WITHOUT WOMEN THERE IS NO REVOLUTION
On Saturday, women got up early to participate in what is now known as one of the largest marches in LA since the 2006 immigration march. Hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Pershing Square as a peaceful act of resistance against the new administration in charge of this country. This protest went global. According to the LA Times, there were demonstrations in more than 50 countries, it even reached the Isle of Eigg, a tiny island off the coast of Scotland, population 88.
Crowds gathered in support to for LGBT, Muslims, immigrants and anti-trump throughout the crowds of people. The target in these protests weren't the patriarchy or even Trump, this ended up being a bunch of people coming together and acknowledging that America is better when we are united and standing in solidarity. It felt like a huge gathering of love and positivity The crowds included women of all color, men and even entire families. Seeing babies with their mothers and even little kids protesting with their parents gave me so much hope. They are the future. What really bummed me out was seeing older people in the crowd. This isn't the first time they protest this and it's disappointing that women's rights remain an issue to be protested.
It's the beginning of 2017 and women all over the world are still gathering to protest for their basic human rights. It's been over 100 years of women doing this and frankly, I'm over it. I am not a morning person but I woke up at 6 am to go protest and support my fellow females and I'm pissed about it. I'm livid. I had to wake up early because old white guys don't get that they can't control my reproductive rights. I had to spend my last Saturday of winter break out in the sun because old white guys don't get that women deserve basic human rights. This. Is. Ridiculous. I'm mad this march even happened in the first place but you know what? I'll wake up early, again and again and again and again if I have to because this has gone on for too long. Marching and protesting may not influence direct and immediate change but staying quiet is not an option.
I'm marching for the future of this country. For my future. For my babies. For my friends babies. I'm marching so women 100 years from now don't have to. I really hoped that this wouldn't be an actual reality, that this generation didn't actually still have to protest but it is. So now I just hope the women or immigrants or people of color or LGBTQ in the generations after me don't have to.
So, what's next? These protests were just the beginning, there are more tangible actions to take that will help the movement stay strong. Here's a link to an explanation of those actions and the official Women's March website.
The best part about this is that the turn out in LA alone overshadowed the numbers at Trumps inauguration.