Picture Shows the Creative Ways People Plan to Protest Trump's Inauguration

January 19th 2017

Danielle DeCourcey

There's one thing the thousands of people planning to protest the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump will probably need for Jan. 20 and that's protest signs. One woman perfectly captured the high-demand for poster boards with a viral photo she posted to Facebook this week.

"I can't claim correlation, but I can say the Target in WeHo is currently out of posterboard."

This is how Natali Michele Hopkins captioned her Facebook post, which included a picture of an empty poster board rack inside a Target department store. The photo has accumulated more than 10,000 likes and hundreds of shares since she posted it on Wednesday to the "Women's March Los Angeles" Facebook group.

Women attending the Women's March in Washington, D.C., have been posting pictures of their posters on social media.

Many of the signs reference women's reproductive rights, a focal point of Trump's anti-abortion campaign rhetoric and an increasingly common fight on the state level, as restrictive state laws are causing abortion clinics to close. Trump has also threatened to defund Planned Parenthood, a critical health provider for low-income women, because a small percentage of its services include providing abortions. Federal money, by law, doesn't go toward abortion services.


Other signs simply demand that more women hold positions of power.

There are 104 women currently serving in Congress, representing only 19 percent of the entire body and the United States still hasn't had a female president.


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Some Instagram users have posted signs protesting racial inequality and xenophobia.


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Instagram user @a.sign.of.the.times posted a sign that reads "No Muslim Registry" with the hashtag #DisruptJ20.

Umbrella group Disrupt J20 will be sending protesters from various organizations to the security blockades on Inauguration Day to protest racism, roll-backs of LGBT rights, and other progressive causes. Before and after the election, the Trump campaign publicly discussed a possible Muslim registry for immigrants.

An intersectional sign with the hashtags #wearehere #wearequeer slammed the Muslim registry and also took a subliminal dig at Vice President-elect Mike Pence's record with anti-gay rights legislation. Pence has supported religious freedom laws that would allow discrimination against LGBT people on religious grounds.

Some signs got creative for gay rights with the phrase "Make America Gay Again."


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At least one placard was decorated with the hashtag #StandwithJohnLewis, a show of solidarity with Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) who said he doesn't view Trump as a "legitimate president."


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"I think the Russians participated in helping this man get elected, and they helped destroy the candidacy of Hillary Clinton," Lewis told NBC News in an interview released on Jan. 14. He added that he plans to boycott the inauguration.

As of Thursday, 70 members of Congress have joined him in the boycott.

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