Special Feature: Make your plan for Inauguration Day weekend
What do Garth Brooks, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, every high school band kid in DC, and sixty Congressional Democrats have in common?
They'll all be skipping Donald Trump's inauguration, and so should you. Between the national women's march, local marches and protests, and the #DisruptJ20 movement, there are lots of ways to resist Trump in-person and bring some proverbial rain to his big presidential parade. Today's special call to action: make your plan for how you'll resist Trump on Inauguration Day weekend.
Make your plan: where will you be?
January 19: Thanks, Obama
Although it's too late to get tickets to the spectacular "Thanks, Obama" party happening in DC, it's not too late to share messages of gratitude with the President and First Lady on social media. Use the hashtag #ThanksObama to tell your fellow Americans what President Obama has meant to you.
January 19: Trump Hotel protest
Al Sharpton, Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin, NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio, and more are leading a protest outside of Trump International Hotel beginning at 6 PM on Thursday. More information is available through this article on Gothamist.
January 20: #DisruptJ20
Join the movement to disrupt and shut down the Inauguration and related ceremonies in DC on January 20th, or find a local affinity group to participate where you live. [Note: the purpose of this group is to commit acts of civil disobedience -- something you should know before participating!]
January 20: ANSWER Coalition
Also on Inauguration Day, the anti-war group ANSWER Coalition will be protesting war, racism and inequality at the Navy Memorial in DC. So far, 35,000 people have signed up to participate in the demonstration. Make sure to read the logistical information if you're planning to attend.
January 20-21: Women's Strike
You don't have to leave your house for this one -- just commit to abstaining from your paid job, emotional labor, and other "women's work" on these two days as a show of solidarity for an end to racist and sexual assaults, and all forms of bigotry; reproductive freedom, full access, and no coercion; national Health Care for all; a $15 minimum wage for all workers, no exceptions; protection and expansion of Social Security; childcare, free like the public schools, and paid family leave, and R-E-S-P-E-C-T!
January 21: Women's March on Washington
On January 21st, people all over the country will join together to rally for women's rights. While the main women's march will take place in DC, there's probably a sister march happening near you, and you can also stand with women who are marching from home. Cosmopolitan magazine has also created a guide for people participating in the DC march.
January 21-22: Rise Above Conference
From The Guardian: The Rise Above conference, co-hosted with RISE When We Fall, will host speakers on voter suppression and the electoral map, panels on protecting civil rights and examining supreme court justice nominations and a performance by Ani Di Franco. The event will take place in DC and tickets are still available.
Get involved locally: find an event near you
America is big, and you might not be able to make it to DC for Inauguration Day weekend. Both #DisruptJ20 and the women's march have affiliate events happening all over the country, which you can find on their websites. And if you're looking for other ways to get involved, here are some ideas:
- Find an affiliate event for #DisruptJ20 or the Women's March (see above for links)
- Flippable has compiled a list of Inauguration Weekend protests, rallies and marches that's searchable by location
- Host a house party to raise funds for a progressive organization or cause, or just make a donation on your own!
- Kick off the first meeting of your action pod with a reading of the Indivisible Guide
- Get creative: find an organization you support and spend January 20th or 21st rallying, protesting, or volunteering with them. The Action Network has a great search feature if you're not sure where to start.
Be safe: what you need to know about demonstrating in DC and elsewhere
Security will be tight in DC on Inauguration weekend, and transportation around the city won't be easy. Similarly, with events being staged all over the country, you'll want to make sure you're prepared for events you're attending. We can't say this enough: don't show up to a march, rally, or protest without reading up on how to stay safe and what to do if you're arrested. Here are some resources to help you prepare:
If you'll be in DC:
- Don't bring signs on sticks - this is illegal and your sign may be confiscated or you may be barred entry from the demonstration area
- The ACLU's Know Your Rights: Inauguration guide has information specific to DC
- Download the ACLU Mobile Justice-DC app for information when you're on the go
General resources about protecting your rights at protests:
- The ACLU's general Know Your Rights: Demonstrations & Protests guide
- Very thorough guide on preparing to participate in a demonstration from the Women's March
Some information about being arrested at protests, if you're planning to commit an act of civil disobedience:
- What to expect when you're expecting to get arrested at a protest (Paper Mag)
- Arrested at a protest: how to plan for it (Occupy Peace)
What are your plans for resisting Trump over Inauguration Day weekend? Share what you'll be doing on our Facebook post, and tag your friends to get them involved!