Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Chicago
Where: Daley Plaza
When: 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th
According to the Facebook event page, organizers state:
“Donald Trump and the reactionary core of the Republican Party are coming to power in 2017 on a platform of racism, sexism, xenophobia, and pro-corporate policies. We must build an independent, working-class mass movement that vows to use every ounce of our collective body and spirit to stand against Trump’s reactionary agenda from Day 1.”
The primary organization behind the event is the Chicago Socialist Alternative. As of Wednesday morning, 2,000 people have committed to joining with over 7,200 interested in the organized march.
Southsiders for Peace, an organization that spreads anti-war sentiment and works to combat racism in south side neighborhoods, will also be joining in the day’s events.
Another coordinated stand-in to happen later this evening at Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago.
Traffic Implications: The area between LaSalle to the west, Lake to the north, State to the east, and Madison to the south will be heavy with foot traffic. The CTA stations at Clark/Lake and State/Lake will be heavily used.
Trump Tower Chicago Inauguration Day Protest
Where: Trump International Hotel & Tower, Chicago
When: 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 20th
Over 8,000 people have pledged to join in what organizers describe as a “peaceful, non-violent demonstration showing discontent toward the rhetoric that won the president-elect the election.”
The description resumes by noting that it is standing against the verbiage that “continues to empower similar rhetoric and skewed thinking within groups of hateful people,” and has intention “to voice opposition to hate.”
Traffic Implications: North Wabash Avenue north of the Chicago River up to Grand Avenue is expected to be full. The CTA Red line exit at Grand Avenue will be used by organizers, so other means of public transit may be ideal.
Women’s March on Chicago
Where: Jackson and Columbus
When: 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st
On the morning of January 21, 2017, thousands of women who are traveling to the capitol will hold a Women’s March on Washington, to “join in diversity to show [their] presence in numbers too great to ignore.”
Following a trying political season with a number of injustices felt by women and minorities, organizers plan to “stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”
In solidarity with the women who are traveling to Washington D.C., thousands of females will march in Chicago on Saturday morning.
The event begins at the corner of Jackson and Columbus in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Traffic Implications: According to the Chicago Tribune, the actual march will start around 11:30 a.m. and travel west to Michigan Avenue. From there it will move north on Michigan one block to Adams Street, west on Adams to Dearborn, north on Dearborn to Randolph, west on Randolph to Clark Street and then south on Clark to Federal Plaza.