Change is afoot in the good (great) 'ole United States of America, and much of the Bay Area plans to make their voices heard on Inauguration Day and throughout the weekend. Whether you plan to attend a rally or march, or would rather avoid the whole thing altogether, here are eight things you need to know about this weekend's planned events in response to the incoming Trump Administration:
1. The Women's March on Saturday, January 21st is expecting upwards of 60,000 attendees and will probably be the largest event of the weekend. A rally begins at San Francisco Civic Center at 3pm and the march to Justin Herman Plaza starts at 5pm. Simultaneous marches will occur in Oakland, San Jose, and of course, Washington D.C.
2. The San Francisco Women's March will be a flat 1.7-mile walk and is expected to take 90 minutes. There is no official "after-party" following the march. There will be no seating available at the rally beforehand, but if you can't stand for long periods of time, it's okay to bring along a small stool.
3. You can gear up for the Women's March by taking "Women's March Yoga!" on Saturday morning. The donation-based class will be held from 9:15 to 10:30am at The Center SF and all proceeds will benefit San Francisco's Women's Building.
4. "SF Protest Against Trump on Inauguration Day: Fight Racism, Defend Immigrants!" is a demonstration scheduled for Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20th. The rally, organized by the Answer Coalition, will be held at 5pm at UN Plaza.
5. "Bridge Together Golden Gate" is a peace and love demonstration planned for Friday. Registered attendees plan to hold hands across the entire span of the Golden Gate Bridge from 10am to noon.
6. Head to El Rio on Friday where all bar proceeds after 4pm to 6pm will benefit Planned Parenthood. Performances by The World and Preening starting at 9pm, followed by DJ sets till close. There will also be a donation bucket at the door.
7. A family-friendly rally is promised on Saturday in Oakland's Frank Ozawa Plaza. "Resist Trump: #OccupyInauguration" is planned from noon to 3pm to protest Trump's first day in office.
8. Your safety and the safety of your fellow humans is of utmost importance. Counter-protests are expected in response to this weekend's numerous Bay Area events. Remain aware of your surroundings and keep your protest, march, demonstration, or rally peaceful, please!
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