Protest Trump? Places to start this week.

North County's largest anti-Trump event promises to be Saturday's 'Women's March in Washington' kicking off noon at San Marcos Civic Center with a march to Palomar College.

Opportunities in San Marcos and San Diego to Protest Trump’s Inauguration

By Doug Porter — San Diego Free Press

San Diego gets it. Lots of us are unhappy with the incoming administration.

There are community gatherings. There are rallies. There are protest marches. There are teach-ins. There are press conferences. There is art. There are even dance parties.

People from all walks of life find are finding ways to express their displeasure with the incoming administration. Check out the calendar below for events over the next ten days or so. Events related to the inauguration include the Trump/NOPE graphic.

Americans don’t think much of the President-elect’s transition performance, according to a Gallup poll released this week. It’s historically bad with 51% of those surveyed disapproving, as opposed to 12% (Obama/2009), 25% (Bush/2001) and Clinton (18%/1993).

Meanwhile, signs of the Trumpacolypse are all around. An unvetted document alleging Russian influence is, we were told via Twitter, not true because the Russians say so. A Republican Congress is rushing headlong into repealing the Affordable Care Act without a hint of a consensus of what could replace it. House Oversight Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz says he may probe a federal ethics official for daring to question President-elect Donald Trump’s plan to distance himself from his business empire. 

It’s quickly become apparent that the best course for opposing Trump is grassroots activism. Networks and coalitions are springing up faster than I can keep track of them. (But I’m working on it and will report on them soon.)

Activism abounds in San Diego if you know where to look for it. I’ve been posting this progressive activism calendar on Fridays now for more than six months and every week I learn about new groups.

Get your event listed:  I try to list the next 10 days or so of mostly non-commercial events I think our readers might find of interest. I source my material from social media listings and press releases. In cases where there are competing but similar events or campaigns of the progressive persuasion, I do my best to list everything related to citizen activism.

Women’s March on Washington, North County

San Marcos Civic Center to Palomar College

Saturday • January 21, 2017

Saturday, January 21, 11am
San Marcos Civic Center
March to Palomar College @ Noon
Rally @ Palomar College 1pm
For More Information

On January 21 st, we will unite in North County San Diego for a March and Rally on Palomar Campus. We stand together in solidarity with our family, friends, and community for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are what makes our democracy great. 

The rhetoric of the past election cycle insulted, demonized, demeaned and threatened many of us- immigrants, Muslims, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native Americans, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities and survivors of sexual assault. We stand together in the face of national and international concern. (Thanks to the Women’s March on Washington.)

We march here in North County to show solidarity with the March on Washington and our sister marches happening all over the country.  We stand together recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending us all. We call on all defenders of human rights to join us.

This march and rally is the first step in unifying our communities and create change from the grassroots level up. We will work peacefully while cognizant that there is no true peace without justice and equity for all. This is an historic event for North County San Diego. This is an event of inclusion and compassion.

To mobilize and organize our community in the spirit of solidarity, hope empowerment, political action, social justice and peaceful resistance:

  • 11:00 AM Gather at San Marcos City Hall
  • 12:00 PM March to Palomar College
  • 1:00 PM Rally at Palomar College *Food trucks will be there.


  • Free Parking at Palomar College
  • No Parking at San Marcos City Hall
  • You have several convenient options to travel to the March & Rally:
    • Take the Sprinter to San Marcos City Hall (arrive by 11:00 am) & March with us (noon) to Palomar College for the Rally (1:00 pm). After the rally take the Sprinter home.
    • Drive and park at Palomar College, then catch the Sprinter to San Marcos City Hall. After the Rally your car is conveniently parked at Palomar College.
    • Take the Sprinter to Palomar College and arrive by 1:00 pm for the rally.
  • More logistic information and a link to Sprinter.


  • Bathrooms are open at the San Marcos Library.
  • Bathrooms are open at Palomar College.


  • The San Marcos Library is generously donating water and coffee at the Civic Center.
  • Food trucks will be selling food & drinks at Palomar College from 12-3p


  • We have ASL interpreters and Spanish translators at both the Civic Center and at Palomar College.

Signs & Banners

  • Signs & banners will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own which do not have sticks.  Signs and banners must be hand held.


