Daily US Times, Washington, DC: Thousands march around White House and performs Chilean feminist anthem at 4th annual Women’s March in Washington, DC.
Pointing at the White House on Saturday, ladies and their supporters chanted “the oppressive state is a rapist. The rapist is you.”
The lyrics are a part of a Chilean efficiency piece that has to become an anthem of the feminist movement worldwide.
“Patriarchy is a judge, that judges us for being born, and our punishment is the violence you do not see,” the group, led by members of Chile’s Las Tesis feminist collective, yelled in unison as protesters got here to a halt alongside a route that almost circled the White House.
The performance offered a defiant, highly effective tone to the fourth annual Women’s March, which noticed 1000’s from throughout the nation and world brave light snow and freezing rain to march in Washington, DC. 1000’s of others rallied in cities and nations worldwide.
“I want everybody to know that women deserve rights too,” mentioned Mariam Meite, who travelled from North Carolina for the Washington, DC, March.
“We’re not making these things up,” the 21-year-old told Media. “We’re really being assaulted each day. We’re not getting paid equally. We’re dying on a regular basis. We deserve to be heard.”
The march also got here because the US Senate prepares to hear opening arguments within the impeachment trial of Trump. The House of Representatives charged Trump with abuse of power related to his dealings with Ukraine and obstruction of Congress for refusing to take part within the impeachment investigation. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, labelling the impeachment a “hoax”.
“I actually hope everybody right here finally ends upvoting and changing who’s in office,” mentioned 21-year-old North Carolina native Taylor Wells-Tucker.
Women’s March protest signs
“A girl’s place is within the resistance,” “Females are strong as hell” and “Without Hermione, Harry would’ve died in book 1” are among the 1000’s of protest signs being held on the fourth annual Women’s March happening across the country Saturday.
Whereas the reasons why people are collaborating vary, President Donald Trump has been a core source of frustration for a lot of, including Rachael Ryan in New York City. Ryan joined roughly 3,000 different people Saturday near Central Park to stand against the President.
“These protests are hugely important. We can’t have 4 more years of Trump. He has done too much harm already,” Ryan told on Twitter.
Ryan noticed a group of protesters in New York holding signs that read: “My milkshake brings all the ladies to the MARCH,” “Feminism: the unconventional notion that women are people” and “Girls simply wanna have fundamental rights.”
One other common theme seen on protest signs across the US was reproductive rights. Linda Webb saw many signs in that vein in St. Louis.
“We are going to rise up [for] women’s rights and equality! HUGE crowd. So many younger ladies right here who’re fighting for his or her future,” Webb tweeted.
Webb snapped two photos of ladies in St. Louis holding signs that read, “My body my choice,” “Who run the world” GIRLS” and “No sign is big enough to list all the reasons I am here.”
Unspoken issues we have to face
This yr’s Washington, DC, the march was comparatively small compared with the first Women’s March in 2017, which brought hundreds of 1000’s to the country’s capital.
Some pointed to the struggles the movement has faced during the last three years, together with accusations of exclusivity and anti-Semitism, as well as internal points that led to a change to the march’s management last yr.
“I think this movement must be geared in direction of more people of colour,” mentioned Andrea, who wished to only give her first name.
“There are unspoken issues and points that all of us have to face and talk about and try to attain out to more communities that are not as represented here,” the 20-year-old from Maryland told Media, noting that the majority of those that attended Saturday’s march has been white.