(Miami, FL) A diverse crowd of hundreds of protesters came together on a cool, sunny Saturday afternoon outside Bayfront Park Amphitheatre in Downtown Miami to express various forms of opposition to the Trump Regime, as well as call for alternatives. The protest included a delayed (Miami time) march through the streets of downtown with various stops along the way, including the County Courthouse and the Bank of America across from the Main Library, for various speeches and chants. The march ended back at the Bayfront Park area.
Chants targeted a wide array of right-wing policies being currently pushed by the Trump Regime including: “No ban, no registry, fuck white supremacy”; “No hate, no fear; refugees are welcome here”; “My body, my choice; her body, her choice”; “America, dry your eyes; now’s the time to organize!” “No Trump, No KKK, No Racist/Fascist USA!” One of the speeches addressed the disastrous Sabal Trail Pipeline being built here in Florida.
Signs and banners varied widely in message, from women’s reproductive rights to climate change; but banner from the main organizers of the event — The Anti-Trump Action Committee (ATAC) — read “Dump Trump: No Hate in FL”. Another of the large banners was from the South Florida Autonomous Left calling on participants and onlookers to “Build Popular Power”
Most of the onlookers were sympathetic, showing their support with smiles, thumbs up or fists in the air. One critic of the march expressed his dissatisfaction with the protestors by flipping off the crowd, and received an immediate response in the form of a sea of protesters’ own middle fingers in kind.
A diversity of alternatives were put forward regarding best ways to move forward in the current climate. This included everything from divesting from banks, contacting representatives, moving beyond the two-party system, to fundamentally transforming the system.
The sentiment of the crowd, however, seemed a bit more open to popular power based action. When one protestor yelled out repeatedly “Vote! Everyone needs to get out and vote!” to very little crowd reception, another simply yelled out in response “Organize!” to widespread cheers.