The steel barricades have gone up all around Washington, DC, and the US Capitol is being decked out in red-white-and-blue bunting. It’s really happening—Donald Trump will become president on Friday at noon.
Hundreds of thousands of people are traveling to the city, and many of them are coming to resist Trump and what he stands for—not celebrate. Venturing that you, loyal Nation reader, might be of the former group, here is a quick rundown of major protest activities in Washington this weekend.
The Women’s March on Washington
This is clearly the headline event of the anti-Trump demonstrations in Washington this week. Potentially hundreds of thousands of people may attend, and march from Third Street and Independence Avenue near the US Capitol following a 10 am rally. It already has the potential to eclipse Trump’s inauguration crowd—200 buses for the inauguration have registered for parking, compared to 1,200 for the Women’s March, according to The Washington Post.
The march is not explicitly billed as an anti-Trump demonstration, but clearly it is designed as a response to the election of a president who was revealed to be viciously misogynistic during much of his presidential campaign, from his early outbursts at Megyn Kelly to his repeated attacks on Hillary Clinton’s “stamina” through the now-infamous Access Hollywood tape.
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us—immigrants of all statuses, Muslims and those of diverse religious faiths, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, survivors of sexual assault—and our communities are hurting and scared,” the organizers say in their mission statement.
The march is open to anyone—not just women. The mission statement makes clear that “We call on all defenders of human rights to join us.”
If you are attending the march, here is a map of various businesses and other locations that will offer “welcome stations” with food, heat, and bathrooms.
The People’s Prayer Service
The pre-Inaugural worship service is a long-running tradition on Inauguration Day. At 10:15 am, Trump will attend services at St. John’s Episcopal Church across the street from the White House.