Let’s raise a little hell.
With hundreds of thousands of protestors descending on Washington this weekend, we’ve decided to put together a special DC edition of our resistance calendar. We encourage you to find some protest actions that suit your taste and join the ruckus in our nation’s capital. It’s all of our responsibility to put authoritarianism on the defensive from the word go. As with our regular NYC resistance calendar, this list isn’t exhaustive. Hopefully, though, it’ll help you maximize your hell-raising. Event descriptions are written by their organizers and sometimes trimmed for length.
Thursday, January 19
Anti-War / Anti-Nuke Rally
Time: Thurs. 1/19, 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: Franklin Square Park, 901 5th St. NW, Washington
Our main concert / rally will be held in the park on Jan. 19 promoting Anti Nuclear/Anti War Ideas with, that event begins at 2pm – 10pm. We will have daily concerts and speakers from 4-8pm every day from the 19-22nd.
The park will be a place to rest, eat and have medics available on the Inauguration day Jan. 20 with camping overnight. Since protests will be going on organized by different groups on Jan.20 we will be doing that during the day and will be in and out of the park during the Inauguration protests. We are in the process of getting a permit [free for first amendment issues] but all is subject to change. We plan to use the park as a meeting and staging area.. At the very least we expect to get a permit for the concert/rally to protect the bands and sound equipment. Please support this Event by going to www.Paypal.me/therefugefl.
Press Inquiries: Bruce@stpeteprogressives.o
Featured Bands thus far on the 19th: (from 2-10pm)
ROOM FULL of STRANGERS, Refuge Beat Poets Collective, Rebel Diaz, Chuck D (Invited), Bust Off, Unabomber, Copstabber, All Torn Up, Lauren DiGioia, the Screws, XK Scenario, Liss Victory, DeLaran, Ruin by Design, Blowback, many others (Production by Bread and Circuses and Squatter Productions)
Protest the Fascist Alt-Right “Deploraball”
Time: Thurs. 1/19, 7:30pm – 10:00pm
Location: National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington
Will we let white supremacists, rape-culture sexists, and fascists celebrate hate in our city? Absolutely not. When these people gather to promote their truly deplorable ways, we will protest. Members of the Alt Reich are having a fancy ball, taking a smarmy victory lap through our DC streets to celebrate their sexual assaulter in chief, Donald Trump.
We are outraged that this group, the worst of the worst, is being hosted by the National Press Club. These deplorables have demonstrated they care nothing for truth, will harass and abuse to get their way, and wait for Donald Trump to come down hard on immigrants, Muslims, people of color, women, and the left.
We must stand for a world of diversity and equity. We must stand for a world based on love and justice, not fear. We must stand for a celebration of each other’s differences, not segregation and ignorance.
Immortal Technique & Jeff Rosenstock Benefit for the Diverse City Fund
Time: Thurs. 1/19, 7:00pm – Midnight
Location: Rock and Roll Hotel, 1353 H. St. NE, Washington
The Diverse City Fund works to nurture community leaders and grassroots projects which are acting to transform DC into a more just, vibrant place to live. Through our grantmaking, we identify, support, and connect people in communities of color who are engaged in change work. We support the development of community-level social change by funding projects that have less access to traditional funding sources.
$15 to benefit Diverse City Fund
advanced tickets available at:
Friday, January 20
Showing Up for Racial Justice – Creative Inaugural Action
Time: Fri. 1/20, 4:00am – 8:00am
Location: Fill out form below for info
SURJ-DC is showing up with our bodies to disrupt inauguration day under the banner #DisruptJ20. We are organizing with this coalition of local and national activists and organizations, for an artful non-violent rejection of Trump’s vision for the future of the country. We will join movement leaders around climate, trade, border, indigenous sovereignty, economic, and gender justice to set the stage for the next four years of resistance to Trump’s agenda.
