Resist Trump! Montreal demonstration against Donald Trump and the far-right
Friday, January 20, 2017 11am (sharp)
Métro Place-des-Arts (corner of Jeanne-Mance and De Maisonneuve)
Donald Trump will be officially inaugurated as President of the United States at around noon on January 20, 2017. Protesters in Washington, DC will be on the ground attempting to disrupt the inauguration.
Here in Montreal, we’re calling for a mass demonstration of solidarity with the DC protests and in opposition to the far-right racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, Islamophobic and anti-immigrant agenda represented by Donald Trump.
This demonstration will include a “Baby Bloc” (or safer space) for parents and kids, to allow for wider participation as part of a larger disruptive demo. This protest is organized in conjunction with a “DC-Montreal Anti-Border Solidarity Caravan” to Washington by Montreal-area activists (leaving the day before) as well as a “Make Racists Afraid Again” Night Demo on January 20 (6pm at Square Phillips, at the corner of Ste-Catherine and Union).
web: resistrump.ca (under construction) or www.disruptj20.org
Beyond his toxic personality, Donald Trump represents misogynist, racist, homophobic, transphobic, and anti-immigrant politics. His platform for the United States’s next four years is filled with dangerous and hateful far-right ideas that deserve to be unequivocally opposed and resisted. We reject border walls, Muslim bans, and xenophobia. Instead, we resist deportations, call for open borders, and support grassroots peoples’ struggles, from water defenders at Standing Rock to the Black Lives Matter movement.
We also reject the colonialism-with-a-happy-face agenda promoted by the Trudeau government, which continues to negotiate devastating corporate trade agreements and approve pipelines. We also oppose the manifestations of racism and Islamophobia here in Quebec, such as the recent Quebec Charter of Values and the increasing rise of anti-immigrant groups that promote violence and hate speech. We repudiate the annoying liberal idea that Canada or Quebec is somehow morally superior to the USA, and instead call for cross-border alliances, from the US-Canada border to the US-Mexico border, to oppose oppression and confront repression.
All politicians, beyond their superficial personalities, are loyal to colonial capitalism. No matter which asshole is in power, this system continues to devastate and attack human beings and the Earth. We do not place any hope in politicians or political parties, but rather in using and building the collective, autonomous power of popular networks and movements.
This is a callout for anti-capitalist, anti-colonial resistance, rooted in a spirit of solidarity and support, having each other’s backs, and respecting a diversity of tactics. We reject any collaboration with the police and anyone else that seeks to divide protesters.
We want to build on existing efforts in Montreal and beyond in support of migrants and refugees, in opposition to sexism, racism and Islamophobia, to homophobia and transphobia, and in building together a Solidarity City with dignity and justice for all.
Let’s make sure that Donald Trump and his far-right ideas do not become normalized. We will stand in solidarity with DC protesters here in Montreal and worldwide. Join us!
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