If you attended last month’s Women’s March or protested against the Muslim Ban, you’re probably still feeling high off of the good vibes. (You’re probably still covered in sage, too.) Even if you didn’t, both demonstrations resulted in reactions from the federal government—in the form of angry tweets, press conferences, and actual legal action. Many people are eager to get back to activism and keep this peace train going, but don’t know where to start. Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of the most major marches and actions that will be happening in the near future, so you can separate the protest wheat from the protest chaff as you fight the power.
March 8, 2017 - A Day Without a Woman
In the spirit of women and their allies coming together for love and liberation, we offer A Day Without A Woman. We ask: do businesses support our communities, or do they drain our communities? Do they strive for gender equity or do they support the policies and leaders that perpetuate oppression? Do they align with a sustainable environment or do they profit off destruction and steal the futures of our children? We saw what happened when millions of us stood together in January, and now we know that our army of love greatly outnumbers the army of fear, greed and hatred. On March 8th, International Women’s Day, let’s unite again in our communities for A Day Without A Woman. Over the next few weeks we will be sharing more information on what actions on that day can look like for you. In the meantime, we are proud to support Strike4Democracy's #F17 National Day of Action to Push Back Against Assaults on Democratic Principles. This Friday, February 17th, gather your friends, families, neighbors, and start brainstorming ideas for how you can enhance your community, stand up to this administration, integrate resistance and self-care into your daily routine, and how you will channel your efforts for good on March 8th. Remember: this is a marathon, not a sprint. #DayWithoutAWoman #WomensMarch
Organizers of the Women’s March are back at it again, encouraging women to step away from work, school, and buying products on March 8. Because Trump’s campaign relied so heavily on “boosting the economy” and “bringing back jobs,” protesters hope that this action will directly affect the administration. Labor unions are also organizing a general strike in May, to give enough time to labor unions and the general populace.
April 15, 2017 - Trump Taxes March
The goal of the Trump Taxes March is simple: Demand Donald Trump release his tax returns—as every other president has done for 40 years—and take action against the administration’s proposed tax cuts for the rich. Since 74 percent of Americans believe Trump should release his taxes, and local marches are popping up everywhere from Honolulu to Myrtle Beach, this one will likely be big. Besides, everyone hates paying taxes, so why should we support a president who maybe doesn’t pay any (or has sketchy business ties he’s hiding)? Patton Oswalt agrees, 100 percent.
April 22, 2017 - March for Science on Washington, D.C.
Fans of this little girl’s epic takedown of Jason Chaffetz regarding climate denial will be happy to know that the March for Science on Earth Day already has 10K people “attending” on Facebook, plus another 21K interested in the event. By taking a stand against funding cuts, ignored data, the silencing of educated government scientists, and Rick Perry as the head the EPA, marchers will tell Trump that science is real. You don’t have to be a scientist to attend, and if you can’t make it to D.C., there are 266 satellite marches being held in solidarity around the world.
May 6, 2017 - The Immigrants’ March
The National Mall recently granted a permit for the planned Immigrants’ March this May. This march is a direct reaction to Trump’s Muslim Ban and proposed border wall, as well as his administration’s continued anti-immigrant rhetoric. Twenty-seven thousand people are “attending” the national march on Facebook, and 126K are “interested.” If you are opposed to the administration’s policies on immigration, join in.
June 11, 2017 - National Pride March
Over 31K people have already marked themselves as “attending,” and another 109K are “interested” on the National Pride March’s Facebook page. By marching in conjunction with the Capital Pride Alliance, protesters in D.C. are taking a direct stand against Mike Pence and Donald Trump’s actions against the LGBTQ community. Satellite solidarity marches have already been confirmed in Indianapolis, Seattle, Sydney, and Austin.
Written on February 17, 2017 by
Claire Downs is a writer and comedian based out of Los Angeles. She's written for Nickelodeon, VH1, Funny or Die, and Hello Giggles. You can follow her on Twitter @clairecdowns. She prefers Indica to Sativa, in case you're wondering.