A conversation with one of the women behind the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women.

“I grieved on the night of the Election. I’m a liberal, progressive, Jewish American Woman. I never believed a man as unqualified as Donald Trump would become the President of the United States.”- Blynne Olivieri

Blynne Olivieri is one of the leaders behind the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. She is helping to empower Americans to resist. Olivieri wants people to resist racism, sexism and oppression. Her motto; reject an administration that doesn’t represent, or define us.

Blynne wants America to live up to its promise of equality. She is marching for liberty and justice for all Americans. Justice that she doesn’t have faith that the Trump administration will offer equally.

Olivieri says, “Trump spoke racist rhetoric on the campaign trail. He is not qualified or equipped to be president. Some of Trump’s cabinet picks have had connection to racist, anti-Semitic groups. Those groups don’t represent the America I love or what our government should be. Thousands of people agree with me. We will march and peacefully mobilize against injustice. We march for diversity and the acceptance that should be at the core of American values.”

Olivieri spoke, tearfully. “I went to the university that I work for and saw the sheer terror in the faces of my students because they feared for their lives and their freedoms, I knew I had to take action.”

I ask, “Do you think anything can occur that may increase Trumps acceptance and redeem his image?”

Olivieri replies, “No. That ship has sailed. Trump bragged about groping women. He made fun of a disabled reporter and he insulted a civil rights hero. My hero. Trump has proven to be a threat to the equality, health, and advancement of this country. He’s a threat to the positive change that civil rights legends like John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. bled for. I won’t stand by as the dream and the positive change they, and so many other men and women who have fought for social justice worked, for get ripped away. People need to become politically engaged to prevent this. Run for office, protest, call a state representative and act to resist injustice.”

“What makes this march so important to you?”

Olivieri spoke, tearfully. “I went to the university that I work for and saw the sheer terror in the faces of my students because they feared for their lives and their freedoms, I knew I had to take action.”

When was this march first planned?

“On November 13th. At first I was going to volunteer to help with the planning of the D.C. March but I felt a need and a calling to develop one at home. The college I work at is 44% African-American. These students already feared police brutality. Now they are also full of anxiety over the advancements toward equal rights eroding away. They fear the loss of reproductive freedoms and the right to be themselves. So I am marching for them. Me and my co-founders Harmel Codi, Gina Gareau-Clark, Janel Green, Gerald A. Griggs, and Aisha Yaqoob all march for different reasons. We march for the disabled, the Trans community, for housing justice, for economic equality, and for immigrants and refugees, and for the children of our nation. This March combines different people and issues. Yet, we all have the same goal. We want to improve our country.”

There are over 300 marches like this cropping up all over the country and globally. The main March, the Women’s March on Washington 2017, is also happening on the same day, January 21st. Groups like the ACLU of Georgia, disABILITY LINK, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Latino Connection, National Council of Jewish Women — Atlanta Section, Empowered by Pink, and Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta are taking part.

Are you?

Find information on where you can join the protest is below.

Protesting is as American as baseball or the Boston tea party. It is how we have fought to improve our government for generations. Why? Because a government that oppresses the people is not one that is for the people. So, when the people are unhappy, they march. They shout. They rise up and speak out. Donald, are you listening?

Join the March!

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of events. This article will be updated as more information becomes available. Check back for updates. This list is courtesy of Hayley Miller, of The Huffington Post. Check out her post by clicking here.



Friday, Jan. 20

Trump Inauguration Protest

6 a.m. at Carnegie Library Park


Los Angeles

Saturday, Jan. 14


12 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall

Friday, Jan. 20

United Against Hate

11 a.m. at Olympic and Figueroa

Palo Alto

Friday, Jan. 20


5 p.m. at El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road


Friday, Jan. 20

Not My President

2 p.m. at California State Capitol

San Diego

Friday, Jan. 20

Unite and Resits #J20

10:30 a.m. at San Diego State College and Chicano Park

Protest Trump

12 p.m. at Park Boulevard and President’s Way Lawn

San Francisco

Friday, Jan. 20

Bridge Together Golden Gate

10 a.m. at the Golden Gate Bridge

Fight Racism, Defend Immigrants, San Francisco

5 p.m. at UN Plaza



Friday, Jan. 20

Make a Change Millennial Festival

1:30 p.m. at Denver Capitol Building



Friday, Jan. 20

Inauguration Day Protest

6 p.m. Bayfront Park Amphitheater


Friday, Jan. 20

Inauguration Day Protest

6 p.m. Lake Eola Park



Friday, Jan. 20

Inauguration Night Bash for Local Abortion Access

8 p.m. at Cine Athena



Saturday, Jan. 21

Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women

1 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights



Friday, Jan. 20


4 p.m. Waikiki Gateway Park



Sunday, Jan. 15

Earth2Trump Roadshow of Resistance Rally, Chicago

6 p.m. at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Friday, Jan. 20

Chicago Trump Tower March

5 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago



Saturday, Jan. 21

March for Equality and Social Justice


New Orleans

Friday, Jan. 20


3 p.m. at Duncan Park in City Hall Plaza



Thursday, Jan. 19

No Fascist USA

2 p.m. at Monument Park



Friday, Jan. 20

Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration Boston!

