The Viola Davis (Women’s March speech January 20, 2018 video) is being posted here for NO COMMERCIAL PURPOSES.
There was a media black-out of the women’s march while it happened unless you were involved. Sports were the priority of the networks because women marched on the weekend not disrupting business as usual. The government “shut-down” which didn’t really happen due to waiting for MONDAY was a simple rouse meant to ignore the hundreds of thousands of people marching. They (those who work for the federal government) will all still receive their paychecks and it was pure theatre. The only good thing that came of it was that Trump didn’t get to attend his big one year anniversary where they were going to pay a thousand dollars a plate to be there, some accounts say $10,000.00 conflict of interest or not, on the tax payers dime via Airforce one and secret security required to protect his unworthy butthole. Still, it’s nice thinking of Donald pouting and huffy in the dress he didn’t get to wear to the Gala.
So ladies, when ya’ll get out the VOTE... and decide to run for office, think about taking over media as a far larger vision. We need to control television and films and the internet and stop settling for HIStory. Real power is all about who is telling (Y)OUR story. The control of the “image” still predominates and no matter if #metoo has gotten loud and gained ground, the men in the industry predominantly want women to be sex objects, sex trafficked, victims of harassment and pornography, cattled into matrimony (their wombs controlled/owned) and legally raped, no matter whom the award ceremonies elevate, and even if you get one this year… it doesn’t mean we won. Don’t settle for tokens.
Viola Davis invoked Malcolm X for a reason. So Listen up.
International Women’s Day resources Every person – women, men and non-binary people – can play a part in helping drive better outcomes for women. Through meaningful celebration and targeted bold action, we can all be responsive and responsible leaders in creating a more gender inclusive world. The World Economic Forum predicts the gender gap won’t close entirely until 2186. This is too long to wait. So around the world, International Women’s Day provides an important opportunity for ground breaking action that can truly drive greater change for women.
Use International Women’s Day (IWD) on March 8 as an important opportunity to:
celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women because visibility and awareness help drive positive change for women declare bold actions you’ll take as an individual or organization to help progress the gender agenda because purposeful action can accelerate gender parity across the world
2017 Theme: “Women in the Changing World of Work: Planet 50-50 by 2030”
International Women’s Day is a time to reflect on progress made, to call for change and to celebrate acts of courage and determination by ordinary women who have played an extraordinary role in the history of their countries and communities.
The idea of this theme is to consider how to accelerate the 2030 Agenda, building momentum for the effective implementation of the new Sustainable Development Goals, especially goal number 5: Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls; and number 4: Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning. The theme will also focus on new commitments under UN Women’s Step It Up initiative, and other existing commitments on gender equality, women’s empowerment and women’s human rights.
Some key targets of the 2030 Agenda:
By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education leading to relevant and Goal-4 effective learning outcomes. By 2030, ensure that all girls and boys have access to quality early childhood development, care and preprimary education so that they are ready for primary education. End all forms of discrimination against all women and girls everywhere. Eliminate all forms of violence against all women and girls in the public and private spheres, including trafficking and sexual and other types of exploitation. Eliminate all harmful practices, such as child, early and forced marriage and female genital mutilation. The world of work is changing, and with significant implications for women. On one hand, we have globalization, technological and digital revolution and the opportunities they bring, and on the other hand, the growing informality of labour, unstable livelihoods and incomes, new fiscal and trade policies and environmental impacts—all of which must be addressed in the context of women’s economic empowerment.
At a challenging moment in our history, let us remind ourselves that we the hundreds of thousands, the millions of women, trans-people, men and youth who are here at the Women’s March, we represent the powerful forces of change that are determined to prevent the dying cultures of racism, hetero-patriarchy from rising again.
“We recognize that we are collective agents of history and that history cannot be deleted like web pages. We know that we gather this afternoon on indigenous land and we follow the lead of the first peoples who despite massive genocidal violence have never relinquished the struggle for land, water, culture, their people. We especially salute today the Standing Rock Sioux.
“The freedom struggles of black people that have shaped the very nature of this country’s history cannot be deleted with the sweep of a hand. We cannot be made to forget that black lives do matter. This is a country anchored in slavery and colonialism, which means for better or for worse the very history of the United States is a history of immigration and enslavement. Spreading xenophobia, hurling accusations of murder and rape and building walls will not erase history.
“No human being is illegal.
“The struggle to save the planet, to stop climate change, to guarantee the accessibility of water from the lands of the Standing Rock Sioux, to Flint, Michigan, to the West Bank and Gaza. The struggle to save our flora and fauna, to save the air—this is ground zero of the struggle for social justice.
“This is a women’s march and this women’s march represents the promise of feminism as against the pernicious powers of state violence. And inclusive and intersectional feminism that calls upon all of us to join the resistance to racism, to Islamophobia, to anti-Semitism, to misogyny, to capitalist exploitation.
“Yes, we salute the fight for 15. We dedicate ourselves to collective resistance. Resistance to the billionaire mortgage profiteers and gentrifiers. Resistance to the health care privateers. Resistance to the attacks on Muslims and on immigrants. Resistance to attacks on disabled people. Resistance to state violence perpetrated by the police and through the prison industrial complex. Resistance to institutional and intimate gender violence, especially against trans women of color.
“Women’s rights are human rights all over the planet and that is why we say freedom and justice for Palestine. We celebrate the impending release of Chelsea Manning. And Oscar López Rivera. But we also say free Leonard Peltier. Free Mumia Abu-Jamal. Free Assata Shakur.
“Over the next months and years we will be called upon to intensify our demands for social justice to become more militant in our defense of vulnerable populations. Those who still defend the supremacy of white male hetero-patriarchy had better watch out.
“The next 1,459 days of the Trump administration will be 1,459 days of resistance: Resistance on the ground, resistance in the classrooms, resistance on the job, resistance in our art and in our music.
“This is just the beginning and in the words of the inimitable Ella Baker, ‘We who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.’ Thank you.” (–Transcript of Angela Davis’ speech at the January 21, 2017 Woman’s March on D.C.)
Watch the 6 hour Full Live Stream video *They aren’t allowing this to be shared easily… and are taking it down everywhere… probably because it was an AMAZING event…
“I wanna remind you that it was woman that gave you Dr. Martin Luther King Jr,” Janelle Monae spoke, “It was woman that gave you Malcolm X. And according to the Bible, it was a woman that gave you Jesus.”
“Continue to embrace the things that make you unique, even if it makes others uncomfortable. You are enough.”
“And whenever you feel in doubt, whenever you want to give up, you must always remember to choose freedom over fear.”
Janelle Monáe’s 2015 protest song “Hell You Talmbout” with Jidenna paid tribute to women of color who died in police custody, including Sandra Bland, Natasha McKenna, Tanisha Anderson. The mothers of Jordan Davis, Eric Garner, Mohamed Bah, Trayvon Martin, and Dontre Hamilton led the crowd in a call-and-response chant of their sons’ names. Biko closed by naming two trans women killed by police: Mya Hall and Deonna Mason.
“Women will be hidden no more. We will not remain hidden figures. We have names. We are complete human beings, and they cannot police us, so get off our areolas. Get off our vaginas.” ~Janelle Monáe