Fill out this short form to get involved.https://docs.google.com/
J20 Resist Convergence and March to the White House
Time: Fri. 1/20, 6:00am – 3:00pm
Location: Union Station, 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington
Join the resistance to the racist, sexist billionaire President Trump! Thousands will be gathering in front of Union Station for a massive march against Trump on Inauguration Day.
On January 20th, hundreds of thousands of people will be storming the streets across the US against Trump’s accelerated assault on migrants, LGBTQ people, women, unions, people of color, and the entire working class.
Now more than ever, we need massive resistance in the streets to shut down Trump’s agenda of racism, sexism, migrant-bashing, cutbacks and war. With capitalism in decline, this agenda can be a recipe for fascism.
6 am: Convergence in front of Union Station
10 am: MARCH ON THE WHITE HOUSE
Qockblockade: Queer Resistance on J20
Time: Fri. 1/20, 6:30am – 11:00am
Location: McPherson Square, 15th and Kent St. NW, Washington
Come join the qockblockade brigade as we hold a queer anti-Inauguration party at a security checkpoint! In the face of threats to our safety and our rights, we want to remind Inauguration attendees, as well as the world, that we’re here, we’re queer, and we’re not going away.
Come dance, hold a banner, or participate however you’d like! Bring your glitter, rainbow flags, face paint, angel wings – bring it all! (although don’t bring any of the prohibited items, found here: http://bit.ly/2jx7TLt). Please don’t come empty-handed: the least you can do is bring a friend!
Even though we’re taking over a security checkpoint, we’re there to have a good time – have fun, dance, celebrate our queer identities – no matter how anyone else reacts. This is NOT a space to instigate, and we will not be trying to provoke arrest.
To make sure you can make it out to celebrate the queerdom, check out this link on road closures and transportation options: http://wtop.com/
We will see y’all in the streets!
Labor Direct Action at Disrupt J20
Time: Fri. 1/20, 7:00am – 10:00am
DC-area labor union members, leaders, organizers, and staff are mobilizing to take direct action as part of DisruptJ20 activities. We’re calling on all union members – wherever you’re from – to join us!
The labor direct action crew is planning an early morning direct action on January 20. We will meet near our checkpoint near Union Station (exact location released Fri morning) at 7:00 a.m.. This action will include blockading a designated Inauguration entry point. In coordination with other DisruptJ20 allies, our goal is to make loud and clear that our labor unions will resist Trump’s war on workers and will not be co-opted to carry out his awful agenda.
To join the labor direct action group, DM us on our page: http://www.facebook.com/
Interested in being involved after the direct action? We’re doing that, too. Check out the labor contingent at the Festival of Resistance march: https://www.facebook.com/
Movement for Black Lives Resistance at the Inauguration
Time: Fri. 1/20, 7:00am – 11:00am
Location: Washington Metropolitan Police Department, 300 Indiana Ave. NW, Washington
Just four days after MLK Day, we’ll witness the inauguration of a President who is the antithesis of everything Dr. King stood for; a demagogue who galvanized millions by spewing hate and promising to harm the most vulnerable in this nation.
Join Black Lives Matter DC, Baltimore BLOC, and the Movement for Black Lives (M4BL) as we show our comittment to an unwavering campaign of resistance of aTrump presidency that threatens numerous vulnerable communities. In DC, Baltimore and surrunding areas, these communities will be living this reality, every second of every day, at ground zero.
The threats of mass deportation, the dismantling of Obamacare, the registration of Muslims and the criminalization of women’s health, are loud and clear. Black people and other people of color are being targeted by vigilantes, our places of worship are being burned, our children are being attacked at school and the promise of more “law and order” policing leaves us even more vulnerable to police terror.
Meet us on the frontline, take action with us! RESIST! LET’S GET FREE!
The Future is Feminist Action
Time: Fri. 1/20, 7:00am – Noon
Signalling strong and organized dissent against the incoming Trump Administration, we will gather in Washington on Friday, January, 20th, to demand a policy agenda that advances women’s rights and promotes the health, safety, and autonomy of all, regardless of gender identity, race, income, or citizenship status.
