A Weekend of Action: 20-21 January 2017

On last week’s show, we talked about the days of action organised to coincide with the inauguration of Donald Trump as President of the USA.

The Bridges Not Walls campaign took place in cities all over the world on Friday 20 January 2017. Campaigners dropped banners from bridges, displaying messages of hope and solidarity. People came together to protest against the politics of hate and the scapegoating of minorities that had been unleashed during the presidential election – and, closer to home, during the EU Referendum campaign in the UK last year.

In Greater Manchester, we dropped a banner from a bridge at Media City, Salford. Here is a photo of us on the bridge, taken by the Manchester Evening News:

Saturday 21 January 2017 was a day of worldwide Women’s Marches.

I attended the march in London – along with some 100,000 women. The feeling of sisterhood among all of us speaking out against inequality, injustice and hate was incredible. Yes, the representation was largely white and privileged – but we need to be a voice for those whose voice is silenced. We have seen where silence can lead, and cannot let those consequences arise ever again.

I was sad to miss the march in Manchester, but I had already arranged to attend the London rally with some friends. The good news is that some of the amazing women who organised the Manchester march have started a Facebook group to build on the momentum ignited by this weekend’s activism.

Here are some photos from the march:


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