Protesters who plan to descend on Washington in the days surrounding President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration next month will find themselves barred from the nation’s most famous public protest site.
The National Park Service, on behalf of the Presidential Inauguration Committee, filed a “massive omnibus blocking permit” securing much of the National Mall, Pennsylvania Avenue, the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial for Trump’s inauguration festivities, The Guardian reported on Thursday.
“None of these spots will be open for protesters,” the newspaper reported.
The temporary ban mostly affects a planned march from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House on Jan. 21, 2017, the morning after Trump’s inauguration. The morning after the election, organizers began the Women’s March on Washington, which leaders say is an intentional nod to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 1963 civil rights march at the Lincoln Memorial.
Organizing and attending protests is an important form of resistance, but there are other things we all can and must do to show solidarity and make an impact. Trump may have been elected, but that absolutely does not mean we have to accept his violent rhetoric as normal or condone his calls for violence against marginalized groups.
As Trump's inauguration approaches, make every effort to hold space and fight for the communities he has threatened, and acknowledge that much of the groundwork for what Trump has proposed to do is already in place. His election should not be our sole motivation for fighting for justice, so here are some things you can do to not only resist him, but also to fight for systemic change.