How do I protest Trump?

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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.

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