The rhetoric surrounding the US presidential election is a deeply unsettling one. That, alongside the conversation around the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, has been rife with racism and xenophobia, while political discourse has become distinctly nationalistic and prejudiced towards women and people on the economic, political and social margins. Basic human rights are at risk.
With that in mind, aqnb will be logging off over the next two days in opposition to this troubling trend towards intolerance, offering instead this incomplete guide to what grass roots action can be taken across some cities on January 20 and 21.
Events include the Women’s March movement around the world, as well as a series of online protests, including Don’t Spend Money in the US, the national Media Blackout and J20 Art Strike. The I Want a President: Transcript of a Rally publication is also available to buy online. It takes its title from the Zoe Leonard text and documents the November 6, 2016, reading on New York’s High Line, hosted by Sharon Hayes and featuring the likes of Eileen Myles, Malik Gaines, Wu Tsang and others.
Some useful resources to look into if you plan on making yourself heard include this Time Magazine article on why withholding attention, specifically not watching TV, is another form of protest. The New York Times has an interactive map of where Women’s Marches are happening internationally, while Washingtonian has another map of bathrooms for the march on DC. There’s also a list by the National Lawyers Guild on knowing your rights if you’re taking part in demonstrations, as well as a more practical guide on what you need to know if it’s your first time protesting here.
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood’s #IDEFY social media campaign starts on January 22, a Facebook Live event to “defy racism, sexism, xenophobia, transphobia, homophobia, slut shaming, crappy sex ed, abortion stigma, and more.”
Here are a number of places and times you can be to show your support, in some cities, from Friday:
– Women’s March LA @ Pershing Square, Jan 21, 9am
– United Against Hate @ Olympic & Figueroa Street, Jan 20, 11am
– Unidos Contra Trump/ Marcha contra del racismo y la homofobia, Staples Center/Olympic & Figueroa Street, Jan 20, 11am
– Boyle Heights Contra Trump @Mariachi Plaza, Jan 20, 11am
– FutureClown’s Inaugural Address @ LACE + online, 11:30am
– Women’s March on NYC @ One Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Jan 21, 10:45am
– People’s March – Bushwick Bus to Washington DC, 24 Wyckoff Ave. Jefferson L stop, Jan 21, 4am
– Women’s March on NYC with We Make America @ Grand Central Station, Jan 21, 10:30am
– Trump, Wasteman, That’s Not Me. @ Trafalgar Square, Jan 20, 6pm
– Women’s March on London @ Grosvenor Square, Jan 21, 12pm
– RCASU March On London @ Grosvenor Square, 12 pm
– For the Kids in America @ The Betsey Trotwood, Jan 21, 6pm