Taking a Stand
The Women’s March on Denver was (and is) a peaceful but powerful statement to the nation—and to the new president and administration—that people of all genders, races, communities, and backgrounds deserve respect and equal treatment.
Here, a photo recap along with my thoughts on the subject.
First: Yeah, you could say that the new administration hasn’t denied anyone rights. (Yet.) But any self-respecting person should not get so easily (and, conveniently, cognitive-dissonantly) confused between lewd locker talk bragging about “secretly doing her in the office after hours, aren’t I cool?” and “Bahaha I basically sexually assault anyone I choose!”
The former is in bad taste and indicative of just how often we make excuses for the behavior of white men, particularly those in power (whether that power be a position of authority or financial influence, or, heaven help us, both); the other is both illegal, violently lacking in empathy, and arrogantly power-hungry beyond measure. None of these is ideal for the leader of our free nation, but you can bet your behind that the latter is very much cause for the largest demonstration in America’s history.
Anyway, Denver’s participation at Civic Center Park was overwhelming in numbers, peacefulness, and hilarious signage.
And for anyone who is still confused…
Here is the OFFICIAL MISSION STATEMENT of the march:
- All women shall maintain the freedom and lawful protection to choose what is best for them as it concerns their biological and reproductive health.
- The diverse and vibrant communities of the United States of America shall be protected from political factions that would seek to inhibit their expression and existence by implementing legal restrictions on personal freedoms. These diverse and vibrant communities are the fabric of our great country and shall not be torn by hateful, divisive, and racist rhetoric or actions.
- All people, regardless of gender, gender identification, ethnicity, racial heritage, disability, religion, age, sexual orientation and/or socioeconomic status shall be treated equally and equitably, with respect, dignity and justice for all.
By bringing thousands of people together online and in person at Denver’s Civic Center Park, we strive to provide an outlet and support for those who wish to:
- Advocate for and defend the most marginalized members of our society.
- Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations within local Colorado communities.
- Serve as a model of peaceful demonstration for the young women and men, and girls and boys, who will be the leaders of tomorrow.
- Honor the women and men who have come before us and fought for human and women’s rights.