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This Weekend Is Brimming With Post-Trump Protest Opportunities

By Stephen Gossett in News on Nov 17, 2016 9:47PM

Photo: Tyler LaRiviere

We're nearing the second weekend in which "President Donald Trump" is a concept not simply relegated to a Simpsons satirical vision of dystopia, but the horrible central reality of our very own true-life dystopia. But Chicago, for one, continues to not take it lying down.

We've already seen massive protests flood the streets on multiple occasions. This weekend and beyond, similar large-scale actions are planned (many with hundreds of respondents), along with more modest yet equally engaged demonstrations, workshops, fairs, meet-ups and even something of an exorcism, because we need all the help we can get. Take heed—and that goes for all.

Saturday, Nov. 19:

Mass March: Say No to Trump! Say No to Racism! (noon, Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams St.)

Trump says, "Get back!" We say, "Fight Back!" Say no to racism, sexism, and war!

We must continue the wave of resistance to a Trump presidency. We cannot let an open racist, sexist and bigot rule this country or threaten the people of the world.

We must stand with immigrants, Muslims, women, LGBTQ people, communities of color and all those who are in danger and will be under attack during a Trump administration.

We must organize and unite. We must do this by and for ourselves. Waiting for the democrats--all of whom are "wishing Trump success"--to defend us is a dead end. If we fight, we can win. If we wait for those in power to save us, we will be waiting a long time.

Let's build a united front movement of the people to defend our communities, defeat Trump and beat back the racists, sexists and bigots.

Teaching for Social Justice Curriculum Fair 2016 (10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Uplift Community High School, 900 W. Wilson Ave.)

KEYNOTE: Mariame Kaba, Project NIA
Workshops, resources, culture, speakers and most of all educators sharing their curriculum. K-12 teachers and other educators display their most empowering social justice, culturally relevant, inclusive and liberatory curricular ideas. #TSJCF16

Chicago Community Bond Fund's One-Year Anniversary Party (7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ, 615 W. Wellington Ave.)

Come celebrate CCBF's first birthday and raise money to replenish the revolving bail fund and get more people free! In the past year, CCBF has posted more than $180,000.00 to bond 40 people out of jail or off of house arrest.

On Saturday, November 19th, we will celebrate the work so far with an evening of food, music, dancing, drinks, a silent auction and raffle, and entertainment including footwork and other performances!

ChiResists: Water Is Life! A Fundraiser for Standing Rock (4 to 10 p.m., National Museum of Mexican Art, 1852 W. 19th St.)

A Fundraiser to support the water protectors at Standing Rock through the winter, Water IS Life!!!

Un recaudo de fondos para apoyar a los protectores de agua en Standing Rock, Agua es Vida!

4PM Plaza Tenochtitlan - 18th & Loomis
(Bring your signs, bring your neighbors)

Gathering/Recaudo de Fondos @
National Museum of Mexican Art
1852 W. 19th Street

Sunday, Nov. 20

Stronger Together: a self-defense and martial arts class (12:30 to 2 p.m., Northern Raptor Kung Fu, 7014 N Western Ave.)

This is a free self-defense and martial arts class for the LGBTQ community and women of all orientations. No previous experience is necessary.

I want to specifically say that trans people are invited and most welcome.

Please arrive a few minutes before class to acclimate yourself to the space and say hello. Also, please wear loose-fitting clothing and remove any loose/dangly jewelry.

I'm Still Here! Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016 (5 to 8 p.m., St. Martin's Chicago, 5700 W. Midway Park)

Please join the Transformative Justice Law Project, Affinity Community Services, Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, and St. Martin's Chicago Sunday evening for Transgender Day of Remembrance 2016. We will have dinner and then share in a short memorial program. Jaliyah Mimi Nowak will speak to the life of her friend, T.T. Saffore, who was murdered in West Garfield Park this September. We will then honor one Chicago-born TWOC leader, Miss Major Griffin-Gracy by collectively viewing the film Major.

All bodies, all genders, all faiths, all ages welcomed and loved.

Let's Keep it Going: Millennium Park Trump Protest (1 p.m., Millennium Park, 201 E. Randolph St.)

*NOTE: This will be a PEACEFUL protest, we can't get a message across if we use any sort of violence while protesting.*
Our voices will never be heard unless we refuse to quit and continue fighting for what is right.

Stand Up in Mt Greenwood to Racist Mob Threats (2 - 4 p.m., 111th & Kedzie)

We oppose white supremacy. We will stand up against racist mob threats in Mt Greenwood... We must come together, resist now and let the whole world know that we will not accept this.

Witch: Ritual Performance (3 to 4 p.m., 46 E. Upper Wacker Dr.)

Though the first version of this event was reported as "abusive," nothing can be farther from reality.
Join WITCH in a ritual action to promote positive change, where we will create a protective space and perform a participatory ritual against oppression.

Monday, Nov. 21

Agonizing, Then Organizing (6 to 8 p.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 637 S. Dearborn St.)

Right now, many of you are having meaningful and challenging conversations with friends and family on Facebook. Many people are wondering how we got here -- to President Trump, that is -- and what we can do to fight Trump's agenda.
Join us for this event. We'll share our analysis of how Trump won the election, what the left needs to do to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic progressive majority and how each of us can contribute to that vision.

Disgust Rally (3 - 10 p.m., Petrillo Music Shell, 235 S Columbus Dr.)

Donald Trump is the President of the United States.
Join us. Tell us why!

Bring your art, your voice, or an open mind.

Step One: Think about an issue that disgusts you.
Step Two: Research that issue and find a solution.
Step Three: Come prepared, ready to share.

We will begin this event at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park to organize and listen to key note speakers issues that disgust us with our country today. We will see performers and host an open mic for speeches. At sundown we will begin the march.