Nov 15, 2016
In response to the imminent Donald Trump presidency, women's rights advocates nationwide are mobilizing.
"We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us."
--Women's March on Washington organizersMen and women from around the country will descend on Washington, D.C., on January 21, 2017 for a "Women's March on Washington" that organizers hope will see millions in the street, a day after President-elect Trump's inauguration.
The demonstrators repudiate the sexist, racist, and Islamophobic remarks that were a touchstone of Trump's presidential campaign.
Various Facebook pages about the march--organizers in each state are creating their own delegation--have all gone viral, a testament to the powerful opposition to a Trump presidency and what that will mean for women, among other marginalized groups. So far, over 83,000 people have signed up to take part.
"We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families--recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country," the organizers write.
The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us--women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault. We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.
In the spirit of democracy and honoring the champions of human rights, dignity, and justice who have come before us, we join in diversity to show our presence in numbers too great to ignore. The Women's March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women's rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us.
"The Jan. 21 protest takes its name from the 1963 March on Washington, a historic civil rights rally on the [National] Mall where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his 'I Have a Dream' speech," reports the Washington Post. "The rally will also pay tribute to the 1997 Million Woman March in Philadelphia, in which hundreds of thousands of African American women are reported to have participated."
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