  • Palomar College Police are graciously escorting the marchers, and will be on duty at the College to keep ours a peaceful, beautiful day!
  • A First Aid station will be on site at Palomar College.

*** We need volunteers at our club table at the rally. Please contact Sue Alderson via Facebook.***

Any questions the club can answer, please post the questions at our Facebook page or through our website.


King Day March

“Our Lives, Our Agenda”

Monday, January 16, 2pm
Park Blvd and B Street (nr San Diego City College)
For More Information

Dr. Martin Luther King died fighting a poor people’s campaign fighting for the poor, jobless and our workers. He also died leaving racial injustice as a front and center topic for years to come. It’s time to take a stand for what Dr. King stood and died for and let our elected officials know that if they are not fighting for the people they are not working for us! We need to send a message to ALL ELECTED OFFICIALS in San Diego and beyond that they will be held accountable in the areas of workers rights, police reform and mass incarceration. If they are not fighting for the people, they should not work for the people! Join the movement! #KINGDAY2017#KINGMARCH

The 29th All Peoples Celebration

Monday, January 16, 10am
Balboa Park Activity Center
2145 Park Blvd, San Diego
For More Information (Tickets)

Join us on Monday, January 16, 2017 to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the 29th All Peoples Celebration. This annual community program is the preeminent event in San Diego County where more than 1,000 business leaders, elected officials, faith leaders, community organizers, artists, and students come together for an inspiring program and common goal of honoring the work and the sacrifice of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

We are thrilled to announce that Rev. Dr. William J. Barber will keynote the 29th All Peoples Celebration. Rev. Barber is a dynamic leader and electrifying speaker who is in the national spotlight for his work around civil rights with the North Carolina NAACP.

Legal Observer Training:
Protect Free Speech

Tuesday, January 17, 6pm
RSVP for Location

Please join the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties and the National Lawyers’ Guild for a Legal Observer Training!

Learn how to legally protect and exercise your First Amendment rights and the rights of your fellow community members in the event of any incidents, arrests, or official misconduct during a protest. With the anticipated increase in protests and political demonstrations, your leadership is needed now more than ever! Please note you do not need to be an attorney to attend this training.

Please RSVP and forward any questions to either Gerrlyn Gacao at 619-398-4490 and or Mayra Lopez at 619-232-2121 or

Environmental Democrats Meeting

Wednesday, January 18, 6pm
Elijah’s Restaurant
7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
For More Information

San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action will hold our January meeting at a new location this month. Instead of meeting in La Jolla, we’ll meet in the banquet room at Elijah’s Restaurant, Delicatessen & Catering in Clairemont, located at 7061 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. in the theMcGrath Court shopping center, at Clairemont Mesa Blvd. and I-805.

We’ll begin our social at 6 p.m. instead of our usual time of 6:30, in part so guests, attendees and members will have time to come by and eat (if you want) before we call the meeting to order at 7. Among the topics we’ll discuss will be the future of the California Coastal CommissionMission Bay and Agua Hedionda Lagoon, with appearances from Kevin Beiser and Steve Padilla.

Boards & Commissions Leadership Institute
2017 Kick Off

Thursday, January 19, 5:30pm
United Domestic Workers
4855 Seminole Blvd, San Diego
For More Information

Join the Center on Policy Initiatives for a networking reception and special panel discussion to kick-off the 2017 Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute (BCLI) cohort. BCLI, a leadership development program, trains and places advocates with an equity, economic and racial justice framework onto local and regional boards and commissions.

For our kick-off we will have a timely discussion about the role Boards and Commissions can play in protecting our communities. Join us for this important discussion and to meet our amazing 2017 cohort! Click here to RSVP:

Jacobin Reading Group

Saturday, January 21, 2pm
Cafe Cabaret
3739 Adams Avenue, San Diego
For More Information

We will discuss: Where is Our Labor Party and Rise and Fall of the Socialist Party of America.

San Diego United Against Hate

Friday, January 20, 5-9pm
Chicano Park (Barrio Logan)
For More Information

Join Union del Barrio and the greater San Diego community as we unite on Trump’s 1st day in office!! All communities must come together to send a clear message on DAY 1! Only through organized struggle can we win – and win, we will! Actions throughout the nation will send a clear message that we will resist! We will respondWE ARE WATCHING! People Unite! We have nothing to lose but our chains!

