Further (ambivalent) reflections on the Women’s March

It was wonderful to see just how many millions of women and men showed up for each other all across not only the U.S., but globally. One crone facebook friend in Seattle remarked on how the buoyant energy of that day affected her.

I imagine that same or similar spirit pervading all the marches, very unlike the sporadic violence of the day before in D.C. In D.C. itself, I read somewhere that despite one million marchers, there was not even a single arrest on that storied day. 

Also glad to realize that Hillary Clinton, while her candidacy may have been the spur that kicked the march into motion, she was not the focus. Instead, we are, all of us, just as Donald Trump indicated in his own speech the day before — an address that has been widely pilloried by the left wing press as saying something else entirely!

Meanwhile, it appears that (immortal?) George Soros may have had his grubby hidden hand in those numbers as well.

Ex-WSJ Reporter Finds George Soros Has Ties to More Than 50 “Partners” of the Women’s March

I doubt those marching were aware of it, but billionaire “philanthropist” Soros is famous for generating crowds for massive protests in order to start “color revolutions” that ultimately topple governments.

George Soros: The Hidden Hand behind Color Revolutions

And, to continue with this rather jaundiced view of the Women’s March, variously stated to be the largest in history(?), here’s one young woman via the We Are Change channel.

And here’s a cartoon that kinda says the same thing:

Meanwhile, even assuming that one million marchers in DC, joined by four million others in 600 cities and towns across the globe is a wonderful thing, the question, of course, we must ask, is now what? Is this it? Will this new women’s moment turn into a new women’s movement? If so, what will that transformation take to succeed? (And what would success look like?) Here’s one seasoned veteran of Occupy who wonders too, and offers some sage advice.

Without a path from protest to power, the Women’s March will end up like Occupy

 

 

 

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4 Responses to Further (ambivalent) reflections on the Women’s March

  1. Janice Berndt says:

    Thank you, Ann, for sharing these alternative views of the Women’s March. I tuned in the march and listened to a few speakers but I had to turn it off because the level of hate and anger was too much for me. We don’t need more “them” and “us”.

    • Ann Kreilkamp says:

      Yes, Madonna’s comment about burning down the White House — what’s THAT about? It appears that our great task during these fractious times is to continually balance and rebalance wildly gyrating energies.

  2. Re. the article about George Soros – Anne, critical thinking is important! just because Soros has funded human rights organizations doesn’t mean he is responsible for or requiring various organizations to protest, riot, etc. Having worked in private non-profits, community organizing and governmental bureaucracies in the past, I know that organizations regularly check to see if they can learn from other organizations. It doesn’t take George Soros to urge them to do so. It is vastly easier now with the internet than it was when I first started encountered organizing and organizing in the 70’s when local and state community organizations were supporting welfare rights.

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