The presidential inauguration is here. In a swearing-in ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Friday, Donald Trump will take the oath of office and become the 45th president of the United States. Follow live as the American-Statesman covers reaction to the inauguration in Austin and across Texas. Chief political reporter Jonathan Tilove and columnist Ken Herman are in Washington, D.C., to send a Texan take on the transfer of presidential power.
Protesters marching in downtown Austin
6:30 p.m.: As Donald Trump signs executive orders in the White House, demonstrators are marching through Austin to denounce his presidency. Follow Statesman reporter Phil Jankowski, who is with the marchers:
Doggett, Casar at anti-Trump protest
6 p.m.: Congressman Lloyd Doggett, the Austin Democrat whose former staffers started an anti-Trump movement gaining national traction, is at the protest in Austin right now. So is Austin City Council Member Greg Casar.
Kealing Middle ‘Nasty Woman,’ friends discuss inauguration
5:40 p.m.: Earlier, Statesman reporter Elizabeth Findell spent time with Kealing Middle School students on Tuesday as they grappled with the inauguration of a president they see as threatening. Here’s her report:
Fourteen-year-old Pearl Heinley wore a jean jacket embroidered with “Nasty Woman” to school Friday, where she and her classmates shared views about the inauguration of President Donald Trump and peaceful transfer of power in the United States.
She and a few peers at Kealing Middle School said they are concerned about the new president and particularly worried about the treatment of women and reproductive issues.
“I was definitely frustrated at first because, especially as a kid, you don’t have a say,” said Ava Motes, 13. “You can talk to your parents, but you can’t vote yourself, so it makes you feel powerless.”
“The stuff that’s affecting us, personally, we don’t have any say in,” agreed Ella Glasscock, 13. “That’s not very settling.”
Teacher Shannon Jones, who has taught at Kealing since 2001, remembers teaching through 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. But no day was as difficult as the day after this election, when many students were crying and scared about Trump’s election, she said.
Friday, in the hour before Trump formally took the oath of office, Jones guided her 8th grade U.S. History class through a discussion about the democratic process. The students read inaugural addresses from past presidents including George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln and listened to a song from Broadway’s Hamilton about George Washington leaving office.
“Everybody in the world is like ‘What? They’re stepping down?’” Jones paraphrased the “I Know Him” song, about King George’s perplexed reaction to Washington voluntarily giving up power.
That moment, her students said in discussion, is even more important than winning an election.
“During the election we’re split, Democrats and Republicans, and the inauguration is saying ‘This is our president,” one boy said. “You have to accept it now.”
Glasscock countered that much of the country is protesting, rather than accepting, the election result. Another girl said even if citizens are divided, it’s the reaction of the leadership that’s significant.
“It’s more about the fact that this old president is recognizing that the person coming in is worthy,” the girl said.
Erica Moomaw, 13, said afterwards that she appreciated the lesson and discussion.
“I hadn’t thought that much about how it’s always peaceful,” she said of inaugurations. “It made me dread today less.”
George W. Bush fights a poncho, wins Internet
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Video: Anti-Trump protest continues in Austin
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Eastside Memorial students also walk out
4:35 p.m.: At Eastside Memorial High School, about 60 students, some with signs, also walked out of campus at about 3:30 p.m.
Before heading to Auditorium Shores – some going by bus, others in personal vehicles – the Eastside Memorial students marched around the block, chanting, “Love, not hate,” and carrying signs with the same words.
Earlier, more than 100 students at McCallum High School walked out of class to protest Trump.
‘Twerk the Inauguration’ and other non-celebratory events
4:11 p.m.: Statesman reporter Marty Toohey spent some time today with students who were taking a less traditional approach to dealing with the inauguration of a president they don’t like
At Eastside Memorial High School, about 40 students, some with signs, also walked out of campus at about 3:30 p.m.:
Jude John was among those Austinites for whom Inauguration Day was a day of disappointment.