6 p.m. at Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand


Grand Rapids

Saturday, Jan. 21

Support the Women’s March on Washington

10 a.m. at the Fountain Street Church



Friday, Jan. 20

Strike Against Trump and Poverty Wages

5:30 a.m. at 1530 New Brighton Blvd.

Resist Against Trump’s Agenda

2 p.m. at Lake Street and Nicollet Ave. S


Kansas City

Friday, Jan. 20

Kansas City Trump Inauguration Protest

2 p.m. at Union Station


Las Vegas

Thursday, Jan. 19

Anti-Trump Inauguration Eve March

4 p.m. at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

New York

New York City

Saturday, Jan. 14

Queens United Against Trump Rally

1 p.m. at Jamaica Colosseum Mall

Sunday, Jan. 15

Truth. Resistance. Opposition. March on Trump Tower

11:30 a.m. at 5th Avenue and 59th Street

TrumpCare Makes Us Sick!

12:30 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower NYC

Writers Resist: Louder Together for Free Expression

2 p.m. at the New York Public Library

Monday, Jan. 16

Bay Ridge March Against Hate

1 p.m. at Islamic Society of Bay Ridge

Wednesday, Jan. 18

Obama Farewell & Call To Action

7 p.m. at Theater for the New City

Thursday, Jan. 19

Trump Tower Protest with Michael Moore, Alec Baldwin and Mark Ruffalo

6 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower NYC

What A Joke: A Stand Up Benefit For The ACLU

8 p.m. at The Stand

Friday, Jan. 20

Resist Trump: Student Walk Out and Rally

5 p.m. in Foley Square, student walkouts throughout the day

Anti-Inauguration Ball

7 p.m. at DiMenna Center for Classical Music

What A Joke: A Stand Up Benefit For The ACLU

8 p.m. at Annoyance Theater

The Anti-Inauguration

8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre

The UNaugural Ball

9 p.m. at the Bowery Hotel

Saturday, Jan. 21

What A Joke: A Stand Up Benefit For The ACLU

7:30 p.m. at Rough Trade

North Carolina


Friday, Jan. 20

Trump Inauguration Protest

5:30 p.m. at CCB Plaza



Saturday, Jan. 14

Anti-Trump Protest

5 p.m. at Cleveland Public Square



Friday, Jan. 20

Inauguration Day Protest

4 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Saturday, Jan. 21

United Front Against the Trump Agenda

10 a.m. at Shemanski Park



Friday, Jan. 20

Resist Trump!

3 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza



Friday, Jan. 20

Silent Inauguration

12 p.m. at Centennial Park Band Shell



Friday, Jan. 20

One Resistance, Austin

5 p.m. at Auditorium Shores

Saturday, Jan. 21

Boundless Across Borders

12 p.m. at Armijo Par


Friday, Jan. 20

#J20 Anti-Trump March

3 p.m. at Lake Cliff Park

Saturday, Jan. 21

Women’s Rally and Mega Phone Bank

10 a.m. at CWA Local 6215



Sunday, Jan. 15

Silent Inauguration

12 p.m. at Hurkamp Park



Friday, Jan. 20

Resist Trump: Occupy Inauguration

5 p.m. at Westlake Park

Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Jan. 14

Black Is Back Self-Determination Rally

12 p.m. at Howard University Blackburn Center Events

Sunday, Jan. 15

We Shall Not Be Moved March

9 a.m. at National Sylvan Theater

Thursday, Jan. 19

Non-Violent Protest

2 p.m. at Franklin Square Park (through Sunday, Jan. 22)

Peace Ball With CODEPINK

8 p.m. at National Museum of African American History and Culture

Friday, Jan. 20


12 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol Building


7 a.m. at Freedom Plaza

March on the Inauguration

10 a.m. Malcolm X Park

Rally for Humanity

10 a.m. at Martin Luther King National Memorial

Saturday, Jan. 21

Petition To End Politics Of Division

10 a.m. at World War II Memorial



Friday, Jan. 20

March to Kick Off 100 Days of Resistance

5 p.m. at Red Arrow Park

Originally published at medium.com