On Friday Donald Trump was inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. Across the country and the world people dropped banners from bridges to send a simple, hopeful and unmistakable message: We will build bridges not walls, to a peaceful and just world, rid of oppression and hatred.
We stood in solidarity with the millions of Americans who fear a future ruled by a racist, Islamophobic and sexist President. Donald Trump condemns people across the world by denying climate change and promoting dirty fossil fuels. He has described climate change as a ‘hoax’ and created an administration full of deniers like Rick Perry and Rex Tillerson.
Campaigners in Huddersfield took a constructed bridge to Market Place in Huddersfield on Friday morning to mark the inauguration. A banner – reading ‘Bridges Not Walls: Witness, Connect, Challenge’ – was dropped from the bridge at intervals between 8am and 9.30am.
We also raised awareness of the connection between Trump’s possible dirty energy plans and UK High Street banks. The Trump administration may push through the Dakota Access Pipeline which US Army Corps suspended last month due to environmental and indigenous rights concerns. It is essential that banks withdraw their finance from the project. HSBC and Barclays have invested in DAPL. RBS has said that it has withdrawn funds but has yet to provide evidence of this.
MP Jo Cox, who lived and died just a few miles from Huddersfield reminded us that we have far more in common than that which divides us. In Kirklees, we dropped our ‘Bridges Not Walls’ banner to stand up for unity not division, action not apathy, hope not hate.
“Let’s build bridges not walls.” Martin Luther King
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