Monday, January 16, 2017

Women's March on Washington.

If the social media representation of the Women's March on Washington is at all an indication - I hope the march and the subsequent solidarity marches will be as big as they're hinting to be.

I'm really pleased to see the solidarity marches happening everywhere.
The Women’s March in Montreal will take place on Jan. 21 at 11 a.m. at Esplanade de la Place des Arts (175, rue Ste, Catherine Ouest) and will occur simultaneously with the one in Washington, D.C. in solidarity and in the spirit of diversity, equality, and inclusivity.

According to press, the Montreal march is the biggest in Canada so far. It's just really nice to see so many marches being planned in solidarity.

Montrealers plan 'sister demo' to support Women's March on Washington
Women's March on Washington set to be one of America's biggest protests

I just posted the following on my facebook, it lists some of what I'm feeling:
I plan on going to the march on Saturday for many reasons. First, as a show of solidarity with the marginalized groups of the U.S, whose fear and disillusionment I can only imagine, and feel a fraction of. These "groups" are the majority of the country: women, LGBTQ folks, Muslims, POC, those at risk of losing their health care, journalists and all manner of community activists. 
Second, because systems of power are linked and there is a dangerous lean towards fascism, neo-nazism and anti-socialist rhetoric that is dangerous and terrifying and I want to actively wear my politics, and be counted.
Within months, health care could be lost to over 20 million Americans, Planned Parenthood could be defunded, there's still talk of building a wall, of a Muslim registry and of reprimanding the media and journalism in all sorts of fucked up ways.
I understand that as non-Americans, this might feel far from you. I think what's been devastating and unreal to all of us watching these last months unfold. 2016 felt like a nightmare. Until recently, there even being the possibility of a President Trump was beyond absurd. It was insulting. And with every step closer, we became increasingly discouraged and anxious. 
I know I for one have had periods of shut down, because it's been too much and it's been tremendously sad.  
Canada is not perfect. We have our own issues and our own struggles.
By protesting on Saturday, I hope to show my solidarity with those marching on Washington, and I hope to show local government as well as federal powers that I am willing to take to the streets and protest. 
Let this American horror show galvanize all of us to become activists for what is right and what is fair. 
I understand that we all have lives, and we're all busy. It's about priorities.
I urge you to take a look at yours, and to make yourself seen and heard in a way that cannot be ignored.  
I've heard countless times over the last year, "I feel so helpless," and I think this is an opportunity to take everything we're feeling and to walk-it-out.
I plan on going with S - we might do coffee or a meal after. You're welcome to join us.
The ongoing non-sensical-level-of corrupt fuckery going on in the U.S is barely comprehensible. It's as if all of a sudden up is down and nothing matters, it's enough to make you feel like you're hallucinating.

I'm keeping an eye on all the reporting, and I look forward to taking to the streets of Montreal in solidarity with those marching on Washington.

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