Day Without Women March Protest President Trump at MNGOP HQ

Men and women marched from the University of Minnesota to the Minnesota Republican Headquarters to protest against President Trump and the Republican Platform.

Image Credit: Preya Samsundar/Alpha News MN

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn — The March for Women spent Wednesday evening airing their grievances in front of the Republican Party of Minnesota Headquarters.

Starting off their rally near the University of Minnesota, about 100 people stood in front of Mayday books, a small business in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood and listened to speakers who talked about different ways they felt President Donald Trump victimized Americans.

One woman held a sign stating, “no man can grab this p*ssy,” while another held a paper-mache depiction of Trump’s head on a stick.

Image Credit: Preya Samsundar/Alpha News MN
Image Credit: Preya Samsundar/Alpha News MN

A young Native American woman spoke of her displeasure with Trump and his decision to build the North Dakota Access Pipeline and the Keystone Pipeline. “He [Trump] has raped Mother Earth” she explained as she condemned the pipeline and Trump’s behavior towards women.

Another young woman said Trump and his policies sought to keep women out of the workforce. Referencing back to the nurses’ strike which occurred in 2016, she said Trump sought to destroy unions, which would benefit his friends in big business. She urged those gathered to fight for a $15 minimum in Minneapolis, though “it won’t be enough” for single mothers.

With Minneapolis squad cars escorting them, protesters chanted “no justice, we’ll give you no peace” and “no Trump, no KKK.”

One young woman told Alpha News, I’m here to support women all women, trans women, gay women, straight women, white women, black women. We all need to come together and fight and stay in this resistance.”

The MNGOP released a statement Monday, in response to Saturday’s protest in St. Paul, “Now we learn that Democrat-aligned groups have again targeted the Republican Party of Minnesota’s headquarters for a protest on Wednesday.  We are calling on Mayor Betsy Hodges to take the threat of this protest seriously and protect our people and the building from assault. Democrats have been coordinating disruption and violence throughout the election, and now after it with their ‘resistance’ efforts.  It needs to stop, now. Chairman Ken Martin and Minnesota Democrats need to call off the dogs, shut down this violence, and dispense with the hatred and vitriolic language.”  

Leaders of the protest claimed the members of the party were too scared to face them. Protesters spent almost 20 minutes outside the building repeating general talking points found in other protests around the country. They called Trump a “racist,” “homophobic,” “misogynist,” “anti-feminist,” and “anti-trans.”

No protesters were arrested by police as they peacefully walked back to campus.


Preya Samsundar

Preya Samsundar was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN. She graduated from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities this Spring with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, with a minor in Strategic Communications. Preya has previously worked on several State Campaign Races.