How to get to D.C. to protest, and forget all your troubles the day of the Inauguration

Women's March on Washington
Women's March on Washington

There are many protests scheduled during the inauguration. If you plan on going to D.C. to protest, here are some tips to hopefully help you out.

Time is running out

The best way to get there is public transportation, but at this late date, that might not be an option. If you are driving, you may want to consider carpooling and driving to a nearby suburb of D.C. such as Tenley Town or Bethesda, and hop the Metro, Maryland is gearing up for an influx of drivers, so be sure you are prepared to wait a while at the Metro.

You could take a train, but be forewarned, last I checked as of this writing, Amtrak trains from Philadelphia are fully booked, but if you step outside of the bigger cities you may be able to score a seat. Bus service is an option, you can check your local bus stations for more information, Megabus, Greyhound and Bolt may still have seats available. Or you can do what the protesters and organizers of the Women’s March on Washington did and charter a bus, but it will cost you about $3,000.

A Dance Party

A queer dance party is set for Jan. 18, outside the house of vice president elect Mike Pence. The event is being organized by “WERK for Peace,” a group that describes itself as “a grassroots movement-using dance to promote peace,” and by Disrupt J20, which has said there will be “no peaceful transition” at the inauguration of Pence and Trump.

Info on their Facebook page said:

“The homo/transphobic Mike Pence has graciously invited us to shake our booties and bodies in front of/around his house in Chevy Chase. We plan on leaving behind [biodegradable] glitter and rainbow paraphinalia that he can NEVER forget.

#WeAreQueer #WeAreHere #WeWillDance That’s right, get ready to WERK it and tell Daddy Pence: homo/transphobia is not tolerated in our country!”

We will meet at the Friendship heights metro and make our way via carpooling or dance to Daddy Pence’s neighborhood. Bring your flyest rainbow gear and your booty/body shaking skills!”

So put your dancing shoes on, and head over to Friendship Heights Metro at 6:00 pm and dance the night away.

Women’s March on Washington

The day after, if you are going to the Women’s March on Washington it looks like you may be able to catch a ride from outside the city.

The Women’s March will not only be held in D.C., but nearly in every state in the nation on Saturday, January 21.

One of the best protests I have heard about is being held by DCMJ. They will be giving out free joints.  Yes, free joints, compliments of DCMJ. They will be given out on the west side of Dupont Circle, “DCMJ volunteers will hand out thousands of legal joints, expect two per person,” says Founder Adam Eidinger of DCMJ. “If someone wants to do it, they are risking arrest,” Adam Eidinger, the founder of DCMJ, told USA Today, “but it’s a protest and you know what, the National Mall is a place for protest.” Light up time is 4:20 into the inauguration.

Some elected officials have opted out of attending the inauguration, and the list keeps on growing. In an interview for Meet the Press, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.) said he believes Donald Trump’s election is illegitimate because of Russian interference in last year’s election. John Lewis said “I Don’t See Trump as a Legitimate President.” No big surprise that John Lewis won’t be attending the inauguration. The only New Jersey officeholder, thus far, opting out is Bonnie Watson Coieman (D), but who else is out?

Democratic House members who do not plan to attend Trump’s inauguration: John Lewis (GA), Lucille Royal-Allard (CA), Mark Takano (CA), Yvette Clarke (NY), Ted Lieu (CA), Jerrold Nadler (NY), Raul Grijalva (AZ), John Conyers (MI), Mark DeSaulnier (CA), Nydia Velazquez (NY), Kurt Schrader (OR), William Lacy Clay (MO), Barbara Lee (CA), Jose Serrano (NY), Judy Chu (CA), Luis Gutierrez (IL), Jared Huffman (CA), Katherine Clark (MA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Adriano Espaillat (NY), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Mark Pocan (WI), Marcia Fudge (OH), Maxine Waters (CA) Donald Payne (NJ), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ).

Whether you are protesting silently by watching re-runs of the Soprano’s, lighting up, or going to a peaceful protest, remember WE are the people, and we have a voice.