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#NotMyPresident documents five years of protests against Donald J. Trump and his administration. Trump’s presidency was a minority rule Administration with a majority of Americans voting against him (twice) and disapproving of his actions in the Oval Office. Those actions inspired thousands of protests with people from all walks of life across the country standing up to authoritarianism and cruelty.
These protestors are the heroes who stood up and demanded change throughout the years. This book highlights them and their actions. Though I do not know these protestors, I spent entire days through several years documenting their actions. Then I shared their photos on Facebook, Flickr, and Instagram so my networks, the media, and in some cases the world could see their opposition.
The courage these millions of protestors demonstrated is admirable. At first, these protests were met with sneers, online hazing, and taunts. As time progressed and Trump continued to corrupt the government, protestors and press alike had their economic and physical well being threatened by Trump supporters, and through veiled politicized Justice Department actions and arrests.
These heroes exercised their First Amendment rights with protests for five long years, beginning during the 2016 GOP primary and Trump’s inauguration. They continued from the beginning of Trump’s presidency through the massive BlackLivesMatter protests of 2020, and the successful election of Joe Biden and his inauguration in 2021 (knock on wood). In the end, the protestors won a collective victory against an entrenched authoritarian.
The photos show a consistent heroic resistance against draconian measures. You can see how the often hateful policies produced pain and division that ruptured American society.
From basic civil rights to democratic principles, the same themes kept appearing over and over again in the protests. They included, but were not limited to:
- Women’s rights
- LGBTQ rights
- Science and facts
- Election interference
- The right to earn
Each chapter focuses on a topic of sorts, showing the impact created by Trump’s policies. Consistent themes rise to the fore. You can see the same issues happening in 2016 and 2017 that are still happening today during the Trump presidency’s last days. There are no coincidences.
As of January 6th, this project has raised $10,500 of their $5,000 goal. This project has 15 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $10, you will get project updates. For a pledge of $55, you will get one autographed book. To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/geoffliving/notmypresident-five-years-of-resisting-trump?
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