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The number of protests before, during and after the inauguration of Donald Trump continues to increase.
More than 30 groups have applied for permits to protest in Washington, D.C.
Protests also will be taking place in cities across the nation, including in multiple sites on multiple dates in Wisconsin.
The Washington Metropolitan Police Department has issued a permit for the Women’s March on Washington, which takes place Jan. 21 — the day after the inauguration.
Police expect 200,000 participants for the event, which will start near the Capitol. Marchers will walk along Independence Avenue to Constitution Avenue — and more details are being worked out.
Roundtrip bus rides to and from the event are available, including from Madison, Green Bay, Stevens Point and Eau Claire. Coaches from Milwaukee also were booked.
Here’s the statement from the march organizers:
On Jan. 21, we will unite in Washington, D.C., for the Women’s March on Washington. We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families — recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice.
For more information about the Women’s March on Washington, go to womensmarch.com.
Women’s marches on Jan. 21 also will take place in many other cities in the United States, including in Madison.
The Madison action will take place noon-5 p.m., with demonstrators gathering at Library Mall and marching to the state Capitol.
For more on the Women’s March on Madison, go to facebook.com/events/361478110866299
In the Midwest, the largest women’s march will take place in Chicago on Jan. 21.
March organizer Liz Radford, in a release from the ACLU, said, “We are marching to voice protests and concerns because our rights, safety and values are at stake. The mission of this march is to connect, protect and activate in our communities. … We are varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual identities, economic situations, politics and countless other diversities, and we will share space on Jan. 21 to protect our rights and our humanity.”
The march is expected to begin at about 10 a.m. in Grant Park.
For more about the Women’s March on Chicago, go to womens121marchonchicago.org or facebook.com/womensmarchonchicago
TheEarth2Trump roadshow kicked off on the Pacific coast earlier this month and the two-route, 16-stop tour moved eastward, building a network of resistance againstTrump’s attacks on the environment and civil rights.
The shows feature live music, national and local speakers and a chance for participants to write personalized Earth2Trump messages that will be delivered to Washington, D.C., on Inauguration Day.
The Center for Biological Diversity is organizing the shows in coordination with groups around the country.
For more on the tours, see a map at www.Earth2Trump.org or follow the tours on social media at #Earth2Trump.
At 2 p.m. Jan. 20, demonstrators in Madison will stage Resist Trump—Occupy the Inauguration! at Library Mall in the 700 block of State Street on the UW campus.
An announcement said demands include “No border wall. Stop the deportations of undocumented immigrants. Tax rich millionaires like Trump. Fund health care for all. Make college free. Black Lives Matter! End rape culture. Stop the Dakota Access Pipeline! Green jobs now!”
The demonstration is sponsored by the Madison Socialist Alternative.
For more details, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Activists are organizing a candlelight vigil for 7 p.m. Jan. 20 at the intersection of Lake and State streets in Madison. Plans include a march and a program. Organizers ask people to bring flashlights for the vigil, called to denounce “despicable acts of bigotry, hatred, prejudice and xenophobia.”
An immigration prayer vigil will take place in Juneau on Jan. 20, which is Inauguration Day.
An announcement to WiG invited people to attend and “stand in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters.”
The vigil will take place at the Dodge County Detention Facility at 3 p.m. The facility is at 216 W. Center St. in Juneau.
Organizers expect more than 100 people to attend the rally coordinated by WISDOM, a faith-based organization and affiliate of Gamaliel, which also will be present.
For more information, including car pool opportunities, call contact organizer Bernie Gonzalez at 262-443-7831 or .
A “Homes Not Bombs” anti-nuclear protest and concert are being organized in Washington, D.C, in advance of the inauguration.
John Penley of North Carolina and Bruce Wright of Florida are organizing the protest Jan. 19 in Washington’s Franklin Square. The organizers have secured a permit for the event in the park and hope to secure permission for overnight camping.
Speakers will include Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin, Col. Ann Wright, attorney Stanley Cohen and others.
Room Full of Strangers will perform.
Organizing also is taking place for the People’s Climate Mobilization, a major march in Washington, D.C., set for April 29 — the week after Earth Day.
350.org holds a leadership post in organizing the march.
For more about the march, go here.
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