The marches were mostly coordinated through Facebook. Organizers of the protest stated that although Trump was the president, they wanted to show that he did not represent their values. Los Angeles was the first city to plan a "Not My Presidents Day" rally, which was attended by more than a thousand protesters. New York City saw the largest demonstration, with an estimated 10,000 to 13,000 people attending a rally outside Trump International Hotel and Tower. The events were mostly peaceful, although thirteen people were arrested in Portland, Oregon.
The "Not My Presidents Day" protests were mostly coordinated through Facebook, like the original event in Los Angeles, whose details were spread through social media, inspiring other rallies. Before some rallies, there was a poster-making session.
The artist's collective, Bad and Nasty, helped coordinate events for "Not My Presidents Day".Holly Hughes helped create Bad and Nasty via social media. Hughes told MTV News, "I made an idle threat on Facebook [...] I would gather the Bad Hombres and Nasty Women of Ann Arbor together at a dive bar for performance on NOT My President's Day. And overnight more than a thousand people wanted in!" Other women involved in planning Bad and Nasty events were Lois Weaver and Mary Jo Watts. In Minneapolis, Bad and Nasty was involved with a performance called "This Machine", planning well in advance of February 20, 2017. The University of California, Riverside, also planned a Bad and Nasty event for President's Day.
The Women's March committee of New York city also aided in planning for Not My Presidents Day.
Several hundred protesters attended a rally outside the Texas State Capitol in Austin, which was also attended by some Trump supporters. The demonstration was organized by a woman who resides in San Antonio. There were no major speakers; attendees took turns speaking into a megaphone. The rally started at noon and lasted until 3pm. The Baltimore protest was held along North Charles Street in the Station North Arts and Entertainment District. It lasted into the evening and, according to CBS Baltimore, had a reportedly "different tone than elsewhere in the rest of the country, with less protesting, more talking". Michele Minnick and Laura Pazuchowski were co-organizers of the event, which also attracted dozens of Trump supporters. A group called "Bad and Nasty' Baltimore" organized a day of art and activism, which included face painting, sign making, and a workshop titled "Our Democratic Heritage". Entrance to the event was on a sliding scale up to $10, with proceeds benefiting the state's chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (Maryland ACLU).
In Kansas City, Missouri, demonstrators gathered at Country Club Plaza's J. C. Nichols Fountain, in the Country Club District. More than 1,600 people indicated their interest in attending on the event's Facebook page, which was organized to "demand an investigation into the constitutional conflicts, ethics violations and mental instability of the current President of the United States". Several groups were represented and spoke at the protest, including: Indivisible KC, Kansas City Progressive Caucus, The Muslim Civic Initiative, and Edward Cantu, an associate law professor at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. The Knoxville, Tennessee protest was organized by David T. Payne and held at Market Square. Only 18 people expressed interest in attending the event on its Facebook page, and fewer than ten individuals ended up participating. The protest reportedly saw a handful of people debating with a single Trump supporter.KTNV-TV initially reported on a "Not My Presidents Day" rally in Las Vegas, but later said the "People's Power Over the President Day" protest organized by Sierra Club was unaffiliated. The anti-Trump "People's Power" event was held outside the Lloyd D. George Federal Courthouse, in downtown Las Vegas, and attracted dozens of participants.
Demonstrators in Milwaukee protested peacefully against Trump and Senator Ron Johnson, and in support of immigration and women's rights. They marched from Zeidler Union Square to the Federal Building. Milwaukee Coalition Against Trump organized the demonstration; Citizen Action Organizing Cooperative was also represented.Mystic, Connecticut held a protest of around 60 demonstrators who marched through the downtown area. In Rapid City, South Dakota, hundreds of anti-Trump and Trump supporters turned out at a rally that began at noon. The groups stood opposite each other at the intersection of Omaha Street and Mount Rushmore Road, near Memorial Park. The event was organized by Joyce Patton.
In Palm Desert, hundreds of people assembled outside the Palm Desert Civic Park Amphitheater for a two-hour rally organized by Progressive Democrats of the Desert and Courageous Resistance. There were about a dozen speakers, including one from Comité Latino Coachella Valley.
