Here We Go – Trump’s Inauguration and Women’s March
This day has come. On January, 20, Donald Trump will be sworn into becoming the 45th President of the United States. You can watch it online or follow it here. If you don’t think it’s worth your time, let us give you a brief overview of what happens:
The rest of the world is not happy, too. The usual diplomatic niceties are being abandoned. Leslie Vinjamuri, Associate Fellow of the US and Americas Programme at Chatham House, said:
“Today’s inauguration will take place in an America marked by the greatest divisions that we have seen, perhaps, since Vietnam. People and leaders across the globe lack confidence that America will be a reliable partner in the years ahead. The sense of deep uncertainty that surrounds today’s ceremony is palpable.”
Trump is cheerful. He has tweeted this:
It all begins today! I will see you at 11:00 A.M. for the swearing-in. THE MOVEMENT CONTINUES – THE WORK BEGINS!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 20, 2017
Trump’s inauguration will be guarded by 28,000 security personnel, kilometers of fencing, roadblocks, street barricades and dump trucks laden with sand.
The central theme for this inauguration will be ‘Uniquely American.’ It aims to emphasize a peaceful transition of power and celebration of an enduring republic, behind which American people are united.
The inauguration is laden with scandals: artists are resigning, rejecting the invitations. Among those who have declined are Celine Dion, Elton John, Moby, Rebecca Ferguson, Andrea Bocelli, and many others.
Total 67 Democratic U.S. representatives publicly stated that they would not attend the inauguration.
Today, our POTUS will change.
Check last Obama’s tweets:
I won’t stop; I’ll be right there with you as a citizen, inspired by your voices of truth and justice, good humor, and love.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017
I’m still asking you to believe – not in my ability to bring about change, but in yours. I believe in change because I believe in you.
— President Obama (@POTUS) January 20, 2017
Probably, some unsettling feeling of uncertainty has crept into your mind. You ask a legitimate question: what’s next?
It starts with Women’s March.
In short, it’s a political rally that will be held on January, 21. It will be supported by sister events in other states and throughout the world. The aim of this march is to promote gender equality and women’s rights. The organizers claim that they want “to send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights.”
More than 400 organizations support this stand “on social justice and human rights ranging from race, ethnicity, gender, religion, immigration, and healthcare.” Planned Parenthood and Natural Resources Defence Center are listed as ‘premier partners.’ The A-list of celebrities have supported the march on social media and promised to participate. America Ferreira will preside The Artist Table, with Angela Davis on the list of speakers.
The march has its controversies, yeah. It’s difficult to pull together an enormous group of people who are so different but still united by the belief that Trump would divide the country they love so dearly. His policies would endanger our freedoms, disrupt our communities, and bring greed, hate, and discrimination. But the march is the beginning of the resistance. Here’s its three-page policy statement worth reading. It supports reproductive freedom, economic justice for women, immigration reform, police accountability, and union rights for all.
There are still many topics that people don’t agree with. It’s fine – the main thing that we’ve made a step forward. We raised our heads. We move.
Why it’s important for cannabis movement? Because of all these people – people of color, women, men, gays, lesbians, trans, gender non-conforming, immigrants, refugees – help us to build the future worth living. People regardless of their background must have equal rights for medical aid, relief from pain and suffering, for full and enjoyable life for them and their families. These people are the force behind the real change to our country. That’s why we need to speak up and step forward tomorrow – to make our future happen.
There are details you may want to know:
Date and Time: Saturday, January 21, 2017. Rally begins at 10:00am and ends at 1:15pm. We will begin marching at 1:15pm.
Location: The starting point and rally will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and SW Third Street, Washington DC, near the U.S. Capitol (see map below).
The Rally: A program featuring nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and others will be announced in the coming days.
Tickets: The Women’s March is NOT a ticketed event, no ticket is required.