Trump’s Inauguration to Be Met with Massive Civil Disobedience

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.

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Ian Greenhalgh is a photographer and historian with a particular interest in military history and the real causes of conflicts.

His studies in history and background in the media industry have given him a keen insight into the use of mass media as a creator of conflict in the modern world.

His favored areas of study include state sponsored terrorism, media manufactured reality and the role of intelligence services in manipulation of populations and the perception of events.

9 Replies to “Trump’s Inauguration to Be Met with Massive Civil Disobedience

  1. Why do folk protest ? In one off, real important moments, yes it is worth doing. But with the Internet TOTB know the pulse rate of the planet.

  2. hypnotized bastards. 99% could not construct a critical narrative worthy of a 7th grader defending their revolt. simply more MSM-driven reality show fodder to sell advertising. i long ago quit patronizing vendors advertising their wares on MSM. money talks.

  3. I remember when Bush 2 was elected and his inauguration….what a mess; people throwing eggs at the presidential limo. I bet the SS had a devil of a time washing off the mess. And what eggs can do to a car’s finish……
    I expect some real violence from both sides to erupt.
    Gonna be a bad day at Black Rock.

    1. Andrew, we’ve had them before. The 2000 election was stolen as well. There have been others. Candidates have been murdered: Huey Long, Bobby Kennedy were disposed of to keep the status quo flush.
      Over here murder is a way of life in Washedupton, D.C.
      Best to go nowhere near that cess pool.

    2. JohnZ, i mean so much dirt in media, open provocations, dirty methods, secret documents, accusations and fight like in shizarium (psych. hospital). We never watched US elections in Russia, ’cause it was not interesting for ordinary people. Especially if to mention the USA election system – the most complicated and not very clear. Now it is another stuff. I just don’t want civil clashes in USA – who’s for Trump or not. Because Obama’s team is shamed and has nothing to boast about. And as we see – they try to harden political situation and put political mines everywhere. The leaving power lost moral character and has become a highly irrational.

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