Forget what presidents Lincoln and Washington stood for, such as, “I cannot tell a lie,” or “All men are created equal.” We now have President Trump whose legacy is already all about self inflation, paying no taxes, and pussy grabbing. The first 4 weeks of Trump have America dizzy from concerns about his billionaire cabinet picks, a bigoted attorney general, a know-nothing energy secretary who replaces a Nobel laureate, branding the press as “enemies of the state,” lying about terrorist acts that did not happen, an education secretary who knows squat about public school education, and a fired National Security Advisor whose actions as a private citizen bordered on treason.
So it is only fitting that on the this third Monday in February, set aside to honor our presidents, across the nation have been demonstrations proclaiming this day as, “Not My President Day!”
Here’s a rundown on this political phenomenon:
Location of Trump protests happening over President’s Day Weekend.
From NBC News:
“Not My President’s Day — Rally,” Los Angeles
This Los Angeles’ “Not My President’s Day” rally was the first of its kind to pop up on Facebook, inspiring many of the other “Not My President’s Day” rallies that are taking place across the country this weekend. The purpose of the Monday rally is to show that President Trump “has attacked every value Californians embody,” according to its Facebook page, where 4,200 have signed up to attend.
“Not My President’s Day — Rally” New York
More than 14,000 New Yorkers are said to be attending the peaceful rally while 47,000 said they were interested in going on Facebook. Kashish Samsi, “Stronger Together” singer; disability activists Elizabeth Melas and Anastasia Somoza; and Youngsters Against Trump are some of the scheduled speakers. Arts for Art and The Resistance Band will be performing, according to Nova Calise, the rally organizer.
“Not My President’s Day Rally” Washington, D.C.
Members of the D.C. community plan to come together Monday to “stand in support of our brothers and sisters of different nationalities, backgrounds, races, religions, ability and sexual identity,” to show that “Donald Trump’s hate does not have a mandate anywhere, especially not in our District.” Speakers will be announced on the rally’s Facebook page and Twitter over the weekend, Meghan Loisann Schneider, one of the coordinators, said.
“Not My President’s Day — Rally” Chicago
Unlike the several of the rallies, one planned for Chicago on Monday claims not to have a specific message, but a pointed purpose: unity.
Focusing on just one issue, like immigration, would serve the administration’s purpose and further divide the country, Laura Hartman, Chicago rally coordinator, explained.
“We want to fight the entirety of the administration,” she said.
Members from the ACLU, the American Federation of Government Employees, Sousaphones Against Hate, and others from NMPD’s partner organizations are scheduled to speak at the event where nearly 4,000 people are expected.
There is also a planned reading of Coretta Scott King’s 1986 letter to the Senate opposing Jeff Sessions, that Elizabeth Warren was silenced while reading earlier this month.
“Presidents Day Protest KC,” Kansas City, Missouri
More than a thousand people are signed up on Facebook for Monday’s rally in Kansas City, Missouri, which bills itself as an “informative gathering to hear from grassroots local and national organizations,” community groups and private citizens.
“Not My President’s Day Rally,” Denver
Hundreds of people plan to attend a rally at the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on Monday. “Let’s show this administration that Denver will continue to denounce these vile policies,” organizers wrote on Facebook.
“Not My President’s Day March,” Milwaukee, Wisconsin
The Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump is planning this Monday rally and march to Sen. Ron Johnson’s office that hundreds have signed up to attend.
“Not My President’s Day,” Salt Lake City
Salt Lake City’s Monday sister march has garnered hundreds of attendees. Organizers bill the event as non-partisan “for anyone who objects to any of the harmful policies and fringe issues put forth by the new White House administration.”
“ImPEACH NOW! (Not My) President’s Day March,” Atlanta
Georgia organizers are planning a “peach-ful” march on Monday in Atlanta that hundreds of demonstrators have signed up for on Facebook.