Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

San Jose groups plan Inauguration Day protest

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo:

President-elect Donald Trump. Photo:

A coalition of groups addressing homelessness, immigration, health care, and other issues is planning a “Rise Up for Inauguration Day” protest Friday, January 20 in San Jose as Republican Donald Trump prepares to be sworn is as the next U.S. president.

“The newly formed coalition is focused on unity, feeling that the common thread that unites them all is their opposition to the incoming administration’s platform of hate and fear,” organizers said in a news release.

Protestors will gather at 11 a.m. near the fountain at Cesar Chavez Park, 1 Paseo de San Antonio, and then march to the Robert F. Peckham Federal Building, 280 South First Street.

Image by Benny O'Hara

Image by Benny O’Hara

The event will end inside city council chambers at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, with a program including multicultural performances and an open mic.

“The goal of our event is to engage, educate and empower people who may have never been involved in this kind of movement before,” student organizer Ulises Reyes stated.

Organizer Shaunn Cartwright told the Bay Area Reporter that Benny O’Hara, a local trans man who made the Rise Up logo, has been invited to speak.

“We feel [trans people] are just as much under attack as women, Muslims, and immigrants,” Cartwright said.

The protest is also meant to keep participants educated about upcoming city council meetings and other events.

More information is available at Participants may also use the Indivisible Guide to further engage local officials.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, January 18, 2017 @ 6:08 pm PST
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