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Today, thousands of activists flooded the Texas Capitol to fight back against #SB4, a racist law aimed at terrorizing immigrants and people of color. To all of you taking a stand against hate: stay strong. Keep speaking out. Keep showing up. You are why we resist. A special shout-out to @unitedwedream for organizing today’s day of action. #SB4IsHate#HereToStay
Video via @unitedwedream on Twitter.
Black woman abolitionist shero, #SojournerTruth, delivered her powerful “Ain’t I a woman” speech to a gathering of feminists in Akron, Ohio, on this day in 1851. Today, and every day, we honor this groundbreaking reflection on intersectional feminism.
“That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain’t I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain’t I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain’t I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother’s grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain’t I a woman?”
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black and white portrait of Sojourner Truth.
Join us in wishing a very happy birthday to a true shero to all women, girls and femmes. Happy birthday @lavernecox! : Getty Images / Emma McIntyre
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of Laverne Cox speaking on stage at the Women’s March on Los Angeles on January 21, 2017.
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Today's #SignOfResistance, by @unitedwedream, is in honor of the activists gathering at the Texas State House today to resist #SB4, an anti-immigrant law that promotes racial profiling. #SB4 allows police to ask for the immigration papers of anyone they suspect to be an undocumented immigrant. We send love to United We Dream, and join them in declaring that immigrants are #HereToStay.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: On a red background, taupe lettering reads "no hate, no fear." Below in dark navy, "immigrants and refugees are welcomed here." The "and" is an ampersand symbol. Below that is a white hashtag symbol, with "here to stay" written after it in white. At the bottom of the image are five people: A dark-skinned man with a black mustache, a baseball cap, and a teal t-shirt; a light-skinned woman in an orange hoodie; a dark-skinned woman with a yellow and pink printed turban; a light-brown skinned man with a goatee in a red button-down; a dark skinned woman with a blue headscarf.
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Today, we are celebrating Menstrual Hygiene Day. Not all women and girls menstruate, but to those that do: blood is nothing to be ashamed of. Poem by @nayyirah.waheed via @thehomegirlbox. #MenstruationMatters
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: On an off-white background, black text reads: "I bleed every month. But do not die. How am I not magic. - the lie."
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Maya Angelou, phenomenal woman, left us three years ago today.
Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I'm telling lies.
It's in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
It's the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need for my care. 'Cause I'm a woman
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of Maya Angelou in a pink suit jacket, a pink wide-brimmed hat, and sunglasses. She is laughing, smiling widely with her mouth open as she does.
Today's #SignOfResistance, by @lil_sneak, is in honor of International Day of Action for Women's Health. Today and every day, we demand full autonomy over our own bodies.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Black block letters fill up the entire image reading, in all caps, "Sisters unite, our bodies our rights." The background is ombre, fading from blue at the top to purple to pink to orange.
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Today's #SignOfResistance is by @bombchelle. We are holding the families of the two men killed in Portland last night in our hearts. They were killed for attempting to intervene on behalf of two Muslim women being harassed. The harasser killed them. This hate needs to stop.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A drawing of a woman with brown skin wearing a yellow headscarf. Above her head the words "end Islamophobia" are handwritten. A splash of blue is behind her.
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Today’s #SignOfResistance is a shout-out to artists. We can’t do our work without yours. Tag your favorite artists below!
Artwork by @favianna1 via @justseeds.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: a brown artist holds a yellow pencil with dignity. Red, yellow, and orange text reads "the artist must fight for justice and peace."
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Help us wish our shero #LaurynHill a very happy birthday. Shout out your favorite Ms. Hill song in the comments below!
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Today would have been #KaliefBrowder's 24th birthday. Kalief was arrested at the age of 16 for allegedly stealing a backpack. He was held at Rikers Island for three years without trial, where he experienced abuse from guards and fellow prisoners. He spent a cumulative two years in solitary confinement. He attempted suicide while incarcerated, and ultimately, he killed himself not long after he was released following dropped charges. He may have killed himself, but the criminal justice system took his childhood; took his life. Today, and every day, we remember Kalief.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black and white photo of Kalief Browder. Red and white carnations are placed on top of the photo, covering his right eye.
