On January 20th, Donald Trump will be inaugurated as President of the United States. For some people, Inauguration Day 2017 means a successful transition of power; for the vast majority, Inauguration Day 2017 confirms that greater activism, advocacy, and monitoring will be needed for a man unqualified to lead our country.
Many will protest by avoiding watching or recognizing the Inauguration Day ceremony on television. For those seeking other alternatives and who wish to meet like-minded people in their community, here are some upcoming events and activities in the Chicago area.
- AfterWords Bookstore is holding a free discussion on racism and diversity in America on Thursday, January 19th at 6:00 pm for a discussion on racism and diversity in America. Tolerance In the Age of Trump will be moderated by Brandon Smith of the Chicago Reader, and led by Christian Picciolini, author of Romantic Violence: Memoirs of An American Skinhead and John K Wilson, author of Trump Unveiled: Exposing the Bigoted Billionaire. Food and beverage will be provided.
- As we highlighted in a previous post, Artists Against Hate will be holding a fundraiser for the ACLU of Illinois on January 20th at 8:00 pm. If you want to purchase tickets for this unique Inauguration Day 2017 fundraiser, please visit http://artistsagainsthate.org
- Many other organizations are planning Inauguration Day protests, including a non-violent protest at Trump Tower in Chicago. For more details, please visit their organizing page on Facebook.
- Also via Facebook, there will be a protest at Daley Plaza on Inauguration Day at 3:00 pm.
- Finally, for those unable to make any event and/or desiring to avoid coverage of the Trump Inauguration, the Decades Digital Channel (Channel 2.2 over the air, and available via several cable providers) will highlight the past 14 televised inaugural speeches (from Kennedy to Obama) on January 19th and 20th. (Don’t worry – the speeches will also be streamed via Decades.com on the 19th as well)
For those who have other community-based alternative events around Inauguration Day, please feel free to let us know via the comments below or privately via this Contact page. (Blog comments are moderated) We also invite you to join our growing Facebook community…and as always, thanks for reading!