Inauguration Weekend is finally here, as Donald Trump is set to become the 45th President of the United States. Following a number of celebratory events surrounding the ceremony and speeches, dozens of major protests will take place starting Friday and through the weekend in Washington, D.C.
The protests, marches and rallies will see both Trump supporters and Trump oppositionists in numbers that could rival the attendees of the actual inauguration. There's a lot to know about the protests, rallies and events in the nation's capital.
Women’s March on D.C.: The largest march (not a "protest") to take place over the weekend will be the Women’s March which will commence Saturday. The event is expected to draw around 200,000 protestors, and attendees will promote women’s equality and unity under the following principles: reproductive freedom, LGBTQIA rights, ending violence and the general protection of human rights. The rally will begin at 10 a.m. ET; the March will start at 1:15 p.m. ET. The rally and the March will start at Independence Avenue and Southwest Third Street in D.C. and will lead down the National Mall and end at a public park called The Ellipse. Speakers and performers will also be in attendance.
Democracy Now!, a one-hour news program, will host a live stream of the event from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Major news networks will likely cover parts of the March, as well.
ANSWER Coalition’s #InaugurateTheResistance: The group’s Inauguration Day protest will speak out against Trump’s agenda, and stands as a “grassroots movement against war, militarism, racism, anti-immigrant scapegoating and neoliberal capitalism’s assault against workers’ living standard and the environment.” The protest will take place at 7 a.m. ET and will run along the Inaugural Parade. The meeting place will be located at the Navy Memorial at 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW.
The size of the protest will be sure to garner media attention, so major news networks might broadcast parts of the protest. The Coalition’s website states that the program will be broadcast live by Pacifica Radio.
Bikers For Trump: Led by founder biker and Trump supporter, Chris Cox, the demonstration will serve to effectively “shield” Trump supporters from the number of anti-Trump protestors on Inauguration Day. The bikers will hold their rally along the inauguration parade route at John Marshall Plaza. The rally will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Speakers and a concert will take place during the rally, as well, according to WTOP.
The group has been widely covered by the press, so there will likely be some coverage from major news outlets. While a live stream was not immediately available, videos will likely be posted on the group’s Facebook page.
#Trump420: The pro-marijuana event will see cannabis advocates handing out 4,200 free joints. The event will be hosted by activist group DCMJ. The issuing of joints will begin at 8 a.m. on Friday morning on the west side of Dupont Circle.
While a live stream channel for this event was not immediately available, interested parties can visit the DCMJ website or Facebook page for more information.
Rise Above Conference: A conference organized by Lawyers for Good Government and RISE When We Fall will take place Saturday through Sunday. The Rise Above Conference will unite thousands of lawyers at the Lincoln Theatre and at the Mayflower Hotel in D.C.
The first day of the conference will kick off at 2:30 p.m. following the Women’s March. There is still no confirmed live stream for the conference. The website has a FAQ page to provide more details.