Disrupt J20 – San Diego

Friday, January 20
Meet at Park Blvd & A Street,
March to Federal Building
For More Information

“January 20th is the inauguration of Donald Trump, a bigot who has spent his life promoting racist, sexist, and xenophobic activities. Trump has vowed to devote his presidency to decimating women’s rights, attacking Muslims, deporting immigrants and blocking refugees, denying the global climate crisis to further profit off of the obscene exploitation of our planet, slashing the few health care and education benefits we have, and to expand the already-bloated military empire. We join with the world to unite and fight Trump “Trumpism,” an ideology emboldening conservatives and right-wing populists. Our goal is to force political gridlock and make the administration aware that the vast majority of us do not support his proposed policies.  

Protest Inauguration Day and Fight Trump

Friday, January 20, 10:30am
San Diego City College
1313 Park Blvd
Hosted by: San Diego Alliance for Justice
For More Information

This is a call to mobilize against the bigot, Islamophobic, anti-immigrant, sexist, Trump and everything he stands for. On inauguration day the people of San Diego will unite and fight! We will send our message loud and clear to those at the top: We Reject the President Elect!

  10:30am Rally at San Diego City College
  11:00am Speakers at SD City College
  11:30am March to the Federal Building
  12:00pm Speakers at Federal Building
  5:00pm Join Unión del Barrio to protest at Chicano Park
  6:00pm March in Barrio Logan

Hosted by: San Diego Alliance for Justice

This is being organized by the San Diego Alliance for Justice

Protest Trump on Inauguration Day

Friday, January 20, Noon
Park Boulevard and President’s Way Lawn (Balboa Park)
For More Information
Hosted by: ANSWER San Diego

As we approach the inauguration of Trump, we denounce all of the rhetoric he used to get to this point, but we do not have to accept it. Leading up to his inauguration we will continue to organize actions and protest and much more, keep an eye out for all that on our page. We will be having a large coalition meeting with all interested allies.

Consider taking January 20th (#J20) off work and joining us in the streets. We want to send a clear message to the Trump administration that we will not allow business as usual.

We will be gathering at 12 noon at the lawn area on Park Boulevard near the intersection of President’s Way. There is a large parking lot across the street. We will march to the downtown Federal Building at 880 Front Street where we will end our march with speakers defending immigrant rights, women’s rights, the environment, the muslim community, racial justice and the LGTBQ community.

The 2017 Inauguration Day People’s Ball Fundraiser

Friday, January 20, 7pm
Centro Cultural de La Raza
Balboa Park, 2004 Park Blvd.
For More Information  Tickets $25 advance

Don’t stay home alone on the night Trump becomes president! Now more than ever we must keep our spirits up and surround ourselves with good company. Come party with the San Diegan Progressives!

Activist San Diego and KNSJ Justice 89.1FM present
The People’s Ball Counter-Inaugural Celebration and Fundraiser

Live Music and Dancing, Inspiring Activist Speakers, Food and No-Host Bar, Raffle & Silent Auction

Musical Talent: Favio Alejo and his Latin Roots Band
Keynote: Greg Palast, Investigative Reporter 
Reporting on voter disenfranchisement, election manipulation and fraud

Artful Activist San Diego
Anti-Inaugural Ball

Friday, January 20, 9pm
Grassroots Oasis
3130 Moore Street
For More Information

Come out after the inauguration to enjoy the sounds of three punk/grindcore bands, Nervous Defects, The Stalins of Sound, and Endless/Nameless. All ages welcome, $5 at the door.

San Diego Women’s March

Saturday, January 21, 10am
Civic Center Plaza
1200 Third Ave, San Diego
For More Information (Main Page)
East County Brigade
Run, Women, Run
Rise Up Show Up Shine On

The San Diego Women’s March are peacefully marching in San Diego in solidarity with the Women’s March in DC. This is in response to Trump’s election as president.  The San Diego Women’s March are dedicated to a free and open society that stands united against marginalization of anyone and for the respect of all people. They also seek to strengthen and continue their commitment to work for the protection of women’s rights, as well as human rights.

The Women’s March will take place on Saturday, January 21, 2017 from 10 am-12 pm.  It will start at the Civic Center Plaza (1200 Third Avenue) and march on Broadway to Harbor Dr. and end in front of the County Administration Building.

