Today is a historic day in my country, we’re fed up with gender violence in Mexico. They’re killing us. Picture this, you can’t walk outside your own house because you fear the worst, you fear that your clothes are too revealing, you fear that you’re too alone, you fear that you’re walking the wrong streets. Day after day you wake up to the news of another feminicide. They’re killing us. You see it, you hear it, you fear it. What if I’m the next one? You’re always wondering. They’re killing us.
10 women are killed every day, only because they’re women. And it doesn’t matter where we are, what we’re wearing, who we are. It’s not our fault, because they keep killing us.
If we keep up at this rate? What’ll be of us?
Yesterday we marched.
(None of the pictures are mine)
“I march because I’m alive and I don’t know until when.”
“Today, all our voices aren’t together because, from death, one can’t scream.”
“We’re not hysteric, we’re historic.”
“Mom, if you don’t find me, look up for me in the stars.”
Yesterday we screamed. We flourished.
“Mom, don’t worry, today I’m not alone in the streets.”
Our monuments bled to represent us.
But not today, today march 9th 2020. We silenced ourselves.
Today, we disappeared. No social networks, not a single woman in the streets, not a single woman working, not a single woman studying, not a single woman at any store.
What would Mexico be without us? If you don’t want us in the streets, fine we’ll disappear.
Without us, you’ll collapse.
Mexico woke up with no women ticket-sellers in the subway stations, no women tellers at the bank.
No women’s column on the newspapers.
No women at their jobs.
No women at school.
No women on the streets.
Mexico woke up with no women.
We can’t accept what we can’t change, but we will change what we can’t accept.
We are angry, and we will rise. Because without us, you’re nothing.
Read this, digest it, share it in your circles. Share it in all your leftie meme groups, share it with your white friends who need a reason to shrug off some white guilt, & your nonblack friends who think they’re close enough to blackness to use our culture.
I’ve mentioned wanting to start a collective in my city and doing some action in marginalized communities, but instead of doing that i’ve decided to start bigger. Me & other activists have banded together to start a reparations initiative after one we all benefited from was shut down.
Reparations and the importance of reparations are a hot topic in just about every political circle there is. Regardless of ideology it’s often difficult to get people to understand just how important reparations are, not only to the Black community, but to our current racial climate and the social repair that is absolutely necessary for change to happen. A change which is integral to stopping white supremacy + capitalism.
Black activists and leftists have been telling the world for years that the black community is owed reparations in the form of money as well as opportunities like job programs, higher education, and better neighborhoods. This sub-project’s goal is to eventually branch out into an initiative that’ll guarantee all that for the communities that absolutely need it most. The black + houseless, the black + uninsured, the black + otherwise hopeless.
For this subproject to be successful we need people like you to bring attention to it. No one cares about social change unless it’s got a hashtag or pink pussy hat attached to it, so it’s important that people like you get your friends talking about it! Bringing up the concept of reparations can be difficult, but the labor is paramount over all, and any true ally knows the importance of laboring for marginalized communities.
the women’s march should be for all women… and yet it’s not. and i was hoping it would be better this year but it’s become increasingly clear that it’s only for cis white women.
the transphobic signs, the co-opting of spaces, the pussy hats. oh the pussy hats.
centering PINK pussy hats as a symbol of this movement is so wrong. while these hats weren’t a creation of the women’s march organizers directly, they have become a recognized symbol. we literally could have picked any other nasty thing trump has said to focus on and yet we chose his statement about genitalia and chose to cling to it for dear life. why must all the posters say “pussy grabs back” when 1, not all women have a pussy, 2, not all pussies are pink and 3, feminism is the equality of ALL genders. by excluding the experience of non-binary, trans-feminine, and other folks who identity in the feminine space and instead centering the conversation on genitalia (which has nothing to do with gender) we are hindering our own damn cause.
we need to do better. we need to include all women, speak up for all women, make space for all women, make it clear there is and always will & should be space for ALL women and feminine-identified people. not just cisgender heterosexual white women.
