'Dear Ivanka—Do Something' Artists Protest On Ivanka Trump's Doorstep

by
Lauren Harwyn
Artists gathered outside Ivanka Trump's New York apartment in a public protest against Donald Trump's cabinet appointments and proposed policies.

Ivanka Trump, daughter of President-elect Donald Trump and political insider into his White House, was the subject of a protest and candlelight vigil against her father's rhetoric and cabinet appointments. The protest was sparked by an Instagram page called "Dear Ivanka."

"Dear Ivanka" has been sharing images of Ivanka Trump captioned with questions and concerns for her regarding her father's presidency. The account, which is run by a group of artists calling themselves the Halt Action Group, includes artist Jonathan Horowitz and curator Alison Gingeras.

"Dear Ivanka's" information page explains, "Dear Ivanka, We need to talk about your dad." The mission statement is clear in its stance against bigotry and xenophobia

"Racism, anti-Semitism, misogyny, and homophobia are not acceptable anywhere—least of all in the White House. Steve Bannon has no place in the White House. Jeff Sessions has no place in the White House. Talk of a Muslim registry has no place in the White House. Hate has no place in the White House. We refuse to 'wait and see.' We look to you as the voice of reason."

The Instagram account launched the protest, which the New York Times reports was held outside Ivanka Trump's apartment, where she lives with her husband and fellow political insider, Jared Kushner

Artist Marilyn Minter stated to the Times, "The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now. We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters."

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Indeed, plenty of artwork could be spotted on the signs of the late-night protesters.

While the protest showed creativity and expression of free speech, it seems likely that it will have little effect on its target. While some have speculated on the Trump family's ability to sway their patriarch's opinion, Ivanka Trump has used the election to self-promote and has received unprecedented special treatment, even sitting in on her father's meetings with foreign leaders.

Horowitz himself commented on the effectiveness of the protest, saying, "I don’t think we have any real illusions that she’s going to become a champion for any of the things we care about, or try to stop the things we fear are going to happen." The Times said Horowitz sees the protest as "a way to start something, a first action" in the creation of "a much bigger movement."

Let's hope that the creative and inclusive message of the protest gets through to the Trumps, although it is comforting to know that Halt Action Group and others are preparing for the long haul and will continue to exercise their free speech throughout the impending Trump presidency.

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