On Thursday, April 14th Donald Trump, will attend Manhattan’s GOP gala. Jon Kasich and Ted Cruz, who was not well received in the Bronx, will also be in attendance. One counter protest group has 4,500 interested, and there’s at least one call for a more militant, Women and Queer-fronted contingent.
From Stay WoQ’s Facebook page:
Say no to Trump, to Clinton and to racism, sexism and homophobia in our movement!
Thursday April 14th, 5:00pm
Rally on the steps of the NYPL
455 5th Ave
The 2016 Republican Primary has become a platform for extreme bigotry and hatred. Since he entered the race, Donald Trump has used this platform to advocate violent misogyny, racism, homophobia, and ableism. He has verbally attacked women and supported patriarchal austerity such as defunding planned parenthood. He has supported state violence against black people and encouraged his supporters to assault black protesters at his events. He has called for a ban on Muslims entering the US and the deportation of all undocumented immigrants. Trump and his supporters live in fear of losing the social benefits they expect from whiteness, masculinity or ‘entrepreneurship,’ AKA getting over by exploiting others. To them, these things made America “great,” while women, queers and people of color are ruining it. If we want to survive, Trump and his supporters must be fought. And the fight is already beginning.
On March 19th, after mass protests took place in Chicago, St Louis, and Kansas City, the anti-Trump movement came to New York. Hundreds of communists, socialists, and liberals came together against a common enemy. Yet despite violent misogyny being a staple of the Trump campaign, many liberal men involved protest seemed more interested in parroting his misogyny than fighting it. Slogans like “Trump sits down to pee” and “Trump is a c****” were common, and women protesters were sexually harassed by men.
But our counterattack on Trump can’t be reduced into a campaign for Hillary. Clinton actively bullied rape victims to keep them quiet, who expanded wars that have caused the death and displacement of millions, who endorsed welfare reform that demonized women of color and pushed most working class women and the majority of children in the USA into poverty. We will never back a candidate who supported coups that have lead to murders of activists like Berta Caceras, and whose feminism is about empowering rich white women while undocumented women are deported and locked away in detention camps. Clinton fronts like a feminist fighting for “working mothers,” but the reality is that most women and queer people still work the least glamorous jobs for lower wages than men, or for no wages at all. Even liberal queer organizations, like HRC, tell us that Hillary called Nancy Reagan a “low-key advocate” who “started a national conversation about HIV/AIDS” when in reality Nancy Reagan ignored and mocked tens of thousands of queer people dying of what was then known as “the gay plague.”
Women and queer people, especially people of color, are the most affected by the social and economic crisis that created the Trump candidacy, and we have the most to lose if Trump gains power. We can’t afford to be ignored by the Democrats, or harassed by sexist and heteronormative activists. We refuse to run and hide from bigots and misogynists, and we dont get fooled by liberals. Instead, we fight back. We stay woke.
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Be sure to also check out It’s Going Down’s essays about organizing against Trump and his supporters.