The Women’s March movement views the NRA ad as “an endorsement of violence” against people who protest, specifically women, as both Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesch named the national co-organizers of the Women's March in their follow-up videos. As a Women’s March National level action, the #NRA2DOJ March is a direct criticism of Trump’s Justice Department and broader issues of violence in America, specifically police violence against black and brown people. These issues align with our Unity Principle of Ending Violence and directly affect the health and well-being of families.
“As you enter a summer of resistance, when people are planning marches ... the NRA’s propaganda and that ad is very dangerous for people standing up for many issues,” Women’s March national co-organizer Tamika Mallory said in an interview. “When a powerful entity tells their members to take up arms against protesters, that’s definitely a threat to our communities.”
One of our goals at Women’s March Minnesota is to continue to make sure that women’s voices are heard and amplified; in solidarity with the D.C. march, we are announcing the continuation of a series of in-depth community discussions.
As we spoke with local organizations leading the efforts in the fight for Justice for Philando, it quickly became clear that the most important thing we could do is bring people together to reflect on the true issues behind the tragic killing of Philando Castile. Our goal is to convene with community members to discuss our experiences and explore the ways in which we can each help to bring about change.
The upcoming discussion is titled: “Racial Bias: Identifying and Overcoming Implicit and Explicit Racism”, this “Messy Conversation” will take place on August 9th and is limited to 200 people due to space. You can register at www.WomensMarchMN.com/MessyConversations.
We hope you’ll join us and be part of the conversation. We need to talk to each other, we need to educate ourselves and we need to work together to ensure racial equity and less violence in Minnesota.