Friday, January 20, 2017

"It Is All Connected"

This afternoon I participated in the Black Snake Resistance March, a rally and march organized by Native Lives Matter, Idle No More, #NoDAPL, #WaterIsLife, and #BlackSnakeKilla.

"Black Snake" refers to the Dakota Access Oil Pipeline and pipelines in general, many of which disproportionately threaten the land and well-being of Native communities.

This and a number of other protest events collectively comprised what was called the Twin Cities Inauguration Day Mega-March, and provided a way for thousands of people to speak out against the agenda and priorities of President Donald Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress.

Organizers of the Black Snake Resistance March, however, stressed that the event was bigger than the protesting of Trump.

We want to express that this march is against not only the newly-elected President Trump but also the system that as a whole cradles and supports the racism and bigotry that has furthered the oppression of people through the school-to-prison pipeline and the construction of oil pipelines. IT IS ALL CONNECTED. The system is one big cycle of oppression that keeps feeding us garbage. Trump is a huge supporter of oil pipelines and in the recent past has had investments in KXL and Dakota Access, to name two. . . . [W]e all must resist Trump and the system that keeps supporting the destruction of people and the environment.

The Black Snake Resistance March began in south Minneapolis at the corner of Franklin and Chicago Avenues. It was soon joined by hundreds of young people who comprised the University of Minnesota Walk-Out to Oppose Trump March. Both groups then joined the Resist from Day One March. All three groups then made their way to Minneapolis City Hall for a mass rally.

Related Off-site Links:
Thousands Protest Trump's Inauguration Throughout MinneapolisMinnesota Daily (January 20, 2017).
About 2,000 Join Minneapolis Anti-Trump March – Randy Furst and Haley Hansen (Star Tribune, January 20, 2017).
"He Has Already Let America Down": The Reaction to Trump's First Speech as President – Jill Abramson, Steven W Thrasher, Michael Paarlberg, and Jamie Weinstein (The Guardian, January 20, 2017).
Donald Trump Preaches Angry Nationalism, While Practicing Goldman Sachs Capitalism – Zaid Jilani (The Intercept, January 20, 2017).
A Most Dreadful Inauguration Address – George F. Will (The Washington Post, January 20, 2017)
Trump Breaks First Presidential Promise in Record Time: Hats at Inaugural Were Made in China – Jason Easley (PoliticusUSA, January 20, 2017).
In One of His First Acts as President, Donald Trump Put Black Lives Matter on Notice – Leon Neyfakh (Slate, January 20, 2017).
Trump’s WhiteHouse.Gov Disappears Civil Rights, Climate Change, LGBT Rights – Justin Miller (The Daily Beast, January 20, 2017).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Inauguration Day in the Twin Cities
Something to Think About – January 20, 2017
On International Human Rights Day, Saying "No" to Donald Trump and His Fascist Agenda
Progressive Perspectives on the Election of Donald Trump as President of the United States
Carrying It On
Standing in Prayer and Solidarity with the Water Protectors of Standing Rock
Standing Together
Quote of the Day – August 19, 2016
Divine Connection

Images: Michael J. Bayly.


Sue Ann said...

The coalition that planned the larger march and encouraged other marches to join in is Resist From Day One MN. This title quite deliberately left out Trump's name – voted on by the coalition – for exactly the same reasons that the Native American organizers of the Resist the Black Snake March did: so that the broader implications and issues could be emphasized.

Mary Lynn Murphy said...

Great photos, Michael!

Barbara Mishler said...

Thank you, Michael. It was wonderful to be with you yesterday.