Donald Trump and running mate Mike Pence have launched a direct attack on women, according to protesters at a recent rally organized by The National Organization for Women of New York.
The march was part of NOW-NYC’s Post-Election Call to Action and culminated in a rally in front of Donald Trump’s International Hotel in Columbus Circle, New York on November 14.
“We’re doing this to say we reject bigotry and hate, and we reject divisiveness…It’s important that we stand up and show that this is a person that has to respond to all of us,” said Jean Bucaria, deputy editor of NOW-NYC speaking to The Upstander just before the protest kicked off.
American composer and flutist Katherine Hoover, 79, who fought for women’s rights in the seventies, says Donald Trump’s victory prompted her to begin protesting again.
“We are still fighting for what we were fighting for before, respect, equal pay. We have more than we did have back then but we don’t have it all yet, and that’s the truth,” Hoover said.
“With the rhetoric he’s spewing, it’s not just women. Every single one of our lives are at stake…and if you don’t see that threat then you need to wake up”- Sarah Mejia, protester
Hannah Haas, a teacher from New York, says her primary concern is that Donald Trump doesn’t believe in a woman’s right to choose.
“We are here because we need respect as women, as people, and as the human race,” Haas says, adding that she plans to continue teaching love and inclusion in her classroom, and organizing with advocacy groups such as NOW-NYC under the Trump presidency.
Fellow protester Jessi Barnett also pointed to Trump and Pence’s anti-abortion platform as a threat to women, because “bodily autonomy is more important.”
Others believe that Donald Trump represents a direct threat to both men and women.
“With the rhetoric he’s spewing, it’s not just women. Every single one of our lives are at stake…and if you don’t see that threat then you need to wake up,” says Sarah Mejia, another protester.
Mejia says she will be donating to some of the advocacy groups under threat from Donald Trump, as well as stopping visible or invisible racial injustices or forms of oppression in her day to day life.
“In terms of organizing, there is also volunteering with advocacy groups, being there on front lines and fighting. Small tasks will go far,” she says.
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