Hang a Black Ribbon, Raise a Clenched Fist

Inauguration Protest: Washington, D.C., and New York City

  • Billionaires for Bush
    Thursday at 10:30 a.m.
    FDR Memorial, west side of the Tidal Basin
    In tuxedos and ball gowns, Billionaires will auction off the Social Security trust fund and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

  • 10,000 Jesuses
    Thursday at 11 a.m.
    4th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
    "Dress as Jesus (or other character from the New Testament) and carry signs to indicate Jesus' disapproval: 'Who Would I Torture?', 'Who Would I Bomb?'"

  • Anarchist March/Anti-Authoritarian Bloc
    Thursday at 12:30 p.m.
    Logan Circle, 13th Street between Rhode Island Avenue and P Street NW
    "All-out for an anarchist mobilization against centralized power."

  • Turn Your Back on Bush
    Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m.
    Parade route (see website for access points)
    Arrive early to get a spot. Dress neutrally; leave signs and buttons at home. Turn your back when any motorcade of black limos and SUVs passes.

  • Billionaires' Re-Coronation Ball
    Thursday, 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m.; VIP reception at 7:30 p.m.
    Platinum Nightclub, 915 F Street NW

  • Not My President! Punk Rock Ball
    Thursday, 6 p.m.
    Sanctuary Theater, Calvary Methodist Church, 1459 Columbia Rd. NW
    With Anti-Flag, Q and Not U, 1905, Del Cielo, and speakers from Iraq Veterans Against the War, Empower DC, and Positive Force D.C.

  • Noise Against Facism
    8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
    Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW
    Brutally loud sound from Mirror/Dash (a Kim Gordon/Thurston Moore duo), Magik Markers, To Live and Shave in L.A., Buzzardstain, Nautical Almanac, Metalux, and more.

  • Deliver a Spine to the DNC Headquarters
    Friday, 11:30 a.m.
    Folger Park, 2nd and D Streets SE
    The Backbone Campaign will deliver a 70-foot puppet of a human spine to the Democratic National Committee to demand new, progressive leadership.

  • Progressive Democratic Summit
    Friday to Sunday
    The David A. Clarke School of Law Auditorium
    University of the District of Columbia
    4200 Connecticut Ave., NW
    A three-day conference with NOW President Kim Gandy, Amy Goodman, Green Party leader David Cobb, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, Tom Hayden, and others.

  • "United We Stand" Rally
    Saturday, 7 to 10 p.m.
    Plymouth Congregational United Church of Christ
    5301 North Capital St., NE
    With Rosie O'Donnell, Leslie Cagan, Rev. Graylan Hagler, Medea Benjamin of Code Pink, Damu Smith of Black Voices for Peace, Adele Welty of September 11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows and more.

  • ANSWER Counter-Inaugural Demontration
    Thursday, 9 a.m.
    Converge at 4th St and Pennsylvania Avenue on the north side of the parade route as close to 9 am as possible.

    Basic Info

    The Inaugural Parade begins at 2 p.m. and is expected to last 3 to 4 hours. See inauguralmap.com for a detailed map of the route and public access points, or click here. All those entering the parade route will be searched. Download a list of security checkpoints here.

    Prohibited items: backpacks, bags exceeding size restrictions (8 by 6 by 4 inches), bicycles, coolers, thermal or glass containers, and "any other items determined to be a potential safety hazard." Signs and banners should be made of cardboard, poster board, or cloth and can be no larger than 3 feet wide, 20 feet long, and ¼ inches thick. No wood or handles.

    Getting There

    1. Ride board.
    2. ANSWER has buses departing at 5 a.m. from 14th Street between Fifth and Sixth avenues. Tickets are $35, $30 for students and fixed incomes. 212.533.0417, nycbus@internationalanswer.org.
    3. Mandatemyth.com has open buses leaving at 5:30 a.m. from NYU. Tickets are $25 ($27 using PayPal). See mandatemyth.com or e-mail bus@mandatemyth.com.
    4. Cheap Chinatown buses: Go to chinatown-bus.org or 2000coach.com for buses leaving from both Chinatown and Midtown, starting at 7 a.m. $35 round-trip/$20 one-way.
    5. Greyhound: $35 one-way
    6. Amtrak: $76 one-way coach ticket

    NYC Events

  • The World Is on Thin Ice With Bush
    Thursday at 11:15 a.m.
    Rockefeller Center ice rink, 601 Fifth Avenue
    "At noon, when Bush is getting sworn in, we will display our 'The World Is on Thin Ice With Bush' T-shirts. Make your own, or we will provide."

  • Inauguration Day Peace Vigil
    Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
    Ralph Bunche Park, 43rd Street and First Avenue, across from the U.N.
    "To mourn the inauguration of George Bush and to give the message to the United Nations and international community that Bush has NO MANDATE from the American people."

  • Solemn Reading of the Names of Those Killed in Iraq
    Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
    Fifth Avenue between 51st and 52nd streets, across from St. Patrick's Cathedral
    To honor soldiers and civilians killed in Iraq. "No banners, signs, chants, etc. We do hope to sing Peace, Salaam, Shalom, but only that."

  • Inaugural Primal Scream
    Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
    Times Square, 42nd Street and Seventh Avenue, outside the Gap
    "Come share the pain and release the frustration in a group scream during rush hour in Times Square!"

  • Counter-Inaugural Vigil With Women in Black
    Thursday at 5:30 p.m.
    Union Square, 14th Street and Broadway
    "Join us as we stand in opposition to the Bush Administration and their corporate and military cronies."
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