Today’s #SignOfResistance is in solidarity with the 23 million U.S. Americans who will lose health insurance by 2026 under the proposed #AHCA. We must fight for the most marginalized among us who stand to lose the most under this plan. Health care is not a privilege.
Artwork via @undocumedia // @coley_cole14
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black poster says "Health care is a human right" in white text. Rising from the bottom are black, brown, white, and orange fists in the air.
Today’s #SignOfResistance is a reminder that the people have the power. On January 21st, we took to the streets to show the world that the rise of the woman = the rise of the nation. On June 3rd, we’ll take to the streets once more to demand transparency from this administration. Join us at #MarchForTruth in 115+ cities across the country. Visit www.marchfortruth.info for more information and to find a march near you. Link in bio.
(Photo credit: Do you know who the artist of this amazing graphic is? If so please tag or write their name below.)
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A picture of Angela Davis. Written across her afro in red text is the Black Panther slogan, “All power to the people.” A halo surrounds her, with Black women holding spears and drawings of panthers. Pictures of Angela’s face as the sun are in all four corners of the image. A brown fist is raised at the bottom of the image, flanked by two drawings of panthers (the animal). The image has a yellow overlay.
We the people demand the truth. Join us in the streets June 3rd as we march for accountability, transparency, and honesty from this administration. There are #MarchForTruth events in D.C. and 115+ cities across the country. Visit www.marchfortruth.info for more information and to find a march near you. (Link in bio.) Image via @amplifierfoundation featuring artwork by @obeygiant@ernestoyerena@jessicasabogal. •
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A black and white photo of a large crowd of people at a women’s march. People are holding protest signs. Everything is a black and white but some of the protest signs still have their colors. At the center is a sign reading “we the resilient.”
#TrumpBudget impacts all women, all issues, and all communities. Today’s #SignOfResistance, by @ericaavilaart, is a reminder that all issues are women’s issues because women hold so many different identities. Today, and every day, we remember that our struggles are all connected. Together, we must continue to resist #TrumpCuts and this administration’s attacks on basic human rights. We won’t stop until all people and all communities are free.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of a white page in a notebook. Written in black ink going vertically down the page are the following lines: “Women. We are immigrants. We are Muslim. We are LGBTQIA. We are Black. We are Brown. We are Native. We are Disabled. We are Survivors. We are one.”
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Congrats to all the #ImmiGrads out there! Shout-out to @DefineAmerican and @UndocuMedia for their incredible #ImmiGrad initiative encouraging immigrant graduates to celebrate their achievements and share their stories with these brilliant #LatinxGradCaps. This post is via University of Southern California graduate, @eyeroll_qween: “Just another job-stealing, hard-working, educated, proud, humble, chingona immigrant.”
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of a woman with brown hair seated at an outdoor graduation ceremony with her back to the camera. The woman is wearing a black graduation cap decorated with the words “job-stealing immigrant” in gold-lettering. There are green flowers and a pink rose on the cap.
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Betty Shelby has been reinstated as a Tulsa Police officer after shooting and killing Terence Crutcher, an unarmed Black man. Along with Women's March Oklahoma and Black Lives Matter Oklahoma City, we demand justice for #TerenceCrutcher. Tell the Tulsa Police Department that Betty Shelby must be fired immediately.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: On a dark blue background, at the top of the image, there is a red hashtag, with the name "Terence Crutcher" after it. The entire sentence reads "Terence Crutcher's live mattered." Below, smaller, off-white text reads "Call and tweet to tell Tulsa Police that Betty Shelby, the officer who killed him, must be fired immediately." Below that, the number for the Tulsa police department is listed: "918-596-9378" as well as the Twitter handle for the Tulsa police: "@TulsaPolice." The Women's March logo is in the bottom right corner.
Today’s #SignOfResistance is by Laurel Garcia Colvin via @amplifierfoundation. Women have always been on the front lines of resistance. We won’t stop now. We won’t stop fighting for human rights until all of us are free!
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A white poster with blue-ink illustrations of iconic images of women resisting throughout history. Written in red from the top to bottom of the poster are the words "Women's rights are human rights. We won't back down!"
