By Rosin Saez, with Melissa Lin
January 19, 2017

This week, on January 20, America prepares to inaugurate Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States, one of the—if not the—most powerful and highly regarded position in our nation and beyond. While he won the Electoral College, he was less popular in the Popular Vote. By nearly three million votes less in fact. As you can imagine some of those three million voters may be spending this week, including Inauguration Day, to speak truth to that executive power; to find comfort, strength, and power in numbers.

Here are some powerful events, both big and small, far reaching and community-based to seek out this week and beyond.

 

Wed, Jan 17
Panel: Race and Police Brutality
According to a KCTS 9/Crosscut/Washington poll, only half of Washingtonians believe that race affects the use of police force. Why are there so many opposing perspectives? How do we identify solutions to end violence against African Americans in America? What actions can we as community members take? Spectrum Dance Theater and Crosscut invite you to a panel discussion on police brutality to unpack these very questions. Register here.

Thu, Jan 18
Resist Trump: Poster Making Party
There are likely many poster making parties in your neighborhood, being host at bars, restaurants, and craft clubs. But here’s another: The recently opened Squirrel Chops in the Central District wants to be a community gather spot, and is volunteering their space for those who need room and supplies to make posters for the Womxn’s March in Seattle this Saturday (see below).

Fri, Jan 20
Seattle United for Immigrant and Refugee Families
The City’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA) are once again offering free legal assistance to our local residents who really need it. But this time, they say, the event will be much bigger, which is fantastic considering the worry and stree-filled phone calls they received after Trump won the Presidential Election last November. McCaw Hall, Free

Fri, Jan 20
The Pink Carpet Project III: Seattle Stands with Planned Parenthood
This Inauguration Day,there will be samba, burlesque, poetry, keynote speakers, and more all in the spirit of diversity and to raise funds for a threaten Planned Parenthood and those who need it most. Also: appetizers from Madres Kitchen, cocktails by The Rhino Room, and the program will be led by the matriarchs of ceremony: Hella Black Hella Seattle. The Rhino Room, 21 and over only, $25

Fri, Jan 20
Salon de la Résistance: An Anti-Inaugural Ball
Inauguration Day isn’t the end of the world; it’s the beginning of the resistance. Instead of feeling depressed, hug it out and raise a bunch of money to help fight what’s to come in this uncertain political climate. All bar and poster shop proceeds, and a portion of ticket sales, will be donated to the ACLU and El Centro de la Raza. The Ruins, $35

Fri, Jan 20
Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration in Seattle
Multiple groups, including the Resist Trump Coalition and immigrant rights organization, have organized a series of events to oppose Trump on his inauguration. Student walkouts will start at 12 pm and will be followed by a rally at Judkins Park at 1 pm, a march from Judkins Park to Westlake Plaza beginning at 3 pm, and finally a Resist Trump rally at Westlake Plaza at 5 pm.

Fri, Jan 20
Building Community Post-Inauguration
The National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF) Seattle Chapter will host facilitated discussions post-inauguration. These discussions are meant to help people process the election, but most importantly, build community and feel safe. The space is meant to center AAPI identified women and gender queer and trans folks. Panama Hotel’s Coffee House, 5–7pm.

Fri, Jan 20
Race for our Rights 5k
A race to benefit Planned Parenthood will occur at Magnuson Park on Inauguration day. More details and registration link here. Magnuson Park, 6–8 pm.

Sat, Jan 21
Womxn’s March on Seattle
This protest stands in solidarity with the march occurring in Washington DC on the same day. People of all identities are welcome to attend and show support for those who have been most marginalized by the election. The 3.6-mile route will begin at Judkins Park and end at the Seattle Center. Demonstrators can join a group to march with, such as with the Womxn of Color and Families marching contingent. Seattle, 10am–4pm.

Have we missed anything? Probably. Here are some ideas from the lovely folks over at the Seattle Globalist.