For Immediate Release, January 11, 2017
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Thousands Join Earth2Trump, Pledging Resistance to Incoming Administration
Cross-country Resistance Roadshow Halfway to Inauguration, Rallying Over 2,500 in Nine Cities, Hundreds More Send #Earth2Trump Online Messages
DENVER— More than 2,500 people attended the first nine Earth2Trump events as part of a 16-city, cross-country tour building resistance to President-elect Trump. The tour, which began Jan. 2, has hosted shows in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Tucson, Reno, Salt Lake City, Houston and Silver City, N.M. The next stops are tonight in Denver, Friday in Omaha and Saturday in St. Petersburg, Fla.
The Center for Biological Diversity is organizing the tour in coordination with allied local groups to build a national network of resistance against President-elect Trump’s attacks on the environment and civil rights.
“Every show on the tour has been at capacity, with lines streaming out the door,” said Kierán Suckling, the Center’s executive director. “People are fired up and ready to resist Trump at every turn. This is a growing national movement standing up for democracy, civil rights, wildlife and equality. We’ll be there every day to oppose policies that hurt wildlife, poison our air and water, destroy our climate, promote racism, misogyny or homophobia, or marginalize entire segments of our society.”
The free shows include live music, national and local speakers, a pledge of resistance, and a chance for participants to write personalized #Earth2Trump messages to be taken to the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Those messages are being posted online and placed inside hand-painted globes that will be delivered to Washington, D.C., Jan. 18, where there will be a final show featuring musicians Makana, Dana Lyons, Lyla June and Casey Neill.
“We're not just here to complain. We’re here to make a change and change our lifestyle. How do we join the movement? How are we standing in solidarity with impacted communities?” Yudith Nieto, youth organizer with TEJAS, said at the Houston event on Tuesday.
“Our life ways are connected to this land. We are of this land. One of our main teachings is to take care of one another. If everyone starts taking care of one another we can solve a lot of problems,” Eddie Garcia, a Carrizo/Comecrudo Tribe of Texas member and activist from the Two Rivers Camp, said at the Houston show. “Our real enemy is fear, ignorance and confusion. Our enemy is showing its face.”
Photos of the events that are available for media use are here.
The central tour travels by train and will be in Denver tonight at the Mercury Café, 2199 California St., from 6 to 8:30 p.m. The free shows features touring musicians Makana and Dana Lyons, along with speeches by representatives from the Center, Food and Water Watch, Wild Earth Guardians and other groups.
The southern tour will be in St. Petersburg, Fla. Saturday from 3 to 6:30 p.m. at The Ale and the Witch, 111 2nd Ave. NE. Mountain Holler will join touring musicians Lyla June and Casey Neill, and speakers will include St. Petersburg City Councilwoman Darden River and Rev. Andy Bell.
See a map of the tour and more details at www.Earth2Trump.org. Follow the tour on social media with #Earth2Trump and on the Center’s Medium page. Images and interviews with touring activists and musicians and local partners are available upon request.
The Center for Biological Diversity is a national, nonprofit conservation organization with more than 1.1 million members and online activists dedicated to the protection of endangered species and wild places.