We’ll be at the #BringTheNoise protest on Friday 13 July with Women’s March London. Will you join us?
Earlier this year, the White House confirmed that Donald Trump would be visiting the UK in July. The announcement followed more than a year of speculation as to when the most unpopular US president in modern history would touch down in London: the trip was first postponed shortly after his inauguration, due to concerns that anger over his travel ban would result in mass protests and criticism from MPs, and has been pushed back twice since.
But now, Trump is coming – and the organisers of Women’s March London, along with many other organisations, are calling on people from around the UK to be there to greet him.
A mass demonstration against the president’s visit has been organised for Friday 13 July in London, the day after Trump arrives in the UK. Called #BringTheNoise, it will be inspired by the cacerolazo or ‘casserole protests’ that originated in South America, which see demonstrators take to the streets with pots and pans to make as much noise as possible.
People who join the protest are invited to bring drums, musical instruments, pots and pans, and encouraged to wear bright colours to represent London’s diversity.
“We are living in unprecedented times in which liberal values of diversity and equality are under attack, whilst anti-immigrant sentiments and structural violence are on the increase, and are normalised,” says Akeela Ahmed, a co-organiser of Women’s March London.
“This joyous day of noise and action will be a timely reminder of the collective challenges we face, and the importance of joining together in solidarity to overcome them.”
Up to 200,000 people are expected to take to the streets across the UK to protest Trump’s visit this weekend.
The demonstration in London will also be attended by a wide range of charities and activist groups including Oxfam GB, the End Violence Against Women Coalition, Greenpeace, Liberty and Muslim Women’s Network UK.
The UK protests against Trump: key information
What time does the Trump protest in London start?
Organisers are asking protesters to assemble outside the BBC building on Portland Place, W1B 1JA, from 11am.
The march will form up at midday, and leave at 12.30pm.
Where will the Trump protest march go?
It will process along Regent Street towards Piccadilly Circus, head down Whitehall and end up in Parliament Square, Westminster. There is also a short route point at Richmond Terrace.
From 2-4pm, a rally will be held in Parliament Square. There will also be a quieter area at the end of the march for anyone with noise sensitivity.
How else can I help?
Women’s March London is also working with Top Trump Targets, a coalition of organisations supporting groups that the president has sought to exclude or marginalise – such as the Abortion Support Network, the Environmental Justice Foundation, Women for Refugee Women, Stonewall, Southall Black Sisters and the Fawcett Society.
They’re asking people to make donations to or buy merchandise from these charities as a way of resisting Trump’s politics.
“What really matters here are the people whose lives are negatively affected by the rhetoric that Trump presents and promotes,” explains Labour MP Stella Creasy, who is coordinating the Top Trump Targets campaign. Find out more here.
Want to know more about the women spearheading this Friday’s protest against Trump? Read our profile of the Women’s March London organisers here.
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