Monday, December 12, 2016
Women and Allies stand and march in solidarity as a statement against Trump’s hate in New York City, as part of a Nationwide Protest
On the 12th of December, women and allies (This includes but is not limited to: People of Color, LGBTQA/GNC, Immigrants, Disabled Persons, and any other marginalized communities, and allies) in cities across the country unify to demonstrate collective power, and to deliver the message in a unified voice that women are ready to stand against any government action that would serve to erode the rights of women and other vulnerable groups.
Women and Allies Protest will demand that electoral college voters who have declared their votes for the president-elect change their decision and support Hillary Clinton, who won the popular vote by 2.6 million. While it's unlikely that 38 electoral college voters will change their minds, this election has proven that anything could happen. At the least, this protest will unite millions of people—whether straight, queer, trans, black, Latino, white, documented, undocumented, civilian, military, young, old, male, female—who refuse to normalize bigoted invective and hate crimes.
The objectives of Monday’s strike are clear. Nationwide, in 20 different cities (four of which were still pending permits as of last week), women and allies will stand and march in solidarity as a statement against Trump’s hate. There will be point people at each march to encourage participants to sign a Change.org petition that encourages the Electoral College to cast their votes for Hillary Clinton when they meet on December 19. It already has over 4 million signatures. And for those who can’t take the day off to strike, Massaro and Gutierrez and the rest of the country’s organizers have concocted an alternate way to express solidarity.
Strike out message: The president-elect has demonstrated overt contempt for women and a troubling sexual misogyny before and during his campaign. As such, we have no reason to believe that the new president or his nominees or the Republican Congress will stand up for women's rights. So we must take action ourselves. By striking out on December 12th we demonstrate our collective power as citizens and our determination to act as a check against any effort to erode the rights of women. In addition, we stand in solidarity with the myriad other groups the president-elect has maligned during his shameful campaign.
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