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DisruptJ20 poster
Purpose Disrupting the Inauguration of Donald Trump
Protesting the Presidency of Donald Trump
Website www.disruptj20.org

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DisruptJ20 (also Disrupt J20), a Washington, D.C.-based political organization founded in July 2016 and publicly launched on November 11 of the same year, stated its initial aim as protesting and disrupting events of the presidential inauguration of the 45th U.S. President, Donald Trump, which occurred on January 20, 2017. The protests organized and encouraged by the DisruptJ20 group were a part of a wider array of protests initiated by a variety of individuals and groups, in Washington, DC and nationwide; from a more extensive initial plan, deployments by DisruptJ20 at the inauguration eventually included efforts, at least, to blockade one bridge, and to attempt to shut down security checkpoints. Reports immediately prior to and following the event indicated success by James O'Keefe and Project Veritas to infiltrate DisruptJ20's planned inauguration efforts.


A Washington, D.C.-based political organization, DisruptJ20 (also appearing with an inserted space before "J20") had the initial stated aim of protesting and disrupting events of the inauguration of Donald Trump as 45th President of The United States.[1] One organizer of the DisruptJ20 protests, Alli McCracken, stated that the group is protesting Trump's views on women, undocumented immigrants and Muslims. Al Jazeera described the members of the organization as "liberal activists".[2] Steven Nelson pf the U.S. News & World Report, after interviews with organizers and representatives, described it in December 2016 as the "more radical protest-organizing network DisruptJ20, which has more than 1,700 Facebook group members."[3] A representative of the organization[who?] has stated that it would also have demonstrated had Hillary Clinton won the 2016 presidential election.[4]

History and protest planning

DisruptJ20 was founded around July 2016, about six months before Trump's inauguration.[5] "J20" was chosen to stand for January 20, the scheduled day of the 2017 inauguration.[6] DisruptJ20 was publicly launched on November 11, 2016 with a YouTube video and social media accounts.[1] It and its aims were described in an interview with Regba Carrefour, "an organizer with DisruptJ20,"[7][8][9] as

an umbrella coalition of groups with a core of local organizers who have a lot of activist experience. Washington, D.C. organizers… most of whom are anarchists. … The idea… is we want to undermine Trump’s presidency from the get-go. There has been a lot of talk of peaceful transition of power as being a core element in a democracy and we want to reject that entirely and really undermine the peaceful transition.[7]

According to Nelson of the U.S. News, the DisruptJ20’s website in December 2016 associated the organisation with the "DC Welcoming Committee [DCWC] collective" (describing it as "being assisted by" the DCWC) and Nelson reports that DisruptJ20, at this time, involved individuals from an array of progressive groups (as individuals, rather than representing their groups).[3] Nelson quotes Carrefour, who he describes as "a local anarchist handling press" for DisruptJ20, as indicating that "more than 200 people attended an organizing meeting at a local church… on short notice" and that photographs "show[ed] supporters representing a range of ages and interests."[3] Regarding intent, Carrefour stated to Nelson,

We are planning to shut down the inauguration, that’s the short of it… We’re pretty literal about that, we are trying to create citywide paralysis on a level that I don’t think has been seen in D.C. before. We’re trying to shut down pretty much every ingress into the city as well as every checkpoint around the actual inauguration parade route.[10][3][5]

On January 14, 2017, about a hundred demonstrators met at the American University to plan and prepare their protests.[6][11] Carrefour described their plans for inauguration week, beginning the weekend of January 14-15, 2017 ("MLK weekend"), indicating that DisruptJ20 was:

  • holding "an Action Camp… doing a lot of non-violent direct action trainings" on that weekend;
  • sponsoring a "queer dance party" at the residence of Vice President Mike Pence, on Wednesday, January 18;
  • arranging an "action" for the DeploraBall—described as an "Alt-Right Trump inaugural ball"—on Thursday, January 19, with the aim of "trying to shut that down";
  • having, on the 20th, inauguration day, "blockades… at all the checkpoints around the inauguration parade route and to get into the viewing area… transit blockades all day…. several unpermitted marches, an especially big one at Logan Circle" at 10 A.M., and a permitted march at 12 P.M., as well as events going on throughout inauguration evening."[7][5]

