#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

#WhyIMarch: It's More Than Trump

The Women's March was more than just hating Trump
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We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families - recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country. -Women's March on Washington, Mission & Vision

This past Saturday, the day following President Trump's inauguration, an estimated 2.9 million people took part in the Women's March on Washington and sister marches in over 75 countries across the globe. These peaceful displays of sisterhood, solidarity, and resistance may garner hate from Trump supporters shouting "cry-babies" and "deal with it," but the marches are much more than Trump alone.

While it is true that the majority of marchers do not approve of or support the current administration, there are countless other reasons that millions of women and men felt the need and desire to get out there and have their voices heard. Whether it be issues of sexism, racism, or reproductive rights, everyone at the marches believed in something greater than just Trump, or more, something that the Trump presidency represented.

The #WhyIMarch tag reveals what it is that brought millions of people together, in love, to end complacency. (I recommend you explore the thousands of tweets).

So that our daughters will know their bodies are their own. So our sons embody gentle strength. So they can dismiss both labels #WhyIMarch
— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) January 21, 2017

US women 16x more likely to die by gun than in other developed countries. Gun violence=women's issue. #WhyIMarch #EndGunViolence @MomsDemand pic.twitter.com/YYro91QJEo
— Meg A (@MeghanAnomaly) January 22, 2017

I marched today because I am a feminist. #whyimarch #WomensMarch Photo by @Xtra_MoNey pic.twitter.com/DKLoqaaoeZ
— Finnegan Harries (@FinnHarries) January 22, 2017

Women's rights = human rights. #WhyIMarch @womensmarch 21st January, 2017 pic.twitter.com/HeGtPM34t1
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) January 21, 2017







These were not "cry-babies," pouring on to planes and trains because of their disapproval of our new president. These were strong women and men making sure that the world was hearing them. It was for the rights of a woman to her own body. It was for the freedom of religion in a country built upon just that. It was for an end to racism and sexism, and so much more. Sure, Mr. President, you want to "Make America great again," but which "great" decade do you mean? I can assure you, there will be no moving backwards if we have anything to say about it.

The Women's March was made to show that we will not sit idly by for the next four years. We cannot change the outcome of the election, but we can make progress towards a better, more loving world.

As Senator Sanders tweeted during the march, "By trying to divide us up by race, religion, gender and nationality you actually brought us closer." It will be us that make America great, Mr. President. Just watch and see.

Cover Image Credit: Slate

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The Trump Presidency Is Over

Say hello to President Mike Pence.

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Remember this date: August 21, 2018.

This was the day that two of President Donald Trump's most-important associates were convicted on eight counts each, and one directly implicated the president himself.

Paul Manafort was Trump's campaign chairman for a few months in 2016, but the charges brought against him don't necessarily implicate Trump. However, they are incredibly important considering was is one of the most influential people in the Trump campaign and picked Mike Pence to be the vice presidential candidate.

Manafort was convicted on five counts of tax fraud, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failure to file a report of a foreign bank account. And it could have been even worse. The jury was only unanimous on eight counts while 10 counts were declared a mistrial.

Michael Cohen, Trump's personal lawyer, told a judge that Trump explicitly instructed him to break campaign-finance laws by paying two women not to publicly disclose the affairs they had with Trump. Those two women are believed to be Karen McDougal, a Playboy model, and Stormy Daniels, a pornstar. Trump had an affair with both while married to his current wife, Melania.

And then to no surprise, Fox News pundits spun this in the only way they know how. Sara Carter on Hannity said that the FBI and the Department of Justice are colluding as if it's some sort of deep-state conspiracy. Does someone want to tell her that the FBI is literally a part of the DOJ?

The Republican Party has for too long let Trump get away with criminal behavior, and it's long past time to, at the very least, remove Mr. Trump from office.