The Denver protest, which was organized by Hanna Khavafipour, included several hundred demonstrators and took place in the evening at the Colorado State Capitol. The 16th Street Mall and nearby streets were shut down for about two hours, but no arrests were made and businesses experienced few disturbances. A small group of protesters in Pueblo were organized by the Pueblo Congressional Accountability Committee (PCAC).
In Florida, events were planned in Gainesville, Miami, Venice, and West Palm Beach. The protests in Miami and Palm Beach were organized by South Florida Activism and included a gathering at Palm Beach International Airport, where some participants turned their backs to Trump's motorcade en route to Mar-a-Lago and wore shirts that displayed "No 45". There were around 200 demonstrators who participated by turning their backs on Trump. The Labor Community Roundtable/United Front Against Trump held a peaceful rally at The Torch of Friendship in Miami. About two dozen people attended. In Ocala, the CommonCents Ocala, a local chapter of the indivisible movement, hosted a rally on East Silver Springs Boulevard by Downtown Square. The event attracted around 80 people. In Port Richey, Trump protesters and supporters stood across the street from each other in a mostly peaceful demonstration.
In Ann Arbor, organizers of a "Bad Hombres and Nasty Women" event featuring live performances expected an attendance of 600 people; proceeds benefited Planned Parenthood. The event took place at the Neutral Zone and included performance art and comedy. Another artistic outlet protesting Trump took place in Detroit, where performers and audience members met at a venue called the Light Box, where they raised money for the ACLU of Michigan.
In downtown Grand Rapids, between 200 and 300 demonstrators gathered at Rosa Parks Circle and marched to Calder Plaza. The protest was organized by Indivisible West Michigan. Dozens of protesters gathered outside the U.S. Postal Service building at the corner of Third and Washington streets in Marquette. The event was led by Anne Stark.
Map of New Jersey showing cities with "Not My Presidents Day" protests
Organizers held a "New Birth of Freedom" vigil outside the Bergen County Court House in Hackensack. The event was organized by Jersey Justice Action Network, with Chip O'Brien serving as lead organizer, and attended by several groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the New Jersey ACLU, New Jersey Interfaith Coalition, and Resource, Education and Awareness by Latinos (REAL). The event attracted about 50 participants; candles were distributed and lit to represent the "flame of progress to be held unwavering in the future".
Newark also held a rally, near the Seated Lincoln statue outside the Essex County Courthouse, where protesters said they were uncomfortable with the Trump administration's stances on education, the environment, health care, and immigration. The Ocean City demonstration was organized by Suzanne Forrest, who said her goal was to "take a softer, less confrontational approach" to Trump's presidency.
New York City
Map of New York showing cities with Not My Presidents Day protests
Outside the Jacobson Faculty Tower at the State University of New York at New Paltz, demonstrators created and destroyed a cardboard box representation of Trump's proposed border wall. The rally was organized by: Move Forward New York and the SUNY New Paltz chapter of United University Professions. Hudson Valley Feminists, Indivisible CD19 NY, Olive Action Group, SUNY New Paltz Student Association, and Women's March–New Paltz, were also sponsors.
In Setauket, about 100 protesters lined up at the corner of Route 25A and Bennetts Road to protest. In White Plains, nearly 100 people attended the fourth "Justice Monday" protest. The event was sponsored by the Westchester Social Justice Community and attended by politicians: Catherine Borgia, David Buchwald, Ken Jenkins, and George Latimer, and Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, who serves as executive director of the Hudson Valley Community Coalition.
Hundreds of people gathered at Free Speech Plaza in downtown Eugene and marched to Kesey Square. Oregon Strong Voice of Lane County, which has support from 26 different organizations, was represented at the event.
