Massive Protests at Trump’s Inauguration Aim to Set a Tone of Resistance for the Coming Years

Massive Resistance includes Rallies, Marches, Parties, Workshops, and Acts of Protest
Twelve Security Checkpoints will Feature Twelve Issue-Specific Protests
Press Conference, 9:30 AM-10:30 AM, Thursday, Jan 12, 2017, Location TBA

Washington DC — Activists and organizers are planning massive protests and acts of resistance during the inauguration of Donald J. Trump on January 20. The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee, also known as DisruptJ20, is planning a massive permitted, family-friendly march and rally that day, as well as unpermitted anticapitalist marches, an activist party that evening, and a web of protests at individual security checkpoints.

DisruptJ20 is also coordinating mass housing for activists from out of town, legal support for arrestees and others, medic teams to be present in the street, de-escalation teams to respond to conflict, media teams to relay current information, gathering spaces for activists, and more. Information such as welcome packets, maps, and event calendars will be distributed to the press and public.

Beginning at 9 AM on January 20, McPherson Square in downtown Washington DC will be a DisruptJ20 staging area and rallying point for many marches, as well as spontaneous, unpermitted events. An unpermitted, anticapitalist march will begin at 10 AM in Logan Circle. A fully-permitted DisruptJ20 march will begin at 12 PM at Columbus Circle and march to McPherson Square. Another permitted march organized by Occupy Inauguration will start from Malcolm X Park (often called Meridian Hill) and march downtown to McPherson Square join DisruptJ20. McPherson Square will contain tents, portable toilets, a stage, sound system, signage, a medic area, food donations, and other amenities. More unpermitted actions are likely to occur at some point after 3 PM and continue into the evening.

Colorful disruptions will occur right at the Inaugural Parade Route. Twelve checkpoints have been identified by DisruptJ20 organizers that participants will have to pass through in order to attend the inaugural ceremony. To call attention to the many threats faced by people and planet, each of these twelve checkpoints will be the site of an issue-specific protest. Issues will include racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBTQ+, antiwar, border justice, labor, climate,and other issues.

Each checkpoint protest is being organized by a group or set of groups in collaboration with DisruptJ20. In the past, each checkpoint has included metal detectors, police officers, the secret service, and national guard. Details and logistics are still being pulled together for these twelve actions, and information will be released publicly as soon as possible.

“We’re bringing widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington DC through protests, direct actions, and even parties, and we want you there with us,” said Legba Carrefour, an organizer with DisruptJ20 who is helping plan anticapitalist marches and other activities. “Join us for a bold mobilization against Trump’s inauguration.”

Many groups are allied with DisruptJ20 in sending a clear message during the J20 week. A climate-specific day of action will occur on Thursday, January 18, culminating in a Earth2Trump Roadshow with performers and speakers. Antifascist groups are planning a protest at the “Deploraball,” a Trump celebration planned by white supremacists, Nazis, and rape apologists on January 19 at the National Press Club. ANSWER Coalition is planning a large rally on January 20. A #Trump420 event planned by the DC Marijuana Justice Coalition will feature people handing out marijuana joints. Through the evening, the Peace Ball, the UnNagural, and the Unity Ball will all provide entertainment, music, and libations while standing opposed to Trump’s agenda. The All in Service DC campaign has coordinated for bars and restaurants to give donations to local nonprofits serving at-risk communities through the lucrative weekend. The People’s Inaugural Ball on January 20 and People’s Inauguration on January 21 are being planned by #StayWokeAndFight with Howard University to call for racial justice. The Women’s March on Washington will occur on Saturday, January 21.

“We know that a lot of people out there agree with us. People know that now is the time to resist,” said Lacy MacAuley, a member of the DisruptJ20 Media Team and the DC Antifascist Coalition. “We protest to set a tone of resistance for the coming years. Trump is a sign of a dangerous shift toward fascism, hate, and exclusion. Many of us protest because Trump represents a threat to our very existence. Many of us do not have the luxury of remaining quiet through this crisis. We simply must stand up, and stand against what Trump represents.”

From January 14 to January 16, DisruptJ20 will hold the DisruptJ20 Action Camp, a series of trainings and workshops in DC to prepare people for upcoming actions, particularly those around the Inauguration. The trainings aim to provide space for participants to collectively analyze and discuss why resistance and action is important under the Trump administration, how we can resist, and what future our actions are building towards.

On Thursday, January 12 at 9:30 AM, a press conference will be hosted by the DisruptJ20 Media Team to go over details of the protests and acts of resistance that we can expect to see throughout the J20 week. Location to be announced shortly.

More releases of information from the DisruptJ20 Media Team are forthcoming, and there will be a press conference call on the evening of January 20 to provide information on the day’s activities. Please visit our DisruptJ20 Media page if you wish to sign up to receive these releases.

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DisruptJ20 rejects all forms of domination and oppression, particularly those based on racism, poverty, gender, and sexuality, organizes by consensus, and embraces a diversity of tactics. www.disruptj20.org