And then Trump should face the consequences for the crimes he has committed. Yes, Democrats have a role, too. But Republicans have control of both chambers of Congress, so they head every committee. They have the power to subpoena Trump's tax returns, which they have not. They have the power to subpoena key witnesses in their Russia investigations, which they have not.

For the better part of a year I have been asking myself what is the breaking point with Republicans and Trump. It does not seem like there is one, so for the time being we're stuck with a president who paid off two women he had an affair with in an attempt to influence a United States election.

Imagine for a second that any past president had done even a fraction of what Trump has.

Barack Obama got eviscerated for wearing a tan suit. If he had affairs with multiple women, then Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell would be preparing to burn him at the stake. If they won't, then Trump's enthusiastic would be more than happy to do so.

For too long we've been saying that Trump is heading down a road similar to Nixon, but it's evident now that we're way past that point. Donald Trump now has incriminating evidence against him to prove he's a criminal, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller is just getting started.

Will Trump soften the blow and resign in disgrace before impeachment like Nixon did? Knowing his fragile ego, there's honestly no telling what he'll do. But it's high time Trump leaves an office he never should have entered in the first place.

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America, There Is No Excuse For The Number Of Crimes Against Women In This Country

This is uncalled for.

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I feel like every time I turn around, there is at least one new story in the news of a woman going about her daily business and getting kidnapped, raped or murdered (or all three). I can tell you for a fact that this wasn't something that was happening nearly as much 50 years ago. Of course, maybe that's because women were expected to stay inside and take care of the house so maybe there wasn't the opportunity, to begin with. But what do I know? Anyway, we can see there's a definite problem here, but what is the solution? Well, I'm glad you asked.

I think the start comes from a simple place: changing the view of women from object to human being. Society has come pretty far, but we haven't come nearly far enough. So often women are still objectified and made to seem like a trophy to have. We need to start by teaching our children (men and women alike) that women are not objects and should not be treated as such. You like a girl and want to take her on a date? Fine, ask her in a polite and respectful way and if she says no, you accept that choice.

"Ah, but Abby, what about the women who don't dress and act like they want respect?"

Well, first of all, how a woman dresses is none of your business. Yeah maybe it's not the most weather appropriate, but you don't get to decide what another person's clothing choices mean. I would also like to add that doing the right thing does not start with someone else acting in a way that you deem right and basing your actions off of this. Being a respectful individual means just being a respectful individual no matter what circumstances you are put in. You are in charge of your actions and your actions only. Please act accordingly.

"Well, it's actually all of the immigrants and foreigners that are committing these crimes against women."

Okay, well let's just take a look at the incidences of sexual assault alone in the US:

  • One in five women will be raped at some point in their lives
  • In 8 out of 10 cases of rape, the victim knew the person that assaulted her
  • Nearly 1 in 10 women have been raped by an intimate partner in some form

*Disclaimer—Sexual violence against men is also a problem that doesn't get a lot of light. I realize it is an issue, but for the sake of time, I'm not going to go into all of the details in this article.

If every 1 in 5 of our women is getting raped, it can't all be just the immigrants. As far as just regular crime goes, a study done by the Cato Institute using data from 2016 found that illegal immigrants are 47% less likely to be incarcerated than natives. Another study published in the journal "Criminology" stated that "Increased concentrations of undocumented immigrants are associated with statistically significant decreases in violent crime." So yeah, maybe illegal immigrants are committing a crime while they're here, but it seems that the more dangerous culprit are the individuals grown from our own soil.

I realize that this turned into a little bit of a rant, but I feel that recently the United States has wanted to place blame on everyone but ourselves. We find that there is a crime epidemic and we either want to brush it under the rug or say "if only we could build a wall to keep the bad guys out, then things would be okay." I think it's time for us to take responsibility for our own actions and stop letting our women be harmed. Violence against women is a huge problem right now and the general attitude of our country seems to be that we don't really care enough to do anything about it. Teach our children to respect each other. Let us change our thinking and the way that we act so that we can actually do something about the problem. Let the change start with us.

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