By Jessica Iman #WomensMarchOnWashington; the March on MS We made history. States around the country gathered in solidarity over what is now kn...
By Jessica Iman
#WomensMarchOnWashington; the March on MS
We made history. States around the country gathered in solidarity over what is now known as the #WomensMarchOnWashington. Hundreds of people crowded the steps of the Mississippi State Capitol building in support of the many national sister protests for the march for human rights. To say the least, January 20, 2017, in the States was electrifying.
Though fueled by the presidential election of Donald Trump, the Women’s march was not a cry for impeachment (I swear we wouldn’t mind it, though) and we definitely won’t worry over defeat. Planned Parenthood sponsored the march, but the protest was merely about the right to abortion (I encourage readers to research for themselves the importance of Planned Parenthood).
It was instead a group of individuals gathered in harmony to address the ills of our nation, communicate solutions, provide representation, and spread support. I had to deliver a few words. and found myself ill prepared and a ball of nerves, but the positive energy I felt from the crowd was riveting and I fought through the speech.
I almost couldn’t believe the turnout. The state of Mississippi had a real successful protest! I saw almost every group I could think of in attendance from educators to immigrants, LGBTQI community, health advocates, to the arts community. The march was charged with passionate women, men, children, real friends, loving families, good vibrations, ideas, a beautiful Jackson community, and groundbreaking network. These people came from nearby cities and states to present the issues America will face after “Trump’d policies” are implemented and to tackle the many issues America has always faced.
Personally, the knowledge our Black, female activists gave the crowd was the proudest moment. Our significance to the feminist/womanist movement is so important. Solidarity with our fellow white feminist counterparts is important as well, but no one can tell our stories like us. No other female in this nation has been objectified, abused, and over-looked like ours; and no one will ever be able to heal our wounds but us. The black voices were wonderfully represented on stage and reciprocated well by the crowd. Disheartening, though the representation of black faces, both male and female, in the crowd was slim. When will enough of us support us? When will more of us step up to fight for us? We’re all affected by racism, whether it’s hidden, institutionalized, or marginalized to a class.
The time is now, more than ever. Our priority as Americans this year should be educating ourselves on how much policies, or the lack of policies, and laws will affect our lives. I’m a little apprehensive of what’s to come for our nation, but I’m also hopeful. Our work does not and should not end after this week. I know mines want. I’m here for an amplified, hyped, youthful, colorful, international, and empowering movement toward liberation for all groups, but especially those of rural black and brown folks. Let’s get this work! It’s always been up to us, the people.
Power to the Pussy! Power to the People!