To celebrate a holiday dedicated to preserving the memories of presidents past, local activists have put together a full day of programming centered around protesting our country’s top elected official.
“Not My President’s Day” in Baltimore will feature activist speakers, theater groups, comedians, performance artists and many others speaking out along N. Charles Street. A local collective called Bad and Nasty Bmore — a chapter of a national movement — has organized the day to raise awareness for local organizations that stand to be negatively affected by President Donald Trump’s agenda and also to raise money for the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland and participating groups.
“Amid an abusive climate of bigotry, sexism, xenophobia, environmental devastation and a long list of injustices, Bad and Nasty Bmore calls on all Charm City citizens to come out and strengthen community, engage/rage in dialogue, rupture false rhetoric, disrupt the normalizing and be heard,” reads the description for the event.
The day’s planned performances and activities will remain fixed along several blocks of N. Charles Street straddling North Avenue. It all starts at the Stillpointe Theatre at 1825 N. Charles Street. From 2 to 6:30 p.m., theater artist Julia Katz and others will host family-friendly protest activities like sign-making, cupcake-decorating and a workshop focused on youth activism. From 3 to 6 p.m. at The Mercury Theater next door, actors and musicians will perform original plays, readings and other works about gender expression, political activism and U.S. history.
The day will switch gears starting around 6 p.m., with 18+ only events at The Crown (1910 N. Charles Street) ranging from comedy to original video productions, storytelling, live music, a burlesque show and even a special “Alternate Facts” news quiz. The performances should run up until midnight and, together, promise to be inspiringly rowdy for those who are unhappy with the man in the Oval Office. A full lineup of performances is available here.
Baltimore’s event is part of a national movement taking place today in dozens of U.S. cities. Right about now, per USA Today, thousands are taking to Central Park in New York for a march against Trump; in Los Angeles, people are expected to protest outside City Hall; and in Chicago, a throng plans to march across the Chicago River from the Trump Tower.
As of noon, just over 300 people have indicated on Facebook that they plan to attend “Not My President’s Day” in Station North, while more than 1,600 have marked themselves down as “interested.”
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