Next month millennial activists across the country are planning to set up a permanent base in Washington, DC to protest Donald Trump’s presidency, calling it the “movement house.”
In honor of the neighborhood in rebellion of the state in the Hunger Games books, the organizers have nicknamed the house “District 13”, and will set up shop the day of the inauguration, on January 20th.
Primarily women of color as well as those who had campaigned for Bernie Sanders, are the organizers of this movement.
According to the Guardian, activists have declared the house to be a “space for the best kinds of troublemakers from around the country.” Located in Capitol Hill, the property will be near both the White House and Capitol building, allowing activists to mobilize quickly if they should disagree with any issues proposed by President-elect Trump.
Moumita Ahmed, founder of the Millennials for Revolution, stated that “Ultimately it’s to make sure we hold him accountable. Because his presidency is not normal at all. It’s our duty to make sure he doesn’t succeed. If he succeeds it’s a message that everything he stood for is OK. That it’s OK to get to power in the way that he did, and hurt all the people he’s hurt.”
During the civil rights era, movement houses were built to serve as safe havens for those planning marches and protests, which Ahmed believes inspired this movement. Ahmed went on to say that activists around the country, who wish to protest in the capital, are welcome to District 13.
African Americans for Bernie and Color Change as well as people from ethnic-minority activist groups have been busy in preparation for the opening of their movement house. They have also received contributions from those who campaigned for climate change and minimum wage reform.
Ahmed said that “Most of the people involved are people who will most definitely be affected by this administration. As someone who is from a Muslim family, I’m invested in the safety of my community. And I see this administration as a threat to my community, especially because of the rhetoric that was used to become the president.”
A crowdfunding campaign will be launched by the group on Tuesday to help raise $50,000 for one years’ rent at District 13.
Erika Peralta, one of the members in the organization Color of Change, has joined District 13 and plans to live in the house for the first three months of Donald Trump’s Presidency. Peralta told the paper that, “The aim is to be a focal point and a nexus for activists and progressive people across the country to provide them resources and aid and our networks to stop any hatred that may come from the White House or to stand up against it. We’re going to work to make sure that whatever [Trump] is trying to do, whether it’s a Muslim registry or deport a bunch of immigrants, we’re not going to let that happen.”
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