For Immediate Release
Mai Shiozaki, 202-628-8669, ext. 116; cell 202-641-1906
Statement by NOW President Terry O'Neill on the Inauguration
WASHINGTON - Today Donald Trump took the oath of office, and became 45th president of the United States. Today, and every day for the next four years, we will resist his white nationalist agenda.
Throughout a long and divisive campaign, Mr. Trump made it clear that he does NOT believe that women’s rights are human rights. As committed advocates for the dignity and equality of women, in all our diversity, National Organization for Women activists are mobilizing to promote gender equality.
There is a powerful resistance movement swelling in our nation. Hundreds of thousands of people are preparing to attend Women’s Marches tomorrow, January 21. NOW will be proud to continue that work on January 22 and afterward. We face many challenges ahead, but we intend to achieve reproductive justice, an end to the sexual abuse to prison pipeline, a constitutional guarantee of gender equality, and secure voting rights for every individual in our country.
In his inaugural address today, Mr. Trump made a promise to people in the United States: “you will never be ignored again.” Believe me, we will NOT be ignored. We will not allow Mr. Trump to forget people of color, immigrants, LGBTQIA folks, disabled individuals, women, or any other marginalized group. We are raising our voices loud, and we will fight back!
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