WE APPRECIATE YOU!!!! Thank you for your support! If you would like to donate funds to support our event you can do so here:

United City Heights

Saturday, January 21, Noon
Officer Jeremy Henwood Memorial Park
3700 Fairmount Ave, San Diego
Hosted by Mid-City CAN
For More Information

While Inauguration Day may have communities like ours uncertain of what the future will hold, in City Heights we are sure we will remain #United

On January 21st, join us at #UnitedCityHeights to:

– Enjoy food, music, art, and conversation;
– Meet organizations in City Heights that are doing the work to empower our communities;
– Share safe space to plan next steps and address current needs;
– Connect with resources to protect your families and improve health

Co-hosted by:

– Comite Organizador Latino
– Employee Rights Center
– International Rescue Committee
– Mid-City CAN
– NAACP San Diego Youth Council
– Somali Bantu Association
– Together We Will

Nasty Women Art Exhibition

Saturday, January 21, 2-8pm
Helmuth Projects
1827 Fifth Ave, San Diego
For More Information

Join us for a group exhibition that demonstrates solidarity among artists who identify with being a Nasty Woman in the face of threats to roll back women’s rights, individual rights, and abortion rights. 

With artwork ranging from $30-$300, it also serves as a fundraiser to support organizations defending these rights and and to be a platform for organization concurrent with Trump’s Presidential Inauguration weekend and Women’s Marches across the county.

100% of the sale will go to Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest,San Diego LGBT Community Center, or La Maestra Community Health Centers.

Teaching Positive Alternatives to Trump:
A Teach-in for Activism

Sunday, January 22, 9am-5pm
Centro Cultural de La Raza
Balboa Park, 2004 Park Blvd.
For More Information

Thank you for uniting with the vast majority of the human race against the racism, misogyny, violence, and generalized hatred of Donald Trump.

Limited free seating – please register here asap.

One-hour long working sessions are being organized all day by these community activist coordinators:

  •  Centro Cultural de la Raza venue and Education – Tommy Ramírez
  •  Climate Change – Nicole Capretz
  •  Communications – Martin Eder
  •  Community Self-defense Rapid Response – Justin Hewgill
  •  Computer Security Upgrade Consultation & Installation – Computer servicing free all afternoon
  •  Constructing Giant Street Puppets ~ Antonia Davis, The Puppet Insurgency
  •  Cultural resistances program @ food, music, poetry, puppets, piñatas, et al. – Alessandra Moctezuma, Antonia Davis, Edwardo Garcia, Ernie McCray, Makeda, and friends.
  •  Debt Resistances within Capitalism ~ Jubilee San Diego, The Debt Collective
  •  Elections Have Consequences: A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda – Lori Saldaña
  •  Food ~ Solidarity Farms
  •  Gender, sexuality, race, and class – Leslie Quintana
  •  Health ~ Ava Torre-Bueno, Jeoffry B. Gordon, Rich Macgurn
  •  Housing – Leslie Quintana
  •  International trade agreements – Kali Katt aka Nicole Gochmanosky
  •  Immigration – Coordinator needed
  •  Local economics – Andrea Carter, Liz Rider
  •  Palestine – Stephanie Jennings
  •  Peace – Anne Barron
  •  Police/prison – Mark Anthony Bartlett
  •  Powerful prayer ecumenical opening ceremony / blessing – Michelle Anne Narvaez
  •  Puppet Insurgency – Antonia Davis
  •  Registration online – Susan Beattie
  •  Self-sufficient bike maintenance – Bikes del Pueblo, bike servicing free all afternoon.
  •  Social media promotion – Adam Powers, Michelle Luellen, Oren Robinson
  •  Scheduling – Peter Brown
  •  Standing Rock – Bobby Wallace
  •  Technology Issues in the Times of Trump – Adam Powers, Oren Robinson
  •  Volunteer Coordinator – Coordinator needed
  •  Women – Diana Shakti Contreras, Jourdan Lopez
  •  Work – Bo Diego
  •  Worldbeat Cultural Center venue and outstanding vegan food – Makeda Makossa, all day
  •  Zapatista 101 – The Sixth Campaign

International & Nationwide #Resist Events

We are not alone. There are people around the globe who are fired up and ready to go. The best resource for this type of information is  

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