John, an 18-year-old University of Texas freshman, wore an “American is Already Great” T-shirt to his morning classes. After President Trump finished his inaugural speech, John chose to focus on what he considers “the graciousness the Obamas displayed” during the transition, while also noting that in his view Republicans never gave Obama a chance to work with them.
He said that although he opposes Trump generally, Americans should “support the president but hold him accountable every step of the way.”
One group of UT students decided to deal with disappointment over the presidential outcome by organizing a “Twerk the Inauguration” workshop as an alternative to watching the inauguration. During the early portions of the inauguration, 15 of them were attending the workshop, which was overseen by Omise’ke Tinsley, a professor of African-American diaspora studies.
“We wanted to make sure students had a space for self-care,” Omise’ke said.
At St. Edwards University, 38 students and faculty members gathered in a campus ballroom for a “Presidential Inauguration and Tribal Politics” round-table-style session.
The discussion was inspired by articles about whether the Democrats had focused too much on identity politics and missed potential class-based appeals, said organizer by Jack Musselman, the director of St. Ed’s Center for Ethics and Leadership.
It covered a gamut of concerns from a liberal perspective: that social media is not an inclusive medium, that Republicans have been more effective at framing themselves as champions of the working class than Democrats, that dislike for traditional political skills could lead not only to the ascension of governing novices such Trump on the right but candidates on the left such as Mark Zuckerberg.
There were few obvious answers for bridging the political and cultural divides, according to the general consensus of the participants.
“I have relatives (and) the things they spew on social media, if I didn’t know them, I’d say, ‘Who is this wackadoo?” one participant said, adding, “but they’re really nice people when you meet them.”
Lynn Rudloff, who teaches writing and rhetoric at St. Ed’s, said Democrats have also allowed themselves to be portrayed “as elitists” who do not want to hear the concerns of others, making cross-party appeals more difficult.
Musselman said a main issue is that the “public square,” as it used to exist – literally, public squares where people of differing political opinions could mingle – have given way to ideological echo chambers.
Though wide ranging, a central theme that Democrats had too little to appeal to working-class voters.
“How are you going to reach the 40 percent of Trump supporters who live in rural areas,” one participant asked.
“Yeah, I have no silver bullet for that,” Musselman said.
Texans in Washington watch Trump
3:50 p.m.: Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove has spotted some Texans taking in the pomp and circumstance in Washington.
McCallum students walk out in Trump protest
3:25 p.m.: From reporter Melissa Taboada:
More than 100 McCallum High School students in the Austin school district have walked out in protest of Friday’s inauguration.
They are shouting, “Not my president.”
According to KUT’s Kate McGee, the group of students are gathered at a stop awaiting a bus to take them downtown, where further protests are occurring.
Cars passing by are honking at the students in support.
Photos: Inauguration Day in Central Texas
Protest shutting down roads around UT, Capitol
2:45 p.m.: Student protesters marching from the University of Texas to the state Capitol are causing police to shut down roads in Central Austin. Follow Brianna Stone on Twitter to keep track of where the protesters are.
UT protesters marching
2:32 p.m.: Students are marching at the University of Texas to protest Donald Trump’s inauguration, chanting, “No justice, no peace.”
Check out this video of the scene, and read the following report from the Statesman’s Ralph Haurwitz:
At the University of Texas, an enthusiastic band of protesters — many wearing T-shirts or scarves covering the lower half of their faces — chanted anti-Trump slogans from the steps of the Main Mall just south of the Tower. Besides “Good night, alt-right” and “We do not consent, Trump is not our president,” there were many chants, as well as signs, laced with profanity and Nazi references.
UT French professor Beatriz Schleppe, standing off to the side, said of the new president: “I just want him to be quiet and not say stupid things.” Anna Lamphear, a UT librarian, sat on a wall with a sign that said “Defend Dignity.” Said Lamphear: “I felt like a lot of the rhetoric around the election was trying to strip people’s dignity away.”
Sophomore Nick Armstrong, wearing one of Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” caps, said he supports the right to protest but was disappointed in the profanity and chants likening some of the presidents’ backers to Nazis.
