Trump’s Inauguration to Be Met with Massive Civil Disobedience
Donald Trump may have won the presidency, but if the throngs of demonstrators across the country who oppose him have their way, his Jan. 20 inauguration will be fraught with disruption and massive civil unrest.
Working under the hashtag #DisruptJ20, one grassroots group is already working on a series of decentralized direct actions “that will shut down the Inauguration ceremonies” and will “paralyze the city (of Washington, D.C.) itself,” according to their to call-to-action, posted on their website.
“From day one, the Trump presidency will be a disaster. #DisruptJ20 will be the start of the resistance. We must take to the streets and protest, blockade, disrupt, intervene, sit in, walk out, rise up, and make more noise and good trouble than the establishment can bear. The parade must be stopped. We must delegitimize Trump and all he represents.”
From Jan. 14 to 16, the group will hold a series of workshops and teach-ins aimed at helping people learn how to organize, mobilize and deal with the potential legal issues that may arise.
“We don’t ask permission or put our faith in electoral politics, instead, we use our bodies to stop the smooth operation of the system we oppose,” their website explains.
The group is supported by the D.C. Welcoming Committee, a diverse and loose collective of activists from all over. While they are advocating peaceful, safe and fun resistance – which will include parties throughout the streets – they nevertheless stress the importance of bold, direct action at the street level in order to see real change.
“Rather than using the democratic process as an alibi for inaction, we must show that no election could legitimize (Trump’s) agenda,” reads their statement. “If there is going to be a positive change in this society, we have to make it ourselves, together, through direct action.
While there will be two main permitted spaces for demonstrations on Jan. 20 at McPherson Square and Columbus Circle beginning at different times of the day, another non-permitted, “anti-capitalist march” is also being hatched. More details will be announced as the days approach.
To deal with what they expect to be massive numbers of people marching, partying and engaging in civil disobedience all at once, organizers are looking into all the logistical issues that this could entail. They have therefore set up a page for anyone with expertise and willing to help to contact them.
“We are putting together all of the infrastructure needed to support mass protests, including a convergence space for the week, mass housing, a legal collective, a medic collective, food, and security.”
The group joins other prominent voices which have called for massive mobilizations against Trump, particularly on his inauguration day, which include filmmaker Michael Moore, Seattle socialist council member Kshama Sawant and former Democrat presidential nominee and independent Virginia Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Though the group’s main convergence points will be in Washington, D.C., they are calling for people to meet all over the country and even in embassies around the world.
“Our allegiance is not to ‘making America great again,’ but to all of humanity and the planet. #DisruptJ20,” their call-to-action concludes.