Counter-Inauguration Activities: Inaugurate Hope and Stand Up to the Trump Administration


On January 20th, Trump will be sworn into office. But that’s not the only political action happening that day. Americans all over this country, in D.C, New York – and probably internationally too – are inaugurating a different radical political act: hope.

January 19 – 21st, join counter-inauguration activities and stand against hate, and share the values that you want to lead America over the next four years. And protest the hateful, xenophobic, racist, war-mongering, misogynist agenda of the incoming Administration.

Here’s a list of activities happening in D.C. and throughout New York that you can be a part of:

Washington, D.C. Counter-Inauguration Activities

January 19: Peace Ball with CODEPINK
8PM at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
With Special Musical Guests and Performances:
Including Angela Davis, Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Van Jones, Gina Dent, Amy Goodman, Ai-jen Poo, Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, Sonia Sanchez, Medea Benjamin & Jodie Evans of CODEPINK, Laura Flanders, José Andrés, Eve Ensler (more to be announced)

January 20: Counter-Inauguration
8-10PM Event at the Lincoln Theater, D.C.
Presented by Haymarket Books, Jacobin Magazine, and Verso Books

January 20: UnNaugural Concert
7:30PM in Maryland: Playing it Forward Voices of Social JusticeFunds raised by the event will go to support the American Civil Liberties Union, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, League of Conservation Voters, National LGBTQ Task Force, and Planned Parenthood. Artists include: Sweet Honey in the Rock, Emma’s Revolution, and more!

January 21: Million Women’s March on Washington
10AM. The starting point will be the intersection of Independence Avenue and Third Street SW, near the U.S. Capitol.

We support the advocacy and resistance movements that reflect our multiple and intersecting identities. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us. This march is the first step towards unifying our communities, grounded in new relationships, to create change from the grassroots level up. We will not rest until women have parity and equity at all levels of leadership in society. We work peacefully while recognizing there is no true peace without justice and equity for all.

January 21: Teach-In for Democracy and Human Rights
2PM at 1500 Harvard St, NW

The #WeRise Teach-In will be a warm space for folks to come to gain a deeper understanding of the critical challenges facing our nation, find ways to plug into grassroots campaigns that tackle those challenges, and connect with people from a vast array of movements and acquire skills to become more effective organizers at home.


New York State Counter-Inauguration Activities

Rochester, NY: Inaugurate Hope
January 20th at 7PM

On the evening of Inauguration Day, January 20th, all of those who want to create positive change in our community and our world are invited to gather from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at the First Unitarian Church at 220 Winton Rd. South.

It is our plan to explore ways to embody contagious hope wherever we are.  When we inspire, energize, support, and empower each other, we can create the world that needs to emerge, from the ground up.  This event is presently co-sponsored by the Rochester Pachamama Alliance, the Social Justice Committee of the First Unitarian Church, the Rochester Peoples Climate Coalition, the Sisters of Mercy, Living in Harmony, and The Interfaith Alliance of Rochester (TIAR), and Genessee Valley Citizens for Peace.

Seneca Falls, NY: Solidarity March with the Million Women March in D.C.
January 21st at 10am, with an outdoor rally at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park, 136 Fall Street, Seneca Falls.

Rochester, NY: People’s Solidarity Rally
January 21st: 11AM – 1PM
Washington Square Park, S. Clinton Avenue.

Support those participating in the Million Women March in Washington, D.C. and in similar rallies across the nation. People’s Solidarity Rally is part of a greater, national message that, combined with all the other rallies happening on and around Inauguration Day, shows people both inside the U.S. and across the world, that the United States of America is a place where diversity is not just valued, but is recognized as an integral part of what makes our country great.

Ithaca, NY: Solidarity March with the Million Women March in D.C.
10am at Ithaca City Hall:108 E Green St, Ithaca, New York

This event will be a march through the city of Ithaca to protest the inauguration of Donald Trump and to show our support of and alliance with women and other oppressed peoples. We are standing up for the civil rights of all. This will be a peaceful event.

New York City Counter-Inauguration Events

Friday, January 20th: Student Walk Out to Protest Inauguration

5PM at Foley Square

Socialist Alternative and Socialist Students are calling for students walk-out on inauguration day. Students, workers, immigrants, women, and all others who see a Trump presidency as attack on all of us will meet together to rally in Foley Square.We are participating in the birth of a mass movement for social and economic justice.Join us in the streets- again!- to demonstrate mass opposition to Trump and his agenda!

Saturday, January 21: Solidarity March with the Million Women March on Washington
11AM at Dag Hammerskold Plaza

On January 21st, New York City will proudly join the international community to march in support of equality and promote civil rights for every human. This historic and peaceful event is open to the public and we warmly welcome ALL to participate.