Every day Donald Trump does something else that is worth protesting. The past week was no exception to the rule – big names came out for a rally against Trump’s proposed cuts to arts funding, female artists channeled the Guerrilla Girls with creative acts of resistance and LGBTQ activists danced the night away in front of Ivanka Trump’s house.
On Saturday protesters held a “Queer Dance Party for Climate Justice at Ivanka Trump’s House.” Hundreds gathered in front of her Washington D.C. residence to protest her father’s recent rollbacks on environmental regulations and EPA funding as well as the administration’s planned omission of LBGTQ questioning from the upcoming United States census. On the official event Facebook page, organizers wrote:
“Last Tuesday, the Trump administration passed an Executive Order rolling back environmental regulations and slashed funding to the EPA, essentially halting the Federal progress the US has made in slowing the pace of climate change and on promoting clean energy.
In response, get ready to shake what your Mamma Earth gave ya and WERK it for climate justice! Thankfully, Ivanka Trump, “BFF of the gays,” supposed climate czar, and brand new employee of the Trump Administration has invited us to come and party in her neighborhood, leaving behind biodegradable glitter that will sparkle in the moonlight. It turns out Rex Tillerson, former CEO of Exxon, Sec. of State and Putin’s BFF, lives right next door!”
Two days later on Monday, April 3, several hundred people gathered at City Hall in NYC for a “Rally to Save the Arts.” Speakers and the crowd united against Trump’s proposed budget which completely cuts funding for many arts based organizations, including the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities (NEA and NEH), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Former Talking Heads David Byrne delivered an address to the crowd saying, “You may hate the arts. You may hate the stuff that people paint and the theater that they do, but do you want to lose all those jobs? Do we want to kill this part of the economy? That’s just completely stupid.”
Also in NYC, a collective of artists have begun an Adbusters style takeover of the city’s dormant phone booths by using them as displays for original artwork featuring the slogan, “Resistance is Female.” Participating artist, Abe Lincoln Jr., describes the project as a way to remind people to keep fighting, telling Artnet, “We’ve got one of the most hostile administrations towards women ever, I think. The initial outrage is one thing, but what happens a year from now?…It’s about people doing to their part, doing whatever they feel they need to do to affect change.”
Keep resisting! Stay tuned for The Untitled Space’s upcoming group exhibition, She Inspires, participate in your city’s March For Science on April 22, and check out the links below for upcoming protests and political events.
-Jasmine Williams for The Untitled Magazine