Campus police said most of the people in the crowd, which numbered several hundred at one point, weren’t chanting but were instead watching for a while and then moving on. The protesters marched around campus before setting off south on Guadalupe Street.
Texas Republicans in Washington react to Trump’s speech
2:05 p.m.: Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove, reporting from Washington, talked about Trump’s inauguration address with an early Trump backer from Texas and with a former chairman of the state GOP.
Carl Tepper of Lubbock was with Trump from the start. A former party chairman and chair of the GOP state chairs organization, Tepper was for a long time – before Ted Cruz dropped out of the race – the top ranking Texas party official in the Trump campaign.
Tepper, who lived in Austin for eight years in the early 2000s and served on the city’s Transportation Commission, got superb seats for himself and his wife, Robin, for the inaugural ceremony from his new congressman, Jodey Arrington. Watching Trump get sworn in – the Teppers’ first inauguration – was “one of the most amazing things I think we’ve ever done.”
“It was absolutely fantastic,” Tepper said. “ I was glad that Donald Trump was Donald Trump. He didn’t back down. Once again it was an American-centric speech, about America first. It was what his supporters wanted to hear, and that’s what he delivered.”
“And now it’s time for them to really roll up their sleeves and deliver,” Tepper said.
“It’s just a monumental moment for people like me who were working for something that sometimes seemed like such a long shot. It’s deeply satisfying and vindicating to see him get sworn in.”
Former Texas Republican Party Chairman Steve Munisteri said that what Trump delivered Friday was less a traditional inaugural address, than a prototypical Trump campaign speech.
“I thought he laid down a marker that his administration is going to be consistent with his campaign.” Munisteri said. “He is going to be unapologetically pursuing his message, and that’s a message that people who opposed to him in the past are not happy with. He’s not going to alter the course of the administration from the messaging that was in the campaign”
“It was not a kumbaya speech. It was almost a clarion call to the people that supported him that they can count on him to do and to be Donald Trump,” Munisteri said. `This is what I said in the campaign. This is what I’m saying now, and that’s what we are going to go out and do. Get used to it.
Muinsteri left the chairmanship of the Texas GOP in 2015 to become a senior adviser to Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul’s presidential campaign. Last spring, in advance of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Munsiteri went to work as a consultant to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus, who, as of Friday, is now chief of staff to President Donald Trump.
That gig ended Thursday. Munisteri spent the night at the Texas Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, and when he got home at midnight there was the message from the RNC payroll department asking him where they wanted him to send his last paycheck. Munisteri doesn’t know whether he will stay in Washington or return to Texas, either his hometown of Houston, or the political hub of Austin.
Munisteri watched the Inaugural Address from his overpriced, month-by-month apartment near Union Station because, after a long night before in boots, his feet preferred that.
Adler receives letter from Obama
1:59 p.m.: Austin Mayor Steve Adler posted on Twitter a letter he received from now-former President Barack Obama.
Protests under way at UT
1:22 p.m.: The Statesman’s higher education reporter, Ralph Haurwitz, is also with the UT protesters. Follow him here.
UT protest part of national movement
1:13 p.m.: The UT students who walked out of class after the inauguration and who are protesting Trump are part of a national movement using the social media hashtags #DisruptJ20 and #J20 and aiming to turn the Jan. 20 inauguration into a “festival of disruption.”
Click here to read a statement from the UT chapter. Here’s an excerpt:
We call on our fellow students, faculty, and coworkers to join us in walking out for a full day of actions on January 20th alongside hundreds of thousands–if not millions–of others nationwide who will be protesting, marching, striking, and organizing resistance to the incoming regime.. J20 OC proposes as part of this day of action, we make the following demands:
No UT cooperation with ICE, the establishment of UT as a sanctuary campus, an end to deportations, closure of immigrant detention centers, and promotions of policies allowing freedom of movement for all.
UT and the City of Austin welcome refugees and provide support in finding housing, work, and access to schools, healthcare, and other resources.
