“This is what democracy looks like! Tell me what democracy looks like. This is what democracy looks like!”
The chant rang out in the street in call and response fashion as organizers asked the question, and the crowd responded. The First Amendment at its best. Taking to the streets to protest a government’s actions when those actions are counter to what the people feel is right, is a constitutional right.
Capturing the image of the little girl holding her sign at the Women’s March in Portland that read, “Help our daughters soar” was poignant. Really, there is such irony in it. Sadly, I don’t think the current Administration is capable or interested in helping girls soar.
Where do I begin? His first day in office Trump signed an anti-abortion executive order surrounded by white males whose policy they signed will never affect them. Millions of women will lose access to affordable and SAFE abortions. Did the Administration get the memo? Taking the funding away will not stop abortions, it will make them more deadly and increase the rates of maternal mortality. But, really, what does the White House care?
How often are women pressured into sex, by men (grabbed by the p*ssy)? Forced into or trapped in the sex industry? Who is demanding the sex services anyway? What was that little alleged situation that occurred in Russia involving escorts and recorded tapes? Oh, the righteous irony . . . what we are really talking about here is social control. Let’s be HONEST!
There are more protests coming, one likely on April 15th to demand that Trump release his tax records. What is he hiding, anyway? Likely, so many things. Though, according to Kellyanne Conway, Advisor to Trump, nothing. No one is interested in seeing Trump’s tax records. Really? I am. I am very interested in seeing the tax records. And, apparently, so is over seventy-percent of America.
With the onslaught of dark-age legislative changes, if you are interested in signing a petition, you can visit Change.org where, among the petitions, there is one against confirming Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, she who wants to privatize the public education system. This petition currently has over 198,000 signatures on it. Another petition, initiated by Chellie Pingree, is aimed at blocking Trump’s executive orders to run the Keystone and Dakota Access Pipelines.
In addition, you can call your elected officials, write letters to send to the White House and turn out for the upcoming demonstrations. You may find it helpful to read a primer by the ACLU on knowing your rights as a protestor.
The Women’s March website has created Ten Actions for the First One Hundred Days. Your head may be spinning with all of the work there is that needs to be done. But, we can create change if we do just a little every day, even an hour a week. Think of that enormous volume if we all do something! It’s HUUUUGGGGGEEEEE!
Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and get to work . . .
Today’s song of the day is Lady Marmalade from the the movie Moulin Rouge, compliments of Christine Aguilera, P!nk, Lil’ Kim and Mya. Sexual politics at it’s finest.
Also, for your midweek humor boost, I am posting the video that was made in the Netherlands to “welcome” Donald Trump.