As a feminist affinity group within the #DisruptJ20 coalition, we’ve organized under the theme “The Future is Feminist” to use our bodies to disrupt the Inauguration Day events. We won’t let the open misogyny and hostility of the incoming administration go unnoticed and unchallenged. Instead, we put forward a feminist future grounded in bodily autonomy, economic justice, racial justice, and gender inclusivity.
We’re taking a stand for all those oppressed by patriarchy, especially women, trans folks, and gender non-conforming people. We are committed to centering the experience of women of color, low-income women, and those most threatened by the incoming administration’s political agenda.
Stay tuned for more information about how to get involved!
ANSWER Coalition Inauguration Protest
Time: Fri. 1/20, 7:00am – 5:00pm
Location: US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington
Protest on Inauguration Day Against War, Racism and Inequality! Defend immigrants and build workers’ unity!
Permits secured for Main Stage at Navy Memorial:
8th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Secondary Stage: 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW
Progressive people from all over the country will be descending on Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2017 to stage a massive demonstration along Pennsylvania Avenue on Inauguration Day.
It is critically important that we keep building a larger grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standards and the environment.
Trade Justice Action for Inauguration
Time: Fri. 1/20, 8:00am – Noon
Location: 6th St. and I St. NW, Washington
Trade for People and Planet (a campaign of Popular Resistance) and Trade Justice Alliance are organizing a trade justice action as part of Disrupt J20. We’ll have signs and banners. You can bring your own too.
Donald Trump opposes the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and says that he will renegotiate NAFTA. However, signs indicate that his ideas for trade are not in line with principles of trade justice. We need to define trade justice!
Trade justice means climate justice, protections for workers, living wages, preservation of net neutrality, access to affordable medicines and health care, protection of small and medium sized farmers immigrant justice and more.
Sign up for the action here: https://docs.google.com/
The Inaugural Trump #420 March
Time: Fri. 1/20, 8:00am – 4:20pm
Location: Dupont Circle, Washington
You are cordially invited to join DCMJ for the inaugural #Trump420 taking place on January 20, 2017 in Washington, DC!
We will gather on the west side of Dupont Circle at 8am for coffee & tea and parade down to the National Mall at 10am. Along the way we’ll hand out 4,200 joints of legally grown cannabis! At 4 minutes and 20 seconds into President Trump’s speech we’ll light up! (unless President Trump comes out now in support of full cannabis legalization in all 50 States and DC!)
We legalized cannabis in Washington, DC and we are not going to let anyone take that away from us! This is an outreach opportunity to show President Trump’s supporters we are the marijuana majority! Join us for smokin’ fun time!
Occupy Inauguration: Critical Mass Rally
Time: Fri. 1/20, 9:30am – Noon
Location: Malcolm X Park, 2400 15th St. NW, Washington
The #OccupyInauguration protests and rallies will kick off at Malcolm X Park at 9:30 AM on Friday, January 20th – Inauguration Day. Join us!
Jill Stein (Green Party 2016 Presidential Candidate)
Jumping Buffalo (Great Great Grandson of Chief Sitting Bull)
Asa Kahlif (Black Lives Matter)
Charles Eisenstein (Gift Economics)
L. George Friday (Move to Amend)
IIYC (International Indigenous Youth Council)
Tim Canova (Progress for All)
Lindsey Disler (United Students Against Sweatshops)
Daniel Curcio (The Equality Coalition)
Red Dawn Foster (#FreeRedFawn, Standing Rock Activist)
Featured musical guest: The Hall Williams Band
More to be announced!
From our rally, we will begin our March on Inauguration which will merge with Disrupt J20 and continue on to another rally at McPherson Square.
Anti-Capitalist, Anti-Fascist Bloc
Time: Fri. 1/20, 10:00am
Location: Logan Circle, Washington
Wear all black!
