Live from all over the globe: it’s International Women’s Day and we’re taking it to the streets! Along with dial pads and mailboxes everywhere.
Madrid—Hundreds of women are rallying behind a group of activists on hunger strike in protest of lax laws regarding domestic violence. Russia—a small group of women infiltrate the Kremlin, brandishing signs with a fiery message: “MEN OUT OF THE KREMLIN.” The Phillippines—women gather outside the US Embassy to burn effigies of conservative Americana. Germany—a number of commercial airlines are scheduling all female flight crews to strike the skies with solidarity. As these displays power and agency continue to unfold, we can’t help but feel a tide begin to turn.
In response to the percolating threats from the Trump administration to either neglect or outright restrict laws pertaining to women’s healthcare & general well-being, thousands of American women are demonstrating their indispensability through absence. Taking inspiration from the “Day Without an Immigrant” protest, the civic saints behind the astronomic “Women’s March on Washington” have organized “A Day Without A Woman”, urging women to stay out of the workplace and away from mass-retailers. It has not taken long for chaos to bubble in the wake of their righteous rage. Waves of women are descending on capitol buildings to demonstrate their vigilance. School districts have shut down, and parents dependent on day-care services have been sent into a tailspin. Municipal courts are closing their doors for the day, lacking the efficiency required to function without their female employees. With the day far from over, the protest has already proven: the world cannot go ’round without women.
But how do we keep this momentum going? Kathryn Shulz of The New Yorker explains that contacting congress directly is the best way to see your political ideals come into fruition. “For mass protests, such as those that have been happening recently, phone calls are a better way of contacting lawmakers, not because they get taken more seriously but because they take up more time.” In the least, inundating your local senator’s office with calls or mail will demand their resources are used to handle the incoming deluge of opinions, rather than tending to their disagreeable agendas. So far, the uptick in phone calls & mail have hindered Tr*mp’s nomination for the Supreme Court and Obama Care has yet to be overturned. Big Name Republican officials are saving face with accusations of a conspiracy of “paid protesters”.
We’ve teamed up with our Sisters in Civil Disobedience over at Seagull. Head to the downtown salon for FREE Protest Postcards printed by our NYC Print Shop. Getting the message across in vivid Offset Color and Flat Black on premium paper, this is stationery (type)set for the revolution. All you need is postage! Seagull is conveniently located just across from the 1 Train Christopher Street Station at 224W4th St #200 NY NY 10014. Walk in today and pick up a stack to cause some congressional commotion! Resist Every Day! Resistance is Beautiful!