After the January 14 meetings, James O'Keefe of Project Veritas posted a video shot at pizzeria Comet Ping Pong in the capital showing members of the DC Antifascist Coalition, a part of DisruptJ20, planning to disrupt the DeploraBall at the National Press Building on January 19—through use of stink bombs (of butyric acid) and activation of the building's sprinkler system.[11][12][13] DisruptJ20 countered that it had caught on to the Veritas operation and had thus fed its operative a false plot;[11][12] however, based on the video, the DC police arrested a man associated with the group[clarification needed] on January 19, 2017 for his alleged planning to disrupt the DeploraBall.[14][15][16] Veritas released a second part to the video showing DisruptJ20 participants discussing their plans to create blockades for bridges and trains; as a result of the latter video, a DisruptJ20 organizer[who?] announced that the group would scale back on their blockade efforts, and only shut down one bridge.[17][18]

Inauguration actions, eve and day

Police presence the day of January 19, outside the National Press Building (NPB), 529 14th Street NW. Photograph of Lorie Shaull.
Burning of Make America Great Again campaign hat after sunset January 19, outside the NPB. Photograph of Lorie Shaull.
Sit-in protest on January 20, attempting to block police line at the intersection of 12th and K Streets NW, in Washington, DC. Photograph of Slowking.
Gallery of photographs, DisruptJ20-associated protest events, presidential inauguration, 45th U.S. President, Donald Trump, January 19-20, 2017.

DisruptJ20's efforts in Washington, DC were a part of a wider array of nationwide protests, ranging from peaceful to anarchic.[citation needed] Events included nationwide rallies such as Our First Stand: Save Our Health Care (organized by congressional Democrats and health care activists) and Poets Protest Against Trump (by such artists, on local city hall steps), both the weekend before the inauguration; the celebrity Love-a-thon (a Facebook-broadcast fund-raiser for liberal causes, featuring a number of film actors) on inauguration day, and the Women’s March on Washington [DC] and hundreds of sister marches nationwide, the day following the inauguration.[19]

The DisruptJ20 protests were specific actions, organized in Washington, DC and Baltimore, Maryland in particular.[19] A number of their protest activities occurred throughout Washington on January 19-20, 2017.[where?][citation needed] Protests involving DisruptJ20 members from a variety of groups[clarification needed] occurred at the National Press Building during the day and into the evening, on the January 19.[citation needed] On January 20, DisruptJ20 participants linked arms at security checkpoints,[where?] attempting to shut down flow into the inauguration through these checkpoints.[20][verification needed] A post-event press release from DisuruptJ20, reported on by The Washington Post, state that “climate justice activists” numbering ca. 400 participated in physically blocking the inauguration security checkpoints, including a four-hour block of the checkpoint at 3rd and D Streets NW.[21] The statement indicated, "[our] work is done."[21] In addition, DisruptJ20-associated attempts to block traffic through a sit-in occurred at the intersection of 12th and K Streets NW.[citation needed]

Broad responses to the effort

Comments both supportive and judgmental have appeared around the DisruptJ20 inauguration activities. Activist filmmaker Michael Moore indicated support for their efforts in the two cities, via Twitter.[19]

Publications ranged in opinion from support to criticism. The presentation from the The Huffington Post took the form of an information article directing interested readers to the DisruptJ20 web page, and to various protests in which they could participate.[19]

Post-inauguration activities

As of the first week of February, 2017, the organization was reporting efforts to support individual arrested for January 20th activities, in particular, fund-raising and legal support activities.[22][better source needed]

