Tuesday, 17 January 2017

6 key questions within women's March on the Washington cochairman Carmen Perez

On January 21, day after Donald Trump's inauguration, hundreds of thousands of people as expect, will appear for the fact that there could be the largest women's demonstration for more than a decade: Women's March on Washington. One of cochairwomen of an event and the marked-out activist Carmen Perez, 40 years, answers several key questions of a protest.

Charm: Why you go?
Carmen Perez: I am the Mexican American and our marginalized elected president and have been aimed at my community — and also the Muslim, LGBTQI and other communities — with his hated rhetoric. I wanted to guarantee that I established vision and including communities which are most of all marginalized. I want that the young girl has looked at [march] on my advance of it and have understood what can make it once — she, itself, can be the leader. When I grew, there were no many [women-] leaders who were similar to me. I want to change it. I want to guarantee that girls see themselves on that stage which girls see reflected in provisions of leadership and volume, girls feel like representatives on January 21and out of.

Charm: Among people who have addressed you, what their reasons of a campaign?
CP: there are those who want their voice which was heard, those who worked on the rights of women, immigration or reform of criminal legal proceedings, and those who felt pain and indignation after elections. There are also those who never participated in any type of the movement — grandmothers who have woken up on November 9, feeling so won. Their form of resistance unites in very radical way.

Charm: Who are you, the hope leaves this protest?
CP: feeling 500,000 — even one million — the women uniting all various sectors of society? It is radical resistance. It will promote spirit of proximity, to lift morals and to say that there is force with which will reckon in this country: women. We won't leave until our rights are protected.

Charm: What message you want that this march has sent to Donald Trump?
CP: I want that our elected president knew that women will stand together, and we will raise our voices. We won't allow this administration to enter into our communities and to eliminate all we fought for. We are going to guarantee that he hears us loud and clear, and we won't leave until our rights are protected. We will send the message to our elected president that he can't continue type of transmission of messages which dominated over his campaign.

Charm: And what action, you hope, arrives from a march?
CP: We have a command working on policy to guarantee that the rights of women - human right and to protect our Muslim, the immigrant, and brothers and sisters of LGBTQI and color. But a march - a way to connect with each other. It is an entry point to take part. We want to increase this energy and to make sure that people are connected so, we can keep the movement of an impulse. It - only the beginning something bigger. Real work is going to happen after a march and we prepare for it.

Charm: What would you tell those critics who think that it is disrespectful to pass next day after the inauguration?
CP: If it is a disrespect form, I think that people have to overestimate what means disrespect. We are based in ideology of doctor King. Association - something what so many women need now.

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