Meet A Fierce And Fearless Activist Ready To Take On Donald Trump!

01/16/2017 10:07 am ET Updated Jan 16, 2017
Atlanta March for Social Justice & Women

A conversation with one of the women behind the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women.

Lizzy Johnston

“I grieved on the night of the Election. I’m a liberal, progressive, Jewish American Woman. I never believed a man as unqualified as Donald Trump would become the president of the United States.”- Blynne Olivieri

Blynne Olivieri is one of the leaders behind the Atlanta March for Social Justice and Women. She is helping to empower Americans to resist. Olivieri wants people to resist racism, sexism and oppression. Her motto; reject an administration that doesn’t represent, or define us.

Blynne wants America to live up to its promise of equality. She is marching for liberty and justice for all Americans. Justice that she doesn’t have faith that the Trump administration will offer equally.

Olivieri says, “Trump spoke racist rhetoric on the campaign trail. He is not qualified or equipped to be president. Some of Trump’s cabinet picks have had connection to racist, anti-Semitic groups. Those groups don’t represent the America I love or what our government should be. Thousands of people agree with me. We will march and peacefully mobilize against injustice. We march for diversity and the acceptance that should be at the core of American values.”

I ask, “Do you think anything can occur that may increase Trumps acceptance and redeem his image?”

Olivieri replies, “No. That ship has sailed. Trump bragged about groping women. He made fun of a disabled reporter and he insulted a civil rights hero. My hero. Trump has proven to be a threat to the equality, health, and advancement of this country. He’s a threat to the positive change that civil rights legends like John Lewis and Martin Luther King Jr. bled for. I won’t stand by as the dream and the positive change they, and so many other men and women who have fought for social justice worked, for get ripped away. People need to become politically engaged to prevent this. Run for office, protest, call a state representative and act to resist injustice.”

“What makes this march so important to you?”

“Olivieri spoke, tearfully. “I went to the university that I work for and saw the sheer terror in the faces of my students because they feared for their lives and their freedoms, I knew I had to take action.”

When was this march first planned?

“On November 13th. At first I was going to volunteer to help with the planning of the D.C. March but I felt a need and a calling to develop one at home. The college I work at is 44% African-American. These students already feared police brutality. Now they are also full of anxiety over the advancements toward equal rights eroding away. They fear the loss of reproductive freedoms and the right to be themselves. So I am marching for them. Me and my co-founders Harmel Codi, Gina Gareau-Clark, Janel Green, Gerald A. Griggs, and Aisha Yaqoob all march for different reasons. We march for the disabled, the Trans community,  for housing justice, for economic equality, and for immigrants and refugees, and for the children of our nation. This March combines different people and issues. Yet, we all have the same goal. We want to improve our country.”

There are over 300 marches like this cropping up all over the country and globally. The main March, the Women’s March on Washington 2017, also happening on the same day, January 21st. Groups like the ACLU of Georgia, disABILITY LINK, Georgia Muslim Voter Project, Latino Connection, National Council of Jewish Women - Atlanta Section, Empowered by Pink, and Black Lives Matter of Greater Atlanta are taking part.

Are you?

Information of where you can join the protest is below.

Protesting is as American as baseball or the Boston tea party. It is how we have fought to improve our government for generations. Why? Because a government that oppresses the people is not one that is for the people. So, when the people are unhappy, they march. They shout. They rise up and speak out. Donald, are you listening?

Join the March!

Note: This is not a comprehensive list of events. This article will be updated as more information becomes available. Check back for updates. This list is courtesy of Hayley Miller, of The Huffington Post. Check out her post by clicking here.