No platform to white nationalists on campus, including openly racist student groups and speakers.
Immigration advocates offering advice for Trump era
1:05 p.m.: Ahori Sí reporter Perla Arellano is reporting on what immigration advocates in Austin are doing to prepare for Trump’s presidency:
Local immigration advocates are telling unauthorized immigrants to hold off on applying to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program, now that Donald Trump has been sworn in as president.
About an hour and a half before the UT walkout, the education equity coordinator for the University Leadership Initiative, Maya Guevara, said that they have been taking this approach because of the program’s uncertain future.
Trump has not clarified what he will do with the program that was instated by President Barack Obama in 2012, and immigrant advocacy groups do not want the information of new applicants to be available to the next administration. The program gives qualifying young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children limited the ability to legally work and go to school in the United States under temporary protection from deportation.
However, they have been telling those who already have DACA to reapply, said Guevara. The University Leadership Initiative at UT, which advocates for undocumented students, was involved with the anti-Trump J20 Organizing Committee and the student walkout.
“It’s important to make a statement that this is not OK,” Guevara said. “The policies that we’ve heard are not OK. We will do everything we can to stand up for our immigrant community.”
The third-year Latin American Studies major said that although she is not undocumented, it was important for her to stand alongside her fellow classmates and family members who are. “I will show up and be loud and put my body on the line and fight for them and my family,” she said.
Protesters disrupt conservative watch party
12:30 p.m.: There appear to be protesters at the inauguration watch party and panel discussion of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank in Austin. From Statesman reporter Asher Price:
Following a policy discussion after the Trump speech, TPPF opened the floor to questions. The first came from a woman who said she was named Dani: “I want to know how you can stand by someone who is a white supremacist?”
As the room laughed at her, another audience member, Jake Allen, stood up and started warning of mass graves along the border.
Both were hustled out of the auditorium by security.
Scenes from UT protest
12:28 p.m.: Follow Statesman reporter Brianna Stone as she tweets from the student walk-out at the University of Texas.
Schoolchildren take it all in
12:10 p.m.: Statesman education reporter Melissa Taboada watched the inauguration with eighth graders at KIPP Austin Vista:
Eighth grade students at KIPP Austin Vista in South Austin watched the inauguration, connecting aspects of it to their study of the Constitution.
In requests to 15 Central Texas traditional public school districts in Travis, Williamson, Hays and Bastrop counties, and a few local charter schools in Austin, the eighth grade class was the only one that the American-Statesman could find that was showing the inauguration ceremony to students.
The students largely had questions about the attendees, their government roles and what former President Obama would do after leaving office.
Several students lamented with cries of “no,” as President Trump took the oath of office. Others said they were surprised he was elected.
“This is the first time I knew what was happening,” said Ethan Estrada-Stroud, 13, who followed the presidential election with his family. “It’s shocking that that they would let someone who said so many things and talked so horribly about minorities and people who don’t have a voice. My stomach was churning.”.
Assistant Principal Adaugo Ogike-Love said she and social studies teacher Corey Jones discussed whether to show the ceremony to students but decided it was a solid learning experience.
“No matter how we feel about it, it’s education for the kids and we need to put it on and they need to see it,” Ogike-Love said. “To be able to teach social studies during any kind of election is just really an incredible
Noon: Donald Trump is president, the Obamas have departed Washington, and protesters are readying at the Texas Capitol.
11:30 a.m.: Statesman reporter Asher Price watched the inauguration at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative Austin think tank:
A packed house at the Texas Public Policy Foundation heartily applauded Trump’s speech.
“Here, here,” someone shouted to a line of Trump’s about the just and reasonable demands of righteous people.
“Yessir!” another audience member exclaimed when Trump declared, “America first.”
Lines about eradicating Islamic terrorism and total allegiance to the United States also won lusty applause.
When Trump said he was looking to the future, not the past, the camera settled on Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, and the audience burst into happy laughter.
