- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Leaders of the resistance movement against President Trump have launched a new initiative, aimed at harnessing the pushback against GOP lawmakers that voted for “Trumpcare,” through a series of scheduled “die-ins” across the country.

Called the “Payback Project,” Indivisible, Moveon.org and The Town Hall Project are organizing the “die-ins” at town-hall meetings and outside the offices of lawmakers that supported the American Health Care Act, which passed the House last week on a 217 to 213 vote, with all 193 Democrats joining 20 Republicans in opposing it.

“Our strategy is to make voting for this bill absolutely politically toxic by publicizing and personalizing the problems with the bill and by holding any Members of Congress who vote for this bill very publicly accountable,” the website says. “As a first tactic, we are planning die-ins at district offices or public events with the Representatives who voted for this bill.”

The website, first reported by Vice News, provides a list of events at the district offices of members of Congress and at town-hall events featuring Republicans. It also has a crash-course guide on how to stage a proper “die-in.”

“A die-in is a form of nonviolent direct action protest where participants publicly pretend to die to highlight a deadly problem,” the website says.

“This tactic is most powerful if done at the closest district office of a Representative, or at a public or private event at which the Representative is in attendance,” it says. “This is a tactic designed to attract attention from passersby and people in positions of power, and can be used to disrupt business as usual at a problematic institution. It holds most power if media attend the event and/or if photos and video are shared to social media.”

• Seth McLaughlin can be reached at smclaughlin@washingtontimes.com.

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