Resistance is Patriotic: A Platform Worth Fighting For, Wearing Red, and the International Women’s Strike in the USA
This weekend I picked out a little American flag to plant in our front yard.
We can do better. We are better. And we are facilitating change. Together. Today. Right now.
- an end to gender violence,
- reproductive justice for all,
- labor rights,
- full social provisioning,
- an anti-racist and anti-imperialist feminism, and
- environmental justice for all.
In the spirit of solidarity and internationalism, in the United States March 8th will be a day of action organized by and for women who have been marginalized and silenced by decades of neoliberalism directed towards working women, women of color, Native women, disabled women, immigrant women, Muslim women, lesbian, queer and trans women.
March 8th will be the beginning of a new international feminist movement that organizes resistance not just against Trump and his misogynist policies, but also against the conditions that produced Trump, namely the decades long economic inequality, racial and sexual violence, and imperial wars abroad.
However, as much as we may want to, so many of us (myself included) simply cannot take the day off in protest. And that’s okay. That doesn’t mean you have to be excluded from the movement. There are other options.
Today I participate by wearing red, writing about activism, and refusing to spend any money.
A friend is refusing to cook or clean for her family and they will all dine at a immigrant woman’s restaurant tonight.
Another friend has built a discussion of the protest into her lesson plan for the day and has painted her nails red.
Collectively, our small acts of resistance are magnified to create a massive movement. Working together to better our nation is the most patriotic thing we can do. So thank you to the many women, men, and non-binary persons protesting all around the world. Are you one of them? How are you participating today?