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March on Washington, but this time, it’s women against Trump & a GOP-led Congress ready to wage war on women’s & [minorities’] rights – Tola Adenle

January 11, 2017

USA, Women

We may be just three years short of the Centenary of Women’s Voting Rights but you’d hardly know it from the posturings and bring ’em-on from GOPers, who, from the moment they swept the House, Senate and the White House, have been unable to conceal their glee at finally getting the chance to scrape not only Roe V. Wade, the 1973 landmark ruling by the United States Supreme Court on the issue of abortion but to step on other hard-fought and won rights of other minorities.

They believe they have the numbers.

Not only is President-Elect Trump a man who most would have sworn, say, a few years ago would be pro-abortion not just because he used to be a Democrat but because of his lifestyle. Hei, the GOP in America used to be the more conservative of the two major parties, claiming God, Church, the Flag,  family values as their preserves, but has often had its members caught in – hum – delicate and untoward bad behaviors that reflect NOT the values they proclaim!

Added to GOP’s loss of their claim to any moral compass  is a President-Elect who mirrors what the party has come to represent these past eight years of the presidency of the first African-American: they’ve been hateful, spiteful, disrespectful of the person and office of President of the United States of America, shown a lot of disdain for the people who put them in office …

President-Elect Donald Trump might have embarrassed most Congressman many times but hardly had the man won the presidency somehow, – including getting away with what might have derailed any campaign even for a county election – than those “esteemed” Reps and Senators with the exception of a couple of them had their proverbial tails between their legs and started scurrying to the President-Elect shamelessly.

And while the man now leading the party for which God, country, flag, family values … are supposedly tops,  he’s reported to have once said  he’s never sought forgiveness for his sins [see below], but has now out-leaned them all far to the right.

And now, with a perhaps once-in-a-lifetime power of the three arms of government in the hands of the GOP: the House of Representatives, the Senate and the Judiciary which needs just a single justice to regain a majority it has enjoyed through many presidents (a majority it will soon regain when the new president gets to nominate who will perhaps be the first of multiple Supreme Court nominees), the stage is set to roll back rights of women to make a choice about their own bodies.

Although he would deny allegations of his past at the Tuesday’s hearing, Senator Sessions’ bold  answer during his confirmation to become Attorney-General in D.C. was along his well-known view of Roe V. Wade Ruling, and is in line with President-Elect Trump’s.  “It violated the Constitution, and really attempted to set policy and not follow law,”  Sessions intoned.

Trump had promised during the campaigns that he would appoint conservative judges who would vote to repeal the 1973 Supreme Court Ruling which has been law for over four decades. A nomination by Obama which the Republicans shamelessly refused to even hold a hearing on as a replacement for deceased Justice Scalia now awaits Trump to make, and a GOP-majority court to ratify.

The rights of workers to unionize, even the Voting Rights of African-Americans though bound to fail cannot be far from the minds of a power-drunk Congress majority that has little feeling or regards for the powerless Americans.

No wonder, organizers of the Women’s March on Washington are calling on “all defenders of the human rights”which include men to stand up and be counted for this march which is fighting on behalf not only women but other minority groups in America.

 

Below is a news report from vogue.com on the planned massive March on Washington, D.C. on Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration. Be there, if you are able. TOLA.

One very cold New York City morning just before Christmas, a group of women showed up to have their picture taken by photographer Cass Bird at a warehouse turned studio in the South Bronx neighborhood of Hunts Point, a chunky little peninsula that reaches out into the East River toward Rikers Island.

Those who made the trek were among those responsible for organizing the Women’s March on Washington, a mass mobilization of activists and protestors that will descend on the capital on January 21, the day after we inaugurate into office a man who ran the most brazenly misogynistic presidential campaign in recent history, and whose victory has emboldened a Republican-led Congress to wage an epic war on women’s rights.

READ THE FULL ESSAY:

http://www.vogue.com/13520360/meet-the-women-of-the-womens-march-on-washington/?mbid=nl_011017_Daily&CNDID=44693569&spMailingID=14059330&spUserID=MTQ5ODkzODczNTkzS0&spJobID=903247366&spReportId=OTAzMjQ3MzY2S0

 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2017. 2:24 a.m. [GMT]

 

 

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