Logging off + getting involved: an incomplete guide to inauguration day actions

, 19 January 2017

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.

#IDEFY. Courtesy Planned Parenthood.

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.”

Women’s March on Washington

Here are a number of places and times you can be to show your support, in some cities, from Friday:


– Women’s March on Washington @ Independence Ave & Third St SW, Jan 21, 10am

Los Angeles

– 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

New York

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

Rachel Mason, ‘FutureClown’s Inaugural Address’ (2017).


– Women’s’ March on Pittsburgh @ Pittsburgh City-County Building, Jan 20, 11am
Aquapolypse Now! with Princess Nokia @ Cattivo, Jan 21, 9pm

Mexico City

Society Must Be Defended @ Lodos, Jan 20, 6pm


– 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


– Golden Hours PARTY @ Treize, Jan 20, 6pm
Women’s March on Paris, Trocadéro – Parvis des Droits de l’Homme, 2pm


Berlin Women’s March on Washington, Brandenburger Tor, Jan 21, 11am**