“More and more we’re starting to see democracy at work. People of all ages and races, including many young people of color, are standing up and speaking out about this Administration’s actions and how they will hurt our communities and the country. President Trump says he wants to make America great again but in our view the programs and policies he’s implementing will do the opposite. We hope this list will help those who are engaged and those who aren’t stay woke because our democracy is at stake.”
On President Trump's 100th day in office, the CBC released a list of 100 actions taken by President Trump and his Administration that hurt the African-American community and other marginalized communities. The list, titled "What Did Trump Do?: The First-100-Days, #StayWoke List," was a special edition of CBC's "What Did Trump Do?" rapid response messaging documents and included actions across issues areas such as justice, education, and healthcare.
"Stay woke. Stay energized. Stay on point. Understand what’s going on around you." - Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA-43)
The phrase #StayWoke or "stay awake" is often used by African Americans to remind themselves and those around them to stay focused on what’s really being said and done to their community. As a result of the election of President Trump, the phrase has taken on new meaning; people of all ages and races are using it to remind themselves and those around them to stay focused on the programs and policies being implemented by this Administration.
While some of the actions on the #StayWoke list have received a lot of media attention, many of them have not. For example, action “6” in the “Crime, Justice, and Reform” section states:
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