by: BY DYER OXLEY, MyNorthwest.com Writer Updated:
SEATTLE - Seattle voters did not come out in favor of President-elect Donald Trump during the last election. Protests erupted in the city after he defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton.
And now that Trump is slated to take over the oval office on Jan. 20, people in Seattle plan to continue their opposition with a series of anti-Trump protests and events.
Get ready for marches, protests and more in Seattle.
Anti-Trump protests in Seattle
There are three major events planned and targeted at President-elect Trump. The first is a town hall gathering that is also meant to serve as an organizational meeting for an upcoming protest. The next two events are protests planned for downtown Seattle.
• Jan. 14: The Resist Trump Coalition, led by Seattle Councilmember Kshama Sawant, is holding a town hall meeting to build up one of the upcoming Trump protests on Jan. 20. The Facebook event for the town hall states:
Brothers and Sisters,
We don’t have a moment to waste in getting organized against Trump’s racist, misogynistic, anti-immigrant, anti-muslim, anti-lgbtq rhetoric, proposals, and cabinet members.
Join the Resist Trump Coalition and my office at City Hall to help build the biggest possible protests against Trump on January 20th and 21st.
Detailed information about the agenda for this meeting will be provided asap.
• Jan. 20: On inauguration day, a “Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration – Seattle!” protest is planned for downtown Seattle at Westlake Park from 5-8 p.m. It is organized by Sawant’s political party the Socialist Alternative as well as Socialist Students of Seattle. The Facebook event indicates that more than 11,000 people are interested in participating in the demonstration, with 3,900 people confirmed as attending, and another 9,300 people have been invited to the protest.
The event specifically cites opposition to building a border wall, stopping the Dakota Access Pipeline, ending rape culture, and supporting Black Lives Matter. The Facebook event page states:
The Democratic Party has proven they are incapable of stopping Trump. It is time to build a new party for the 99% based on the united power of all exploited and oppressed people, on movements for social and economic justice, on the belief that we CAN do better than this corrupt and rotten system!
#ResistTrump !! #OccupyInauguration !!
• Jan. 21: The day after the inauguration, the “Women’s March on Seattle” is planned between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. for downtown Seattle. A route for the march has yet to be released, but the Facebook event page states it will be announced once approved by city officials. The women’s march is organized be four private citizens. As of Tuesday morning, the event has 29,000 people signed on for the Seattle march, with 41,000 more people interested in attending.
The event announcement states:
In solidarity with the march taking place in Washington, DC, we will march in Seattle. ALL women, femme, trans, gender non-conforming, and feminist people (including men and boys) are invited to march. We are showing our support for the community members who have been marginalized by the recent election.
The Seattle women’s march is meant to coincide with the larger, national march on Washington DC that same day.
If you wanted to attend one of the Trump protests but can’t, there are always other Facebook outlets in opposition to the incoming president, such as this page for people who voted for Trump but have since come to certain realizations.
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