Protests Planned Against Trump, Alt Right, White Supremacy, Richard Spencer
Colorful dance protest, rally, speeches, outside white supremacist group holding conference in Washington DC.
Conference organized by Richard Spencer, prominent white supremacist who was recently banned from Twitter.
What: Colorful protests, speeches, dancing, rallies, in street outside Alt Right white supremacist gatherings
When: Dance protest , 6 . Rally outside of white supremacist conference, , .
Where: Dance protest location st 6 pm at Trump Hotel, Washington DC. Rally outside of white supremacist conference, 13th St NW & Pennsylvania Ave NW, outside the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC.
Washington DC — As millions march through the streets of major US cities to protest president-elect Donald Trump, many groups are also pivoting to examine the ideology of many of Trump’s most adamant supporters. The DC Antifascist Coalition, a spokescouncil of groups and individuals against fascism, are organizing several events this weekend in opposition to a conference held by the National Policy Institute, a white supremacist group that has been designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Protests, speeches, dancing, and rallies are planned outside this weekend’s conference on , and .
“It is not enough to reject Trump. We must also reject Trumpism, fascism, and white supremacy,” said Lacy MacAuley, a member of the DC Antifascist Coalition. “Our country is in a dangerous period when this hateful ideology is allowed to strut through our Washington DC government buildings to try to build momentum for ethnic cleansing. Make no mistake — they may speak in lofty academic language and wear suits, but these white supremacists want a white homeland and forced sterilization for people of color right here in the United States.”
, protesters will hold a colorful dance protest in the streets, outside a dinner being held by the National Policy Institute to start its weekend conference. The location has not yet been determined because the institute has attempted to keep its dinner location secret to avoid protests, but protesters are using undisclosed methods to determine the whereabouts of conference participants. , as the institute holds its white supremacist conference inside the Ronald Reagan Building in downtown Washington DC, protesters will be outside, speaking, chanting, and rallying to oppose and reject the group’s ideology. These events will be attended by many of the crowds who have marched in the past 10 days to protest Trump.
“Working against racism means that we fundamentally and vehemently reject the notion of genetic superiority and white supremacy," said David Thurston, a member of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, Empower DC, and All Souls Church in Washington DC. "We are sending a clear message to call out racism in all of its horrible forms. Racism is at its most dangerous when it is wearing a suit, a tie, and a malevolent smile.”
Wearing Nazi symbols such as swastikas and openly praising Hitler, many National Policy Institute supporters are active in Alt Right activities, online and offline. The institute’s materials openly identify genetic differences, not systemic racism, colonialism, or a legacy of slavery, for poverty among people of color. While claiming to be based on “science,” much of the institute’s material relies heavily on the widely-discredited IQ test as evidence of “racial disparities.” They base actual policy prescriptions on previously-debunked science purportedly showing genetic differences between people who identify as white and people with other identities, and are likely to discuss these dubious policy prescriptions at their conference this weekend.
The founder of the institute, Richard Spencer, has been permanently banned from entering the UK, and was deemed a “national security threat” after his arrest in Hungary in 2014. He was recently banned from Twitter in a prominent purge by the company this week.
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6 pm Trump Hotel
Rally outside of white supremacist conference, ,
13th St NW & Pennsylvania Ave NW, outside the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington DC