No 1875 Posted by fw, January 23, 2017
America Ferrera, American actress, daughter of immigrant Honduran parents, brought tears to my eyes, and waves of cheers from the multitudes, with her crushing rejection of Trumpism. Pure Inspiration!
Watch below an embedded video of Ferrera’s 6:23-minute speech. Visit Democracy Now’s website for video highlights of dynamite speeches delivered at this historical January 21, 2017 March, accessible by clicking on the following linked title. First-draft transcripts also available.
In one of the largest days of protest in U.S. history, millions took to the streets Saturday one day after the inauguration of Donald Trump. The largest protest was the Women’s [January 21, 2017] March on Washington, where more than 500,000 packed the streets.
According to crowd scientists at Manchester Metropolitan University in Britain, the crowd was roughly three times the size of the audience at President Trump’s inauguration a day earlier.
Women-led marches took place in over 600 locations spread across seven continents—including Antarctica. In addition to Washington, massive protests took place in Boston; Chicago; Denver; Los Angeles; Madison, Wisconsin; New York; Oakland; Portland, Oregon; St. Paul; San Francisco and Seattle.
One count estimated as many as 4.6 million people took part in the global day of action.
VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT
America Ferrera DESTROYS Donald Trump at “Women’s March” In Washington DC (FULL SPEECH) Posted by RBC Network Broadcasting, January 21, 2017
My name is America Ferrera. And I am deeply honored to march with you today as the chair of the artists’ table, as a woman and as a proud first-generation American born to Honduran immigrants.
It’s been a heart-rending time to be both a woman and an immigrant this country. Our dignity, our character, our rights have all been under attack, and a platform of hate and division assumed power yesterday. But the president is not America. His Cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America! And we are here to stay!
We march today for our families and our neighbors, for our future, for the causes we claim and for the causes that claim us. We march today for the moral core of this nation, against which our new president is waging a war.
He would like us to forget the words “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to be free,” and instead take up a credo of hate, fear and suspicion of one another.
But we are gathered here and across the country and around the world today to say, Mr. Trump, we refuse.
We reject the dehumanization of our Muslim mothers and sisters.
We demand an end to the systemic murder and incarceration of our black brothers and sisters.
We will not give up our right to safe and legal abortions.
We will not ask our LGBTQ families to go backwards.
We will not go from being a nation of immigrants to a nation of ignorance.
We won’t build walls, and we won’t see the worst in each other.
And we will not turn our backs on the more than 750,000 young immigrants in this country currently protected by DACA.
“Together we, all of us, will fight, resist and oppose every action that threatens the lives and dignity of any and all of our communities,” America concluded. “Marchers, make no mistake. We are, every single one of us, on attack. Our safety and freedom are on the chopping block and we are the only ones who can protect one another. If we do not fight together…we will lose together.”
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