Arrested people were released pending a court date.[23] A class action lawsuit was filed for false arrest, and excessive force.[24][25][26][27]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Keefe, Josh (January 7, 2017). "Stop Donald Trump? #DisruptJ20 Wants To Shut Down Inauguration Day Parade". International Business Times. Retrieved February 3, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Al Jazeera Staff (January 21, 2017). "Donald Trump Sworn in as 45th US President". Al Jazeera English. Retrieved January 21, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Nelson, Steven (December 15, 2016). "Anti-Trump Activists Plan Road-Blocking 'Clusterf--k' for Inauguration". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved February 3, 2017 – via USNews.com. [Subtitle:] A moderate effort plans to picket the parade route, but a more radical rabble seeks to shut down the show.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Landa, Jonathan & Malone, Scott (January 21, 2017). "Violence Flares in Washington During Trump Inauguration". Reuters.com. Retrieved January 21, 2017.CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 For support for this quote's content, see "D.C. braces for protesters during Trump's inauguration week". News 7 Kwwl. Jan 17, 2017. Retrieved January 21, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. 6.0 6.1 King, James (January 19, 2017). "At Activist Training Camp, Protesters Prep To Disrupt Inauguration". Vocativ.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jaffe, Sarah (January 19, 2017). "Interviews for Resistance: A Conversation with Legba Carrefour". The Baffler. Retrieved February 3, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. While an individual with this name appears on various social media accounts (e.g., Twitter and Flickr), the existence of clear references in both the given name and the surname, to Haitian voodoo, directly via Legba and indirectly via Carrefour, make it possible that this participant's name is a pseudonym or nom de guerre. See this participant at Twitter, etc., and see the linked articles on the apparent direct and indirect voodoo references.
  9. There is no report as of February 1, 2017 that this individual bears any relation to the French multinational retailer, Carrefour.
  10. Carrefour also described their aims in more colorful terms, which were widely, if only partially, reported, e.g., "So, we’re going for what I’d generally term a clusterf--k," see Nelson, U.S. News, December 15, 2016.
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Freed, Benjamin (January 16, 2017). "Activist Group: Stink-Bomb Plot Was Meant to Fool James O'Keefe". Washingtonian.com. Retrieved January 22, 2017. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |work= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 Palma, Bethania (January 18, 2017). "James O'Keefe and Progressive Group 'Sting' Each Other". Snopes.com. Retrieved February 4, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Veritas Staff; James O'Keefe , presenter (16 January 2017). Part I: Undercover Investigation Exposes Groups Plotting Criminal Activity at Trump Inauguration. Mamaroneck, NY: Veritas Visuals. Retrieved 5 February 2017 – via YouTube.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. Hermann, Peter (January 20, 2017). "Protesters vowed to shut down the city. Police vowed to protect the inauguration". Washington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. Noble, Andrea (January 20, 2017). "Arrested activist featured in Project Veritas inauguration video". Washington Times. Retrieved January 24, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. Hermann, Peter (January 24, 2017). "Meetings of activists planning to disrupt inauguration were infiltrated by conservative group". Washington Post. Retrieved January 24, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Nelson, Steven (January 17, 2017). "Anti-Trump DisruptJ20 Activists Scale Back Inauguration Blockade Plans". U.S. News. Retrieved January 22, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  18. Veritas Staff; James O'Keefe , presenter (January 18, 2017). Part II: New Investigation Uncovers Plot to Chain the Trains and Shut Down DC During Inauguration. Mamaroneck, NY: Veritas Visuals. Retrieved February 5, 2017 – via YouTube.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Miller, Hayley (January 13, 2017). "Looking For Anti-Trump Protests? Here Are Dozens To Choose From". The Huffington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Laughland, Oliver; Siddiqui, Sabrina; Gambino, Lauren (January 20, 2017). "Inauguration protests: more than 200 demonstrators arrested in Washington". The Guardian. Retrieved January 22, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  21. 21.0 21.1 Hedgpeth, Dana (January 20, 2017). "Protesters Using Hashtag #DisruptJ20 Says Their Work is Done and Here's What They Did". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 4, 2017.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. DJ20 Volunteers (February 4, 2017). "Dear Friends" (website posting). DisruptJ20.org. Retrieved February 4, 2017. [Quote:] The #DisruptJ20 crew is 100% dedicated to supporting all of those arrested through the entire legal process. Our organizers and legal team are working together to figure out how to best support everyone moving forward and will be communicating with you more in the coming weeks before the first court dates to assess needs and get input. / Our legal fund is off to a great start, and we know lots of people are making t-shirts, organizing shows, and finding creative ways to raise money to support all of the folks who were arrested.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "People arrested during Inauguration Day protests could go to prison for 10 years over felony rioting charges". Retrieved 2017-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Lawyer Swept up in Protest Sues for Inauguration Arrests". Strategist. Retrieved 2017-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. CNN, Gregory Krieg. "Police injured, more than 200 arrested at Trump inauguration protests". CNN. Retrieved 2017-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "Lawsuit filed against police in DC after Inauguration Day arrests". WTOP. 2017-01-23. Retrieved 2017-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. "Class-action suit filed over police response to inaugural protests". POLITICO. Retrieved 2017-02-13.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

Further reading

  • Kangadis, Nick (January 23, 2017). "D.C. Police Arrest DisruptJ20 Organizer Featured in Veritas Video". Fusion.net. Reston, VA: Media Research Center. Retrieved February 4, 2017. [Quote:] Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in Washington D.C. arrested 34-year-old Scott Ryan Charney this past Friday as a result of his involvement in with the J20 group. Charney has been charged with conspiracy to commit an assault. Charney is the same man who was identified in the Veritas videos as Scott Green, a member of D.C. Anti-Fascist Coalition…<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Media related to DisruptJ20 at Wikimedia Commons