This OTYCD post originally ran in July 2018. We’re rerunning it now if you’re feeling the need to protest more often, and at more accessible times than weekday nights on or around rush hour.
To find a #StandOnEveryCorner protest near you, check the organization’s website:
…and contact the organizers before showing up, to make sure the standing event is in fact happening.
The text below has been updated and amended.
Support the #KremlinAnnex protests in Washington, D.C., and start your own #StandOnEveryCorner protest.
So, have you noticed things are coming to a head? Yeah.
Helsinki was the last straw for a lot of people. Those who were close enough to Lafayette Park, which is near the White House in Washington, D.C., gathered spontaneously on the night of July 16, 2018.
It has its own hashtag on Twitter: #KremlinAnnex
Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko), a political advisor to Hillary Clinton, is leading an effort to sustain the Lafayette Park protests until we get real movement on Trump–he quits, Congress successfully impeaches him or sidelines his agenda by having three Republican Senators quit caucusing with the party, etc.
Parkhomenko has arranged to accept donations to the #KremlinAnnex movement through ActBlue. To be clear–all we have is the ActBlue link, which lists past headliners at the nightly protests. That’s all we have as far as explanation of where the money goes and what it underwrites. If we find an org that’s supplying bottled water, food, free transportation to the protestors, etc., we’ll add it here.
ActBlue link for donating to the #KremlinAnnex protests:
If you don’t live near Washington, D.C. and can’t get there anytime soon, consider starting a nightly protest near you.
People are Fed Up with Trump and his evil minions, and they’re not content to wait for periodic word of big, organized protests. Not that long before Helsinki, a few folks around the country had decided to make signs and do daily protests on their lunch hour, or after dinner.
As people have seen other protestors’ social media posts about their own spontaneous daily actions, it’s snowballed into a movement of its own: #StandOnEveryCorner.
Helsinki and #KremlinAnnex gave it a real push. You can follow the #StandOnEveryCorner hashtag to see what others are doing.
The person who started it–who began standing on his local corner a few weeks before it evolved into a hashtagged movement–is Bryce Tache (@brycetache). As of July 19, 2018, he and friends and neighbors in Minneapolis, Minnesota had gathered for an hour every night in Pearl Park for 30 days straight. (They’ve done many more since.)
Don’t be content to watch and wait. Make a sign, choose a good place to stand and a time when you can be there every day, and just do it. Invite friends and tweet pictures using the #StandOnEveryCorner hashtag.
If you need suggestions on choice local protest spots, pull up MoveOn’s signup site for its No One Is Above the Law protests, which would be triggered if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein, or makes other moves to destroy the Trump-Russia probe. Plug in your zip code and see where that protest would take place. See if it works for you. If not, do some thinking and scouting and choose a place that’s like it.
But! In scouting for a protest spot, make sure that it’s accessible to people who use wheelchairs, walkers, and canes. They should be able to get to the spot under their own power, at their own pace, and without assistance. If someone has to help them up and over a curb to get there, pick a better place.
Also consider bringing a few folding chairs for those who can’t stand for long periods.
And it’s a good idea to prep and bring a “wardrobe” of protest signs for passersby who see your #StandOnEveryCorner gathering and want to join you then and there. Make it as easy as possible for them to jump in.
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