• What is Inaugurate the Revolution?

Inaugurate the Revolution (ITR) is a full day of activist-oriented workshops, teach-ins, direct actions, and projects, all taking place on January 20, 2017, in Bloomington, Indiana. The day will culminate with a march through downtown and a community rally at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater.


Why Inaugurate the Revolution? Why January 20?

We are committed to strengthening our community and to revitalizing our damaged and dysfunctional political and economic systemsno matter who holds political office. That said, we acknowledge that the incoming federal regime will undoubtedly worsen the problems that already exist in our system, many of which stem from the misuse of governing authority and from an unjust economic system. We cannot afford to "wait and see."

January 20Inauguration Dayis an intentional choice. While many will spend the day watching in disbelief as Donald Trump is sworn in as President of the United States, those of us participating in ITR will actively reject Trump and all that he stands for. By intentionally re-centering ourselves and our community, we will deny the incoming administration the attention and legitimacy it so desperately desires. Through focused, affirming, and empowering work, together we will lay the groundwork not only for our resistance but also for our shared liberatory future.


When will Inaugurate the Revolution take place? How is the day structured?

Inaugurate the Revolution will take place on Friday, January 20, 2017. The day will take place in four main phases:

Check-in and Registration: 9:00 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Participants who begin their workshops later will be able to check in closer to their workshops’ start times… However, the majority of participants begin with 9:30 sessions and should plan to check in at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater prior to those sessions, starting at 9:00.

Workshops, Teach-Ins, & Project Work: 9:30 a.m. - 5:10 p.m.
We’ve planned nearly 40 workshops, teach-ins, and projects, across [x] venues. Sessions will run concurrently throughout the day. ITR participants ...

Community March: 5:15 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Immediately after workshops/sessions conclude, we will assemble in front of the Monroe County Public Library. From there we will march together through downtown Bloomington to show solidarity and …

Community Rally: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
From the march, we will proceed immediately to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, where talented and inspiring local performers and speakers will knock our socks off and motivate us to continue fighting the good fight AMIRITE


What happens after Inaugurate the Revolution?

That's what we're hoping to determine together on January 20.


Where will ITR events be held?

If this is not your first time visiting our website, you may remember that we had initially planned to hold most of our events at the Monroe County Public Library. However, overwhelming demand has meant that we’ve had to find more (and larger) venues, so now we’re holding our events in a wider range of community spaces.

Workshops and other ITR events will be held at the following locations (see schedule for more details):

  • Buskirk-Chumley Theater
  • Monroe County Public Library
  • Ivy Tech John Waldron Performing Arts Center
  • Rhino’s Youth Center
  • Boxcar Books and Community Center
  • The Back Door
  • Unitarian Universalist Church
  • Indiana University Wells Library
  • Sunrise Hive
  • MADE Consignment Shop & Gallery

Immediately following the workshops will be a short march, starting on the Courthouse Square and winding through downtown Bloomington. The march will lead us right to the Buskirk-Chumley Theater, where we will hold an indoor rally from 6:00 to 8:00.

Please check our schedule for a full list of events & locations.


Why are the organizers of ITR asking people not to shop, work, or attend classes?

We are asking all participants to refrain from normal activities, to the extent possible, in order to focus attention on the problems of our dysfunctional system and to come together as a community to strengthen our mutual bonds. We acknowledge that employment, consumption, and education are often sites of ideological indoctrination, exploitation, and oppression. So while we recognize that not everyone will be able to completely forgo these activities, we encourage participants to refrain from shopping, working, and school on 1.20.17 in order to concentrate energies on building community and advancing the cause of justice.

This is a rejection of “business as usual."


Who is organizing Inaugurate the Revolution? Who will be running the various sessions?

Inaugurate the Revolution is an entirely volunteer-run event, organized by community activists from Bloomington and the surrounding area.

Workshops and presentations are also organized on a volunteer basis, and are being led by over 50 different community activists, educators, and local groups. Check out our workshop overviews and schedule for a complete list of participating organizations and facilitators.


How much does it cost to attend? Who is invited?

Inaugurate the Revolution is 100% free and open to the public.

A guiding principle of Inaugurate the Revolution is respect for a diversity of activist perspectives and tactics. In that spirit, we ask that all participants respect the venues, the organizers and facilitators of workshops and other events, and their fellow participants.


Is this a protest? A demonstration? What will happen? Can I bring my children?

It is neither protest nor demonstration--rather, it is an exercise in community empowerment. There will be 40+ workshops and sessions, and the direction that each session takes will be determined by workshop facilitators and participants.

The organizers of ITR, while respecting a diversity of tactics, have asked participants to conduct themselves in a peaceful and respectful manner, and to make their sessions open and inviting to the entire community. We encourage participation from all people of all ages.

The organizers and facilitators of ITR are committed to ensuring the safety of all participants. We plan for this to be a peaceful event.


Will refreshments be available?

Our plan is to provide light refreshments in each workshop room.  Since this is a community event, we encourage those participants who are relatively financially secure to bring snacks to share with the broader community (chips, beverages, vegetables & fruit, etc.) if they can.  If you will be providing food (thank you!), please mark ingredients clearly so that our participants with allergies are kept safe.


Where can I park?

Unfortunately, Bloomington parking rules still apply downtown, so while parking is available on streets and in public garages, it is generally not free. 

Two garages that are near many ITR workshop locations are the City of Bloomington's 4th Street Garage and IU's Poplars Garage:

4th Street Garage (105 W. 4th Street - Entrance on 4th Street between Walnut Street and College Avenue)

Pay to Park Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. with the following exclusions:
First three hours are free Monday - Friday 7am - 6pm
Free after 6pm daily and all day on weekends
Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
$0.50 per hour

Morton Street Garage (220 N Morton St - Entrance on Morton Street between 6th Street and 7th Street)

Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week
First three hours are free 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
$0.50 per hour

Walnut Street Garage (302 N. Walnut Street - Entrance on Walnut Street between 7th Street and 8th Street)

Pay to Park 24 hours per day, 7 days a week with the following exclusion:
First three hours are free - Monday - Friday 6am-6pm and Saturday - Sunday 6am - 12pm
Gated garage monitored 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
$0.50 per hour

IU Poplars Garage (415 E. Sixth St, located between Grant & Dunn)

Hours (M–Thurs.): 7 a.m.–9 p.m.

Parking is free from 6 p.m. on Friday through 7 a.m. on Monday. If you have an EM-P permit, you may access the garages free of charge any time.

The City of Bloomington offers a downtown parking guide on its website, and the  Indiana University Parking Operations offers a list of IU parking lots and rates.

The following venues have their own dedicated (but limited) parking lots:

Rhino’s Youth Center
Unitarian Universalist Church
Monroe County Public Library


Is Inaugurate the Revolution affiliated with the 8:30 p.m. march that is also happening on January 20?

No. In fact, we don't even know who is organizing that event.

We respect a diversity of activist tactics, and their event is certainly on the activist spectrum.


What if I didn’t register? Can I still participate?

Yes! There are several drop-in sessions taking place as part of Inaugurate the Revolution. (More information here.) We will also accept walk-in registration on a first-come, first-served basis; please visit our information table in the lobby of the Buskirk-Chumley Theater if you'd like to see which workshops still have openings!

Furthermore, we encourage everyone in the community---not just those who attend workshops---to come out en masse for our 5:15 march and 6:00 rally!


What about kids?

Babes in arms are absolutely welcome at ITR workshops! Older kids are welcome to attend, as well, but parents/guardians should be aware that there will be no censorship of workshop content, and they should consider carefully which events might be most appropriate for them to attend with their children.