“White women elected Trump. Black, brown, trans and queer women have been doing this for far longer and at far greater peril.” Any kind of real solidarity from allies has got to start with acknowledging these truths.
Acknowledge white privilege, and acknowledge who has been fighting for equality from day one, and then use that privilege to help put marginalized people in charge.
More than 2 million people around the world marched today to stand together in solidarity, celebrating the vibrancy and diversity of our communities. New Zealand was the first country to give women the right to vote, and the first to march today; we marched because women’s rights are HUMAN rights. Today I stood and marched with pride.
Austin, TX showed up today. I saw people of all identities coming together in solidarity, in ways we haven’t seen much of since this divisive election began.
I saw women of all ages. From my 16 year old sister, to babies in “future president” onesies, to elderly women telling me about the marches they walked in the sixties. I saw men supporting wives and daughters and men supporting women as a whole. I saw proud queer people chanting in the streets, I saw banners about birth control and immigration and trans rights and corruption, but most of all I saw Love.
These are some of my favorite shots from today. I only had my phone and it was hectic and there were thousands of people and signs to see, but here’s a glimpse of the support pouring through the streets of the Texas Capital. I plan to compile a vlog of the entire day because it was life-changing and inspiring and I want to share it with you all.
As the Women’s March on Washington has swelled in support, attracting attention and supporters in the lead-up to Saturday’s demonstrations, its name has become something of a misnomer.
Sister marches have been organized in all 50 states, and in countries around the world. They have been organized to express solidarity with the aims of the original march: opposition to President Trump’s agenda, and support of women’s rights and human rights in general.
Given the quirks of time zones, many of those marches kicked off before the event that inspired them. In Paris, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Mexico City, Bangkok, Delhi, Cape Town, and other cities, protesters have already broken out their signs and pink hats in solidarity.
black girls like (and appreciate) art
black girls like music - all kinds of it
black girls have all kinds of aesthetics
black girls have good hair
black girls can be pretentious
black girls can be thick
black girls can be skinny
black girls can be depressed
black girls can be quiet
black girls can be shy
black girls can say nigga
black girls can be queer
black girls have fathers - not all of us have sad childhood tales to tell you and if we did who tf said we wanted to?
black girls are gorgeous and it’s not just “for” their race
not all black girls play basketball
not all black girls can twerk
not all black girls like rap music
not all black girls are related to other black people
not all black girls are angry - although even if we were could you fucking blame us? you try living as a black girl and see how happy you are
not all black girls are “sassy”
not all black girls are the same
black girls do not need you validation
black girls can cry
black girls can be vulnerable
black girls have feelings
BLACK GIRLS ARE HUMAN
This entire thread by @sydnerain on twitter is SO IMPORTANT but here are some particularly important points to consider. The women’s march provided so many opportunities for women to listen to each other, to listen to women of colour and to see why intersectionality is important. This isn’t the beginning of the protest for some of us.
Janelle Monáe leads a powerful call-and-response with the Mothers of the Movement, in her song “Hell You Talmbout”, with the mothers calling out their children’s names and the crowd chanting back “say his name”