"Not My Presidents Day:" Protests across the country, including here in Milwaukee

Violet Powell
February 22, 2017

Demonstrations were held in different parts of America including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and other communities which comprise of citizens from all walks of life. The "I Am A Muslim Too" rally was organized by, among others, hip-Hop mogul Russell Simmons, who said last week, "We are living in a time when unity will make America great".

Anti-Trump activists took advantage of the federal public holiday, dedicated to United States presidents, to organize rallies in a number of cities including Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington.

Monday's gathering was the second day in a row demonstrators rallied in Chicago, as dozens marched through the Loop on Sunday afternoon as well.

Meanwhile, women's groups are planning to launch another massive protest against the current administration on various counts - including the attack on social provisions and rights of labor.

Historically, protests against new presidents are not unusual, said David Meyer, a sociology professor at the University of California, Irvine, and author of "The Politics of Protest".

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"We don't want to pick an issue", said Hartman. "We are all on the same team".

"Whilst there will be some disruption we have experienced stewards who've done this before and of course we will be marching into town as people are trying to leave work so the traffic will be substantial. I think he's setting a bad example for the rest of the world". I'm really hoping that the democrats will give president Trump a chance.

The Day Without Immigrants was being planned for several days in advance for the goal of standing up against Donald Trump's hard-line policy on enforcing ban on foreigners entering the country. "I'm hoping to connect with other people here on a grassroots level and just figure out how I can be more proactive about supporting those in need".

Hill said that protesters opposing Trump had been circling the block and that they were there to make sure things stayed peaceful between the two groups.

Organisers told reporters that they were opposed to Trump's agenda, including his plans to build a wall on the US-Mexico border and his travel ban against refugees and immigrants from seven predominately Muslim nations. "We are going backwards".

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