11:20 a.m.: Another dispatch from Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove at the inauguration:
Grace Germany, 80, of Austin, got a ticket to the Inauguration from U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith. A Travis County GOP election judge, Germany calls herself an “oddball Trump supporter.” She has called him a “blowhard” and worse. She thinks government has no business policing social policy or personal behavior, but she is a devoted capitalist who thinks Trump can revive the country without getting bogged down in irrelevancies. “I’m no Bible thumper,” she said.
11:15 a.m.: As Trump delivers his inaugural address, Oscar Silva, political director of the Democratic group Battleground Texas, issued the following statement:
“While the Inauguration of any American President is a historic moment, it’s Donald Trump’s personal history that is top of mind for millions of families across the nation today. Trump has a decades-long record of support for hate, misogyny, exclusion, and inequality. Most recently, from his campaign driven by fear-mongering and divisive rhetoric to his selections for the Cabinet, he has shown he does not intend to push our nation forward but will instead continue to try and divide us, weaken us, and mock us.
“But, this is not who America is. This country has been put through the fire over and over and we have always come out stronger, more united, and better than before. Fair-minded Americans have always fought for human and civil rights, and the next years will be no exception. We, the United States, will not be bullied by a man who enters office as the least popular President-elect in history, who lost the popular vote by 3 million, and was rejected by 54% of voters. We are brothers and sisters who will once again protect one another and stand up for each other – today for you, and tomorrow for me.
“The highest office in our country is meant for leaders who hold the interest and well-being of America in their hearts. From Texas and across the nation we stand ready as ever to continue the fight for justice for all.”
11:05 a.m.: Statesman reporter Claire Osborn is at a Williamson County GOP inauguration watch party.
10:50 a.m.: Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove, who is at the inauguration, caught up with the Lil’ Wranglers of Bryan. Here’s his report:
Carol Nichols of Bryan, Texas, is at the inaugural for two reasons.
- To celebrate the presidency of Donald Trump.
- To be there to watch the Lil’ Wranglers, the country-western dance troop from College Station, directed by Nichols’ cousin, Sharon Toups, perform at the Black Tie & Boots Inaugural Ball, and at the Inaugural Parade. She flew in with the Wranglers on a charter from Bryan/College Station.
Nichols, who is on the executive committee of the Brazos County Republican Party, was originally a Ted Cruz supporter. She is a person of deep faith. It took her a while to warm to Trump, but she says, “God works in mysterious ways.”
“I felt like from the beginning, we need a change and I would support the Republican Party candidate because we need conservative values and we needed someone to to pull us back to the right.”
Trump was that man.
Nichols spent the last ten day of the campaign in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the Mighty American Strike Force, a Texas invention in which activists from red states volunteer in critical swing states.
As the election approached she couldn’t square the massive crowds Trump was attracting with the media narrative that Hillary Clinton was a certain winner.
“I thought it was going to be close,” she said. On Election Day, Nichols, back from Iowa, was a GOP election judge in Kurten, a rural area in Brazos County.
Concentrating on the voting there all day, “I didn’t know what was going. But when the polls closed and my husband came to pick me up he said, `Carol, it looks like he’s winning..’ I was crying I was so happy. If we had another four years (of a Democrat) we could lose the First Amendment, the Second Amendment.”
10:20 a.m.: As former presidents, campaign donors, Trump family members and other notables file into the platform where Trump will soon be sworn in, check out the Statesman’s primer on Texas issues to watch in the Trump era.
Five Texas issues to watch during the Trump years
1. Immigration. From his plans to build a 2,000-mile long border wall to his calls for mass deportations, the hallmark issue of President Donald Trump’s campaign was illegal immigration. Early in the campaign, Trump stopped in Laredo to stress the point, meeting with Border Patrol officers and speaking to reporters.
If Trump follows through on his plans, Texas will be on the front lines. The state is home to about 15 percent of the country’s unauthorized immigrants, according to the Pew Charitable Trusts, and about half of the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s actions on immigration also will have an impact on the Texas Legislature, where lawmakers are waiting to see what the federal government will do before deciding to what extent they want to continue Texas’ border security campaign. The state is spending $800 million on border security in the current two-year budget.
