Vincent Warren, executive director of the Center for Constitutional Rights has compared anti-Donald Trump protesters to Dumbledore’s Army, the fictional army in Harry Potter that fights a resistance against the evil Lord Voldemort.
Warren attended the #notmypresident march in New York at the weekend, to protest the surprise election victory of Donald Trump last week, which he described as “a slow, creeping, gnawing nausea.”
“On that march, all these people gathered round like Dumbeldore’s Army and refused to let…that sepsis seep into…the world. I was surrounded by young, old, black, white, people of all abilities and all genders, demanding not just for Donald Trump to listen to them, demanding to be heard by everyone,” Warren said, at a Post-Election Call to Action event held by National Organization for Women of New York in Manhattan on Nov 14.
Although the election defeat was to an extent about Hillary Clinton, to a deeper regard “it became more about us and what we stand for,” Warren said.
Moving forward, activists and non-activists alike will have to determine the amount of personal change and level of risk they are willing to take on.
“I was surrounded by young, old, black, white, people of all abilities and all genders, demanding not just for Donald Trump to listen to them, demanding to be heard by everyone”- Vincent Warren, Center for Constitutional Rights
“Change has never happened without a risk. Every slave that escaped took a risk, every person who crossed the border into the United States takes a risk, every woman that goes into the workplace and explains what mansplaining is, every woman that leaves an abusive relationship is taking a risk and the question on us is, what risks are we willing to take?”
Warren joked about the phenomenon of unfriending Donald Trump supporters on social media platforms, but said the deeper divisions are likely closer to home.
“Part of the struggle is not so much what the next four years looks like, but how we’re going to get through the holidays with our families intact,” he added.
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