How do I protest Trump?
A FRIEND AND I WANT TO GO TO THE inauguration in January to stand with our backs to the ceremony as a peaceful protest statement. A handful of people doing this won’t say much, but if hundreds/thousands of people did this, it could send a message to the world that the majority of us did not vote for him and are not supporting his hate. Do you feel this would be a worthwhile action to try to organize (along with giving money and time to organizations that support social justice) and if so, would you give voice to this idea to your readers/listeners?
Peaceful Protester I’m torn. On the one hand, we need to stand against Trump and what he represents and his inauguration. Like his campaign and his nomination, his election is an outrage. On the other hand, flying is expensive, and lodging in DC isn’t cheap. Perhaps our registering-our-opposition-to-Trump money could be better spent? There’s nothing about going to DC that precludes making a donation to the American Civil Liberties Union (aclu.org), the National Center for Lesbian Rights (nclrights.org), Planned Parenthood (plannedparenthood.org) or the International Refugee Assistance Project (refugeerights.org), of course, and symbolic acts of resistance (demonstrations, zaps, protests) often inspire people to engage in practical acts of resistance (donating money, monkey-wrenching discriminatory “registries,” urging local elected officials to not cooperate with antiimmigrant/anti-Muslim directives). So if heading to DC to protest on Inauguration Day feels right and necessary, PP, you have my full support. But I’m going to spend the day making donations, baking cakes and sucking cocks.