The Nation Goes Red – ‘A Day Without A Woman’ – Women Protests Here To Stay!
‘A Day Without A Woman’ Was A Day Of Activism Across The Country
The nation goes red.
Cities across the country were awash in red on Wednesday as thousands gathered to show support for International Women’s Day.
The rallies ― which mobilized men and women in New York, California, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C., among other states ― was part of “A Day Without A Woman,” which organizers described as a day of “economic solidarity.”
Women were encouraged to take the day off and strike to “highlight the economic power and significance that women have in the U.S. and global economies,” Women’s March organizers said. Many people wore red to show their support for the movement.
The strike in New York City began as early as noon, starting in Central Park before moving to Trump International Hotel, and later to Washington Square Park.
Maribeth Whitehouse, 53, a middle school special education teacher in the Bronx, said she took a personal day from work to attend her first-ever strike.
“Attending this strike is something you have to wrestle with as a teacher, because you’re leaving your students for a day. But teachers use many ways to instruct, including teacher modeling,” Whitehouse said. “And today I’m modeling social justice for my students.”
She said she has noticed an uptick in hateful speech among some students ever since Trump was elected. Other kids, she said, came to school after the election in tears because they were afraid of the future.
“They’re worried about their parents being deported, or separated from their relatives,” she said. Some parents have started calling her on the phone for teacher meetings rather than showing up in person because they worry about being taken by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, she added.
Some of the organizers of the Jan. 21 Women’s March on Washington were arrested outside Trump Hotel in Manhattan after engaging in civil disobedience ― cops had demanded they get off the street, and they refused.
The crowds in Los Angeles and outside San Francisco’s city hall were gargantuan.
“Today you saw such a cross-section of people of all different ages, people of all different colors, people of all different sexual orientations, people of all different socioeconomic statuses,” Shannon Craine of San Francisco told The Huffington Post. “It really doesn’t matter, we’re all here for the same kind of reasons. We all care about women’s rights. … There’s some things we’re just not willing to negotiate about.”
She said she’s been keeping a list of “20 to 30 issues” that she calls Congress about every day.
“I think they’re just kind of waiting for us to lose interest,” she said. “Steve Bannon even made a comment about how he’s waiting for this to die out due to apathy, and I don’t see that happening. I think a lot of people are very serious about this and not willing to watch their country be destroyed by Trump and his agenda.”