'We stand in solidarity with all people who feel disenfranchised by this new administration' - Young Progressives Demanding Action UNM
A local solidarity rally against Donald Trump’s presidency will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, on Civic Plaza
BY SAYRAH NAMASTÉ
If you’ve been thinking since Nov. 8 that “this can’t be happening,” then read on about all the ways in Albuquerque that you can turn that horror and outrage into action alongside thousands of others.
On the morning of Thursday, Jan. 19, a caravan of New Mexicans will head to Washington, D.C., to join protestors from all 50 states as well as 55 international cities for the National Women’s March on Washington to protest Donald Trump’s presidency.
The caravan will return to Albuquerque on Monday, Jan. 23. The march is led by women, although anyone is welcome. Albuquerque activist Samia Assed is the co-coordinator of the New Mexico delegation.
“We know this is an historic moment and wanted a good representation of New Mexico present at this march, no matter their economic status,” Assed said. “We will be looking for more support as we come to build on the message that we march for human rights and justice for all. We want New Mexico to be heard. We promise to make this state proud.”
You can support the marchers’ travel costs by donating to their GoFundMe campaign. Search on the keywords: NM, women and march.
UNM students are planning a walkout and rally from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 20, on campus between Cornell Mall and Popejoy Hall.
“We stand in solidarity with all people who feel disenfranchised by this new administration. In our efforts to demonstrate in a walkout, we hope to symbolize what our potential is as a country when different people of different backgrounds come together and promise to show support of one another,” the Young Progressives Demanding Action UNM wrote on its Facebook page. Also speaking at the rally will be leaders from the Student Alliance for Reproductive Justice, Kiva Club, and the Equalist Coalition.
Also on Friday, Jan. 20, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., the ANSWER Coalition has organized “NM Protest the Inauguration: Stand Against Trump, War & Racism.” The event starts at the corner of First Street and Central Avenue in Downtown Albuquerque at the same time a sister protest in Washington, D.C., kicks off that is timed to coincide with Trump’s inauguration celebrations. Legal observers have just been trained and will observe and document police behavior during the protests.
Also that night, “Poetry Voices Speak Out In Times of Trump” is open to all who want to read a poem and show support for each other’s rage and grief. That event will be 6-7:30 p.m. at El Chante Casa de Cultura, 804 Park Ave. SW.
If you can’t travel to the Women’s March on Washington, you can join a local solidarity rally scheduled for 11a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21, on Civic Plaza. That event is open to anyone who supports women’s rights. The rally is to show solidarity for the national march and highlight the basic truth that women’s rights are human rights.
Local activists say this is just the beginning.
From protests to legislative action to direct support for anyone targeted by the new administration, dozens of groups are plotting ways to resist and make Albuquerque a “rebel city.” I plan to keep up with them and share their work through this column.
Sayrah Namasté is an organizer with the American Friends Service Committee in Albuquerque. She writes about events of interest to Albuquerque’s activist community.