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Saturday, February 16, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A second consecutive day of protests against U.S. President Donald Trump’s month-old administration will unfold on Friday in cities across the country, with activists urging Americans to skip work and school in a show of dissent.

Strike4Democracy, one of the groups organizing what it calls the #F17 General Strike, said more than 100 public protests were expected. About 16,000 people responded to a Facebook page for a march at New York’s Washington Square Park on Friday.

“This is how we stop Trump and the entire corrupt political establishment before they destroy us and the planet we call home,” the F17 Facebook page said.

Protests also were planned in large and small cities across the country, including Chicago, New Orleans, and Mason City, Iowa.

Strike4Democracy urged Americans to stay away from work if possible and take part in a community service. It suggested people refrain from making purchases and instead donate their lunch money to a worthy cause and contact congressional representatives about the strike.

Michelle Rodino-Colocino, an organizer for Strike4Democracy, told NBC News that after the idea of a “general strike” was floated online, it took off on its own, with dozens of organizers working independently to stage events.

The Strike4Democracy website said the protest was aimed at halting “the authoritarian assault on our fundamental, constitutional rights” and the victimization of women, Muslims, immigrants, and others.

The planned actions follow the Day Without Immigrants nationwide protest on Thursday against Trump’s immigration policies. Businesses shut their doors, students skipped class and thousands of demonstrators gathered to highlight the importance of immigrants to the U.S. economy.

Trump, who took office last month, has signed an executive order temporarily banning entry to the United States by travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and all refugees. Federal appeals court judges have temporarily blocked the travel ban.

Since his Jan. 20 inauguration, Trump has faced a steady stream of protests and marches, highlighted by a series of mass rallies that drew hundreds of thousands of people on the day after he was sworn in.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson in Washington; Editing by Bill Trott)

IMAGE: Demonstrators march during the “Day Without Immigrants” protest in Chicago, Illinois, February 16, 2017.  REUTERS/Theopolis Waters

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4 responses to “More Anti-Trump Rallies Planned In U.S. Cities”

  1. It’s a comfort to know that people across the country, and hopefully in other parts of the world as well, are beginning to express displeasure with the unfortunate trend the country has gone in for decades now, with a spike in a backwards-looking perspective by many of our politicians, jurists, and law-enforcement officers.

    But, we must remember to be dignified as well as being angry, at Congress, the judicial system, and the Presidency primeval quest to return to the past. I and my friends and colleagues are pushing to have conversations and public discussions on a regular basis, and working on setting up visits to schools to encourage students to look at all of humanity as being of the same family and all descending from common ancestors.

    The fact of our Oneness has been clouded and wrapped in veils ever since we began to migrate across Africa and beyond—forgetting over the eons how we all began the stage of becoming “Modern Humans” about 50,000 years ago in the savannas and plains of southeast Africa. Since the migrations, groups have coalesced out of necessity for protection, skin coloration and physical forms have modified in order to adapt to intensity or diminution of sunlight creating more visual cues that enforced more group distinctions, evolving different languages, and being exposed to a variety of Religious Revelations intending to instruct humans about who we are, where we came from, and foretelling what lies ahead. Certain dominant groups have taken advantage of the perceived differences, formed castes and other systems of apartheid, and forming a variety of class structures according to wealth and lineage, whimsically wrote and formalized racialist theories and tracts extolling certain skin colors and facial features, based distinctions on account of hair texture, and other nonessential aspects that have nothing to do with our common heritage—physical and spiritual.

    Just saying, in my own way.

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