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Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:40 PM

Question: Protest signs at inaugural

Or inaugurinal as I've taken to calling it.

I'm part of a group going down on Friday (we'll be at the Women's March on Saturday as well). I know there are protests with permits and specific locations planned during the inaugural, but we were wondering if anyone knows if signs will be allowed into the ticketed areas. We have tickets for North Standing, courtesy of a congressman who is now not attending .

I've gone to inaugurals in the past to protest, but have not had tickets, so I wasn't sure how it works.

Anyone know, or have thoughts on it? I've spoken to the group about other ways to protest if signs are forbidden, though some may peel off and join formal protests in the area instead of going into the ticketed area.

Thanks in advance!

(Wow, over 10 years here, and this is the first discussion thread I've started. Sign o' the times, I guess!)

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romana Jan 2017 OP
radical noodle Jan 2017 #1
romana Jan 2017 #2
radical noodle Jan 2017 #9
marybourg Jan 2017 #3
romana Jan 2017 #4
jmg257 Jan 2017 #5
romana Jan 2017 #6
jmg257 Jan 2017 #7
Princess Turandot Jan 2017 #10
lapislzi Jan 2017 #8

Response to romana (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:44 PM

1. Be careful

I don't know if signs are okay but there are rumors about trouble for protestors Friday and also on Saturday. Some even claim that O'Keefe guy is going to try to entrap some protestors and make it seem they've done illegal things. He's a snake.

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Response to radical noodle (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:46 PM

2. Yes

I have been tracking the O'Keefe story, and have had enough experience at protests to be very careful. Safety first, always. We'll be assessing the crowd once we get there, and will try to position ourself accordingly.

Thanks for the warning though. We all need to watch out for each other.

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Response to romana (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 03:16 PM

9. Yes we do!

Glad to hear you're keeping track of all that. I'd say "have a good time" but I know you're going with purpose and resolve and that isn't necessarily fun. We WILL come out the other side stronger together.

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Response to romana (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:52 PM

3. I don't think you'll be allowed to have wooden

sticks holding your signs. You are allowed to hold the signs up in your hands. Or on your clothing.

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Response to marybourg (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:53 PM

4. Thanks!

We have made small signs we intend to hold up with our hands. We are hearing from some sources that they are not allowing signage at all.

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Response to romana (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:54 PM

5. Do's and Don'ts...

For your safety and the safety of others, the following items are prohibited on the National Mall and from all official Inaugural events:

Aerosols
Ammunition
Animals other than service/guide animals
Backpacks and bags exceeding size restrictions (18 by 13 by 7)
Bicycles
Balloons
Coolers
Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems
Explosives
Firearms
Glass, thermal, or metal containers
Laser pointers
Mace / Pepper spray
Packages
Selfie Sticks
Signs exceeding the size restrictions (20 x 3 x 1/4)
Structures
Supports for signs and placards
Toy guns
Weapons of any kind
Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

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Response to jmg257 (Reply #5)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:56 PM

6. Weird

20" by 3"? What a weird size.

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Response to romana (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:56 PM

7. Yep - Its like a bumper sticker!

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Response to romana (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 03:27 PM

10. My guess is that they do that for security reasons...

A twelve inch high sign could conceal someone removing a gun from their coat and readying it to fire. A three inch high sign wouldn't do that.

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Response to romana (Original post)

Wed Jan 18, 2017, 02:58 PM

8. I have no doubt there will be agents provocateur at protests

Protesters should be on the lookout for them, and alert the march volunteers if they see someone or something getting out of hand. The yam and his fellow travelers will be all over any incidence of disorder like a cheap suit. They are dying for riots to break out. And, if they don't break out, they'll try to incite them. Count on it.

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