Thursday, January 19, 2017
Tonight in the Explorers Room: If the Drum is a Woman – March
Tomorrow, Trump will be inaugurated, ushering in a heightened normalization of discriminatory discourse and an escalation of persecutions and aggressions based on that discourse (among many other nightmares, undoubtedly).
The next day, there will be a Women's March in D.C., and many smaller regional marches and protests around the world. I have my doubts that the big march will be as revolutionarily intersectional and class-conscious as it should be, or support a significant anticapitalist or anti-imperialist aspect (to my mind, crucial components of globally-minded feminism). But I think this march will prove to be more than just a bourgeois exercise. It will be an inevitably historic moment, and its message is ultimately not reliant on the aims and stated policies of the march's founders, or the media – in truth, the message of this protest is yet to be written, and when it is, it will be done collectively, by those in attendance.
So tonight's show is an expression of solidarity to all the sisters and brothers and comrades who will be attending the march, and all its satellites – committing their presence and their voices to this demonstration of resistance, this continuation of the struggle.