With homemade signs, banners and even locks and chains, thousands of protesters descended on today’s inauguration of Donald Trump. In modern times, no one so disliked has ascended to the nation’s highest office. Under the banner #DisruptJ20 (for January 20, the date of the inauguration), activists dedicated to different issues took their message to specific viewing entrances, many attempting to slow or stop supporters from getting inside. “This is not a normal president, so it shouldn’t be a normal inauguration,” said Denise Romano, a member of Communications Workers of America. She spoke as union activists linked arms, facing down a line of shield-wielding police at another entrance. Labor has reason for concern since Trump “stacked his administration with folks who are not shy about privatization,” said labor activist Anna Woodbury. Nowhere is that more clear than with billionaire Betsy DeVos, the nominee for education secretary. DeVos and her family have spent millions of dollars over several decades to steer public money away from public schools and into charter and religious schools. “She bought her way to this position,” Washington Teachers’ Union president Liz Davis said after a rally Thursday. “She represents privatization, school choice, for-profit schools.” Read more here.
- adapted from a longer report on The Huffington Post; photo by Julia Kann