Welcome to episode 37 of Beer & Bros, brothers drinking beer and talking about the news. The “Women’s March on Washington Rally” now has a permit and a scheduled date of January 21st, 2017, Trump’s first full day in office. This week on the show, Lyle and I take on marches on Washington. Click play and listen.
I don’t know about you, but I think marches on Washington are a good thing. They’re largely peaceful and a great way to make a statement within earshot of actual policymakers – people who can do something about your gripe. Coming up in January, there will be a “Women’s March on Washington.” This is being billed as a rally and they’re making sure to steer clear of the word protest. More on this later, but I will say I expect the event to be largely peaceful, as is generally the case in these situations. Not always.
In June of 1932, in the throes of the Great Depression, 20,000 World War I veterans and their families – more than 40,000 people in total dubbed the Bonus Army, marched on Washington seeking advanced payment of bonuses. Veterans, like today, were not exempt from the struggles facing America’s civilian population. The Depression hit everyone hard. These men found themselves unable to feed their families, so they approached the Hoover administration in the hopes of getting financial help. By the end of the first day, at least 2 people had died and more than 1,000 were injured, including 69 police officers.
There have been hundreds of marches for hundreds of purposes over the years. Another march earning air time during the show was the “Million Man March” of 1995. Led by Louis Farrakhan, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and other prominent voices of the black community, this march addressed black men. It was more of a march to Washington on black men. They weren’t necessarily asking Washington for intervention, rather their goal was to encourage participation and responsibility with and for the black community by its men.
Next January’s “Women’s March on Washington” is a non-protest of the Trump presidency. From the New York Times:
“The rhetoric of the past election cycle has insulted, demonized, and threatened many of us — women, immigrants of all statuses, those with diverse religious faiths particularly Muslim, people who identify as LGBTQIA, Native and Indigenous people, Black and Brown people, people with disabilities, the economically impoverished and survivors of sexual assault,” they wrote. “We are confronted with the question of how to move forward in the face of national and international concern and fear.”
“The Women’s March on Washington will send a bold message to our new administration on their first day in office, and to the world that women’s rights are human rights. We stand together, recognizing that defending the most marginalized among us is defending all of us,”
What did Lyle and I have to say about this march? Listen to this episode. Click play. Let us know what you think, and thanks for tuning in.
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