Two marches were organized in Portland. The "We the People: Marching in Resistance" rally included groups such as: Oregon's Union Movement, Basic Rights Oregon, Unite Oregon, and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council. The event was held at Director Park and the groups had a permit to march.Don't Shoot Portland organized a demonstration in front of the Edith Green – Wendell Wyatt Federal Building, where a small group of protestors faced off with police. This second protest did not have a permit and consisted of a couple of hundred people. The police were in riot gear and pushed the crowd out of the street. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested for blocking traffic. One protester was tackled by the police and then shot with non-lethal projectiles. One man who was reportedly "one step off the curb" in the street was pushed to the ground by police, had his arms pinned to his back, and was then pepper-sprayed in the face; and a woman was shoved to the sidewalk and then shot by police with "pepper balls". A 66-year-old woman was also tackled and hurt by the police when she attempted to shield her 72-year-old friend from being pushed. Several of the people arrested were minors, with six young people including a 14-year-old being cited. The adults were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct in the second degree, with one man also being charged with resisting arrest and giving false information to the police.
The next day, there was a small demonstration in front of Portland mayorTed Wheeler's house to protest the arrests. The group protesting outside Wheeler's home had obtained a permit for the demonstration, however, the organizer, Gregory McKelvey, also said that the mayor is "perpetuating this idea we only get hurt or sprayed or physically beat because we don't have a permit". Wheeler later issued a statement in which he said that mistakes were made by the police during the event. He also said, "Yesterday we saw images of a woman in her sixties injured during an arrest. That isn't good for democracy either." The ACLU condemned the actions of Portland police and asked that the force "end the violence against protesters. Stop the unnecessary use of crowd control weapons. Stop sending officers in riot gear to peaceful protests. Stop arresting organizers." Following the arrests of the protesters and their treatment by police, Wheeler, Police Chief Mike Marshman, and the ACLU held discussions about tactics and policies relating to crowd control by the police.
In Philadelphia, demonstrators gathered at Thomas Paine Plaza to march in a rally called "Counter the Executive Orders". There were about 300 protesters who participated in the three-hour event. State senator Art Haywood attended the Philadelphia rally where there was a family-friendly station set up for children of protesters. In Yeadon, Pennsylvania, a small group protested outside of the Yeadon Borough Hall.
Victoria Taft of the Independent Journal Review called the use of President's Day to protest the current president new and said, "Some would suggest that it's downright disgraceful to use the day to protest."Tucker Carlson, in an interview with Shane Saunders, a "Not My President's Day" protester from Los Angeles, dismissed the protest actions completely, saying, "I'm making the mistake of taking you seriously."
A conservative Trump supporter in New York, who attended the rally at the west end of Central Park, said that the protesters are trying to "spark the end of civilization". A Trump supporter in Port Richey told protesters, "He's our president. He was elected," and told WTSP News, "I feel like if they don't like what's going on, go ahead and move." Another in San Diego said he went to the rally to support the president: "[Trump] needs support where other people go against him, even if it's just one person at that moment."
In Atlanta, two women involved in the protest were struck by eggs thrown by three men in a pickup truck. In Pueblo, motorists shouted obscenities at protesters, with one person telling demonstrators to "get a job". In Washington, D.C., two bikers for Trump surrounded the demonstration and attempted to drown out speakers by revving their motorcycle engines. A man standing in front of the White House with a megaphone yelled at the marchers to "Leave Trump alone!" The ACLU tweeted that the arrests of peaceful protesters in Portland was "shameful". The organization also advised Mayor Wheeler to "revise crowd-control strategies".
Overall, participants of "Not My Presidents Day" said that it was important to express themselves. Jenna Karvunidis, an organizer in Pasadena, said, "I'd like to show my children that you do have a right to speak out against something that's unfair." Will Allen in Washington, D.C., chose to protest the "incompetence of the Trump Administration". Mercedes Vizcaino of New York said, "I think it's important to take a stand and not be complicit about what's going on in the country." According to the Christian Science Monitor, most protesters felt that Trump did not represent them.
Organizers of the "Not My Presidents Day" events wanted to keep up the momentum of the resistance against Trump. Many of the newer organizers for events gained experience in working with a large number of people.
The event allowed individuals to "channel" their negative feelings about the Trump administration into something creative and positive. Susan Thames, in Williamsburg, told WAVY-TV that "the rally gave her the sense of being a part of a larger movement".
Participants of the rally in Austin wanted to use "Not My Presidents Day" to educate others and hoped that more people would get involved with expressing their political opinions. Amanda Barta, who organized the rally, said, "if you're loud enough, if we vocalize something enough, if you come together enough, things can change".