2. NAFTA. On the campaign trail, Trump repeatedly criticized the North American Free Trade Agreement, which eliminated tariffs between the U.S., Canada and Mexico and was negotiated by George H.W. Bush’s administration.
NAFTA, Trump argued, allowed manufacturing jobs to flood out of the country. But in Texas, where there is a vibrant cross-border economy, many GOP officials and business leaders are among NAFTA’s strongest supporters.
The issue promises to scramble the typical partisan divide. If Trump moves to abandon or significantly alter NAFTA, watch for Republicans in Texas’ congressional delegation to break ranks with their party’s leader and for labor union-friendly Democrats to be more in line with Trump.
3. Fossil fuel regulation. Trump has at times appeared to be a steadfast climate change denier, saying in the past that it is a “hoax,” and at other times has appeared open to the broad scientific consensus on the issue, telling The New York Times in November that there is “some connectivity” between rising temperatures and human activity.
While it’s not clear where Trump stands on climate change, it is clear that he and his administration will be less interested in using federal regulation to reduce carbon emissions than was the Obama administration.
Trump’s pick to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is a leading denier of climate change. That’s music to the ears of the oil and gas companies and Republican politicians in Texas who have fought tooth and nail against former President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
4. All those lawsuits. Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton; his predecessor, Gov. Greg Abbott; and Abbott’s former solicitor general, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, developed their political reputations by suing the Obama administration over everything from immigration policy to school bathrooms.
The Lone Star State’s litigiousness promises to lessen significantly in the Trump era for several reasons. Most obviously, Trump will likely undo many of the policies Abbott and Paxton found objectionable and is less likely to push new ones they oppose.
Additionally, Texas’ Republican leaders will have less political room to sue a president of their party.
5. Obamacare. Under Trump’s direction, Republicans in Congress are rushing to prepare to “repeal and replace” Obama’s signature domestic accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.
While the GOP will certainly have the votes needed to repeal Obamacare, it’s not yet clear what they plan to replace it with. That uncertainty is causing disagreement among Republicans on Capitol Hill, with some clamoring for the fastest possible way to kill the law and others unwilling to cut off health insurance to millions of Americans without a plan for replacement.
Texas leads the nation in the percent of its residents who lack health insurance. A May report by Rice University’s Baker Institute showed that the number of Texans without insurance has declined by about 30 percent since the start of Obamacare, even though state leaders didn’t opt to expand Medicaid under the law.
9:30 a.m.: The inauguration will take place in our nation’s capital within the next two hours, but there’s plenty of inauguration-related activities going on in Texas’ capital today as well.
Click here for the Statesman’s rundown of Austin events. Some highlights:
Warriors Gather for Silent Prayers for our Nation — 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Capitol, 1100 Congress Ave., near the African-American history statue on the southwest side. Those of all faiths will start silent prayers at 6:30 p.m.
March for Justice and Families — 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Marchers will meet at 5 p.m. at Vic Mathias Shores, 900 W. Riverside Drive, march together up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol and then march back Lady Bird Lake for a rally starting about 6:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.oneresistance.com. A group of University of Texas students is also planning an event called J20 UT Walkout on Friday that will join the OneResistance march.
Women’s March on ATX — 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Marchers will meet on the south lawn of the Capitol in advance of the march, which begins at noon and takes a circular route from the Capitol on 11th Street, south on Congress Avenue, west on Sixth Street, and north on Lavaca Street to return to the Capitol to hear speakers. For more information, visit marchonaustin.com.
Inaugural Address Watching Event & Discussion — 11 a.m. Friday. The Texas Public Policy Foundation is hosting a watch party and a discussion with experts after President-Elect Donald Trump’s speech.
State of the Uterus — 6 p.m. Friday at Cheer Up Charlie’s. BossBabesATX is hosting the event as a fundraiser for women’s health organizations.
