Donald Trump was officially sworn in on January 20th, 2017. The next day millions of people worldwide protested during the planned Women’s March. They were marching to focus people’s attention on women’s rights, reproductive rights, LGBTQ rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, worker’s rights, and other things. Unfortunately the problems they were bringing to the forefront haven’t been corrected in the last year.
So there were more marches and rallies today, which happens to be the first anniversary of Trump’s inauguration. One such rally was held in Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival today to protest Trump’s policies and show support for the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements. Around a thousand people showed up to the Respect Rally to listen to famous speakers like Jane Fonda, Gloria Allred, Tessa Thompson, Lena Waithe, and Common.
Tessa Thompson said:
‘We’ve also come here again to say, Mr. Trump, and all those like him, your time in power might not yet be up, but our time to stay silent is. Until we see legislation and policies and a president who respects our humanity, that treats us—all of us—with dignity, we must continue to gather and tell each other’s stories.’
Jane Fonda stated:
‘Everything is at stake. We’ve got to give it all we’ve got. Time is up! When we are equal, we are not abused. This kind of change doesn’t just come about through protest. It comes through organizing.’
Fonda encouraged the crowd to get involved in grassroots organizing and do their best to get rid of Republican majorities in Congress. She also said that progressive leadership needs to start at the local level.
It looks like the attendees had a good time spreading their important messages. The snow didn’t seem to hold them back any. As long as Trump keeps conducting business as usual, people will continue to get together and protest him.
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