A Guide to Trump Inauguration Protests

The 2016 presidential election is proof that the United States is a country divided. With the inauguration looming, some have celebration on their minds. Others—protest.

Even Fox News admitted, “Opponents to Donald Trump’s presidency are planning large-scale demonstrations in the nation’s capital in January when the Republican president-elect is sworn in on inauguration day, with police apparently expecting tens-of-thousands of protesters.”

As Care2’s Kevin Mathews , a self-described “frequent protest-goer,” put it, protesting is a natural response when people feel helpless about the country taking a wrong turn. It’s a way of saying, “I refuse to be complicit in our current approach.”

Anna Galland, the executive director of MoveOn.org, told the New Yorker, “I expect mass peaceful protests with hundreds of thousands of people, if not millions, around the Inauguration and in other moments.”

If you’re thinking about hopping on the protest bandwagon, here are some major Inauguration Related Protests Coming Up:

January 14, 2017: We Shall Not Be Moved March  

The Rev. Al Sharpton has been planning a major protest on the grounds of the nearby Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on January 14, six days before the inauguration. And make no mistake. This march is all about Trump.

Exhibit A, from the event page:

“We will rally and put him (and the nation) on notice that there are some things that will not be changed no matter who is president and what party dominates the House and Senate. Protecting the civil rights of citizens and the voting rights of people that have been excluded, providing health care for all Americans and equal opportunity should supersede any of the beltway partisan fights that we are inevitably headed into.”

  • Details: Jan 14, 2017 at 9 AM March Route: Assemble at 9am at the National Sylvan Theater (Independence Avenue Southwest & 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20024) March from National Sylvan Theater to West Potomac Park via Independence Ave SW beginning at 11am Rally at West Potomac Park beginning at 12pm (Directly across from Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
  • More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1061869793938920/

January 20, 2017: Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day: Fight Racism, Defend Immigrants!  

A mass mobilization of progressive people from around the country are expected to descend on Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017—inauguration day. The demonstration will take place along Pennsylvania Avenue.

This action, initiated by the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War & End Racism) Coalition, is unabashedly Trump-focused, with the group describing him as “a racist, sexist bigot.” Its driving point: “How one voted on election day is one thing, but even more important is whether we succeed in building a mass movement that can truly change the country, and the world.”

January 20, 2017: #DISRUPTJ20 

Michael Moore put the call out via Twitter recently for protestors to disrupt Trump’s inauguration. He tweeted a link to #DISRUPTJ20, an event which seeks to mobilize protesters against the inauguration.

“Join us for a bold mobilization against the inauguration of Donald Trump,” the event page describes. The plan is to bring widespread civil resistance to the streets of Washington, DC through protests, direct actions, and even parties.

  • Details: January 20, 2017 | 9AM ALL DAY | MCPHERSON SQUARE
  • More info: http://www.disruptj20.org

January 21, 2017: Women’s March on Washington  

On January 21, one day after Donald Trump’s inauguration, women and their allies from around the country are expected to march on Washington, D.C.

Originally dubbed the “Million Women March on D.C.,” the event is not slated as an anti-Trump protest. Rather—as one organizer described, it “will serve to amplify the voices of women and minorities …to let the country know that those voices are united and strong.”

The main march will center around the Lincoln Memorial and officially take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

January 21, 2017: Women’s March on Washington Sister Marches

For those unable to make it to D.C. for the Women’s March on Washington, sister marches are being planned for the same day in various cities throughout the country.

  • More info: There are Facebook pages for each state. You can find a complete list of links here.

Peace Is the Way

This recent New Yorker piece made the probable point that “if anti-Trump protests continue to gain steam, it’s likely that pro-Trump groups will begin to demonstrate as well, raising the prospect of duelling public actions.”

If that happens, hopefully we can all agree that the goal here is to keep things peaceful. There’s nothing worse than having your protest overshadowed by the violent actions of a few.

So let’s keep it respectable and safe out there people.

Mathews offers these tips for how to make your protesting experience a successful one.

Do you know of other inauguration protests being planned around the country? Feel free to share details in the comments.

Photo Credit: Thinkstock


Marie W
Marie Wabout a year ago

Thanks for sharing.

Lisa H
Lisa Habout a year ago

Long may the protests continue - till he's gone. Let the world know the majority of Americans DO NOT support or accept or want anything to do with the politics of this man.

Philippa Powers
Philippa Powersabout a year ago


Marie P
Marie Pabout a year ago

Protest, but let it be peaceful.

Karen Swenson
Karen Swensonabout a year ago

Brian F--WILL YOU GIVE US A BREAK---My God man, you should be worshiping Hillary and kissing her feet, because everything you RANT about Hillary, is exactly what All Republicans want, have done, and continue to do. That is their platform---Who wants the pipeline, who continues Fracking, who all voted for the Iraq WAR, who loves Wall Street, WHO loves WAR! The REPUBLICANS YOU MORON!! You NEVER would have voted for Bernie or Jill, so save your lying breath.. Donn M agreeing with you--you have lost all credibility! I know you don't realize it, just like a soldier, still fighting the war, 20 years after it's over. Hillary LOST, SO YOU CAN STOP SUCKING YOUR THUMB, AND COME OUT OF YOUR FETAL POSITION, YOU TWIT.

Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago


Lisa M
Lisa Mabout a year ago


Janet B
Janet Babout a year ago


Chad Anderson
Chad Aabout a year ago

Let the world know the US is not united behind Trump. Many people around the world are counting on us.

Brian F
Brian Fabout a year ago

Donn M Regus is a moron. It doesn't matter how many times you point out to him, he's stupid, he keeps doubling down on his ignorance.