9 a.m.: Statesman reporter Jonathan Tilove and columnist Ken Herman are in Washington for the inauguration. Herman found some fellow Central Texans on the mall:
8:15 a.m.: Not all protests involve chanting and sign-toting. Here’s a report from Statesman reporter Julie Chang, who’s with a group of Central Texans who don’t like Trump but are taking a different approach:
Dozens of Central Texans today will try to do good in lieu of celebrating the inauguration of a president that they say they didn’t vote for.
Some of them showed up at 6 a.m. on the corner of 44th Street and Burnet Road to pick up trash as a part of a series of volunteer events Friday coordinated by the organization One20. The events, which are happening in four cities across the country, are meant to give people an opportunity to do acts of service instead of watching the swearing in of president-elect Donald Trump.
The idea behind One20 came to Susanne Harrington, an Austin resident and Hillary Clinton supporter, as she tried to digest the results of the election – one she describes as a loss of civility – and explain them to her 12-year-old son.
“I wondered how we should spend the day and decided to spend it and many days before and after just trying to show a better way to behave, to set a better example,” said Harrington, who helped start the organization. “It’s the little stuff that’s going to matter.”
The project is a nonpartisan effort, co-spearheaded by Jon Mertz of Dallas, a Republican.
Andria Miner brought her 8-year-old daughter just before dawn to pick up trash. Walking around Ramsey Park, Miner said that she wanted to show her daughter and other children that acts of services are more important than ever.
“I’m not very excited about the inauguration today so I wanted to start the day by doing something good,” Miner said.
Ashley Thompson, who helped coordinate the trash pick-up for One20, will not be watching the inauguration ceremonies which kicks off in an hour. She said it will be business as usual, but she’ll try to be extra kind today.
“I want (my kids) to realize we can do things on a small scale and that we can be productive with our emotions,” Thompson said.
7:35 a.m.: A coalition of students, faculty and staff at the University of Texas that will be protesting the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump on Friday issued a set of demands on Facebook earlier in the day.
The group, which calls itself the Anti-Trump J20 Organizing Committee at UT Austin, said it will lead a campus-wide walkout on Friday at 12:15 p.m. and congregate outside the UT Tower.
Early Friday morning, the group issued a list of demands they want university leaders to implement, including:
- No UT cooperation with immigration authorities.
- No platform for white nationalists on campus, “including openly racist student groups and speakers.”
- Full and free access to healthcare for all, including reproductive and mental health care services on campus.
- Increased access to affordable student housing near UT.
- “Stronger workers’ rights and protections for all UT workers, including the freedom to organize and join unions and collectively bargain over conditions of work, and extension of these rights to all public and private workers.”
- Ending UT’s relationship with companies like Nike that, the group says, “profit off the use of sweatshop labor with workers subjected to intolerable conditions and abuses daily producing Longhorn Apparel.”
- An end to the campus carry that went into effect last August that allows concealed carry license holders to bring handguns to UT.
- A living wage for all UT employees.
6:40 a.m.: The inauguration may be Friday, but for Texans in Washington, the party started Thursday night.
Check out this dispatch from Claudia Grisales:
The 2017 Black Tie & Boots Presidential Inaugural Ball, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, R-Austin, and president of the Texas State Society in D.C., drew thousands of guests, including Austinites of different stripes – from high school dancers to top Texas officials.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott promised he’d attend with a pair of black crocodile boots and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said he’d wear black ostrich leg boots. Both pairs would have the Texas seal on them, they said.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller was also at the event, wearing cayman alligator boots. Miller, a former contendant for Trump’s secretary of agriculture, said he was just as happy to not leave Texas after Trump appointed Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue for the Cabinet post.
Miller, one of Trump’s most loyal advisers during the presidential race, said he had ordered a hat, boots, saddle, spurs, and cuff links to give to Trump. Everything was Texas-made, except the spurs, which came from Arizona, he said.
6 a.m.: Watch this space for updates throughout the day.