisting Trump's bigotry. Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was hired to serve as outside counsel to advise the state. (Los Angeles Times)

* Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, called Trump's desire to fortify the U.S.-Mexico border a "racist monument." (The Hill)

THE WEEKEND OF JANUARY 7 & JANUARY 8: Alec Baldwin Trolls Trump
(Using Trump's Iconic "Make America Great Again" hat.)

AND Meryl Streep Lets Trump Have It
(And it drives him nuts.)

* A collective group of artists and critics are calling on museums to vow to a "culture strike" on inauguration day. (The New York Times)

* Filmmaker Michael Moore is calling on activists to engage in "100 days of resistance" against President-elect Trump. (The Hill)

* Actor Alec Baldwin, who portrays Trump on Saturday Night Live, uploaded a photo of himself wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat. The text was in Russian instead of English. (Deadline)

* While accepting a lifetime achievement award at the Golden Globes, Streep used her platform as an opportunity to speak out against Trump. (CNN)

JANUARY 9: The Protests Keep Coming
(And they will continue.)

* Are Hollywood's protests ineffective? Not so, according to New York magazine. (New York)

* #DayAgainstDenial protests took place across the country today to rally against Trump's Cabinet choices. (Colorlines)

JANUARY 10: President Obama Delivers His Farewell Speech
(While the audience yells "Four more years!")

* Hillary Clinton, who hasn't spoken out much since she lost the election to Trump, said democracy is "under attack" during a speech. (The Hill)

* President Obama's farewell speech is a must-watch for everyone. He took on the media, he talked about the need for the country to unify, and he delivered subtle criticisms of Trump. (YouTube)

* Read the letter Coretta Scott King wrote back in 1986 opposing Jeff Sessions's appoinment to a federal judgeship. Sessions this week had his confirmation hearing on his nomination to become U.S. attorney general. (The Washington Post)

JANUARY 11: After going 167 Days Without a Press Conference, Trump Comes Back With an Unforgettable One

* Vox claims to have evidence that shows FBI director James Comey cost Clinton the election. (Vox)

* Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. John Lewis both testifed against Jeff Sessions during his hearing Wednesday. Both delivered passionate speeches about why Sessions should not be confirmed. (New York )

* Vicente Fox, the former president of Mexico, said Trump is bringing a "new era of dictatorship" to America. (The Hill)

It's OK to Laugh
(Don't let Trump take that away too.)

Thank you, Samantha Bee.

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Yezmin Villarreal

Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.
Yezmin Villarreal is the former news editor for The Advocate. Her work has also appeared in The Los Angeles Times, Mic, LA Weekly, Out Magazine and The Fader.