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CALL TO ACTION from the #FreeBresha campaign! Bresha Meadows' pre-trial hearing is today at 12:00pm ET. Check in to the Trumbull County Family Court Center on Facebook to show your support for 15-year-old Bresha, who has been held in a juvenile detention facility for 9 months; that's 9 months too long. She should not be punished for surviving abuse. Check in to the courthouse on Facebook, share this post, and go to freebresha.wordpress.com for more information on the campaign to #FreeBresha.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A screengrab of a Women's March facebook post. The text in the post is the same as the caption above, and below is a map with the location of the Trumbull Courthouse pinned.
We’re so proud of the @NotreDame students who staged a walkout during @VP Mike Pence’s commencement speech in solidarity with all members of the Notre Dame community affected by the policies advocated by Pence. Today’s #WalkOutND action was organized by the University of Notre Dame student activist coalition, We StaND For. Salute to these student activists! (Video via @SummerRatcliff on Twitter)
Women, look what we did! Four months ago today, we flooded the streets to show the world that women's rights are human rights. In April, @pen_america honored all those who marched on January 21st with the prestigious Free Expression Courage Award. You can celebrate your achievement and support our continued efforts by purchasing your own commemorative award and poster today. Link in bio.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of the DC Women's March with the Capitol Building in the background. A rose-colored filter covers the photo. At the top, white letters read "I marched." In the middle is the PEN America logo, also in white. At the bottom, white text reads "The Women's March" and below that, "January 21, 2017"
Today’s #SignOfResistance is from @thehomegirlbox. We can't change a system without changing ourselves and confronting the ways that we, as individuals, perpetuate oppression.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A drawing of Assata Shakur against a yellow background. Below her, black and turquoise text is printed with a quote from her: "We have to be weapons of mass construction, weapons of mass love. It is not enough to just change the system. We need to change ourselves"
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Today's #SignOfResistance (by @melaniecervantes) is for #MikeBrown, who would have been 21 years old today. Rest in Power, Mike. We will never forget you. #BlackLivesMatter
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A drawing of Mike Brown against a green printed background. Across his shoulders, white text on a yellow background reads, "I am Mike Brown and my life matters."
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We must confront the violence of white womanhood. Betty Shelby should be held accountable for taking the life of #TerenceCrutcher. White women, show up. Demand justice for Terence Crutcher.
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A powerful room full of courageous women to kick off the annual Circle of Mothers retreat hosted by the Trayvon Martin Foundation in Miami. Women's March is proud be here in solidarity with this group of women who lost their children to senseless gun violence.
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Our youngest youth ambassador, 9-year-old Mari Copeny (aka Little Miss Flint), is experiencing harassment and cyber-bullying because she speaks truth to power, and because she is a Black girl in a world that devalues Blackness and devalues girls. But we've got her back. Show support for Mari using the hashtag #ImWithMari! ( via @teenvogue)
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of Mari at the D.C. Women's March. She's wearing a blue sweatshirt with the Women's March logo on it, and a blue hat that reads "WMW Youth Ambassador 2017" on the front. Mari is smiling as she stands in front of a metal fence. Behind the fence is a handmade poster, which reads "We will not be silenced."
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Today’s #SignOfResistance is in celebration of #YuriKochiyama’s and #MalcolmX’s shared birthday: May 19. The friendship of these two activists is a powerful model of Black and Asian solidarity and movement work -- work that organizations like #CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and @changethenypd continue today. The mural here, “From Harlem With Love: A Mural For Yuri and Malcolm,” was painted by @yuriandmalcolm one year ago in honor of their friendship and radical civil rights work.
In the words of the activists, artists, and members of Yuri’s family who created the mural: “This mural is not only a dedication to the glorious resistance of our collective past, but also a dedication to all of our brothers and sisters in the streets right now fighting for justice in ways that would make Yuri and Malcolm proud.” #YuriAndMalcolm
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of part of the "From Harlem With Love" mural. On the left, an image of Yuri Kochiyama is painted. She wears a red shirt that reads "Free all political prisoners" and is speaking into a microphone connected to an unpictured bullhorn. A red sign next to her reads "From Harlem with Love." On the right is an image of Malcolm X holding a newspaper and speaking into a microphone. Between Yuri and Malcolm are painted protestors carrying signs reading "Black Lives Matter," "Not One More Death." Two bridges are painted at the top of the mural, linked by an image of the globe. At the bottom of the mural, the beginnings of a garden are painted, with freshly sprouting plants emerging from the dirt. The background of the mural is yellow, blue, red, and pink.
