The inauguration of Donald J. Trump as 45th President of the United States mobilized millions of people across the country, and the globe, to take action against his new administration’s policies, which promise to have devastating effects on refugees, immigrants, people of color and marginalized communities. On January 21st, 2017, close to 500,000 marchers descended upon Washington D.C. for the Women’s March. In major cities, and small towns across the country, women and allies held their own marches, taking to the streets to show support for the statement of principles including, accountability and justice for police brutality, freedom from sexual violence, ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, and worker’s rights (WomensMarch.com). Solidarity protests erupted across the world, including London, Berlin, Nairobi, Cape Town, and Paradise Bay, Antarctica.
In his first week in office, Donald Trump suspended the US refugee admissions program, blocked refugees, immigrants and visa holders from Sudan, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Yemen, Iran and Iraq, instructed the Department of Homeland Security to begin construction of a US-Mexico border wall. Trump issued an executive order to end funding to NGO’s that provide abortions. Additionally, he proposed cutting the NEA (National Endowment for the Arts), NEH (National Endowment for the Humanities) and privatizing the Public Broadcasting Corporation.
The photos in this essay are a small compilation of the issues, fears, and ultimately, vision people have for this country. These photos were taken at several actions, including PEN’s Writer’s Resist (January 15th, 2017), The Ghostlight Project (January 19th, 2017), Women’s March (January 21st, 2017) and an emergency rally in solidarity with immigrants and refugees, taking place on January 29th, 2017. For further information on upcoming protests, rallies, and actions, visit justduckling.blogspot.com.