1st Annual AAG ACME Protest - 'Geographers Against Trump' - April, 7th, 4:00pm, Boston
Had enough of Donald Trump? In the early days since his inauguration, the 45th President of the United States has dealt a series of major blows to our collective wellbeing and the future of the planet. The movement to fight against the renewed spirit of racism, sexism, and Islamophobia that has arisen under Trump has already begun. The challenges we are facing are decidedly geographical in nature from travel bans to health care cuts, pipelines to deportations, nuclear weapons proliferation to tax breaks for the rich, and border walls to climate change denial. Geographers are accordingly well positioned to push back, offer our support to targeted groups, and stand in solidarity against Trump's disastrous worldview.
On April 7th, at 4:00pm we will gather at the fountain at the north end of the Reflection Pool on Belvidere Street in Boston to protest (https://goo.gl/maps/uhNb92Pxp7B2). We invite you to come out with us and take a stand against Trump. Come with a placard and bring a friend... in fact, bring all of them! Members of the ACME Collective will be there to chat and chant, rabble and rouse, but we will NOT be there to lead. Why ACME then? Well, the point at which we can be most successful and reach our zenith is when all of our voices come together. That IS the ACME and so we are ALL the ACME!
ACME will further seek to offer a published outlet for our collective voices afterwards in the pages of our journal (acme-journal.org). We are asking that whoever shows up and feels inclined to protest to write a brief 150 to 250 words about why they participated. This document will stand as a record of our disgust for Trump's policies and actions, but also crucially as a testament of our commitment to each other. All of us. In all our beautiful plurality. The compiled responses will thus serve as a collective musing against Trump and about why we as geographers should be concerned, and perhaps what we can or should do in these difficult times. Statements will not be attributed to individuals, but rather anonymously to 'The ACME Resistance' as a whole.
Please join us. Through the act of protest ACME becomes more than a journal. We leap off of the page, out of the screen, and into the world as an expression of both outrage for the present moment of struggle and hope for better times ahead.
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