For those unfamiliar, Bob Adelman was the iconic photographer behind many of the thought-provoking, historical photographs of the Civil Rights Movement.
A photographer and protest marcher, he spent a considerable amount of time fighting for justice and equal rights. His images capture groundbreaking moments, such as student sit-ins, Freedom Riders, the March on Washington and other significant events in Black history.
“We are, every single one of us, under attack. Our safety and freedoms are on the chopping block, and we are the only ones who can protect one another. If we do not stand together, march together, fight together for the next four years, we will lose together.”
In order to keep the momentum going, it’s integral that those who showed up to the Women’s March ― I’m looking at your newbie activists and first-time marchers (cis, straight, white women especially) ― get involved in other social justice issues. Issues like violence against women, reproductive rights, pay equality and body image are all at the center of the feminist movement (and, if you need to learn more about them ― I urge you to do so).
But, there are so many other social justice issues that make up a large and fundamental part of the feminist movement.
Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA issues, climate change, freedom of religion: These issues and the communities they affect are all part of the feminist cause ― and we need to show up for them the way they showed up for the Women’s March.
As we head into the next four years, we all need to remember that the feminist movement is an intersectional one. Black Lives Matter, LGBTQIA rights, immigrant rights, climate change, rights of indigenous people, sex workers’ rights, disability rights, combatting islamophobia and gun violence ― these are all feminist issues.
If you were at the pro-life march, or support the pro-life movement, yet you don’t care for those fleeing war torn countries? Kids kicked out of their home for being LGBT+? Victims of inequality and hate crime? The poor? The sick? The hurting?
You are not pro-life if you stick up for the unborn and then leave them and their parents to fend for themselves afterwards.
You do not deserve to pat yourself on the back for abandoning those you said you wished to protect.
You do not get to talk to me about your morals on the pro-life issue when you don’t give a single shit about your fellow humans once they stand before you face to face.
If you think you should protect a Nazi from getting punched in the face before people getting run out of their homes and leaving everything behind to escape, just to be sent back, I do not want to hear talk about “not standing by violence”. Keeping quiet as people suffer puts some of the blame on your shoulders as well. I’m not talking about those who have to for their mental health, but those of you who simply don’t want to face the realization that they’re a part of the problem. If you stand idly by as these horrors occur then I never wish to hear you claim to be pro-life.