WWP organizer: J21 a ‘call to action’

Washington, D.C., Jan. 21.

Upwards of a million people came out to Washington, D.C., on Jan. 21 to lift the banner for women’s liberation. People came from all around the country and world to take part in this historic protest against Trump and his administration, which are explicitly and unapologetically Islamophobic, misogynist, racist, anti-worker and anti-poor.

This mobilization alone confirmed that most people in the U.S. and around the world are not content with the election, and will not stay quiet as Trump becomes commander in chief.

Throughout the crowd, signs could be spotted demanding access to full reproductive health care, an end to attacks on LGBTQ people and an end to the police violence and brutality impacting Black and Brown people across the U.S.

J21 was not just a call to action for women and other oppressed people to fight Trump — it was, and is, a call to action for organizers and revolutionaries, too.

When upwards of a million people take to the streets, there is a big political opening. There is an opportunity for revolutionaries to push class consciousness even further by connecting women’s liberation to the entire class struggle — recognizing there can be no socialism without gender liberation or national liberation.

There were many concerns before Jan. 21 about the orientation of the march, but we must continue showing up where the people are — to wrestle with the contradictions and to make space for ­working-class people to connect and unite.

January 21 showed us that millions of people have taken the first step in fighting for a different world. Now, we have a duty to win them to the side of revolutionary socialism.

(WW photo: Brenda Ryan)

(WW photo: Brenda Ryan)