Demeaning the Women’s March on Washington
In the latest attack on the millions of women who not only marched on Washington, Saturday, but marched across the globe for human rights, those against the march are insisting that billionaire George Soros sponsored 50 groups who attended the march. Although the march was originally the idea of Hawaiian grandmother, Teresa Shook. Shook was not a beneficiary of Soros. No, she a woman who wrote on her Facebook page that women need to do something to show the new administration that will fight to keep the rights they already have and they will fight for those whose rights are endangered.
The latest attack on the millions of women who marched across the globe is yet another attempt to undermine the effects by ordinary Americans, women, to plead for change. Apparently, women weren’t smart enough to devise a way to have their voices heard. There had to be some great conspiracy that led those poor stupid women to march against the violation of civil rights.
The first attempt to demean the march was to link the march to Hamas and to being an Anti-Semantic. Linda Sarsour, who it the Executive Director of the Arab American Association of New York. Sarsour is a divisive woman who was the driving force for New York City schools to add days off for Muslim holidays and also sat on the board for the Women’s March on Washington. Sarsour role was to fight the proposed Muslim registry that members of the Trump administration have lauded as being constitutionals. Sarsour did not speak for all members of the march. She advocated for what many believe is a ban that reminds many of what the government did to Japanese American citizens in World War II. The march’s platform called for an end to that type of bigotry.
In the platform that the Women’s March on Washington released, it was stated that “The Women’s March on Washington aims to send a message to all levels of government, including but not limited to the incoming Presidential administration, that we stand together in solidarity and we expect elected leaders to act to protect the rights of women, their families and their communities.” Women around the globe used that platform to create their own reasoning for their marches such as the right to education, to clean water, to healthcare and to equal civil rights.
The right is also pushing the theory that he march was orchestrated by billionaire George Soros to show the world that President Trump is weak and does not represent the majority of Americans in the U.S. There is evidence that points to Soros sponsoring 50 groups out of the thousands. There were sister groups of the event that marched in cities across the nation. Alt-right publications have stated that Soros funded the demonstration. There is no proof that Soros wrote checks directly to fund the march but he has supported many groups involved in the demonstration with donations. Groups such as Planned Parenthood, Human Rights Watch and Sierra Club have benefitted from donations from Soros and yes, members of these groups did march. So indirectly Soros helped to sponsor those who marched.
To say that the women who did march were used by Soros in his battle against the Republican party is demeaning to the millions who did partake in the protest. Again, those who oppose equal rights and civil rights resort to undermining the work, the ideas and the passion of the protesters. Speaking to several marchers in Philadelphia and Washington D.C, if they were paid or sponsored by anyone or any group, they laughed. They had their own reasons for marching and did not need anyone to tell them why they there.
Two different women gave different reasons for why they attended the march Saturday. Deb Ashmore stated, “I marched because I do have a voice and I deserved to be heard.” Ashmore is a married mom of two, married and works full time. Ashmore marched on Washington with her two daughters.
In Philadelphia, 50,000 men and women marched to show their support and for the same rights that the marchers in Washington were protesting for. Kayla Naughton and Amanda Koch are young women who just graduated from college with Koch continuing her education for a graduate degree. Both women graduated and now owe thousands in student loans. They marched for a common reason. Equal rights including reproductive rights were the main reasons they marched. Naughton said that she marched because “the rights of myself and the majority of my fellow Americans is at stake.”
These and the majority of marchers were not there because George Soros or any other one person donated or sponsored them. They paid their bus tickets, they took time away from home and they were not in collusion with any radicals who want the destruction of the USA. They used their voices to call out the elected officials who may want to reduce or remove what they contend are civil rights.
Women who fight for equal rights have always been a source of amusement by those who believe that change is dangerous. Those who refuse to be enlighten to the needs of minorities are constantly belittling those they don’t understand.