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    Advocacy groups for various marginalized communities in the United States must join efforts to be able to effectively oppose President-elect Donald Trump's potentially threatening agenda that would affect them, advocacy group Gays Against Guns leader Ken Lamar told Sputnik on Wednesday.

    NEW YORK (Sputnik) — Lamar said that grassroots movement have to form alliances to effectively oppose Trump's agenda.

    cTrump has stated during the presidential campaign as well as upon becoming president-elect that he intends to lead all Americans, and has specifically vowed to protect the gay community.

    However, Trump has also said he would protect the Second Amendment to the US constitution guaranteeing the right to bear arms; expel illegal immigrants who have committed crimes; repeal the mandatory Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare; and impose a ban on immigrants from Islamic countries affected by conflict or terrorism, until US authorities positively establish their identity and intentions.

    Such statements, though supported by many Americans, have alarmed the liberal left, prompting activists and organizations to voice the need for establishing uniform leadership to oppose the Trump agenda.

    "If we want meaningful reform, if we want real change, we need to stand together. We need to form an alliance," Center for Constitutional Rights member Gerard Tobin told Sputnik.

    Another activist and member of the Immigration Alliance, Laura Neil, agreed, suggesting establishing an action committee similar to one established in 1988.

    "[The committee] tries to stay in advance of what's happening and comes forward with actions that we might not think of on individual level, but which we can then form around and create a campaign for to change," Neil said.

    An attempt to create a more unified front took place on Tuesday as more than 400 activists and representatives of organizations in and around New York City attended the Trump Resistance Town Hall.

    "If Obamacare is repealed, I'm not going to be able to get my medicine. So the healthcare issue for me is very, very important," activist with an HIV prevention group Jesse Cohen said.

    Participants in the Town Hall said they intend to regroup on weekly basis to expand membership, join forces and build a more coordinated and united opposition.


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