We are calling for a mobile bloc opposing capitalism and fascism at the inauguration. Meet at Logan Circle at 10 am. Organize with your friends and come prepared to defend each other and everyone else who is standing up to the Trump regime.
This January 20th, thousands of people will mobilize to disrupt Trump’s inauguration, rejecting the tyranny, greed, and bigotry he represents. Many different permitted marches, blockades, and other autonomous direct actions are planned. Those who travel to DC hoping to celebrate Trump’s ascendance to power will find the inaugural ceremonies reduced to a total clusterfuck.
In this context, we call on everyone who opposes fascism and capitalism to join together and demonstrate how to prevent Trump and his cronies from implementing their program. Let’s bring a vision of a better world to Washington, DC.
Towards becoming an ungovernable force this winter.
Democratic Socialists of America Stand Against Trump
Time: Fri. 1/20, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: McPherson Square, 15th and Kent St. NW, Washington
On January 20, show Donald Trump and his hateful plutocracy they are not welcome in Washington, D.C.
Join the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and #DisruptJ20 to fight fascism when we mobilize against Donald Trump at his inauguration on Friday January 20, 2017.
As the largest and fastest-growing socialist organization in the United States, the DSA is organizing a presence from across the nation at the inauguration in solidarity with #DisruptJ20 protesters. Together we will stand in opposition to the forces of bigotry and corporate inhumanity that Trump’s takeover has unleashed on our nation.
Help us prove that there is still a moral resistance in America, and we will not be silenced!
The protest will begin at the northwest end of McPherson Square (across from CVS) at 10am on the morning of the inauguration.
Festival of Resistance: March Against Trump
Time: Fri. 1/20, Noon – 5:00pm
Location: Columbus Circle, Washington
The DC Counter-Inaugural Welcoming Committee is organizing a Festival of Resistance on inauguration day, beginning at 12pm at Columbus Circle (in front of Union Station), and marching to McPherson Square.
This march will be fully permitted, and we are organizing marching bands, drummers, puppets, and vibrant displays of art and culture to show the diversity and power of resistance to Trump’s agenda.
We need you to come out and join us to show that we won’t back down. We’ll march in solidarity to protect our communities and reject racism, sexism, transphobia, Islamophobia, ableism, and all forms of hate and oppression.
We will resist despair and fear with hope and resistance.
Our Resistance: March Against Trump
Time: Fri. 1/20, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: McPherson Square, 15th and Kent St. NW, Washington
#OurResistance—Disrupt J20, Occupy Inauguration, and hundreds of other groups are standing together as a united front against fascism and as an ungovernable force for equality and justice. Trump stands for tyranny, greed, racism, and misogyny and must be fought tooth and nail every step of the way.
On Jan 20th: The DisruptJ20 and Occupy Inauguration marches will leave from different parts of the city and join together for a joint march and rally to set the tone of resistance for years to come. This historic day will bring people together from all walks of life to go forward together as a movement against systemic hate, oppression, ignorance, and apathy.
#OurResistance is a rejection of the establishment politics that brought us Trump and a call for solidarity, and cooperation.
No Thanks: A Night of Anti-Fascist Sounds
Time: Fri. 1/20, 6:30pm – 11:30pm
Location: Black Cat DC, 1811 14th St. NW, Washington
// Tickets $20 //
All proceeds go to Casa Ruby LGBT Community Center and ONE DC
Free Children of Earth
Irreversible Ways Ensemble (Luke Stewart, Camae Ayewa, Mark Cisneros, Keir Neuringer, Jamal Moore, Anthony Pirog, Janel Leppin, Ian McColm)
Annie Stokes Band
The Anti-Inauguration with Jacobin, Verso, and Haymarket
Time: Fri. 1/20, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW, Washington
Why Trump won, what he’ll do, and how we can fight him with Naomi Klein, Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor, Anand Gopal and Owen Jones.
This SOLD OUT event will livestream inauguration night, from the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.
