Various media reported that over one million people turned out on the National Mall on January 21 for the Women’s March on Washington: a coordinated effort of a number of organizations in the U.S. and overseas to protest against President Donald Trump and to advocate for various causes, including abortion, Islam, the theory of global warming, racial identity, world peace, and violence against women. Various Hollywood celebrities and politicos participated. Among them were leftist activist and professor Angela Davis, actress Ashley Judd, singer Madonna Ciccone, and Muslim activist Linda Sarsour, who is CEO of the Arab American Association of New York and one of the national coordinators of the event.
 
Here follow some choice excerpts of speeches given at the March:
 
Actress Ashley Judd: 
 
 
“I am nasty like Susan, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Amelia, Rosa, Gloria, Condoleezza, Sonia, Malala, Michelle, Hillary! And our pussies ain’t for grabbing.”
 
“We are here to be respected. We are to be nasty. I am nasty. Like my blood stain on my bedsheets. We don’t choose if and when to have our periods. Believe me, if we could some of us would. We don’t like throwing away our favorite pairs of underpants. Tell me: why are pads and tampons still taxed when Viagra and Rogaine are not? Is your erection more important than protecting the sacred messy part of my womanhood? Is the bloodstain on my jeans more embarrassing than thinning of your hair?” 
 
Madonna Ciccone:
 
 
"Welcome to the revolution of love. To the rebellion. To our refusal as women to accept this new age of tyranny. Where not just women are in danger but all marginalized people. Where people uniquely different might be considered a crime. It took us this darkness to wake us the f--- up.” 
 
Angela Davis:
 
 
 
"The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country's history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.
 
"No human being is illegal.” 
 
Linda Sarsour:
 
 
 
“I will not accept an administration that won an election on the backs of Muslims and Black people and undocumented people and Mexicans and people with disabilities and on the backs of women.” 


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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