On Friday, January 20th of 2017, Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the Unites States of America. Saturday, January 21st of 2017, people across the globe marched as a stance of union for equality, justice, and peace for all.
Washington, Las Vegas, Chicago, New York, London, Boston, Denver, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Paris, Melbourne… all saw an influx of people marching for the fight of equal rights, organized by Tamika D. Mallory, Bob Bland, Carmen Perez and Linda Sarsour. These women implemented peaceful protesting against our current political climate, and the soon to be made decisions by the current president, House, and Senate, that will, in one way or another, affect everyone on different layers. You know, privilege.
“Stronger together, we won’t fall. Justice, peace, and equality for all“- The chant used.
What has been dismissed by more conservative media (if they can call themselves that) as an useless march, became the largest protest in US history, bringing people of all different backgrounds and ideologies together, in a march to highlight their wants and needs from a government that continues to forget they serve for us and not their interests. People were seen carrying banners, from everything to do with female reproductive rights, to hate crimes, to #notmypresident. But the main vision of the march was summarized in eight main points, ending violence, reproductive rights, LGBTQIA rights, worker’s rights, civil rights, disability rights, immigrant rights, and environmental justice. Although the success of the march was highlighted that day, the true victory will not be seen unless the marches keep momentum, and we make sure our elected representatives listen to us, and our demands as constituents.
“Simply put, feminism is a movement to end sexism, sexist exploitation, and oppression.” – bell hooks, Feminism is for Everybody: Passionate Politics
As much as I believe in marching and protesting as one of the foremost parts of the democratic process, I had never attended one until this one, and I cannot wait to participate in more. There is this rush of acceptance, of feeling as if we can change the world. That is the type of feeling we should have constantly while going through life, the feeling of incoming hopeful change.
I did not know what to expect asides from hordes of women, but I was not surprised when I saw so many people, from so many different walks of life there, fighting for the same. White women and men, women and men of colour, men, disabled, from a big shade in the LGBTQIA+ spectrum, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, atheist, Democrat, Republican, a melting pot some would say.
“Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women, and the misogyny that is in every culture is not a true part of the human condition. It is life out of balance, and that imbalance is sucking something out of the soul of every man and woman who’s confronted with it. We need equality. Kinda now.” ― Joss Whedon
I hope, that unlike a couple movements from recent years, this one doesn’t fizzle away. There is much to be done when it comes to stopping a raging lunatic and his cabinet of lunatics, supported by a Congress with many lunatics. I will fight for as long as there is breath in me.
–Here is a list of all the sister marches January 21st.
–Women’s March Highlights as Huge Crowds Protest Trump: ‘We’re Not Going Away’ by Yamiche Alcindor and Anemona Hartocollis.
–Defiant Voices Flood U.S. Cities as Women Rally for Rights by Susan Chira and Yamiche Alcindor
– Some amazing posters
*All the pictures used were taken by me. 🙂