This is not the year to stop marching
With every large-scale social movement, there is a spark that triggers enough of a sense of injustice that it cannot be contained and it mobilizes almost everyone it catches in its path.
The Civil Rights movement had Recy Taylor.
The gay rights movement had Stonewall.
The migrant workers movement had Delano.
The American Revolution literally spilled the tea in Boston.
Black Lives Matter had Ferguson.
For many of us — not all — that moment was in November 2016 with the Presidential election. It took only a few weeks of a presidential transition to see the very real danger this Administration posed to the slim progress made in civil rights for women, LGBTQ communities, religious minorities, immigrants, refugees, sexual assault survivors, people living with disabilities, and people of color. This was audacious, outrageous change that presented a threat to our values of fairness, equity, and democracy.
So we marched. To show our power; to show our #Resistance. To signal our resolve in the face of weaponized discrimination and greed.
This year we march to remind ourselves of that tremendous show of strength. In addition to that nostalgia, we at ERA also march to set our shoulders more firmly against the boulder of oppression that burdens women of color, women in poor communities, and women in low wage work across this country who literally hold our communities together despite the toughest odds set against them.
This year, we are marching to End Sexual Violence in Education.
We are marching to stop the workplace harassment and sexual assault of women janitors and restaurant workers.
We march to combat unequal and unfair wages.
We march to stop sexual harassment in the VC and entertainment industries.
We are marching to put an end to messed up sex stereotypes in schools that arrest the entry of girls in STEM fields.
We march to create the strongest economic agenda for working women in the country.
When the Trump administration resolves to remove civil rights protections for women in education and the workplace; for students with disabilities; for trans students; and emboldened racists see this as an opportunity to destroy civil rights protections, this is not the year to stop marching. Each of these struggles are interconnected; if we only protect one area of the field, like gender, we leave the rest unprotected and vulnerable. Our democracy cannot stand with such a gaping hole.
At ERA we march for all or we march for none.
Join us in our march for justice. We hope to see you there.
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