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#FlashbackFriday to May 8, when @ohiowomensmarch joined the campaign to #FreeBresha outside the courthouse where #BreshaMeadows' hearing was taking place. Pictured here is Bresha's aunt, Martina Alyssa, holding a #SignOfResistance by @mollyccostello, given to her by one of our amazing Ohio organizers, Caryn Austen. Bresha has another hearing on Monday to discuss a plea deal.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A light-skinned woman holds a poster with a drawing of Bresha Meadows on it, bearing the words "Free Bresha Meadows."
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On June 3rd, Women’s March will take to the streets once again to join March For Truth in 90+ cities across the country. We march for more transparency, more honesty, more input from the people. Women have been on the front lines of every resistance movement. The resistance to this administration is no exception. #MarchForTruth (Photo: Getty)
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A photo of a crowd of people at the Women’s March on Washington. At the center of the photo is a protest sign. The sign is white with a pink outline of the female gender symbol. Inside the circle at the top portion of the symbol is a fist. Another person holds a protest sign reading a quote by Sojourner Truth: “Where there’s so much racket, there must be something out of kilter.”
Today's #SignOfResistance is by @k8deciccio, who created this image using a photo taken by @activistnyc. We chose this sign in response to the acquittal of Betty Shelby, the white woman Tulsa police officer who shot and killed #TerenceCrutcher, an unarmed Black man whose hands were in the air. Just as we ask men to consider the roles they play in maintaining a patriarchal system, we ask white women to consider the roles they play in maintaining a racist system. An increase in women police officers or women CEOs will not bring about the change we desperately need; recognition of the ways we are complicit in systems of oppression, and consequences and accountability for our complicity, will.
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A drawing of a woman in a blue shirt holding a sign about her head. The sign reads "Don't mistake privilege for progress" in yellow. Text above the sign reads "revolutionary white women," so that the entire sentence reads, "revolutionary white women don't mistake privilege for progress." "Revolutionary" is in orange and "white women" is in pink. The background is blue, with two gray and olive green triangles on it. There is a white boarder on the left and right sides of the image. Vertical black text on both borders reads, "Fight til we are all free." At the bottom of the image, yellow text reads "Women's March on Washington 2017."
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Today’s #SignOfResistance is by undocumented, queer artivist @juliosalgado83 in collaboration with @ycarrillo4. On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, we honor the words of Audre Lorde: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” Our liberation is bound in each other. Today, and every day, we pledge our allegiance to the collective liberation of all people and all communities. #IDAHOT#IDAHOBIT
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: A purple poster says “Out of the closets! Out of the shadows! Into the streets!” in all-caps white text. Below, in the center of the poster, is a black silhouette of a butterfly. Inside the butterfly’s wings are illustrations of six people of color (three per wing) dressed in colorful t-shirts. Two of the people are wearing t-shirts that read “I am undocumented.” One person is wearing a t-shirt with the transgender symbol on it. Another person is wearing a t-shirt with the pink triangle symbol for gay rights. Below the butterfly, in all-caps hot pink text, reads “No LGBT exclusion exclamation point.” Below that, in white text, reads “Migrants rights. Queer rights. Human rights.” Below that is a quote attributed to Audre Lorde: “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” A blue signature of the artist, Julio Salgado, appears in the bottom right corner of the poster.
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Today, Chelsea Manning walks free after 7 years in prison. Welcome home, Chelsea! #ChelseaIsFree#ChelseaManning ( via Flickr user torbakhopper)
IMAGE DESCRIPTION: Two identical posters - each with a drawing of Chelsea Manning, a blue border, and the words "Free Chelsea" at the bottom, with the "free" in blue text and the "Chelsea" in orange text. There is a white star in the "A" at the end of "Chelsea." Small white text under that reads "Heroic Wikileaks whistleblower US army intel analyst Chelsea Manning." Below the posters is a horizontal string of upside down triangles with the rainbow flag printed on them.
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