Watch parties are forming in many cities throughout the US and elsewhere — see the Facebook event for more information!
Gays Against Guns (GAG) Ball
Time: Fri. 1/20, 10:00pm – 4:00am
Location: Cobalt, 1639 R St. NW, Washington
Gays Against Guns & Cobalt DC are serving anti-ball (GAG BALL) realness on Inauguration Night. MC: KEVIN AVIANCE from the HOUSE OF AVIANCE; DJ: URI DALAL, NYC, cocktail specials, lots of entertainment, nteractive art, and more – all to celebrate LGBTQ+ and gun violence prevention activism that extends from before Stonewall to the next four years and beyond. We are GAG — BALL with us! No dress code at all, but glitter as an accessory always works!
P.S.: Many GAGging thanks to Brian and all at Cobalt. A portion of the proceeds from their standard $10 Friday cover will go to GAG-DC.
Saturday, January 21
Women’s March on Washington
Time: Sat. 1/21, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Location: Independence Ave. and 3rd St. SW, Washington
This is an INCLUSIVE march, is FREE to join and EVERYONE who supports women’s rights are welcome.
On January 21, 2017 we will unite in Washington, DC 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 and equity for all. HEAR OUR VOICE.
Inaugurate the Resistance Meetup
Time: Sat. 1/21, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Location: Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel, 1001 14th St. NW, Washington
On day 1 of the new administration, join Jill Stein, Kshama Sawant, Chris Hedges, Chase Iron Eyes and Tim Canova in Washington DC to discuss how the 99 percent can defeat the coming wave of right wing attacks from Trump.
Trump’s pro-billionaire agenda and plans to deport three million immigrants, undermine public sector unions, and attack healthcare are not just idle threats. Yet the neoliberal leaders of the Democratic Party cannot stop Trump now, anymore than during the election. How can we build powerful mass movements capable of decisively defeating the right and provide a real alternative for ordinary working people, immigrants, LGBTQ people and youth? Can the Democratic Party be reformed, or does the left need to build independently?
Please join us on January 21st at 5:30 pm, after the Women’s March on Washington, at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Hotel in downtown DC.
This event is part of Occupy Inauguration’s weekend of resistance, sponsored by the Green Party, Socialist Alternative, Occupy Wall Street, Movement for the 99%, and the Stein/Baraka campaign.
Space is limited, buy your ticket online now: http://
The Anti-Ball: Women’s March After Party and PP Benefit
Time: Sat. 1/21, 8:00pm – Midnight
Location: Black Cat DC, 1811 14th St. NW, Washington
We know which party brings the Party. Join us after the Women’s March for an anti-ball with live music, dance, speakers, and protest with all proceeds benefiting Planned Parenthood.
// $30 Mainstage //
featuring the talents of…
Kyp Malone (TV on the Radio)
Nels Cline (Wilco)
Yuka Honda (Cibo Matto)
Elena Canlas and Domenica Fossati (Underground System)
Dia Luna and Beyondo (Superhuman Happiness)
Daniel Biltmore (DJ set)
and many more all backed up by an amazing house band featuring the members of Antibalas.
What a Joke: A National Comedy Festival & ACLU Fundraiser
Time: Sat. 1/21, 8:00pm – 10:00pm
Location: The Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon St. NW, Washington
In response to the President-elect’s repeated threats on human rights, comedians in over 20 cities are coordinating shows to raise money for the ACLU on Inauguration Day Weekend for the WHAT A JOKE Comedy Fest, organized by New York comedians Jenn Welch (The New York Comedy Festival) and Emily Winter (Writer for TV Land, Fusion TV). From Thursday, January 19th, through Saturday, January 21st, benefit comedy shows under the name WHAT A JOKE will take place simultaneously around the country and in the UK. Because seriously, what a joke.
Tickets by donation. All proceeds go to ACLU!
Seating is VERY limited, come early to try and get a seat!
Illustration by Yvonne Martinez.