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Gordon Plaza

Along with the support of over 100 people and coalitions who fight for equity and justice in Orleans Parish, Take ‘Em Down NOLA and the New Orleans Workers Group held a #J20NOLA Anti-Trump Inauguration Rally & March on January 20, 2017, at 3:00PM, beginning on the steps of New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street, to Duncan Plaza, across from City Hall, and into the streets of downtown New Orleans.

The purpose of the Rally & March was to “Inaugurate Unity & Resistance” and say “No to Fascism,” “No to White Supremacy,” “No to the Rule of Billionaires.”

On January 20, Trump became President and started to unleash a campaign of impoverishment, war, extreme racism, sexism, and homophobia. The plan to exploit and neglect the environment, imprison, deport and discriminate against immigrants and Muslims is dangerous and real. Pretending to be for “the people” his billionaire cabinet is filled with white supremacists, environment destroyers, war crazy generals, and opponents of any social benefit we have won. We will seen an increased curtailment of constitutional rights, more prisons, and less education. His cabinet is also a who’s who of Wall St. banks, hedge funds, fast food moguls, and opponents of higher wages. Therefore, rather than be overwhelmed and feel defeated, we started the process of collective organizing toward tangle solutions to protect our communities and build toward equity for working class people, which includes those who are homeless or directly affected by mass incarceration. This intentional organizing has continued ever since #J20NOLA. The first six months were spent engaging residents of New Orleans in the creating a “Fight Back Manifesto”. This was phase one. Now the The New Orleans Peoples’ Assembly is in Phase two, in ensuing that that demands outlined in the “Fight Back Manifesto” are made manifest through the power of the people.