Tiffany Midge: The new circus is in town and it's headed by Donald Trump

Indigenous women participate in a march in Los Angeles, California, on January 21, 2017. Photo: stephiesallee

Have you had enough already of Republican President Donald Trump? Despite the drama, Americans are finding ways to survive, observes poet Tiffany Midge, a citizen of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe:
Good things are happening in response to the incoming Trump administration. For instance, the Writers Resist, #WriteOurDemocracy movement. On January 15, Martin Luther King Day, over one-hundred reading events occurred in towns and cities across the country. Writers Resist is a national network of writers driven to defend the ideals of a free, just, and compassionate democratic society. I know that stands for something important. I mean, I’ve read Orwell’s “1984,” and realize the strides the country has made in the last eight years, the advances for human rights and social justice. It would be beyond unconscionable to have those legislations and protections overturned, such as same-sex marriage, or the provisions in allowing tribes to prosecute abusers in the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). White folks are getting woke. Let’s hope that even more people get woke.

Another event was the Women’s March on Washington, and adjoining Sister Marches that happened on the 21st of January, the day after the Inauguration. The Women’s March on Washington was a solidarity event to feature nationally recognized advocates, artists, entertainers, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders. As of this writing there were Sister Marches happening in every state in the U.S. and additionally, in countries around the world—over 673 marches in all. The mission and vision of the Women’s March is as follows: “We stand together in solidarity with our partners and children for the protection of our rights, our safety, our health, and our families – recognizing that our vibrant and diverse communities are the strength of our country.”

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