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Democracy Now, January 17, 2017

Protesters Nationwide Launch Campaign to #InaugurateTheResistance

Initially posted at https://www.democracynow.org/2017/1/17/headlines/protesters_nationwide_launch_campaign_to_inauguratetheresistance

Video: Interference Archive featured at 5 minutes and 45 seconds

In Washington, D.C., thousands of activists chanting “No justice, no peace” kicked off a week of resistance to the inauguration with a march to the Capitol Building on Saturday. The protest took aim at Trump’s plans for a nationwide stop-and-frisk program, the planned repeal of the Affordable Care Act, and police brutality. The protest was the first of a series of actions being organized under the hashtag “#InaugurateTheResistance.” In Brooklyn, New York, hundreds packed a weekend “Propaganda Party” to create fliers and protest art ahead of the inauguration.

Josh MacPhee: “My name is Josh MacPhee. I’m a volunteer at Interference Archive, and this is our Inaugurating Resistance Propaganda Party. We did one in the summer around mass incarceration, in the fall around climate justice and the pipeline struggles, and then this one is obviously around the inauguration. And this is by far the most successful. I think that we’ve had at least 500 people in both days. And the role of art is to support, I mean, in often cases, movements that have already been happening, that I actually think we need to just keep the pressure on and the energy on the places that we’ve already been organizing. There’s already a massive movement around immigration and trying to change immigration in this country. That shouldn’t just reorient towards Trump. People are already moving in a direction. We just need to keep fighting.”

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