The right to protest is one of the most important rights that we have as American citizens and it is slowly being demonized by those that don’t agree with the ideas of the protesters.
The word “violent” has become synonymous with the word “protest” even though it might not always be the case. A bill that turns freeway protest into a very serious crime, a bill that could classify protesters as “economic terrorists”, and a bill that just says, “go ahead and hit people in the street,” are just some of the reactions to all of the protesting that's been so popular lately.
Great! Rather than fix the political system that’s failing this country, let’s get all those millennials back inside at their computers so we can pretend it isn’t happening. (That’s not to minimize the power that we have behind the computer. The entire march was actually a fire started by some lady on Facebook. )
You can take a page from the book of these LGBTQI activists that danced outside of the Pence house and respectfully called him Daddy. Getting out and being heard is what works. It makes an impact.
In the face of all this friction, why do we continue to go out with our signs and our screams and demand things they continue to tell us we don't deserve?
As some chick at work said, “Actin’ crazy isn’t going to do nothing about it.”
WRONG! That's what they want you to think. That's what those bills are designed to make you believe. That's why they've divided us by class, gender, and side of the tracks.
Actin’ crazy is supposed to do something about it. That's why we have the right to protest. Where the electoral college failed some of us and the media manipulated most of us there is still one thing we have: Our voice.
When there is not a single stake in the government that is fighting for the people between the cabinet, the corporations, and the news stations, we are left to fight for ourselves.
So why are women banding together to march?
There is a long complicated history that leads to this question and it’s answer. The reasons are many and passionate. Here are some:
“Because someone who is not only wildly unqualified but someone who has continually, with great purpose, stirred the seeds of hate & bigotry & reignited the white nationalist movement just became president even though he lost the popular vote by 3 million. If we don't actively resist, nothing will ever change, & these newly emboldened, hateful few, who now think they can take our country over, need to see that we will not have our rights taken away, that we will continue to fight & resist oppression, & that we outnumber them, & we will win. Quiet people who accepted the status quo made perfect nazis & we're NOT going to do that shit again.” -Kathryn Way
“There is a man in office that has admitted to sexual assault. I refuse to accept this. I refuse to accept this is my America.” -Jennifer Free
“I'm marching because I refuse to be complacent while a sexual predator, racist, pathological liar with a short fuse and a bad attitude has his tiny baby hands on the nuclear codes of this country. I'm marching because the day a man - ANY man, President of the United States or otherwise - thinks he's going to "grab [me] by the pussy" is the day he's going to pull back a bleeding stump. And I'm marching because I refuse to accept the preposterous notion that a documented troll like Donald Trump is in any way worthy of, or even remotely qualified to hold, the highest office in the land - or to be any kind of example to future generations of this country, save for the kind of human you should NEVER be.” -Chrissa Cooper
"I think as a male it is important to be not just open but blatant about my support and solidarity with women's issues. I am marching to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I want there to be no mistake." -Greg Cote
"I'm marching because Donald Trump's presidency poses the biggest threat to American civil liberties since at least the Nixon administration. Joining with thousands of people in a peaceful human wave to voice dissent isn't going to magically solve anything, but peaceful protest in the physical world makes a larger impact than tossing a cranky rant into a Facebook feed full of people who already agree with you, or signing a petition that nobody will read. I'm going to have it a lot easier than a lot of people in the coming years, and I know this, but I want to support those who have the most to lose, and it's important to show the world that a large portion of America knows our new leader is a demagogue and is not okay with that." -Joe Folladori
You can find a list here but if you don’t see your city, search on Facebook to find your local event. Can’t make it to the march? Your support can definitely be in other ways. You can donate money here to those that can march and really really want to.
There is power in numbers. Don’t forget where you live and don’t forget that you have rights. Be safe out there, everybody!