5 Mass Protests to Join Over the Next Few Months

You joined the Women’s March and it was awesome. So now what? Here are just five of the numerous protests that activists are planning for the next few months. There’s one for nearly every weekend!

February 17 – National General Strike

In an article in The Guardian last month, Francine Prose wrote that protests alone would not be enough to oppose Donald Trump, but instead, “Let’s designate a day on which no one (that is, anyone who can do so without being fired) goes to work, a day when no one shops or spends money, a day on which we truly make our economic and political power felt, a day when we make it clear: how many of us there are, how strong and committed we are, how much we can accomplish.”

That’s exactly what’s happening on Friday, February 17, a protest that is mostly being organized online. The website for the event calls for a “24-hour occupation of public space in protest of the Trump administration’s refusal to Honor the Constitution of the United States of America.” Organizers suggest that on February 17, activists do not go to work, to school, or spend money, unless absolutely necessary. ”Instead, we will show dissent with unconstitutional governance through gatherings and activities to be organized at the local/personal level.” So far, 28,000 people are interested and 17,000 are committed to attending, according to the the event’s Facebook page.

April 15 – Tax March

Not just one march, but at least 30 Tax Marches across the U.S. are being created, with organizers expecting several hundred thousand people to participate: The Los Angeles Facebook page shows that 66,000 people have expressed interest or are attending. For New York, that number is close to 40,000, and in Washington, D.C. 45,000 people have said they are interested or plan to attend the march.

Choosing to march on tax day was in direct response to Donald Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns. According to Gwen Snyder, a community organizer and national organizer of Tax March, people will be marching to protest “the absolute unfairness of a man who is a billionaire president who might be not paying taxes while working folks are paying their fair share.”

April 22 – March for Science

What better way to celebrate Earth Day than to participate in a March for Science, which will take place in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., and other cities around the world? As Trump and many of his Cabinet picks have denied human-caused climate change, approved the Dakota Pipeline, questioned the safety of vaccines, tried to silence the National Park Service (the list goes on and on), the organizers of this march say their goal is to combat efforts by the Trump administration to discredit or defund the work of scientists.

“The March for Science is a demonstration of the widespread public support for the scientific method, the enterprise of science and the use of evidence as the basis for good decision-making by our political leaders,” said Jonathon Berman, who studies the molecular origins of hypertension at the University of Texas. In Washington, D.C., the march will culminate in a rally on the Mall, featuring both speakers and “teach-in” tents where scientists will speak to the public about their ongoing research and its relevance to our everyday lives.

April 29 – People’s Climate March

The following Saturday, the People’s Climate March will also happen in Washington, D.C. “There is no denying it: Donald Trump’s election is a threat to the future of our planet, the safety of our communities, and the health of our families,” reads the Movement’s website. “This new administration is attacking the hard-won protections of our climate, health, and communities, and the rights of people of color, workers, indigenous people, immigrants, women, LGBTQIA, young people, and more.”

This is not the first People’s Climate March. In 2014, the march in New York City was the largest ever, with over 30,000 activists in attendance. This march on April 29, marking Day 99 of Trump’s first 100 days, will be a follow-on protest. Demonstrations will also take place in other cities, and already over 14,000 people are either interested or are attending.

May 6 – Immigrants March

Even though it is three months away, the Immigrants March Facebook page already shows 123,000 people interested and 26,000 attending. Erick Sanchez, organizer of the march, sees it as important to help build “collective sustainable infrastructure to highlight the attacks about immigration from the Trump administration.” “At this point, with every constituency who gets targeted and harmed, I think it’s important we come together and organize and align,” said Sanchez.

As the Facebook page declares, “As attacks on immigrants and refugees continue to come under the Trump administration, it’s important that we unite together and show the President that we will not be intimidated and we demand respect and fairness. On May 6th, let’s come together in Washington and show the world we will not be intimidated by the attacks on immigrants in our country and those seeking opportunity in the United States.”

 

Photo Credit: Women's March on Washington, CC BY-SA 2.0

367 comments

Christine J
Christine J2 months ago

It's important to stand up for your beliefs. Peaceful protest is a good way to do it.

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Marie W
Marie W3 months ago

Thanks for posting

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Richard A
Richard A5 months ago

Thank you for this article and thank you to the many folks that participated in these demonstrations and protests, so far. This has shown that there is a great deal of dissatisfaction with the hijacking of the people's will and vote.

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Misss D
Miss D6 months ago

Sherri S – ‘I'm really getting tired of all of these protests! Sometimes we have to just accept the facts and move on. Marching in protest (that I know of) has never resulted in change.’
Hi Sherri, I have to say, I am stunned at your comment. Do you really think that black people would have got the vote if no one protested? Does Martin Luther King not ring any bells with you? There are many protests that have resulted in change. Just look around you.

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K M
K M6 months ago

That's good info for those near the locations, so they can participate. I've tried to observe Earth Day since it started in 1970. It was a big day for me. It sounds silly, but as a junior, it was the first day I was allowed on the Senior Patio. WONDERFUL MEMORIES!

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Julia S
Julia S6 months ago

Thank you!

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Carol S
Carol S6 months ago

Get your signs ready!

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Leo C
Leo C6 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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bob P
bob P6 months ago

Thanks Marked on the calendar.

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Glennis W
Glennis W6 months ago

Interesting . Thank you for caring and sharing

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