Here's the lowdown on the Twin Cities protests planned for Donald Trump's inauguration

As many as 20,000 marchers could descend on St. Paul on Saturday.

In case you didn't know, Friday is the day that Donald Trump becomes President of the United States of America.

But as the business magnate prepares to take office during the customary ceremony in Washington, D.C., those in the Twin Cities unhappy with his policy proposals will be taking to the streets.

A series of demonstrations are being planned over the next few days, the biggest ones expected to be the "Resist from Day One" march in Minneapolis on Friday, and the Women's March through St. Paul on Saturday.

The Star Tribune reports police are planning for 2,000 marchers in Minneapolis, which could cause some traffic disruption, while the Pioneer Press says as many as 20,000 marchers could take to the streets in St. Paul on Saturday.

Here's a look at what's going on the next few days.


5:30 a.m. – CTUL Janitors Strike in Minneapolis

Janitors who clean Home Depot stores will go on strike against their cleaning contractor to protest "their poverty wages" as well as Trump's supposed "anti-worker agenda," according to the CTUL workers' union. It starts at 5:30 a.m. outside the Home Depot at The Quarry, 1520 New Brighton Blvd.

1 p.m. – Walkout at University of Minnesota

Some students at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities are expected to be involved in the "Not My President" student walkout from classes at around 1 p.m., which is being organized by the Students for Democratic Society.

2 p.m. – Resist from Day One March, Minneapolis

This march will involve a number of social justice, rights, community and union groups in the Twin Cities, including members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, who will be marching against what they call the "racist, anti-immigrant, anti-worker, anti-Muslim, anti-woman, anti-environment, anti-LGBTQ" agenda of the incoming administration.

The march has been endorsed by around 70 organizations and marchers will gather at 2 p.m. at Nicollet Avenue and Lake Street. in South Minneapolis, before setting off on the march at 2:30 p.m.. The march will head up Nicollet Avenue before the U of M and Black Snake groups join up with them at Franklin Avenue around 4 p.m.

They will then head downtown, making a beeline for Minneapolis City Hall, where they will rally starting at 5 p.m. More information can be found here.

2:30 p.m. – Black Snake Resistance March and Rally

Native Lives Matter is organizing the Black Snake march, which will start around 2:30 p.m. at Chicago Avenue and Franklin Avenue in South Minneapolis, which is in solidarity with the Standing Rock movement in North Dakota. At 4 p.m. the protest joins up with the Resist march.


10 a.m. – Women's Marches in Minnesota

This is the big one of the weekend, with thousands of demonstrators expected to take part in the march on the State Capitol.

A coalition of women's and civil rights groups will be taking part in the event, which is calling on ending violence against women, upholding reproductive rights, protecting LGBTQ, worker, civil, immigrant and disability rights, and for environmental justice.

Protesters will congregate from 10 a.m. at Lot E of St. Paul College, 235 Marshall Ave., with the march getting underway at 11 a.m.

From there, they will head northeast on John Ireland Boulevard and arrive outside the Capitol between 11:30 a.m.–noon.

On the south steps of the Capitol, there will be a rally from noon–2 p.m., with speakers including Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum, State Rep. Ilhan Omar, Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and activist and mayoral candidate Nekima Levy-Pounds.

You can find out more information about the march and rally on the Women's March website.

Other women's marches

A handful of other women's marches are taking place around Minnesota on Saturday.

Demonstrations will take place in Bemidji, Longville, and Morris, while KBJR has reported a Northland woman is attempting to drum up interest in a march in Duluth.

Details on the Bemidji march can be found here, Longville here, and Morris here.

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