Arizona

Phoenix

Friday, Jan. 20

6 a.m. at Carnegie Library Park

California

Los Angeles

Saturday, Jan. 14

12 p.m. at Los Angeles City Hall

Friday, Jan. 20

11 a.m. at Olympic and Figueroa

Palo Alto

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. at El Camino Real and Embarcadero Road

Sacramento

Friday, Jan. 20

2 p.m. at California State Capitol

San Diego

Friday, Jan. 20

10:30 a.m. at San Diego State College and Chicano Park

12 p.m. at Park Boulevard and President’s Way Lawn

San Francisco

Friday, Jan. 20

10 a.m. at the Golden Gate Bridge

5 p.m. at UN Plaza

Colorado

Denver

Friday, Jan. 20

1:30 p.m. at Denver Capitol Building

Florida

Miami

Friday, Jan. 20

6 p.m. Bayfront Park Amphitheater

Orlando

Friday, Jan. 20

6 p.m. Lake Eola Park

Georgia

Athens

Friday, Jan. 20

8 p.m. at Cine Athena

Atlanta

Saturday, Jan. 21

1 p.m. at the Center for Civil and Human Rights

Hawaii

Honolulu

Friday, Jan. 20

4 p.m. Waikiki Gateway Park

Illinois

Chicago

Sunday, Jan. 15

6 p.m. at Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower Chicago

Kentucky

Murray

Saturday, Jan. 21

Louisiana

New Orleans

Friday, Jan. 20

3 p.m. at Duncan Park in City Hall Plaza

Maine

Portland

Thursday, Jan. 19

2 p.m. at Monument Park

Massachusetts

Boston

Friday, Jan. 20

6 p.m. at Boston Common’s Parkman Bandstand

Michigan

Grand Rapids

Saturday, Jan. 21

10 a.m. at the Fountain Street Church

Minnesota

Minneapolis

Friday, Jan. 20

5:30 a.m. at 1530 New Brighton Blvd.

2 p.m. at Lake Street and Nicollet Ave. S

Missouri

Kansas City

Friday, Jan. 20

2 p.m. at Union Station

Nevada

Las Vegas

Thursday, Jan. 19

4 p.m. at Trump International Hotel Las Vegas

New York

New York City

Saturday, Jan. 14

1 p.m. at Jamaica Colosseum Mall

Sunday, Jan. 15

11:30 a.m. at 5th Avenue and 59th Street

12:30 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower NYC

2 p.m. at the New York Public Library

Monday, Jan. 16

1 p.m. at Islamic Society of Bay Ridge

Wednesday, Jan. 18

7 p.m. at Theater for the New City

Thursday, Jan. 19

6 p.m. at Trump International Hotel and Tower NYC

8 p.m. at The Stand

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. in Foley Square, student walkouts throughout the day

7 p.m. at DiMenna Center for Classical Music

8 p.m. at Annoyance Theater

8 p.m. at the Lincoln Theatre

9 p.m. at the Bowery Hotel

Saturday, Jan. 21

7:30 p.m. at Rough Trade

North Carolina

Durham

Friday, Jan. 20

5:30 p.m. at CCB Plaza

Ohio

Cleveland

Saturday, Jan. 14

5 p.m. at Cleveland Public Square

Oregon

Portland

Friday, Jan. 20

4 p.m. at Pioneer Courthouse Square

Saturday, Jan. 21

10 a.m. at Shemanski Park

Pennsylvania

Philadelphia

Friday, Jan. 20

3 p.m. at Thomas Paine Plaza

Tennessee

Nashville

Friday, Jan. 20

12 p.m. at Centennial Park Band Shell

Texas

Austin

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. at Auditorium Shores

Saturday, Jan. 21

12 p.m. at Armijo Par

Dallas

Friday, Jan. 20

3 p.m. at Lake Cliff Park

Saturday, Jan. 21

10 a.m. at CWA Local 6215

Virginia

Fredericksburg

Sunday, Jan. 15

12 p.m. at Hurkamp Park

Washington

Seattle

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. at Westlake Park

Washington, D.C.

Saturday, Jan. 14

12 p.m. at Howard University Blackburn Center Events

Sunday, Jan. 15

9 a.m. at National Sylvan Theater

Thursday, Jan. 19

2 p.m. at Franklin Square Park (through Sunday, Jan. 22)

8 p.m. at National Museum of African American History and Culture

Friday, Jan. 20

12 a.m. at the U.S. Capitol Building

7 a.m. at Freedom Plaza

10 a.m. Malcolm X Park

10 a.m. at Martin Luther King National Memorial

Saturday, Jan. 21

10 a.m. at World War II Memorial

Wisconsin

Milwaukee

Friday, Jan. 20

5 p.m. at Red Arrow Park

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