As the president spends the weekend pouting over his missed inaugural anniversary party at Mar-a-Lago, millions of marchers will celebrate the anniversary of their public dissent against a tyrannical, misogynistic, homophobic, racist, and xenophobic government leader.
Are you fired up by the #TrumpShutdown? Are you continually shocked by the chaos, meanness and unstable nature of the @realDonaldTrump Administration? If so, go march tomorrow. Let the world see you roar. Understand the power you have to shape public sentiment. pic.twitter.com/fnpAnWgsYH
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 20, 2018
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 20, 2018
Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) is encouraging marchers to make their voices heard in light of the government shutdown precipitated by Trump’s refusal to extend DACA protections to Dreamers brought into the United States as children and to sign funding for CHIP, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, which expired months ago and has yet to be addressed by the president or a GOP Congress.
Marchers across the country plan to do just that.
The theme of this year’s march, Power to the Polls, focuses more on organizing than the public outrage that erupted over the election of a president accused by multiple women of sexual assault and sexual harassment, a president who promised to ban Muslims and punish women who exercise their right to make private medical decisions with their doctors. Instead of anger, the theme is power and taking it back, the result of a year’s worth of pushing back and rising to the fore for women who want a seat at the political table.
— TIME (@TIME) January 18, 2018
As TIME magazine’s Charlotte Adler wrote:
‘In dozens of interviews with TIME, progressive women described undergoing a metamorphosis. In 2016, they were ordinary voters. In 2017, they became activists, spurred by the bitter defeat of the first major female presidential candidate at the hands of a self-described pussy grabber. Now, in 2018, these doctors and mothers and teachers and executives are jumping into the arena and bring new energy to a Democratic Party sorely in need of fresh faces.’
The Women’s March 2018 taking place across the country is a direct response to the failed leadership of Donald Trump and his tendency to place the bigotry of his supporters over the good of a country. Voters have already begun to answer his failures with ballots, turning red states like Alabama blue and flipping seats in Congress. However, the change isn’t just taking place in federal governments, but state and local governments, as well, where Democrats – and specifically Democratic women, more specifically minority Democratic women – are showing up to run for office in greater numbers than ever before.
— BrooklynVegan (@brooklynvegan) January 19, 2018
According to The Cut:
‘To date, 390 women are planning to run for the House of Representatives, a figure that’s higher than at any point in American history. Twenty-two of them are non-incumbent black women — for scale, there are only 18 black women in the House right now. Meanwhile, 49 women are likely to be running for the Senate, more than 68 percent higher than the number who’d announced at the same point in 2014.’
The marches will continue on Sunday, the anniversary of the protests of Trump’s inauguration. Lawmakers, celebrities, and performers will help to mark the event.
On January 21, 2018, the anniversary of the @WomensMarch, we will gather in Las Vegas to show that women are not backing down; we are bringing the power of our movement to the polls. Join us! #PowerToThePolls https://t.co/qrypp7xfjS pic.twitter.com/AvofuDVlIZ
— MomsRising (@MomsRising) January 13, 2018
What better way is there for Rep.Lieu, one of Trump’s most vocal opponents, as well as women across the country, to answer Trump’s and the GOP Congress’s failures to address the concerns of women and other minorities across the country than by taking back their power at the polls?
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