Resisting the TRUMP Agenda - Women's March on Washington: Basic Safety Instructions for Activis
The ascension of a serial sexual predator and narcissistic egomaniac to the Presidency is prompting outrage and protests, not just in the United States, but all across the globe.
The Women’s March on Washington, scheduled for January 21, 2017, now has almost 200 progressive groups, large and small, signing on as supporting partners representing women's rights, environment, legal abortion, prisoners’ rights, voting rights, LBGT rights, a free press, affordable healthcare, gun safety, racial and gender equality and a higher minimum wage. Men are invited. More than 370 simultaneous local protests will also occur, across all 50 states, and support marches are planned in 30 other countries.”
Fifty-five marches have been planned in cities from Paris to Nairobi to Sydney, reports the Huffington Post.
This past election night we watched over a quarter of the population of this country vote a misogynistic, racist, xenophobic, homophobic, clinically narcissistic demagogue into the office of the President. Victims of sexism, racism, violence, bigotry and xenophobia reacted with shock and grief because this nation instantly became less safe for so many. For advocates who fight against abuse, misogyny, and sexual assault, we understand that our job will be even more difficult under a Trump Presidency. Donald Trump has the same abusive traits that many abuse victims have survived in domestic violence relationships: covert control, pathological lying, sexual assault, and bullying.
As one of many advocates in the USA, I will continue to expose the Trump regime's plan to diminish and/or destroy our lives - especially those who are disenfranchised, vulnerable, poor and/or disabled.
To give a sexual predator the Presidency of the United States, with all the associated power around the world, is the ultimate way of showing women how little they are valued. Since the election, many people are living in "fear."
Fear is an alarm bell not to be ignored. The people targeted by Donald Trump's campaign and his supporters---people of color, women, victims of sexual assault and violence, the LBGT community, Muslims, refugees in America, first and second generation immigrants, and our allies---must now fight even harder and be ever more vigilant in defense of liberty and justice. I believe Donald Trump supporters need to own this - the impact of a Trump presidency - and recognize the harm that is being committed against innocent citizens in the name of TRUMP.
Mona Eltahawy, Egyptian feminist and author writes, “NEVER again can the U.S. lecture us on extremism or misogyny or on how we should treat women. This election sends a message to women in Egypt and across the world that powerful men can sexually assault you and worse and still be elected president."
We must never forget: "You need to treat women like sh-t. When you're a star, you can do anything. Grab them by the p---y. You can do anything." - President Elect Donald Trump
President-elect Donald Trump’s victory represents the justification of sexism and the patriarchal, institutionalized rape culture by millions of Americans.
The goal of the patriarchal culture is to silence and destroy women [and the earth]. This silencing has been made effective by raping, beating and killing ENOUGH women to silence ALL women.
I am encouraged by the words of Clarissa Estes, Ph.D., "We Were Made for These Times."
Donald Trump is the biggest popular vote loser in history to ever call himself President- Elect. In spite of the fact that he has no mandate, he will attempt to use his congressional majority to reshape America in his own racist, authoritarian, and corrupt image. If progressives are going to stop this, we must stand indivisibly opposed to Trump and the members of Congress (MoCs) who would do his bidding. Together, we have the power to resist — and we have the power to win.
The Women’s March on Washington has released its official policy platform, a far-reaching four-page statement that takes clear stances on reproductive rights, immigration reform, and worker’s issues.
If you are going to DC and/or marching locally, please read the following.
Wisdom & Insights for Advocates & Activist from Dr. Clarissa Pinkola Estes
I wouldn't have lived this long if I hadn't taken my own hard won advice.
Basic SAFETY and 'SHARP WOLF EYES' INSTRUCTIONS
Re: MARCHING and Activism
Take layers; weather can turn at any time; you don't want to get frostbit nor overheated. Take light weight water bottle.
Leave all jewelry and other precious irreplaceable things at home. At DC there may be millions. There are ALWAYS smiling false lovers who work the crowd. Be alert like a wolf, not like a puppy so happy to be with other puppies. There are still predators in the forest.
If there is trouble, run away from it. Grab people on either side of you and head for the hills. Do NOT go toward the trouble unless it is right at your shoulder and cannot be avoided. Even then, cover your face and head. Someone has to not get arrested so as to help bail out the others.
Tear gas is brutally named a trite name. It is a gas that affects the nerves and all of the body. DO NOT go toward tear gas. Stinging eyes and vomiting is the least of it. Trust me. I know. Flee it as fast as you can so you remain able.
