Yesterday, an unpopular man was inaugurated. It was a nasty drizzly day, and we can’t blame the small crowds entirely on his unfortunate personality, but on the other hand the nation wasn’t exactly dancing in the streets.
But the news wasn’t the man. It wasn’t what he said and what he did, or who came and who didn’t. The big story was the carefully-orchestrated riot of a thousand protesters in downtown DC, the torched limo and broken windows and two hundred arrests and six injured cops.
On Friday, we’ll inaugurate the most unpopular president since Lincoln. An estimated million people will be going to the Capital in order to celebrate, and half again as many will be going to protest.
Some would say that, since he’s already been elected, there’s really no point to protesting. But the purpose of the protests is to influence policy, and to demonstrate the power of an organized (more…)
“No matter who won the election, H.R.C. or Trump, we should be protesting. But especially Trump. His campaign was nothing but hatred and fear. We must reject that, or be complicit in it.”
– Protestor, two weeks before
On January 21, the day after the Inauguration, a massive rally is planned in the nation’s capitol to highlight women’s issues. An estimated 200,000 women are scheduled to attend the “Women’s March On Washington”.
Take note: These are not, by and large, discontented college students and former Bernie Bros pining for their lost candidate. These are intelligent professionals (more…)
The call to arms has been issued, and the young activists are marching on Washington. It’s time to protest the 2017 Presidential Inauguration with parades and speeches and picket signs. Why? Well, mainly because we can’t get change any other way, right?
People have accused the President-Elect, Donald Trump, of fraud and perversion, of crimes and hate and serious nastiness. One of these people is Mr. Trump himself, who appears to enjoy defaming himself on Twitter. Not many politicians could survive even one of his mis-tweets; he’s given us dozens. And that doesn’t even touch the court cases and the controversial ethical choices he’s making during the transition period. They called Reagan the Teflon president; Trump appears instead to be constructed out of hard rubber. (more…)