This Fourth of July, we celebrated the power of our voice. This has been a year of patriotic resistance, as we collectively struggle against the attacks on our fundamental rights. We are fueled by the spirit of love and liberation that we experienced on January 21st, when millions of us came together for the largest coordinated protest in U.S. history, grounded in the nonviolent principles of the Civil Rights movement.
We continue to resist efforts to silence and intimidate us from exercising the power of our voice. When many of us called on the NRA to take action on behalf of Philando Castile — in line with their stated mission and purpose — the response was not only silence but the resurfacing of an NRA ad featuring right wing propagandists and deeply divisive, “us versus them” language, appearing to be a direct endorsement of violence against women, our families and our communities for exercising our constitutional right to protest.
In response, Women’s March co-president Tamika Mallory penned an open letter to the NRA calling for the ad to be removed and an apology to be issued to the American public for the false and inflammatory rhetoric. Instead of distancing themselves from the vitriol, the NRA responded by releasing a new video attacking Tamika and other leaders personally and doubling down on the implied call to arms. This is the kind of incendiary speech that leads to acts of hate and violence, and it is unequivocally meant to create a chilling effect on communities speaking up and using the power of our collective voice.
On July 14th & 15th, Women’s March and partners will mobilize a mass demonstration, again grounded in the principles of Kingian nonviolence, to denounce the false and intimidating rhetoric of hatred and send a clear message that our movement will proudly and bravely continue to strive for the respect of the civil and human rights of all people.
We can’t do it without you. Help us raise the funds necessary to support the marchers each step of the way. Your contribution goes towards water, food, security and other logistics to ensure an effective mobilization.
A week after our nation celebrated the values of liberty and justice, let’s come together to say that our movement is stronger than fear. Please spread the word about the Women’s March from #NRA2DOJ on July 14th & 15th, 2017, and let the NRA know that we are the majority, who believe in equity, justice and safety for all.
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