Birth of a New Movement
Publisher: Against the Current
Date Written: 01/03/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX21543
I came back from the Women's March in D.C. exhausted but thrilled, convinced that we are seeing the birth of a new women's movement. Hearing about all the other Women's Marches around the world only confirmed that impression.
Certainly many marchers and speakers were no more left than liberal, but the political reality today is that many basic liberal gains are threatened by the rise of the Right. Socialists need to be there in the struggles, pushing beyond reliance on the Democratic Party. As Tamika Mallory, a young Black woman who was one of the National Co-Chairs said, "you're scared now, well this has always been our reality forever," under Clinton and even Obama.
Many of the speakers were very radical and militant, although mostly around race and gender issues. They included rape survivors, gay and transwomen, a formerly incarcerated woman, Black women elected officials and others, including adorable six year old Sophie Cruz who said we were "building a chain of love to protect our families" from deportation.
Many (including Madonna!) used the word "Revolution," usually explained as a Revolution of Love. Angela Davis, not surprisingly, was the most radical.