So, Donald Trump is set to become the most powerful man in the world in exactly two weeks. Much of Seattle is not pleased about this. And a lot of people are planning to make their feelings known in public.
Since it’s hard to organize things over the holidays, this list is just starting to come together, subject to change and likely addition. Make your plans, and I’ll update in about a week.
Also, almost all of these events have Facebook event pages of their own. Find them, share them with your friends, and let the organizers know you’re coming!
And then after this wave of protests subsides, keep working, to help create the alternative policies and groups we’ll desperately need to mitigate what will be a crisis on too many fronts to recite here. Everyone will be affected by the takeover of the federal government by radical nihilists, con artists, and moral scolds. Everyone. This IS a local issue.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 13, 6-8 PM: El Comite and others are organizing a forum for undocumented and other immigrants from around the state to tell their stories and to organize. St. Mary’s Church, 611 20th Ave. S.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 14, 12-2 PM: “Resist Trump: Town Hall Action Meeting”, a meeting for organizing strategies and trainings, hosted by the “Seattle Resist Trump Coalition” (which includes the organizers of all of these other events – there’s a lot of behind-the-scenes coordination happening.) Bertha Knight Landes Room, Seattle City Hall, 5th & James.
MONDAY, JANUARY 16, 9:30 AM-4:30 PM: “Stop the Hate: Come Together” is the theme of the 35th annual MLK Day Celebration at Garfield High School, 23rd Ave. & Jefferson St. in the Central District. You can bet this year’s “celebration” will be all about building a more loving and inclusive alternative to Trump’s America. 9:30-10:50, workshops; 11 AM, gymnasium rally; 12:30, march to Federal Building, 2nd Ave. & Madison St., where there will be another rally; 1-4:30, Career Fair at Garfield.
FRIDAY. JANUARY 20 will bring the biggest inauguration protests in US history in Washington, DC…and in Seattle.
ALL MORNING: Student walkouts around the city; students will convene at noon at Seattle Central Community College (aka Seattle College), Broadway & Pine.
1 PM: El Comite is organizing an immigrants’ rights march – doubtless joined by lots of students and other sympathizers – starting with a 1 PM rally at Judkins Park, 22nd Ave. just south of Jackson, and then marching downtown to the Federal Building, 2nd Ave. & Madison St., to join the 4 PM Seattle Resist Trump Coalition rally, which will then march to Westlake Park, 4th Ave. & Pine St., for yet more 5 PM speaking and agitating and whatnot into the evening.
Marching isn’t your thing? From 12-8 PM, the City of Seattle and Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families are offering FREE help on a wide variety of immigration issues, from applying for visas or citizenship to legal counseling to personal safety and much more. At McCaw Hall, 319 Mercer St. on the north side of Seattle Center.
There’s also a bunch of cool bands and shows doing stuff that night to fortify us for the next four years, too.
Not enough marching for you? Good, because the largest of all of these events is likely to be…
SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 10 AM-4 PM: Women’s March on Seattle (in conjunction with a similar, much larger march in DC), It will convene somewhere on the south side of downtown Seattle and march north – organizers are still negotiating permits, locations, and march route with the city. As of tonight, the event Facebook page lists 25,000 people as “going” and another 40,000 as “interested.” It’ll be yuugggee.