What the Heck to Do With Yourself on Inauguration Day In The Bay

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, January 17, 2017 12:11pm | Post a Comment

Inauguration Day

As you are undoubtedly aware, this Friday, January 20th, is Inauguration Day (or T Day, or The Day Freedom Died...take your pick). If you are located in the Bay Area, chances are, statistically speaking, that you have a lot of anxiety about the incoming demagogue. With more than two dozen Democratic representative boycotting the inauguration and with UC Berkeley's Robert Reich (AKA Facebook's favorite economist) calling for a civilian boycott to create poor ratings (Trump's worst nightmare), it can be tempting to hide your head in a bucket of your favorite budget beverage that day (as a lot of people have told me they plan to do) and feel like you're making a difference.

Robert Reich

However, as someone who walks around with a steaming pile of anxiety and nameless dread on their shoulders daily, I can honestly say that DOING SOMETHING can often be a beneficial way of working through one's angst and is always more preferable to ruminating alone in a dark room about building a fall-out shelter, while half-watching endless episodes of Man In The High Castle. Added bonus: DOING SOMETHING is a visible, effective, and positive method of rebellion. And it's infectious (in a good way, unlike apathy or measles/mumps/rubella). AND no one will really notice that you are not at the inauguration anyhow. So, Bay Area...Yeay Area? Can I call you that? Please consider this list of events, protests, and actions as my gift to you this Inauguration Friday and weekend. Get out of the house, forge new bonds with like-minded people, march in solidarity of Truth and Freedom, and don't forget your Inauguration Aggravation umbrella! This $hit is going down rain or shine.


Let's start with what's happening at all three Amoeba Music locations. Amoeba SF, Berkeley, and Hollywood are offering both the means of escape and the chance to give to a good cause. On Friday, January 20th, all used yellow and green tag movies will be 20% off in-store only and Amoeba will donate a portion of the day's sales to the American Civil Liberties Union!


1/20: Bay Area Resist Trump Rally & March
This event starts early and is family-friendly! Organized by Jobs with Justice - San Francisco and Bay Rising.

8am - noon: meet at Justin Herman Plaza (Embarcadero BART) and march to Wells Fargo, Goldman Sachs, Peter Thiel, ICE, and other groups supporting Trump's hate-fueled policies. Greeters will be at Justin Herman Plaza between 8am and noon to direct you where to join the march.
11am: Children's March
Noon: Rally at 555 California St., San Francisco [Trump owned property]

1/20: Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day: Fight Racism, Defend Immigrants!
Brought to you by ANSWER Bay Area.

5pm: protest & march starting at the United Nations Plaza. 

Bridge Together Golden Gate1/20: Bridge Together Golden Gate
10am: participants will form a human chain across the Golden Gate Bridge in a “peaceful demonstration and performance art piece.” 

1/20: Wicked Grounds Day of Art & Protest
9am-9pm: Wicked Grounds cafe (289 8th St.) will be a commercial-free zone. All staff will have the day off. They will not accept money of any kind. They will have "Support Coffees" and teas available for free throughout the day for as long as supplies last. No other menu items will be available, nor other sales made. They encourage a day of rabble rousing, activism, planning, artwork, magick-making, and otherwise building community. They will have art supplies on hand. Women's March Bay Area

1/21: Women’s March, SF
The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. 

3 - 5pm: meet at Civic Center in San Francisco.
5pm: begin candle light march down Market St. to Justin Herman Plaza.

Check out the speaker line-up HERE.


1/20: Oakland General Strike Against Trump
No work! No school! Brought to you by the Oakland Solidarity Assembly.

7am: the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building (1301 Clay Street) will be shut down with a mass picket line disrupting all ICE and Federal Operations. Breakfast for the working class and poor will be provided at the picket line.
9am: head to Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway) for an All Day Mutual Aid Fair with teach-Ins/workshops, breakfast/lunch/dinner, a free store, speakers, and music.
Noon: March of the Working Class – Organized and Unrepresented workers will gather in unity at Latham Square on Broadway and Telegraph (site of the 1946 General Strike). Endorsed by Labor Rising Against Trump
5pm: open mic / Speak Out at Oscar Grant Plaza (14th and Broadway)

Resist Trump1/21: Resist Trump - #OccupyInauguration
This will be a family-friendly event to protest the inauguration of Trump. Brought to you by Socialist Alternative Bay Area.

10am-3pm: march starts at 138 9th St.

1/21: Women’s March Bay Area, Oakland
The Women's March is a national movement to unify and empower everyone who stands for human rights, civil liberties, and social justice for all. 

10am: meet at 9th and Madison
11am: begin march up Oak Street to Grand Avenue along Lake Merritt.  Then march down Broadway to end at Frank Ogawa Plaza.
12:30pm-3pm: begin rally with speakers, art and music.

More details HERE.

Have more events to add to the list? Tell us about them in the comments below!

- Audra

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