Inauguration Day, or as it has come to be known, ‘J20’, will mark a day of resistance across the country. There are a multitude of reasons why the agenda of the incoming administration must be vigorously opposed. From promises to target and deport our friends and families, to slashing social programs and rolling back the little progress that has been made to avert climate disaster – it is obvious why resistance is necessary.
On top of this, white nationalists, the ‘alt-right’ and other fascists of various stripes have increased their street presence and organizing efforts after becoming emboldened by the rhetoric of campaign season.
For these reasons we intend to take the streets on the day of the inauguration.
However, this is not an attempt at simply showcasing our disgust for the current state of affairs – rather, it is an opportunity to build power on the street level. Being in the streets on the 20th offers us a unique chance to meet one another, form bonds and begin to cobble together the pieces for a real fighting movement in this country.
As the political climate in the U.S. continues to shift, our communities and neighborhoods will quickly become sites of intense struggle. We must recognize this and use the momentum of the 20th to strengthen the bonds that we share with our neighbors. We can’t win if we rely on ‘progressive’ democrats to save us during the next election cycle. We can’t win if we expect the police or city governments to uphold their promises to protect residents of ‘sanctuary cities’. It’s only when we organize at the grass roots that we can begin to create real power.
We hope that you will join us in the streets on the 20th.