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yes, they do work, dumbasses
I have mostly not been posting political stuff, mainly because it engenders lengthy tirades from other people, and I'm on deadline and don't have time to sink down an Internet rabbit hole to get into arguments about this stuff -- besides, it's not like these arguments are going to be slowing down as long as we have our current president in office -- but I do want to point out the fallacy I've been seeing since the international collective of women's marches that happened Saturday, specifically asking what's the point of these marches, that marches and protests are useless, and they marched and President Trump is still in office, so why even bother?

Everyone who says that is woefully ignorant of history.

It's because of marches and protests that women got the right to vote in 1920. (Yes, women have only been able to vote for less than a century...)

It's because of marches and protests that the Civil Rights Act of 1964 got passed.

It's because of marches and protests that LGBT folk have more rights now than they used to.

It's because of marches and protests that we have child labor laws.

It's because of marches and protests that weekends are not considered work days.

It's because of marches and protests that apartheid is no longer the rule of law in South Africa.

Of course, it's a process. One march doesn't change anything. The March on Washington in 1963 was just one such action, one of many. It's a continuum of action, it's a continuum of protesting and demanding that our government actually be for the people.

And many of these marches and protests were for things that people didn't have. It's going to be that much more intense when it's for rights that have been granted that folks in government are trying to take away.

Current Mood: pissed off pissed off
Current Music: "Big Love" by Fleetwood Mac

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wpadmirer From: wpadmirer Date: January 24th, 2017 11:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
Preach it! (I was in DC marching!)
From: dewline Date: January 26th, 2017 07:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I attended the Sister-March in Ottawa. Because if this gets ugly enough in specific ways, Canada's still right next door to this mess.
pseudohistorian From: pseudohistorian Date: January 27th, 2017 05:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was at the march in Winnipeg (and will keep attending them as needed), because history is made by the people who show up.
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