Reflection of the Women’s March

On today’s show, Mubarakah spoke with special guests all from New Haven, Connecticut. Myra Jones-Taylor, the former commissioner of the office of early childhood development, Amber Whitmire a millennial who attended the Women’s March in Washington D.C. and Ann Massaro, the founder of First Women Driven Action. In total “3 million women marched in solidarity with each other and 4 times as many people attended the Women’s March as the Inauguration” said Ibrahim.

Each guest speaker, spoke on how originally, they had no interest in attending the walk due to it seeming as if it were a unity march. “Not unity, because unity used to mean be quiet and that women of color speak later” said Massaro. Massaro also stated that originally there were not women of color organizers until much later and that when the attendance and interest started to rise. Another reason that they did not want to attend was because each felt as though the march was a mourning for the loss of Hilary Clinton losing the election. “A lot of people had Hilary t-shirts, and she is with us but she is not with us because she has disappeared” said Whitmire. Even with Hilary receiving some backlash about not being present with what is happening in today’s politics, “I believe she should be able to step back” said Jones- Taylor. “My heart sunk for her” said Ibrahim. The women all agreed that since Hilary is a public figure and has followers that she should ultimately make her presence known. They also agreed the same for former president Barack Obama, who said he will step in and have a voice when certain issues and concerns arise.

Myra Jones-Taylor attended the march with her family, and one of the reason she decided to join the march was her son who is young. She was happy to see him join the cause and see and show that he does not want his mother to be going through these same protests years from now. The crowds at the marches were so loud that they were not all able to hear the speeches, and due to this when they crowd cheered they then joined in. The march was filled with multiple celebrities and organizers such as Madonna, Tina Fey, Rihanna and many more. Another fact the ladies filled us in on is that many women including themselves decided to leave their signs right in front of Trump Towers and one of his newer hotels.

Change will happen slowly, but for it to be effective and successful “community organizers need to come together” said Massaro. All the women agreed that there needs to be further steps that need to be taken, not just sending letters and postcards to law makers who in return may not even listen to your voicemails or read your letters. “We need to plan protests such as hunger strikes” said Jones- Taylor. Action must take place, and Americans must realize and remember that they have a powerful voice and presence.

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