On Saturday January 21st 2017 5 million women, men and children marched worldwide for the protection of their rights, safety, health and families. The march in Washington DC recognises America’s strength which lies in the diverse and vibrant communities throughout the country.
With Many high profile celebrity performers and feminist speakers, America Ferrera, stood out to me. America Ferrera, best known for her role as Ugly Betty was first to speak amongst actors and activists including Madonna,Scarlett Johannsson, Gloria Steinem, Michael Moore, Janet Mock and Angela Davis.
Ferrera, a first generation American born to Honduran immigrants was passionate ,captivating yet concise; she listed the crucial problems she and many others have with the new presidency, his ideas and his actual intentions.
Unlike her fellow activists throwing around uncivil comments and statements, serving as the chair of the artists table Fererra’s speech highlighted the importance of the march, the meaningfulness of the march, the continuation of the united movement demonstrated and what she, and many hope Trump will consider.
‘We refuse the demonization of our Muslim brothers and sisters. We demand and end to the systemic murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters. We will not give up our right to safe and legal abortions. We will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards. We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.’
Farrera talked about the importance of DACA, (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) the executive order signed by Obama which allows minors who entered America undocumented to defer deportation. Ferrera said those people protected by DACA ‘they are hard-working, upstanding, courageous individuals who refuse to live in the shadow of fear and isolation.’
Fererra’s powerful speech ended with a plea to text WOMEN to 40609, so everyone can sign up and continue working together in this movement. This was the first Women’s March on Washington, one day after Trumps inauguration to send out the message that women’s rights are and will continue to be equal to anyone else’s rights.
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