This President's Day, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to join the “Not my President's Day” rallies across the country.
The events are scheduled to take place in some of the largest urban centers in America, with groups gathering in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and more. In New York alone, more than 44,000 people showed interest, while about 15,000 confirmed their presence.
On Feb. 20, Americans celebrate the birthday of George Washington — the first president of the United States — making this day the perfect opportunity to stand “in solidarity and unity” to “refuse to honor” Trump, according to organizers.
In the statement accompanying the call for action on social media, protesters say the current president “does not represent our values.” Instead of honoring him on President's Day, organizers want to “honor the principles of democracy for which” previous presidents fought, organizers continued. Those principles include the “right to assemble, and the right to fight for those of our brothers and sisters who have not yet been included in the word 'equal.'”
Some of the policies protesters are standing against include the construction of a wall separating the United States and Mexico, as well as Trump's refusal to extend a hand to refugees, abandoning “a century of progress toward inclusion.”
The Hill reports that protesters have gathered nearly every weekend since Trump's January inauguration, with almost 3 million people coming together on his first full-day as president for the Women's March on Washington.
After Trump's executive order barring travelers from Muslim-majority countries was announced, protesters took to airports to repudiate the president's actions. Since then, the ban has been temporarily blocked by a federal appeals court.
On Twitter, protesters and bystanders are sharing noteworthy images of the event, which perfectly portray the sentiment shared by protesters.
Hundreds outside Trump Int'l Hotel & Tower in New York for a 'Not My Presidents Day' rally. pic.twitter.com/c6UKybrJ7z— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 20, 2017
Ridiculing the powerful has always been one of our greatest, most significant weapons against abuse. Hopefully, protesters will continue to use humor and peaceful demonstrations to bring the media's and Trump's attention to their concerns while helping the nation to engage in this much-needed political debate.
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