Background on Occupy the Inauguration

Occupy Inauguration was a series of organized mass protests and rallies against the inauguration of Donald Trump and his policies. It took place in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day, January 20th-21st, 2017.

The protests against Trump started the day he announced his candidacy for President of the United States on June 16, 2015. It kept going on until it reached the climax on the inauguration day when protests broke out worldwide. One of the main reasons for the protests was Trump’s abrogating remarks about illegal immigrants from Mexico.

The next day to the inauguration was the Women’s March on Washington, the largest protest in the U.S. history. The March aimed to advocate women’s rights and other issues including immigration reform, healthcare reforms, and freedom of religion.

With that being said, the Occupy Inauguration movement has its philosophical roots in a few matters that go beyond the new administration.

The Occupy movement is a rejection of oligarchy. It is against the unfair wealth distribution in the US, where the richest 1% hold about 38% of all wealth in the United States. At the same time, the bottom 90% own 73% of all debt. It means that 1% in the United States have more wealth than the bottom 90%.

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