Be a grown wise wolf, not a pup. KNOW that there are provocateurs in any march who are from extreme opposition, pretending to be just like you. They are not. They will claim someone from your own cohort physically attacked them, or verbally abused them, they will find the cameras to speak to. No one attacked them, no one abused them.
They are there to bear false witness against peaceful protesters to make peace seem like war. Trust me. I have seen it and seen it first hand: 1968 Grant Park riot, Chi-town. Kroger food workers strike, Denver. Large or small peaceful groups are like food for the ones who love to start fires, stampedes, literal throwing of objects that harm people, confusing law enforcement, confusing all marchers, etc.
Keep your lupine eyes open and your cell phone charged and on. You will see many things; some grandstand, some brag, some screech, some blather, some want the slime light, some want to sidetrack everyone from solidarity into side issues they feel hot about and hope to high jack the entire gathering with.
Look for the humble people, [humble means those who have Greater/ Creator at their center in daily devotion of whatever kind]: the people who have their scars on the inside and their hearts on the outside, not the other way around. Speak your peace your way. To whomever is kindred and whomever is within reach. Be gentle, firmly loving, memorable.
Sisterhood is not a mafia; nor 3 or 4 groups of bullying women who have seized the spotlight: Sisterhood is a huge huge group of female tribes, all different, all holding different ways of seeing and living, and who at momentous times in our world, COME TOGETHER under ONE thunderous ideal, one banner to send one strong message. That is SOLIDARITY.
There is NO room for insults, accusations, exclusions, vile words. Solidarity is steeped in the principle of setting aside all personal hot spots, for the intense weaponry of focused love, focused slogan, and focused peaceful protest. Solidarity is what wins far more than any other way of being we know.
Solidarity has a language, very much like the fairy tale welcome in The Handless Maiden who does not remain handless for long, for she seeks refuge in the right mindset. Above the door - remember what I wrote to you in Women Who Run with the Wolves, in the story told by my family. Above the door - through which the handless maiden finds strength, rest and recovery of her hands again....it it written: HERE ALL SOULS DWELL FREE. Not some souls. Not only those. Or these. ALL. ALL.
Peace be with you my lobacitas, my lobacitos.
Remember who you are: you belong as you wish, to my Tribe of the Sacred Heart, Many of us Scar Clan. Courage. Strength. Far-seeing.
This comes with all my love for your straight-eyed heart, for your soul's protection and bodily safety." - Dr. Clarisa Pinkola Estes, Author, Women Who Run with the Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype
One of the best platforms for marching on the holy day, as I call it, The Women's March
1) All women shall maintain the freedom and lawful protection to choose what is best for them as it concerns their biological and reproductive health.
2) The diverse and vibrant communities of the United States of America shall be protected from political factions that would seek to inhibit their expression and existence by implementing legal restrictions on personal freedoms. These diverse and vibrant communities are the fabric of our great country and shall not be torn by hateful, divisive, and racist rhetoric or actions.
3) All people, regardless of gender, gender identification, ethnicity, racial heritage, religion, disability, age, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status shall be treated equally and equitably, with respect, dignity and justice for all.
INAUGURATION DAY IS OUR OFFICIAL DAY OF MOURNING - WEAR BLACK
"Given the election results, the depths of despair so many are feeling and have felt since Election Day, given the despicable decisions DJT is making and how he is behaving, given Russia's participation in the US election, given the cabinet DJT has nominated, given his efforts to take from the least among us and from our Mother Earth, I would like to make a suggestion:
"I propose that on Inauguration Day we wear black to symbolize our pain, fear, and angst; that we wear black to mourn for what should have been, to mourn our dreams of a kinder, gentler nation. Wear black to mourn for the respect and civility that has been lost as a result of the words and deeds of DJT. Wear black for those who will be losing their healthcare, or their precious water and land. Wear black to symbolize the loss of the safe haven our beautiful country has been to so many over the years.
"To those who will be participating in the Women's March on Washington or any of its sister marches: wear black on Inauguration Day.
'"To those who will be at home, or traveling, or working, or shopping: wear black on Inauguration Day.
"To friends who support us around the world: wear black on Inauguration Day, January 20, 2017.
"This silent display of mourning for our country on the day he-who-shall-remain-nameless takes office will make a statement around the world. Let us overwhelm him and his minions. Let us use our day of mourning to show those who don't understand our pain and frustration just how deeply our feelings run. Let us use Inauguration Day to show DJT how many of us he is up against.
"Spread this message far and wide, copy and paste this message to your own status update.
"We roll up our sleeves and get to work on January 21st." - Mary-Kay Stacy Sansone
Protest Marches Scheduled for January 20, 2017 and January 21, 2017