Saturday, February 18, 2017
New York Activists Stage a New Orleans-style Funeral Procession to Mourn the Death of U.S. Presidency
New York City—In honor of President’s Day Weekend, Rise and Resist, a grassroots group of activists formed in response to the election of Donald Trump, will mourn the death of the institution of the United States presidency with a New Orleans-style funeral procession.
Marchers will gather at the arch in Washington Square Park at noon on Saturday, February 18. After a brief rally, the funeral procession will proceed north along University Place. Pallbearers will carry a coffin with the presidential seal and the inscription “The American Presidency: April 30, 1789 to January 20, 2017.” A traditional brass jazz band will lead the march, which will end in Union Square. Bold and historically significant imagery will include a set of original drawings of previous American presidents held upside down by mourners to indicate distress.
“Donald Trump is not merely dangerous, he is a national disgrace,” said Jay W. Walker, a member of Rise and Resist and one of the event’s organizers. “Colluding with Russian spies, committing sexual assault, telling brazen lies to the American public, engendering fear and race hatred—Trump and those he surrounds himself with have demeaned the highest office in the land and, by extension, every American.”
Since his inauguration just one month ago, Trump’s cabinet and Supreme Court appointments have laid bare his plan to lay waste to the very government he was elected to nurture, and his inappropriate behavior have made plain his disdain for the office to which he was elected. “Xenophobic, homophobic, racist, misogynist—the list of of reasons why Trump is unfit to be president goes on and on,” said Christina Chapman, another event organizer. “We are here to tell Trump that we will not allow him to run roughshod over the American people, and we’re here to show the American people that by coming together, we can fight back against Trump’s hate-filled agenda—and win.”
Formed the week following Trump’s election, Rise and Resist is a diverse group of people committed to direct action to oppose, disrupt, and defeat any United States government action that threatens democracy and equality.
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