‘Women’s March on Washington’ scheduled for the day after Trump’s inauguration
A massive protest march is being planned for January 21, the day after Donald Trump is inaugurated as President of the United States. The event is being called the Women’s March on Washington, but it is an inclusive event, meaning all are welcome to attend and participate, provided they “support women’s rights.”
The protest is being organized by Bob Bland of New York, Tenessee’s Fontaine Pearson, and Evie Harmon from South Carolina. All three were planning their own separate events, but when they realized they were all trying to organize the same thing, they combined them into one huge protest. The march will go from the Lincoln Memorial to the White House on Trump’s first full day as President. That day happens to be a Saturday though, so it’s possible he’ll already be back in his gaudy tower in New York City. Can’t expect the President to hang around Washington on a weekend after all.
Trump was criticized heavily during his campaign for his sexist language and behavior, most notably after the “Access Hollywood” video from 2005 in which Trump brags about kissing women without their consent and says “grab them by the pussy.” Despite Trump’s victory and his repeated claims that “nobody respects women more than I do,” many women have made it known they find his behavior and rhetoric unacceptable. From the event’s Facebook page:
This march is a show of solidarity to demand our safety and health in a time when our country is marginalizing us and making sexual assault an electable and forgivable norm. We align with all POC and LGBTQ causes, and we will show our support in a non-violent protest.
In addition to the main event page there are also event pages for individual states so that people can volunteer and organize in advance and figure out basic logistics like transportation and accommodations. As of now, 43,000 people say they are going, with another 118,000 listed as interested, but anybody who has ever attempted to plan a party through Facebook knows you can’t trust those numbers.
If you want to attend, start planning now because transit and accommodations are going to be difficult to secure, what with that whole inauguration thing.
There have already been several protests in the immediate aftermath of the election, including massive marches in New York and Los Angeles.
[h/t DCist | Photo: Getty]