Inauguration Protests Around The Country Show There's Still Resistance
After Trump's surprise election victory Nov. 8, a slew of angry protests erupted to decry the ascension to power of a man who routinely disparaged women, Muslims, immigrants, the free press, and many others throughout his campaign. Now, as the president-elect prepares to take the oath of office Jan. 20, the "Not My President" crowd is once again gearing up to resist. Planned inauguration protests around the country will show Trump that those who oppose him are coming together and mobilizing to fight his policy proposals as well as the pallor of hate and suspicion of difference many believe he's cast over the United States.
"Let's show the world that we have the power to celebrate our solidarity peacefully in the face of meaningless divisions," David Morris, co-organizer of a planned demonstration across the country from Washington, D.C., on San Fransisco's Golden Gate Bridge (which aims to "create a human bridge of togetherness") wrote in an email to SFGate. "We must personify unity. This day will be an historic example of the power of meaningful peaceful togetherness."
Many of the anti-Trump festivities, however, will be much closer to the inauguration action, with their participants joining the swell of the one million people projected to converge on the nation's capital for the swearing-in ceremony. Whether the protesters gather on the National Mall as Trump takes the oath of office or across the Atlantic, the strength of their numbers and convictions will be impossible to ignore.
Here's a non-exhaustive roundup of marches and protests that will attempt to rival the inauguration for airtime next week.
Women's March On Washington (& Beyond!)
The most widely publicized — and probably the largest — Inauguration Day event is the Women's March on Washington, which is expected to attract 200,000 people the day after the inauguration. The event's registration page sums up what its participants, and those of many other formal and informal protests across the country, are fighting for:
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
Other Women's Marches are also scheduled to take place simultaneously in major coastal cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles (actually there are tons of women's marches in California, from San Diego all the way to Sacramento) as well as New York City — and it’s even gone international with a Women's March on London. But the movement is not just concentrated in these major hubs...
Women's March On Raleigh, North Carolina
A sister march to the main event in D.C. as well as to the others that span beyond our borders, the Women's March on Raleigh is scheduled for Jan. 21, Trump's first full day in office. Marchers will meet in Moore Square at 200 S. Blount Street at 10:30 a.m. to show their support for the cause even from south of the capital.
Women's March On Chicago
Ditto for the march in Chicago, which is meeting at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in Grant Park and is using the hashtags #WomensMarchCHI and #WhyIMarch, according to its Facebook page.
Women's March On New Jersey
The Women's March in the Garden State will launch with a speaking program before its participants head down the half mile between Patriot's Theater in Trenton to the State House, where they will take a People's Pledge together as well as hear a call-to-action, according to the Facebook page for the event. The festivities kick off at 10 a.m. Jan. 21.
Women's March Minnesota
With 12,000 Facebook users committed to attending as of Wednesday afternoon, the Women's March event in Minnesota, which starts at 10 a.m. Jan. 21 at St. Paul College, promises to deliver with speakers and entertainment scheduled throughout the day. Like all of the organizers, these ones are passionate and dedicated, if the description on the Facebook page is any indication:
Why are we marching? Because the rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us. We will march in numbers too great for administration to ignore on their first day in office. We march and stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
Women's March On Madison
In Wisconsin, marchers are gearing up to congregate in their capital's Library Mall at 12 p.m. Jan. 21, to "[fight] for the safety, health, and success of [their] communities."
Women's March On Portland
Portlanders who want to express solidarity with the marchers in D.C. and elsewhere can head to Tom McCall Waterfront Park at noon Saturday, Jan. 21. Different coast, same mission.
Women's March New Orleans
In New Orleans, all are welcome to walk "in the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us," as the event's organizers wrote on Facebook. It all starts at 1 p.m. Jan. 21 at Washington Square Park.
Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration (Seattle)
Scheduled for Inauguration Day, Seattle's "Occupy" protest bills itself as "the birth of a mass movement for social and economic justice," according to its Facebook page. It's a far-reaching denunciation of Trump's proposal to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico as well as the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline, a call to end rape culture and to support Black Lives Matter. Essentially, it's a call for the 99 percent to come together to "fight racism, sexism, and Islamophobia!" Meets at Westlake Park at 5 p.m.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 23,000 people have RSVP-ed to the ANSWER Coalition's#InaugurateTheResistance demonstration scheduled for Jan. 20. Its organizers characterize Trump as a "racist, sexist bigot" and believe it's crucial to "keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism's assault against workers' living standards and the environment." Fittingly, they'll meet in the District's Freedom Plaza.
While official events are generally concentrated in big cities, there's no doubt that informal demonstrations will span much of the country, just as the fervent post-election demonstrations did back in November. And all of them will send a strong message to the president-elect about what kind of leader they expect him to be for all people in this country, even as he seems more concerned with appointing allegedly racist members to his Cabinet and administration and insisting that he doesn't want the celebrities who won't perform at his inauguration there, anyway.
The way the American people confront Trump's swearing-in will do its part communicate to Trump how exactly what they think of him and how they plan to defend themselves and one another against his agenda and rhetoric. Just like Trump's inauguration itself, it will be historic.