We are one day away from Trump’s inauguration, and there have already been a slew of protests against the incoming president. Immigrant groups, civil rights organizations, health care advocates, artists, and others have made their voices heard. The largest anti-Trump protests are still yet to come. Beginning today and lasting through the weekend, there are going to be many protests happening across the country railing against the inauguration of President Donald J. Trump. Here are some of the largest actions set to take place in the coming days.
Reclaim Our Schools Day of Action
When: Thursday, Jan. 19
Foreseeing assaults on public education by the Trump Administration and its cronies, several teachers unions and education advocacy groups have joined together to create the National Alliance to Reclaim Our Schools. Trump’s nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary and his favorable stance on charter and private schooling have prompted the organization to plan a day of action for educators across the country. The educators and their allies hope to bring greater awareness to issues like “school closings, the war on teachers, budget cuts in our schools, the overuse of standardized testing.” Organizers of the event have stressed that actions happen on the local level. They recommend events such as rallies, walk-ins to local schools, and protests at the offices of lawmakers.
#InaugurateTheResistance and #DisruptJ20
When: Jan. 20, 7 a.m.
Where: Washington, D.C.
A number of groups led by Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), and including Occupy and the Democratic Socialists of America, plan on protesting the inauguration itself. They will be in D.C.’s Freedom Plaza starting at 7 a.m. on Inauguration Day. The group DisruptJ20 has gone as far as to say it hopes to disrupt the inauguration. Both ANSWER and DisruptJ20 expect tens of thousands of protesters to show up and speak out as Trump is being sworn in.
Disrupt J20 is holding an action camp days before the inauguration. For the day itself, the organization has announced a detailed plan of action, including blockades, a “Festival of Resistance” that will include “marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of resistance to Trump’s agenda,” and a united rally to begin at 2 p.m.
Additional #InaugurateTheResistance protests are being planned in cities across the country. Though some conservative groups like Bikers for Trump have announced their intention to demonstrate on behalf of Trump, the numbers and the energy are clearly with the #Resistance.
When: Jan. 20
There are also a number of school walkouts planned at the high school and college level set for Inauguration Day. Various groups like Socialist Alternative and Students for a Democratic Society have stepped forward to help plan walkouts on college campuses and in high schools across America. Organizers are hopeful that these protests will build on momentum in the younger generations that came about thanks to Bernie Sanders’ candidacy and will set up a vibrant student resistance movement that can thrive in the Trump era.
When: Saturday, Jan. 21, 10 a.m.
Where: Washington, D.C. (as well as Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and other cities)
The day after the inauguration will likely be the date of the largest protest of the weekend, and one of the largest in recent memory: The Women’s March on Washington. So far, over 150,000 people have registered to attend the event in D.C. For those who can’t make it inside the Beltway, many other cities are staging Women’s Marches of their own. Huge protests are being planned in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and other cities around the country.
The idea to hold a Women’s March began making the rounds on the Internet mere hours after Trump’s election, and quickly became the premiere inauguration protest. Teresa Shook, a retired Hawaiian woman who first proposed the idea, never thought an idea she floated on Facebook would grow to be the largest inauguration protest. Dozens of groups as diverse as Planned Parenthood, the Muslim Women’s Alliance, and Code Pink have all partnered with the March. The March has grown into an event that has attracted leaders from all over the activist community, and promises to be a protest that Americans won’t soon forget.
There has been some confusion online as to whether men are welcome at the March. The organizers say the event is for “everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, tolerance of diversity, and compassion for our shared humanity.”