To all the little girls out there,
we will set fire to this world
that steals your childhoods,
rips away your choices and voices,
and stops you from being
everything you want to be,
and build you a better one from the embers,
the kind of world that treasures you
for all your powerful capabilities.
Women are the strongest, most ethereal beings on this planet, and I’ll celebrate them and their unappreciated strength and perseverance until I die. To the women in my life and all around the world: I love you, I love the fire in you, and I’m rooting for you every day.
As a pro-life Christian, I believe outlawing abortion is a BIG mistake.
Not because I don’t believe it’s wrong, but because I’m scared for the women out there who will turn to other ways to get abortions.
My grandmother got pregnant with my mother in the 60s, and considered getting an abortion at an illegal clinic. Now, an illegal clinic does not have to be up to code (because it’s illegal and they have no one supervising them). Thankfully she decided against it, because what if she got an infection or the procedure was done wrong and she died?
That’s what will happen if we outlaw abortion NOW. There will be no happy-white-Jesus-angels-singing victory! There will be women finding dangerous ways to get an abortion or even commit suicide themselves!
The only way to stop abortions is to stop the demand for it. How do we do that? Birth control, pre-natal care (which Planned Parenthood claims to provide but at most facilities it does not), care after birth, lower college tuition, lower housing costs, lower food costs, and most of all: get rid of the shame and fear of unexpected pregnancy!
Us Christians have shamed women and made them fearful to have children, and to bring them into this world. We have called them whores, disgusting, terrible women when really they are scared and need out help.
Let us as Christians start there: being gentle and compassionate to women who have unexpected pregnancy.
Just like we say “outlawing guns won’t stop criminals from getting to them”, it’s the same thing. Outlawing abortion will only lead to unsafe abortions.
Sorry this is long but I believe this is the biggest issue in America today: that we think nonbelievers are the problem when really, it starts with us. Pro-life is supporting life through every stage, not just at birth!
One of the emerging themes from the Woman’s March is to encourage women to run for office. Whether you have already decided to, thinking about it, or even if you feel like running for office is currently not for you, I urge you to check out the following resources* to get information and to find out what it’s like to run for office:
In many cases, running for office doesn’t require a lot and there are many positions that matches with your time, talents and passion, from becoming a precinct delegate, a school board member, member of your city or county council, sheriff or other elected law enforcement position, mayor, Lt. Gov and Governor, representative in your state general assembly to Congress and the White House, and everything else in between.
But even if you think running for office is something you can’t do right now, sign up for one of the websites above to keep yourself updated. You can also help elect other democratic women and progressive leaders into office or help protect our voting rights. You can start by also checking out some of these sites*:
Women were the first to practice magic. Women were the first witches. Women are connected to the earth, to the sea, to water and fire, to the moon and to the sun in ways that men can never be. Magic and witchcraft are women’s birthright and to reclaim that is a step towards awakening your power and forging a life for you and your sisters
y’know when you’re arguing with ignorant people about some social issue or other and they pull out the “why do you even care” card….why do I care? whY DO I CARE???? Listen here because this will blow your mind,
you can support people of colour without being a person of colour
you can support the LGBTQ+ community without being LGBTQ+
you can support women without being a woman
you can support people affected by physical disability and/or mental illness without being physically disabled or mentally ill
you can support immigration without being an immigrant
you can support people’s religious freedom without being religious
YOU CAN AND SHOULD SUPPORT MARGINALISED PEOPLE EVEN WITHOUT YOU BEING MARGINALISED YOURSELF
Under all the race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, sex, physical/mental limitations, and nationality, WE ARE ALL HUMAN. WE ARE ALL PEOPLE. WE ARE ALL EQUAL. Love and care for your sisters and your brothers. Fight for their rights the same way they’d fight for yours. USE YOUR PRIVILEGE. Stop asking me why I care and start asking yourself why you don’t.