Here Are 2017’s Best Protest Posters

The good, the adorable, and the witty.

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The year is nearly over, and politically speaking, it hasn’t been pretty. Plenty of outrageous, terrifyingshameful things have happened since Donald Trump took office, but from the very first day of his presidency, a massive contingent of the nation has taken to the streets.

The day after Trump’s inauguration, women and their allies showed up in record numbers to protest the new president and his incoming Cabinet—and it ballooned into America’s largest single-day demonstration in recorded history. More than 3 million people poured into the streets of cities across the country for the Women’s March, to push back against human rights violations affecting women, LGBT people, and immigrants.

Other protests this year included the March for Science and the People’s Climate March, and protests following Trump’s decisions to withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, end the DACA program, and ban immigrants from Muslim-majority countries. At each one, there were signs—lots of signs.

Here’s our list (in no particular order) of the most striking, creative, and outright hilarious protest signs of this historic year:

1. Orange is the New Black star Uzo Aduba’s sign was inspired by Meryl Streep’s epic anti-Trump Golden Globes acceptance speech.

2. This spot-on Game of Thrones reference.

3. I feel this.

4. All the vagina signs, really.

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Women's march, NYC

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5. From the mouths of babes.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BW5dlkAgVmA/?hl=en&tagged=bestprotestsigns

6. Bigly.

Women's March on Washington
Jim West / ZUMA

7. I’m crying.

8. This on-point Gilligan’s Island reference.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BUXrLf-h9Tp/?tagged=sciencemarch

9. BURN.

10. These middle schoolers aren’t holding back.

Women's March on Washington
Michael Nigro / Pacific Press/ZUMA

11. Neither is she.

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My new idol #womensmarch #notmypresident

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12. And you thought high school math would never come in handy.

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#bestprotestsigns #science

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13. This clergyman is doing God’s work.

March for Racial Justice
Erik Mcgregor / Pacific Press/ZUMA

14. There were words of wisdom from feminist icons.

15. PERFECTION.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BPkxnXNBDXC/?hl=en&tagged=notmycheeto

16. “No comment needed.”

17. I’d vote for this kid.

Women's March on Washington
Jim West / ZUMA

18. This sign is just too real.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYBaBxPFxC7/?hl=en&tagged=bestprotestsigns

19. I really hope Trump saw this one.

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My favorite so far. #bestprotestsign #cutestprotester

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20. And this sign pretty much sums it up.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BVNSEi8AKGN/

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SIX TRUTHS

Reclaiming power from those who abuse it often starts with telling the truth. And in "This Is How Authoritarians Get Defeated," MoJo's Monika Bauerlein unpacks six truths to remember during the homestretch of an election where democracy, truth, and decency are on the line.

Truth #1: The chaos is the point.

Truth #2: Team Reality is bigger than it seems.

Truth #3: Facebook owns this.

Truth #4: When we go to work, we're in the fight.

Truth #5: It's about minority rule.

Truth #6: The only thing that can save us is…us.

Please take a moment to see how all these truths add up, because what happens in the weeks and months ahead will reverberate for at least a generation and we better be prepared.

And if you think journalism like Mother Jones'—that calls it like it is, that will never acquiesce to power, that looks where others don't—can help guide us through this historic, high-stakes moment, and you're able to right now, please help us reach our $350,000 goal by October 31 with a donation today. It's all hands on deck for democracy.

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