By Brooklyn Dippo and Jennifer Givens
WASHINGTON – The protest group It Takes Roots to Grow the Resistance gathered on D and 7th streets in Washington, D.C. on Friday morning before the Inauguration to slam the incoming president’s policies.
Dozens of the protesters marching with signs called for ending war, protecting water, and making housing affordable.
On the campaign trail Donald Trump often criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from hot spots, and indicated that he could increase the number of troops in Syria. Trump, who does not believe in global warming, also has vowed to loosen environmental regulations – a move that critics fear could hurt air and water quality.
Melissa Miles traveled from Newark, N.J. and is one of the community organizers for the group. She said that they were protesting the profit-over-people mentality of the Trump administration.
“We are people who live on the front lines of an extracted economy that are definitely going to be exacerbated in this new administration,” Miles said. “We are here to stand together and to demonstrate that we are here and we have the solutions for what ails our communities in this extractive economy that puts profits over people.”
The protesters carried signs, makeshift drums, megaphones, and even put on a skit. They mocked Trump’s real estate empire, yelling back and forth with the crowd.
Among the group were members wearing camouflage, including Twee Nguyen, an Army veteran who served from 2003 to 2008. Nguyen is part of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War and several of them joined “It Takes Roots.”
“What we want is for people at home to realize that we have a lot of issues domestically before we go out internationally,” Nguyen said. “Our country for the next four years is very scary and we are hoping our voices are heard and we are not going to stop. We’re going to continue to meet out here until our demands are met.”
Some Trump supporters en route to the Inauguration stood on the outskirts of the protests yelling, “Get a job!”
John Connor drove in from Delaware, without a ticket, just to be in Washington, D.C. for Trump’s Inauguration.
“This is stupid. They are allowed to protest and I am too, so I am fighting back a little,” Connor said. “It’s their right to protest and it’s my right to say something back, and it’s America it’s great.”
He said Trump will make a better president than a career politician.
“As far as Trump goes I think it is a great time for a business person and not some government person – a person that is a snake on a stick. And the government has no idea what we the people go through for a living.”