All the Ways to Protest The Inauguration While in D.C.
Making that fateful trek to our nation’s capital this week? Not all of it will be bad, yes there will most likely be a speech with the eloquence and grammar below a 6th-grade level, the lowest predicted attendance rate and highest amount of organized protests of any inauguration, but that just means there’s plenty of other things to do in D.C. this weekend. (Those are all real stats, don’t be mad at the facts!) The good news is that on a usually sold out and expensive lodging and travel day, there’s for some reason occupancy left in D.C. hotels, Airbnb and flights.
Now that you’ve iPhoned your way onto a plane and into lodging, here’s some happenings to help you plan your remake of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (make note that Inauguration day is the ONLY day that will be cloudy with a 90% chance of rain, clouds, doom and gloom):
Non-Violent Protest Anti-War/Anti-Nuke | January 19th-22nd | Franklin Square Park
Hosted by Poor People’s Economic Human Rights Campaign and the Revolutionary Road Radio, the main concert/rally will be held on Jan. 19th. The event is from 2pm-10pm and they will have daily concerts and speakers from 4-8pm every day from the 19th-22nd. The park will be a place to rest, eat and have medics available on Inauguration Day (Jan. 20th) with camping overnight. PPEHR states, “Since protests will be going on organized by different groups on Jan.20, we will be doing that (protesting) during the day and will be in and out of the park during the Inauguration protests.
The Inaugural #Trump420 | January 20th 8 AM | Dupont Circle |
Pass the peace pipe with The DCMJ and join the Inaugural #Trump420 taking place on Inauguration Day. The inaugural greening will spark on the west side of Dupont Circle at 8 a.m. for convivial coffee and tea and then lead a caffeine-fueled parade down to the National Mall at 10 AM. Along the way, DCMJ will hand out 4,200 joints of legally grown cannabis! Most appropriately, at 4 minutes and 20 seconds into President Trump’s speech, all attendees will light up! To loosely quote Hillary Clinton, “When they go low, we get high!”.
Festival of Resistance | January 20th | 12 PM | Columbus Circle |
The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee is organizing a Festival of Resistance on Inauguration Day, beginning in front of Union Station and marching to McPherson Square. This march will be fully permitted and has organized marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of resistance to Trump’s agenda.
Stand Against Trump | January 20th | 12 PM | Columbus Circle |
Progressive people from all over these United States will be descending on Washington, D.C. January 20, to stage massive demonstrations along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day. Organizers for Stand Against Trump feel, “It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault on workers’ living standards and the environment. Protest on Inauguration Day Against War, Racism and Inequality. Defend immigrants and build workers’ unity!” Ain’t that the truth more than ever right now?
Main Stage at Navy Memorial: 8th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Secondary Stage: 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
The Women’s March on Washington | January 21st 10 AM | Independence Ave. & 3rd Street |
The most well known organized outing is a grassroots effort comprised of dozens of independent coordinators at the state level. Don your Pussy Hat and join The Rally which boasts a program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders. At an estimated 200k attendees, this is poised to be one the biggest marches on D.C. since the Million Man March and will unequivocally have more attendees than there will be in attendance for Trump’s in-nauseation (feel free to use that). Hey numbers don’t lie, but Trump does, you can fact check both. The weather for the march will be 60 degrees and partly sunny which means surrounded by the safety of tens of thousands of your fellow SHEroes, let’s #freethenipple sisters!
If you’re a fan of the historics, or just really love the irrelevant and outdated noise of 3 Doors Down and Toby Keith, here’s a schedule of the usual hustle and bustle that goes along with this weekend in D.C., plus a few big city protests you can join if you can’t make it to D.C. If the thought of the Commander in Cheeto is too much for you to even leave your house you can always get day drunk streaming fake news coverage while wearing this shirt and following Broke-Ass Stuart’s Instagram story, then sequentially contributing to a yet-to-be-made, but most likely needed, GoFundMe for bail money.