Womens March London 2017

January 22, 2017

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womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

Yesterday I joined the Womens March in London, the city of my birth. I want to talk more about the reasons I’m so angry. About sexual assault and the Muslim parts of my heritage. I want to talk about how troubled I was by the number of friends not speaking out, and therefore accepting Trump. About how it will not be easy or fun to look after each other. How we will all need to be uncomfortable. I want to talk to you, no, TELL you, without any shred of doubt, that however hard it is being a woman (and it is hard), it is far, FAR harder being brown and having your name slowly becoming synonymous with terrorism every single day. It is terrifying.

I want to talk about all those things and I will, in time. But right now I want to share the march with you. A day that was happy and strong and affirming. The pictures I took and the people I met. It was a joyous and beautiful day; we were surrounded and supported. There were people of all ages, backgrounds and cultures, including lots of families and kids.

I carried a sign saying “Brown Girl Magic” on one side, and “My Pussy, My Rules” on the other. Three women stopped me to photograph the Brown Girl Magic side. One woman in her fifties (white) said she had a friend who would love it. And then she just started saying “I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry. You’re so, so welcome” and looked almost tearful. I was about to say “I’m actually from London” when I realised it didn’t matter.

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Making Friends

On the tube to the march, I met an art lecturer in her fifties and two students from France, all headed to join in. One of the students suffered from anxiety and dizziness – she told me she might spend most of the day in a cafe watching, but no way would she miss it. I met a family of 5 black women originally from Houston; they moved to Kent 6 years ago. When I mentioned that I also have family back in Houston the grandmother swept me into a big hug.

My favourite sign was on a literal petticoat, simply saying “Resistance Is Everywhere”. We also saw a really young girl holding a handmade sign that said “Hey Mr Trump, do you know what this wonderful thing is? It’s called a brain” which is somehow both scathing and adorable.  There was a group holding a grotesque Trump puppet, a furry pink pussy sign, and a sign written in Arabic which said “We Feel, Too”. The sign that compared Trump to Voldemort and the one that had Trump’s face photoshopped onto Professor Umbridge.

Overall it was a really affirming experience. I’m excited and proud to be part of this society and to live in a city where so many people know the importance of a peaceful protest. We may not change laws or have any radical effect, but just knowing we have each other is a huge start. I feel like we’re part of a huge message sent round the world; both a call to arms and supportive hug. Let’s see what else we can accomplish.

Other links

This tremendous poem delivered by Ashley Judd
America Ferrara profoundly moving speech

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womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

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womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

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womens march london, women against trump, march on washington, protest, riot, peaceful protest,

9 responses to “Womens March London 2017”

  1. Louise says:

    Thank you for posting these. I was there too and I can feel tears coming to my eyes all over again – what an amazing show of unity, equality and progressive values. Just wonderful.

  2. Natasha says:

    Thank you for sharing these amazing photos Laila, I so wished I could have been at one of these rallies yesterday. I loved how so many people came together and the variety of signs was brilliant. Hopefully with this kind of passion in so many of us we can shape and defend the future during this unsettling political period. – Tasha

  3. We had a very small gathering of expats here in Merida, Yucatan, Mexico, yesterday. We were marching vicarously. Those signs are awesome and I’m so proud so many people gathered peacefully to show the truth of what the world is and can be.
    I hope it will make a difference; if not, we will make a difference, anyway!
    Enjoy the day!
    Enjoy hope!
    xoxox

  4. jessthetics says:

    These are wonderful photographs of the march! The petticoat sign is my favourite, too. I’m really annoyed that I couldn’t be there but thank you for marching, it’s so important and reading about what was happening for the whole day made me feel much more hopeful than I have in a long time. I’m looking forward to hearing more of your thoughts xx

    Jessthetics

  5. This is really inspiring to see all these photos and to read you, thank you! I don’t live in Paris and there was no march in my city but seeing all the photo everywhere in the world just warm me up, we are strong, united. Women rules.

  6. Denise says:

    It is amazing, how London gathered and I loved that you showed it, and you too part! The signs about Melania (free Melania), I don’t think that she would like to be in any other position right now, but who am I to imagine anything. I liked the signs, Ashley Judd speaking was really strong, so meaningful! Brown, white, black, Asians, Native Americans, we are all humans, we all came from Africa, we have the same hands, eyes, needs. Society made “separations”, but we can’t accept them if we have brains. I loved that you showed the march!

  7. Novreica says:

    I just found my most favourite part of your blog. I couldn’t stop crying all over again seeing the photos.
    I joined Jakarta’s Women March at Jakarta’s well known landmark Monas. It wasn’t as big as impactful as London’s but still, I am so proud being a part of it. <3

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